Dr. Kenneth R. First, MD

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Dr. Kenneth R. First, MD

Sports Medicine | Male

Houston Methodist Orthopedics & Sports Medicine 2020 Nasa Pkwy Sutie 230, Houston, TX 77058 Get Directions

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I am a board-certified and fellowship-trained Sports Medicine and Joint Replacement surgeon who has practiced in the Clear Lake area...
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  • Spends appropriate amount of time with patients
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Specialties

  • Sports Medicine
  • Orthopedic Surgery

Board Certifications

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  • Orthopaedic Sports Medicine
  • Orthopedic Surgery

Conditions Treated

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  • ACL repair/revision
  • Arthroscopy of the knee
  • Arthritis
  • General fracture care
  • Knee joint preservation
  • Meniscus and cartilage repair
  • Post-traumatic knee arthritis
  • Plantar fasciitis
  • Tendonitis
  • Tennis elbow
  • Total hip replacement
  • Total knee replacement
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  • Ankle Sprain and Achilles Tendon Sprain or Rupture
  • Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) or Posterior Cruciate Ligament (PCL) Tear
  • Autoimmune Diseases
  • Back Pain
  • Baker’s Cyst
  • Bone Disorders
  • Difficulty With Walking
  • Elbow Injuries
  • Femur Fracture
  • Foot Conditions
  • Fracture
  • Fracture of Hand (incl. Fingers)
  • Ganglion Cyst
  • Hand Conditions
  • Heel Spur
  • Hip Fracture
  • Hip Sprain
  • Internal Derangement of Knee
  • Intervertebral Disc Disease
  • Joint Pain
  • Knee Dislocation
  • Knee Disorders
  • Knee Fracture
  • Knee Sprain
  • Lateral and Medial Epicondylitis (Tennis and Golf Elbow)
  • Lateral Collateral Ligament (LCL) Sprain
  • Leg Fracture Above Knee (incl. Hip)
  • Leg Fracture Below Knee (incl. Ankle)
  • Medial Collateral Ligament (MCL) Sprain
  • Non-Traumatic Rupture of Achilles Tendon
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Osteoarthritis of Hip
  • Osteoarthritis of Hip and Thigh
  • Osteoarthritis of Knee
  • Osteoarthritis of Shoulder
  • Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome or Knee Pain
  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • Runner's Knee
  • Shoulder Disorders
  • Spine Disorders
  • Spondylolisthesis
  • Sprains and Strains (incl. Muscle Tear)
  • Tibia and Fibula Fractures

Procedures Performed

  • ACL Surgery
  • Carpal Tunnel Release
  • Elbow Tenotomy
  • Fracture Care
  • Hand and Wrist Fracture Treatment, Closed
  • Hip Fracture and-or Dislocation Treatment, Open
  • Hip Replacement
  • Knee and Lower Leg Fracture Treatment, Open
  • Knee Arthroscopy
  • Knee Replacement
  • Knee Replacement Revision
  • Knee Surgery
  • Steroid Injection
  • Viscosupplementation With Hyaluronate

Background Check

  • 0
    Malpractice Claims

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  • 0
    Sanctions

    No sanctions history found for the years that Healthgrades collects data.

  • 0
    Board Actions

    No board actions found for the years that Healthgrades collects data.

Education

  • Medical School
    Harvard Medical School

    Graduated in 1983

  • Internship Hospital
    New England Deaconess-Havard Med Sch

    Completed in 1984

  • Residency Hospital
    Harvard Combined Orthopaedic Residency Program

    Completed in 1984

  • Fellowship Hospital
    Jack McDaniel Memorial Traveling Fellowship

    Completed in 1989

    Union Memorial Hospital

    Completed in 1990

    University Of Texas Health Science Center At Houston

    Completed in 1989

  • Undergraduate School
    Harvard Univ

    Graduated in 1979

Awards & Recognition

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Languages Spoken

  • English

Memberships & Affiliations

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  • Based on total number of patients treated over the last 12 months
  • Specializes in Sports Medicine
  • Board certified in Orthopaedic Sports Medicine and Orthopedic Surgery
  • No malpractice claims found
  • No sanctions found
  • No board actions found
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Dr. First's Office & Staff

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16 – 30 minutes

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Dr. First says...

I am a board-certified and fellowship-trained Sports Medicine and Joint Replacement surgeon who has practiced in the Clear Lake area for over 20 years.  I have had the honor of serving as the team physician for a number of the schools in the greater Bay Areas for many years.   As a former high school and college athlete myself, I am passionate about keeping patients healthy both on and off the field.

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Dr. First's Care Philosophy

My office philosphy is an old school "Marcus Welby" type hands on practice. I see all the patients. I apply all the casts. I do all the surgery. We run a timely office and help you schedule all your tests and treatments. We do not go home until every message or question from a patient is answered. We get to know our patients and my staff really works with you to help you through today's insurance problems.

We believe strongly in conservative care of soft tissue problems and we currently have the only Sonorex, acoustical sound wave energy Sonorex machine in Houston or Dallas. Contact us about this new technique in the management of tendonitis.

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Dr. First says...

  • ACL repair/revision
  • Arthroscopy of the knee
  • Arthritis
  • General fracture care
  • Knee joint preservation
  • Meniscus and cartilage repair
  • Post-traumatic knee arthritis
  • Plantar fasciitis
  • Tendonitis
  • Tennis elbow
  • Total hip replacement
  • Total knee replacement