James Ballard, M.D.

Specializing in Adult Joint Reconstruction

About Dr. James Ballard

Dr. Ballard is a board-certified orthopedic surgeon specializing in adult joint reconstruction. He specializes in both primary and revision hip and knee replacements using the latest techniques, including robotic assisted knee replacement and outpatient surgery options. He was the first surgeon in the Northwest to perform an outpatient total joint replacement. 
Dr. Ballard is currently accepting new patients and welcomes them to ROC.
Read more about Dr. Ballard's past experience and expertise
Dr. Ballard specializes in both primary and revision hip and knee replacements using the latest techniques, including robotic assisted knee replacement and outpatient surgery options.  

Dr. Ballard has consistently been named a top orthopedic surgeon in his area for many years. In addition to keeping up with the latest advancements in orthopedic surgery, he also frequently teaches other surgeons about the latest techniques.    

Dr. Ballard received his medical degree from the Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas. He then completed his internship and residency at the University of Nebraska/Creighton Health Sciences Foundation in Omaha, Nebraska. Dr. Ballard rounded out his training by completing a fellowship with one of the pioneers of minimally invasive total hip replacement at Desert Orthopedic Center in Las Vegas, Nevada.   

Dr. Ballard has been voted one of Portland’s Top Doctors by the local medical community and featured by Portland Business Journal and Portland Monthly Magazine. He is proud to provide dedicated, personalized care to patients at ROC in Tualatin and Oregon City, Oregon.   

Dr. Ballard’s patient approach    

Dr. Ballard prioritizes patient-centered care, combining advanced medical expertise with compassion. He focuses on accurate diagnosis, personalized treatment plans, and thorough patient education. Utilizing the latest surgical techniques, innovation, and rehabilitation protocols, he aims to restore function and improve quality of life while ensuring clear communication and support throughout the treatment process. 

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PATIENT EDUCATION VIDEOS

Get to Know Dr. Ballard

Surgical Knee Services

Same Day Knee Replacement

Robotic Knee Replacement

Outpatient Joint Replacement

Total Joint Knee Replacement

Adult Joint Reconstruction

Knee Revision Surgery

Knee Conditions and Procedures

Conditions Treated

  • Arthritis of the Knee
  • Problems in the Knee
  • Cartilage Injuries, Including Tears of the Meniscus

Procedures Performed

  • Knee Replacement
  • Total Knee Replacement
  • Partial Knee Replacement
  • Outpatient Knee Replacement
  • Same-day Knee Replacment
  • Robotic Knee Replacement
  • Smart Knee Replacement
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Meet the ROSA® Robotic Knee System

The goal of a robotic knee replacement is the same as a traditional knee replacement procedure: to help patients with severe knee arthritis regain mobility. With the addition of ROSA Knee System, ROC surgeons offer total knee replacement patients less pain, increased longevity of the implant, reduced blood loss, reduced likelihood of injury and a quicker return to the full range of motion.

Benefits to robotic surgery using the ROSA® Knee System include:

  • ROSA uses data from two-dimensional X-Rays to produce a highly accurate three-dimensional virtual image of your knee
  • Accurate and precise cuts in the bone, results in well-placed implant components
  • ROSA allows your surgeon to personalize your implant placement, achieving a more natural-feeling knee.

DR. BALLARD LEAD ARTICLES

Knee Surgery and Total Joint Replacement of the Knee

Dr. Ballard is board certified, and fellowship trained in joint replacement surgery. In addition to traditional total knee replacement, he offers the latest advances in knee replacement surgery, including partial knee replacements and outpatient knee replacements. 
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Navigating Total Joint Replacement Surgery

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Robotic Knee Replacement with ROSA®

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Knee Revision

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Outpatient Joint Replacement

Patient Stories

Surgical Hip Services

Adult Joint Reconstruction

Total Joint Hip Replacement

Outpatient Joint Replacement

Same Day Hip Replacement

Hip Conditions and Procedures

Conditions Treated

  • Osteoarthritis of the Hip
  • Hip Fractures
  • Avascular Necrosis of the Hip
  • Hip Bursitis
  • Complications with Hip Replacment

Procedures Performed

  • Outpatient Hip Replacement
  • Same Day Hip Replacement
  • Total Hip Replacement
  • Minimally Invasive Hip Replacement – Direct Posterior Approach
  • Minimally Invasive Hip Replacement – Direct Anterior Approach

Hip Surgery and Total Joint Replacement of the Hip

Total hip replacement may be an option for patients who have severe hip arthritis that interferes with their everyday lives. For these patients, nonsurgical treatments may not provide sufficient pain relief. Total hip replacement restores the natural pain-free movement of the hip joint. Patients are often able to return to their favorite activities, including running, biking, golfing, and tennis. Dr. Ballard is board certified and received fellowship training in adult reconstruction surgery.  

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Hip Replacement FAQs

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Navigating Total Joing Replacement Surgery

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When is Hip Arthroscopy Recommended?

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Total Hip Replacement

Patient Stories

What Patients Say

Karl (& Kathy)

Dr. Ballard, I am so appreciative of you and your staff at all locations. You first revised a knee replacement performed by another surgeon. That knee is still going strong many years later! Recently, I you performed a TKR on my other knee, and you helped vastly improve my quality of life. I am back to pay 18 holes of golf two to three times a week. You have stayed on the cutting edge of technology, techniques and equipment. Before surgery, you told me you’d take care of me, and you totally succeeded!

Karl (& Kathy)

D. Robins

Just got done kayaking and getting ready to go snorkeling near the Arch in Cabo San Lucas, Mx. Thanks to you Dr. Ballard we are traveling again and having fun.

D. Robins

Susan T.

Dr. Ballard was amazing. He listened and showed compassion. My hip replacement recovery was amazing.

Susan T.

Alex. S.

Dr. Ballard changed my life! I was only 37 years old and I can now move like I was 20. Great surgeon and wonderful man!

Alex. S.

Debra G.

It's a miracle! Dr. Ballard is an amazing surgeon who gave me the ability to walk again, and so much more!

Debra G.

Where in the World is Dr. Ballard?

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WHAT'S NEW AT ROC ORTHOPEDICS

Dr. Ballard's Insights

Robots Used in Surgery

Robots Used in Surgery

For most of us, our introduction to the idea of robotics started and ended with the Star Wars movie franchise. The idea of robotics conjures up images of smart, human-like machines capable of high level, critical thinking, and superhuman decision-making. In these movies, robots function independently...

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Robotic Knee Replacement with ROSA

Robotic Knee Replacement with ROSA

Knee replacement has been performed for knee arthritis since the 1970s. It has grown to become one of medicine’s most successful, life changing surgeries. Over the years, technology for this procedure has improved in many areas including implant design, surgical tools and technique,...

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Awards and Accomplishments

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Dr. Ballard's FAQ

Education
Undergraduate Degree

Brigham Young University Provo, Utah

 

Medical Degree

Baylor College of Medicine Houston, Texas

Training
Internship

University of Nebraska/Creighton Health Sciences Foundation Omaha, Nebraska

 

Orthopedic Surgery Residency

University of Nebraska/Creighton Health Sciences Foundation Omaha, Nebraska

 

Adult Reconstruction Fellowship

Desert Orthopedic Center Las Vegas, Nevada

Hospital Affiliations
Providence Willamette Falls Medical Center

Legacy Meridian Park Hospital

Locations

Map Pin of Tigard, Oregon