About Dr. Clint Kirk
Dr. Kirk is a native Oklahoman with over 20 years’ experience in Adult Reconstructive surgery. Dr. Kirk averages 500 surgical procedures per year with the majority of these 10,000 plus surgeries being knee, hip and shoulder replacements.
Dr. Kirk received his undergraduate degree from the University of Oklahoma in 1989. A Traditional internship was completed at Tri-City Hospital in Dallas, Texas. He was awarded “Intern of the Year” His residency in Orthopedic Surgery was completed at Dallas / Ft. Worth Medical Center.
During residency, Dr. Kirk was accepted by world renowned Joint Replacement surgeon Richard E. “Dickey” Jones at the Texas Joint Restoration Center. Dr. Jones is still very well recognized among joint replacement surgeons around the world. Dr. Kirk’s mentorship required all aspects of patient management, joint replacement surgery and original research and publication. Dr. Kirk published a paper for Dr. Jones and Johnson and Johnson highlighting “Rotating Platform Knee Replacement Trials”
Dr. Kirk says the fellowship program he participated in as a resident was integral to the model of quality and efficiency he currently has at Comanche County Memorial Hospital. This allows Dr. Kirk and his team to perform up to 8 joint replacement surgeries a day.
After residency, Dr. Kirk fulfilled a scholarship repayment program obligation at the Carl Albert Indian Hospital in Ada Oklahoma. Dr. Kirk’s final year of repayment was filled at Eastern Oklahoma Medical Center. He was then recruited to Muskogee Bone and Joint. He practiced in Muskogee from 2003 – 2009. He held the position of surgical department chairman.
Dr. Kirk was recruited to CCMH in 2009 to begin a joint replacement program. Dr. Kirk is the highest volume joint replacement surgeon in Southwest Oklahoma and as of 2016, he is the only surgeon south of Oklahoma City who is authorized to use the MAKO robot in surgery.
Dr. Kirk states that while he was one of the first joint replacement surgeons to perform a reverse total shoulder replacement and computer navigated knee replacements in Oklahoma, he is most proud of today’s current technology such as special operating room beds that allow for mini-incision direct anterior hip replacements and certainly the biggest advance to date which is the MAKO robotic assisted partial knee and hip replacement. This allows him to see the finished product on the computer before an incision is made. Now the marriage of “old” computer navigated surgery is now combined with surgeon controlled robotics to increase safety, precision and accuracy of component placement.
The robots function is not actually doing any part of the surgery, it just keeps the surgeon honest so to speak by keeping him or her to the exact surgical plan based on the patient’s own cat scan and computer segmented plan. The robot will actually shut down if a surgeon strays away from the plan (even a millimeter).
Dr. Kirk says even if a surgeon has done 20,000 or more surgeries he or she cannot reproduce the precision of a robot combined with a CAT scan. Technology is now so good, and in combination with minimally invasive incisions, most total knee, hip and partial knee replacements are performed within one hour. The majority of the partial knee replacements are done on an outpatient basis.
Personally, Dr. Kirk lives in Ft. Worth Texas with his wife Tiffany and his son Jett. He is an aviation enthusiast who pilots his plane to and from his practice in Lawton OK. Dr. Kirk enjoys fabrication, prototyping and owns several trademarks. He is a Christian surgeon. He and his family attend the Gateway Church in Ft Worth.
Direct Anterior Approach for Total Hip Replacement
- This is Dr. Kirk’s preferred approach for most patients.
- Small anterior hip incision
- Utilizes a special operating room table to facilitate this approach
- Rapid recovery
- Full weight bearing on surgical hip – usually same day
- Muscle sparing approach (no muscles or tendons are cut, go through a natural interval in the muscles)
- Can be done with or without MAKO robot assist
- Diagnostic knee and shoulder arthroscopy
- Meniscus surgery
- Chondroplasty, micro-fracture
- Repair of dislocating patella
- ACL Reconstruction
- Rotator Cuff Repair
- Labral Repair
- Repair of SLAP lesions
- Biceps release and tenodesis
- Subacromial decompression for impingement syndrome
- Distal clavicle resection
- Shoulder chondroplasty