Jason Brannen, M.D.

Dr. Jason Brannen is a fellowship-trained joint replacement surgeon. He specializes in minimally invasive, muscle-sparing, robotic hip and knee replacement surgery. His goal is to alleviate pain and restore function to each individual patient.

Special Procedure Expertise

  • Robotic total hip replacement surgery
  • Robotic partial knee replacement surgery
  • Direct anterior muscle-sparing hip replacement surgery
  • Minimally invasive muscle-sparing total knee replacement surgery
  • Revision total knee arthroplasty
  • Revision total hip arthroplasty
  • MAKOplasty technology
  • Optimized Positioning System total hip
  • Knee 3 total knee replacement

About MAKOplasty®

MAKOplasty® Partial Knee Resurfacing is an innovative treatment option for adults living with early to midstage osteoarthritis (OA) in either the medial (inner), patellofemoral (top), or both compartments of the knee. It is powered by the RIO® Robotic Arm Interactive Orthopedic System, which allows for consistently reproducible precision in performing partial knee resurfacing.

The RIO® System empowers surgeons and hospitals to address the needs of a large and growing, yet currently underserved patient population. Patients who desire a restoration of lifestyle, minimized surgery, reduced pain and rapid recovery may benefit from MAKOplasty®.

During the procedure, the diseased portion of the knee is resurfaced, sparing the patient’s healthy bone and surrounding tissue. An implant is then secured in the joint to allow the knee to move smoothly again. MAKOplasty® Partial Knee Resurfacing can:

  • Facilitate optimal implant positioning to result in a more natural feeling knee following surgery
  • Result in a more rapid recovery and shorter hospital stay than traditional knee replacement surgery
  • Be performed on an outpatient basis
  • Promote a rapid relief from pain and return to daily activities

As a knee arthroplasty procedure, MAKOplasty® is typically covered by most Medicare-approved and private health insurers.

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About Anterior Mini Hip Replacement

Combining the bone conserving benefits of hip resurfacing with the stability of traditional total hip replacement, MiniHip™ provides a solution for today’s challenging, active patient.

Proximal neck geometry

Innovatively designed ‘fit and fill’ neck geometry ensures immediate and long-term proximal stability, allowing increased activity levels.

Short stem design

Explicitly designed for bone conservation, the short stem is implanted through a mid-neck resection, leaving the diaphysis intact and promoting an earlier return to activity.

Cementless Bi-coat

Proven cementless Bi-coat uses an initial scratch fit, creating the necessary friction to promote bone integration for an enduring implant in the active patient (1,2,).

Versatility Intra-operative flexibility allows a seamless transition between hip resurfacing and total hip replacement, coupled with a range of high performance bearings to provide dedicated patient-matched solutions.


Specialized instrumentation designed for all smaller incision approaches, combined with a practical three-stage technique, provides for reproducible results and optimises theatre efficiency.


With its bone conserving stem and range of articulations, MiniHip™ provides a solution for today’s challenging and active patient:

  • Short stem to conserve bone for a less invasive procedure.
  • Titanium alloy for increased bio-compatibility.
  • Multiple high performance articulations.
  • Polished slim neck for increased range of motion.
  • Mid-neck resection for preservation of the femoral neck.
  • Fins for increased rotational stability.
  • Medial curve following medial calcar radius for a more anatomical bone conserving fit.
  • Bi-coat for initial fixation and osteointegration(1,2).
  • Polished distal tip to prevent distal fixation, may help to reduce the risk of anterior thigh pain(3).
  • Nine sizes with increasing neck length for a proportional fit.

Instrumentation Specialized instrumentation designed for all small incision approaches, in combination with a practical operative technique, provides for reproducible results and optimizes theatre efficiency.

The MiniHip™ single-tray system takes into consideration the modern day, theatre environment:

  • Versatile instrumentation allows the MiniHip™ stem to be implanted through the surgeon’s routine approach.
  • Innovatively designed instrumentation provides access to the hip through all smaller incision approaches.
  • The dedicated double offset handles have been incorporated into the instrumentation for a small incision approach(1).
  • The simplified tray system provides for minimal handling time and maximum theatre efficiency.
  • The three intra-operative steps allow an easier, more reproducible procedure.

Minimally Invasive Anterior Total Hip Joint Replacement

The anterior approach is an approach to the front of the hip joint as opposed to a lateral (side) approach to the hip or posterior (back) approach. It is a true anterior approach to the hip and should not be confused with the Harding approach which is often referred to as an anterior approach.

Rehabilitation is accelerated and hospital time decreased because the hip is replaced without detachment of muscle from the pelvis or femur. Other surgical approaches necessitate detachment of multiple muscles from the femur during surgery. In the anterior approach, by contrast, the hip is approached and replaced through a natural interval between muscles. The most important muscles for hip function, the gluteal muscles that attach to the posterior and lateral pelvis and femur, are left undisturbed.


  • Florida Orthopedic Institute Adult Reconstruction Fellowship (2011-2012)
  • Texas A&M Scott & White Orthopedic Surgery Residency Program (2006-2011)
  • University of Texas Medical Branch (Galveston), Doctorate of Medicine (2002-2006)
  • University of Texas Medical Branch (Galveston), Masters of Science (2001-2002)
  • Texas Tech University (Lubbock, Texas), BS Chemistry (1994-1999)


  • Distinguished Fellow Award, Florida Orthopedic Institute Adult Reconstruction
  • Chief Resident of Orthopedic Surgery, Texas A&M Scott and White
  • First place in diagnosis and treatment of pathologic tumors
  • UTMB AOA nominee

Publications & Research

K.A. Gustke MD, J. Brannen MD - Treatment of Infected Total Knee Replacement with Two Stage Mobile Spacer

H.W. Sampson, Ph.D.1,2,3, C. D. Chaput, M.D.2,3, J. Brannen, M.D.2, R.A. Probe, M.D.2,3 , K.J. Bayless, Ph.D.4, A.C. Dearman, M.S.1, V. J. VanBuren, Ph.D.1, “Alcohol Consumption During the Inflammatory Stage of Fracture Healing Increases Chemotaxis and Cell Migration, Decreases Cell Cycle and Proliferation, and Increases Development: A Microarray Analysis of Gene Expression.”

Doctor in the Community

Dr. Jason Brannen is a fellowship-trained joint replacement surgeon. He specializes in minimally invasive, muscle-sparing, robotic hip and knee replacement surgery. His goal is to alleviate pain and restore function to each individual patient.

"To maintain balance, I have an active life outside the hospital. My hometown is Roswell, New Mexico, and from a young age I spent most of my time outdoors. Golf is a passion of mine, and my wife would tell you that I have a mild addiction to bird hunting. I have been happily married for 10 years and am the proud father of two young girls."


13603 Michel Road

Tomball, TX 77375

The Woodlands

9319 Pinecroft Dr.

Suite 200

The Woodlands, TX 77380

p: 281-351-7261

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