Charles Toulson, MD, MBA, is an orthopedic surgeon compelled to excel. From a young age, he realized that his aptitude for medicine could be laser focused to help people living with chronic pain.
His life is a superb example of a man with a plan––a targeted plan to become a pioneer in the field of orthopedic surgery. Board certified and fellowship trained, Dr. Toulson specialties and interests include adult hip and knee reconstruction, adult hip and knee revisions, and state-of-the-art robotic-assisted joint replacement. He’s regarded by his patients and peers as one of the leading orthopedic surgeons in the country.
Not only has Dr. Toulson performed more robotic-assisted joint replacement procedures than any other surgeon in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex, he has the distinction of paving the path for two major hospitals in North Texas to achieve the elite status of being accredited as Joint Replacement Centers of Excellence.
Exceptional Education and Training
Dr. Toulson’s impeccable educational pedigree includes a medical degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, extensive training from John Hopkins Hospital, and sub-speciality training at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York, the number-one ranked orthopedic hospital in the country. Coupled with his MBA from Baylor University, Dr. Toulson’s education and training ensure positive outcomes.
Affiliated with several institutions in Texas including Methodist McKinney Hospital, Medical City McKinney, Medical City Frisco and Plano, Eminent Medical Center, Baylor Scott & White Medical Center – McKinney, Baylor Scott & White Medical Center – Plano and Baylor Scott, White Surgical Hospital at Sherman & Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital of Allen, his esteemed reputation is one that has been hard earned and reflects his unwavering dedication to his craft.
Alpha Orthopedics & Sports Medicine Founder
As the founder of Alpha Orthopedics & Sports Medicine, Dallas’ premier destination for hip and knee replacements, Dr. Toulson also puts his MBA from Baylor to good use. His practice has locations conveniently located in Dallas and in McKinney and provides care for a full range of musculoskeletal disorders, diseases, and injuries to the human body.
Instilled with a deep knowledge of the skeletal structure and its complicated movements, he was the first surgeon in the area to perform a direct anterior hip replacement with robotic assistance. Dr. Toulson also completed the first ever, total knee replacement for both of a patient’s knees bilaterally (simultaneously) using the MAKO Robotic-Arm Assisted Technology.
The MAKOplasty robotic arm assists Dr. Toulson in making precise surgeries. “What’s critical is the MAKO robot will not permit me to deviate outside of the plan that we have instituted in the very beginning of surgery,” details Dr. Toulson. “As the surgeon, I’m still doing the surgery, the robot is just allowing me to do it in a more precise manner.”
“This 3D technology allows me to see the orientation, alignment, rotation, and actual size of the implant that we will be using. So, I can actually see with 3D technology what the implant looks like and I can make adjustments in surgery to balance the ligaments inside of the knee,” Dr. Toulson continues.
A Pioneer in Minimally Invasive Surgery Techniques
Known for pioneering minimally invasive surgery techniques for hip and knee replacement, including the anterior supine hip replacement surgery. Dr. Toulson’s anterior approach allows patients to immediately bend their hip freely and bear full weight after surgery because he’s able to replace a hip joint without detaching muscle from the pelvis or femur during surgery.
Resulting in rapid recovery times for patients, the anterior approach allows patients to walk without a cane or walker in just one to two days following surgery, according to Dr. Toulson.
Dr. Toulson details two patient outcomes that stand out as accomplishments, although he has a plethora of patients with positive outcomes eager to share their stories. In fact, all of his patients have confidence in Dr. Toulson’s experience and knowledge.
This includes treating patients like an allergy nurse in a busy ENT practice in McKinney. Working over 10 hours a day providing allergy skin testing and giving allergy shots, the constant daily up and down movement performing his job caused the nurse excruciating hip pain. Enter Dr. Toulson who performed a total hip replacement that eliminated the pain.
“My wife and I cannot begin to find words to express our gratitude for your quick diagnosis and subsequent surgery to put my life back on track,” the nurse wrote Dr. Toulson. “I’m proud to personally add my name to the list of the many positive reviews I initially read about describing your clinical and personal skills in action.”
Another patient was suffering with severe arthritis in her knees and also sought out Dr. Toulson for relief. “I was having severe pain in my knees, I had difficulty going up and down stairs, steps, even the curb. It hurt so bad to walk, even short distances,” she says.
“When patients come in with arthritis, we often try non-operative means of treatment before we talk about surgery,” says Dr. Toulson. Once non-operative options for knee arthritis are exhausted, Dr. Toulson sits down with patients and details the benefits and the risks of total knee replacement.
The astounding results of this patient’s duel knee replacement surgery were life changing. “The surgery went wonderfully. I haven’t had any problems and every day it gets better and better. I can walk up the steps now getting into my home,” she says.
Highlights of Dr. Toulson’s countless other success stories and the joy his patients express at the outcome of their hip or knee replacement surgeries––and how it’s changed their lives––are documented on his website, drcharlestoulson.com, with videos and moving testimonials.
Awards and Accolades
It’s no surprise that Dr. Toulson has been named among the Best Doctors in Dallas for orthopedic surgery by D Magazinenine times and among the Best Orthopedic Surgeons in Collin County by D Magazine six times. He’s also been awarded best orthopedic surgeon for nine years running by Living Magazine, along with being named best orthopedic surgeon for the past five years by LIVING WELL Magazine.
A Personal Glimpse of Dr. Toulson Outside of His Practice
Dr. Toulson is among those extraordinarily rare individuals whose medical skills are only outmatched by his compassion and kindness. He greets every patient with a warm smile and considers each one of them part of the family.
Speaking of family, Dr. Toulson’s immediate loved ones include his lovely wife Deryn Toulson. Deryn holds a bachelor’s degree in nursing and works at Medical City McKinney Hospital. A former cheerleader for the New Orleans Saints, she wed Dr. Toulson in a fairytale Dallas ceremony in 2017. The couple’s three adorable children––Cameron, Brooklyn, and Blade––make Dr. Toulson beam with pride.