My massage therapist highly recommended that I visit Dr. Romanelli for an old shoulder injury. She said she'd worked on many of his patients and had seen great results come from his care. I'm so glad I listened to her because I found Dr. Romanelli to be kind, caring, patient, and compassionate. He operated on my shoulder and was able to correct pain that I'd been struggling with for quite a few years. I feel like I've gotten my quality of life back. I will be going to him for treatment of my other shoulder, as will my husband for a knee pain evaluation. Dr. Romanelli is the best!
Julianna Martinez
Julianna Martinez
My first surgery and hopefully my last, i felt so welcomed right after surgery and felt that i was in good hands. My recovery was a little tough but the dr's advice would help me keep pushing.
Judy Langoni
Judy Langoni
Had the best experience with Dr Romanelli. He took him time with my daughter’s injury and always made her feel comfortable. The office staff is amazing.
Leo Garza
Leo Garza
Thank you so much for what you did to me i can’t wait to get back onto the field.
David Restocruz
David Restocruz
I had surgery on my right shoulder 4.5 months ago, I was unable to sleep due to the intense pain at all times. Recovery is hard work, but I’m happy to say I’m able to sleep very well and I have no pain on my right shoulder. Dr Romanelli is an amazing surgeon!
Tadeo Lara
Tadeo Lara
Very knowledgeable man a great listener very attentive and always wants the best for his clients would definitely recommend
Dr. Joey PT
Dr. Joey PT
I recently consulted with Dr. Dan Romanelli for knee pain and swelling that I had been struggling with for several months. Dr. Romanelli provided me with a very concise evaluation and imaging which gave me some great insight into what was going on with my knees. He then treated me over several visits and gave great guidance from my recovery. Since his treatment, my knees are back to 100% and I am now able to return to martial arts. I've studied martial arts for over 30 years and Dr. Romanelli gave me my life back! I've since returned to Jiu-Jitsu, something I couldn't do for years! I can't thank him enough. I highly recommend seeing him if you are having any trouble with joint pain or injuries.
Eunice Guerra
Eunice Guerra
Dr. Romanelli is an exceptionally experienced surgeon who operates at the highest level of care to deliver his patients the best outcome possible. His staff is always polite, attentive and swift with all appointments. 3 months Post Op and I am fortunate to be in the hands of Romanelli all through my Acl Revovery Journey!

Dr. Daniel A. Romanelli, M.D.

Providing Excellence in

Orthopedic Surgery and Sports Injury

for the Rio Grande Valley

Dr. Romanelli is Board certified in both Orthopedic Surgery and Sports Medicine. He completed his fellowship training in Sports Medicine and Arthroscopic Surgery in Los Angeles, CA. With a B.A. from UCLA and a medical degree from New York Medical College, his journey to becoming an excellent orthopedic specialist for the Rio Grande Valley has been decades in the making. 

Second only to his Orthopedic Surgical practice, Dr. Romanelli also assists the medical world, wearing many hats! Some of his positions held include: 
Headshot of Dr. Daniel A. Romanelli, M.D. RIO Grande Valley, Texas Orthopedic Surgeon & Sports Medicine
With over 23 years of practice experience, Dr. Romanelli is continually researching new surgery methods, treatment options, and patient experience approaches.
By consistently dedicating his life to his career, Dr. Romanelli has grown from a local specialist to one of the best orthopedic surgeons in the Southwest. Dr. Romanelli’s  surgical and medical specialties include:
Shoulder Arthroscopic Surgery

Conducting both simple and complex arthroscopic reconstructive surgeries with the latest Advanced Techniques:

    • Rotator Cuff Tears  
    • Shoulder Labral Instability/Dislocation
    • Bicep tendon injuries
    • SLAP Tears
    • Revision Shoulder Surgery
    • Superior Capsular Reconstructions
Knee Arthroscopic Surgery

Dr. Romanelli sees patients for all knee ligamentous injuries which include but not limited to : 

    • ACL Knee Surgery
    • Quadriceps Autograft, adult and pediatric 
    • Adult Bone PatellarTendon Bone (BPTB) Autograft
    • Independent Tunnels Technique: Dr. Romanelli employs the independent tunnels technique in ACL reconstruction to closely mimic the knee’s natural anatomy, enhancing stability and movement post-surgery. This approach involves drilling separate, anatomically positioned tunnels for the graft, optimizing the knee’s biomechanical function.
    • Revision Knee Surgery
      • Autograft: Dr. Romanelli utilizes the patient’s own tissue, such as the quadricep or patellar tendon, for grafting in revision knee surgery, ensuring natural integration and healing.

      • Allograft: In cases where patient tissue is not viable, Dr. Romanelli employs donor tissue for reconstruction, providing an alternative that can reduce recovery time.

      • Concomitant Procedures:

        • Anterior Lateral Ligament Reconstruction: Performed alongside primary knee surgery to enhance knee stability and control.
        • Meniscal Root Repair: Executed to maintain the integrity of the meniscus, crucial for the knee’s shock absorption and stability.
    • Knee cartilage problems: Microfracture, Orthobiologics, OAT procedures 
    • Autograft/Allograft OAT and Mega OAT Procedures 
    • MACI procedures: Dr. Romanelli offers the cutting-edge MACI procedure, a two-stage treatment involving the arthroscopic harvesting of a patient’s own cartilage cells, followed by laboratory cultivation and re-implantation of these cells onto a collagen membrane to effectively repair knee cartilage defects. This technique is tailored for patients seeking regenerative solutions for improved knee function and pain relief.
    • Viscosupplementation   
    • Medial Patellofemoral Ligament (MPFL) Reconstruction
Knee Meniscus Injuries

Dr. Romanelli brings over 23 years of expertise to the treatment of knee meniscus injuries, specializing in meniscal repair. His extensive experience ensures patients receive expert care in regenerative treatments for knee recovery.

    • Meniscus Repair
    • Meniscal Root Repair 
Elbow Surgeries
  • Tommy John Surgery also is known as Ulnar Collateral Ligament Reconstruction surgery 
  • Distal Biceps Injuries
  • Distal Tricep Injuries
  • Lateral epicondylitis (PRP), commonly known as “tennis elbow.”
Wrist/Hand Injuries
  • Wrist Arthroscopy
  • Wrist and Hand Fractures, 
  • Carpal tunnel,
  • Trigger fingers.
Foot and Ankle Injuries
  • Ankle Arthroscopy
  • Foot and ankle fractures 
  • Stress fractures
  • Lisfranc injuries
Regenerative Sports Medicine/ Orthobiologics
    • Leukocyte poor for joints
    • Leukocyte rich for tendons
    • Bone Marrow Aspirate: Dr. Romanelli utilizes ultrasound guidance to accurately perform bone marrow aspirations, ensuring precise needle placement and enhancing patient safety during the procedure.
    • Micronized Fat Cell Aspirate: Dr. Romanelli employs a technique to harvest and refine fat cells into a micronized form, enhancing their injectability for cosmetic and regenerative applications.
Dr. Romanelli is fluent in both English and Spanish.
He is dedicated to transparent communication with every one of his Texas patients, regardless of their cultural or social-economic background. 


If you’re looking to find the freedom lost to your injury- contact Dr. Romanelli today!