Fast Talk

What’s it like being an Orthopedic Surgeon?
I love my job because each day I get a chance to do something great.

What is your practice basic style and philosophy?
I am in medicine for the right reason.  I demand a lot out of myself and press on hard to deliver top level results.  Each patient has different interests and decisions are made with this in mind.

What does it mean to be a Specialist?
Being a specialist means extra responsibility to stay up to date with breakthroughs, while mastering arthroscopic advances.  

What is your Specialty Training?
Arthroscopy and Sports Medicine. After 4 years of medical school each new doctor chooses a residency based on a number of things but mainly based on their medical interest and personality.  I chose orthopedic surgery because I wanted to be the one to fix the problem.  After 5 years of orthopedic surgery residency, I was hungry for specialty training.  I put in the extra work during fellowship training to become a legitimate sports medicine expert.   

Can you better define Arthroscopy?
Arthroscopy is a minimally invasive surgical procedure used to treat damaged structures within a joint (shoulder, hip, knee, elbow, ankle or wrist).  The arthroscope is inserted into the joint through small incisions to produce images on a TV monitor.  Surgery is performed using specialized tools while watching the TV monitor.    
No longer are large incisions and invasive surgery needed to treat most joint problems.  High level arthroscopy is a special skill set that has led to better understanding and better outcomes.

Because its sports medicine, do you only treat athletes?
I treat anyone that needs care.  Being an arthroscopic sports medicine doctor means just as much to a senior as it does to a professional athlete.  If a senior has a rotator cuff shoulder injury that needs surgery then fixing it through the arthroscope is the answer.   Open shoulder surgery for a rotator cuff problem is now considered an out dated and classical procedure.

Broken Bones and Fractures?
Getting kids, seniors and hardworking people back to their lives after a broken bone/fracture is a major part of my practice.  Every day, I treat broken bones with either a cast or if needed surgical plates and screws.  I take pride in getting these fractures to heal.

What’s your perspective on working with professional athletes?
My personality and skills are tailored for the professional athlete.  All athletes are different.  I get it and understand the athlete.  They need to be seen in clinic now, they need the right diagnosis, they need their surgeon to be available and they need the best treatment.  I meet the athlete’s demands and if surgery is required I will get it done right.

There is no reason why our elite level athletes need to seek PRP, Stem Cells or other biologic treatment outside the United States of America. When indicated and if it makes real sense for the patient, I routinely use biologics to treat or augment soft tissue injuries.

What medical advances are you keeping your eye on?
Cartilage advances.  Cartilage repair is where the future is in sports medicine.  I make sure I am on top of the latest biological treatments that may better or speed (cartilage, meniscus, ACL, tendon) healing.