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As a pediatric orthopedic surgeon, I specialize in conditions concerning the musculoskeletal system in infants, children, and adolescents, such as adolescent idiopathic scoliosis. My treatment procedures cover a wide variety of children’s conditions including limb deficiency and deformity, trauma/fractures, sports injuries, tumor/oncology, and spinal deformities such as scoliosis. This website is designed to help familiarize you with my practice and demonstrate the scope of orthopedic conditions I treat. I invite you to revisit my website as we update it in the future.
As a fellow of the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons (AAOS), my practice stays within the principles of their guidelines. These philosophies are:
Provide individualized, patient-centered care. Not all patients with the same or very similar problems require the exact same treatment. Different factors such as age, severity of problem, and response to the treatment can dictate the recommendations for treatment. Every patient is personalized for their prescription.
Educate and empower patients. When it comes to different treatment options, each patient and their family are well educated in the diagnosis. Each patient is encouraged in the participation in the overall decision making process which will only work if they have a strong understanding of each option available.
Conservative treatment first. There are some situations where surgical procedures are mandatory (fractures or dislocations). However, when surgery isn't necessarily required, nonoperative or conservative treatment is first priority. The last resort for orthopedic problems will always be surgical treatment.
Establish realistic expectations. All patients and their families need to understand what results can come from the treatment option. There can be weeks of immobilization because of a fracture and/or months of physical therapy. Setting the right expectations for recovery can help with patient satisfaction and the overall care provided.
Optimize care delivery. It's always important to respect a patient's privacy. Care is delivered in a cost-effective and time-efficient manner. Medical assistants have become an ever increasing benefit to doctors to help with patients in a compassionate manner.
Quality care requires quality time. There is a significant amount of time patients and doctors need to invest when it comes to both treatment decisions and treatment execution. Because of this, there needs to be a very high quality of care with each patient's that walks in the doors. Our practice strives to invest as much time as needed to help a patient through their orthopedic problem.
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