If you go to an orthopedic surgeon for treatment, are non-surgical orthopedic treatments an option for you? Since Dr. Bennett is an Orthopedic Surgeon, you might think that the only treatments he offers require surgery. That’s not the case — actually most patients can be treated without surgery.
For those patients who would be best advised to have surgery to treat their injuries, most of the time their injuries can be treated with minimally-invasive arthroscopic surgery. Dr. Bennett talks about this misconception in this video, and he describes what’s discussed in your treatment plan.
We want you to be informed. It is our goal here to make sure that you are educated on your disease process, on your injury, and step by step, explain to you your options. And I want to make it clear that surgery is not the only option. And there are other options in addition to surgery. As a matter-of-fact the majority of injuries that we see are treated without surgery.
Treating your injury without surgery might just a matter of, either changing your technique, regarding your tennis swing, or how you hold abat, or a tennis racket. Or, a non-
surgical treatment might be just strengthening certain muscles in certain areas. Or, even changing your shoe wear. This actually can make a big effect in the kinematics of your body, which in turn affects the rate of injury.
So many of these things just need to be explained to the patient. And we want to make sure that you understand this. And like I said, the majority of the injuries that we see can be prevented. And oftentimes surgery is not indicated. But if it is indicated, we want to make sure that you are comfortable with proceeding with surgery, and you’re comfortable with our office, and with our abilities. And that you understand your treatment plan every step of the way, from the preoperative process, to the surgery itself, to the postoperative process.
You will be educated on how the injury occurred, in addition to the anatomy, in addition to the plan. And we will go through each option of the plan. There’s always plan A, B, or C in case something else is identified during the procedure. And then we will extensively discuss the postoperative course, which is actually outlined in a specific protocol that you will be given postoperatively to take to a licensed physical therapist in your area.
So once again we just want to make sure that you understand, that we want you to be comfortable, and we want you to have a very good understanding, and be very well educated on your pathology, and your injury.
Dr. J. Michael Bennett is a Board Certified Orthopedic Surgeon and a Fellowship Trained Sports Medicine Specialist with offices in Sugar Land near First Colony Mall and in Houston near the Galleria. He specializes in treating injuries and pathologies of the shoulders, elbows, and knees. Dr. Bennett also treats some hand and wrist injuries such as carpal tunnel syndrome and trigger finger. Call our offices at 281-633-8600 in Sugar Land and at 713-234-3152 in Houston.