Knee, Shoulder


Arthroscopic Surgery, Sports Medicine

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My approach to treating patients

I am a board-certified, fellowship-trained specialist in arthroscopic surgery and orthopaedic sports medicine. My primary area of specialization is arthroscopic surgery of the shoulder and knee.

I have been extremely fortunate in that I have had the opportunity to work with the most well-respected arthroscopic surgeons in the country during my fellowship training. The surgeons at the Southern California Orthopaedic Institute have pioneered many of the arthroscopic techniques that are used by surgeons all around the world today.

Working with these talented surgeons has enabled me to develop the skills necessary to become a subspecialist in arthroscopic surgery of the shoulder and knee. I especially enjoy the challenges presented by complex shoulder problems, and a large part of my practice is devoted to the treatment of revision surgeries (failed prior surgeries). This has enabled me to make a difference in the lives of numerous patients by significantly improving their quality of life. In addition, many of my patients come from areas outside of Manitowoc County, so I have had the opportunity to get to know many interesting families from Sheboygan, Fond du Lac, Appleton, Minocqua, Green Bay, Milwaukee, and Rhinelander, as well as various locations throughout Michigan. If you want to learn more about these patients' experiences, please visit our group website at www.hfmhealth.org/lakeshoreorthopaedics, and click on the "Testimonials" section in the left hand column.

When it comes to treating patients, I believe each patient should be fully educated about their condition, so that they may participate in the decision-making process. Each patient has different functional demands and lifestyle expectations, and treatment should be tailored to meet each patient's individual needs.

When surgical treatment is indicated, I take the time to explain the risks and benefits of surgery to each patient. It is very important for the patient to understand the details of the rehabilitation process, as well the expected outcome after surgery.

I consider it a great privilege when a patient places their trust in me and allows me to perform their surgery. I treat each patient like my own family member, and give nothing less than 110% during every single surgery. Ask anyone who knows me- I am a perfectionist. I will never leave the operating room until the end result is as perfect as humanly possible.

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Lakeshore Orthopaedics Harbor Town Campus 1650 S. 41st Street Manitowoc, WI USA 54221 View map Phone 920-320-4500

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