Arm, Elbow, Hand and Wrist, Shoulder


Arthritis, Arthroscopic Surgery, Deformity, Disability, Joint Replacement, Osteoporosis, Pain, Rehabilitation, Sports Medicine, Trauma/Fractures, Nerve Disorders (i.e. carpal tunnel syndrome)

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My approach to treating patients

I specialize in hand and upper extremity surgery, which also includes surgery of the elbow and shoulder. My practice emphasizes the care of patients with all types of problems ranging from injuries to arthritis. I am especially interested in advanced treatments for hand surgery that include endoscopic, arthroscopic and microsurgery surgery emphasizing less invasive approaches to treating arthritis, injury, and deformity.

Several key variables affect the success of hand and upper extremity surgery. High on the list is the patient's own motivation and attitude and during recovery. Equally important is the surgeon's background skill and clinical volume, which studies have directly led to best outcomes. I am fellowship trained in hand surgery as well as microsurgery. My practice focuses almost exclusively on the operative treatment of patients with injuries or arthritis of the hand, elbow, or shoulder, and I perform hundreds of these operations every year. In addition, I have taught these procedures to other surgeons, treated complex cases referred by surgeons, and have published results from research about these problems since the beginning of my practice including the publication of two textbooks on hand surgery, The Principles of Hand Surgery and Therapy and Hand Surgery Update 3, and a third text that is being developed as a core knowledge textbook for residents and fellows in hand surgery.

I am part of the team of physicians who helps to provide orthopaedic care for the University of Washington Husky athletes. I take regular call at Harborview Medical Center for Hand and Upper Extremity Injuries. Harborview Medical Center is the only Level I Trauma Center serving state of Washington as well as Alaska, Montana and Idaho. These factors, working in partnership with patients as well as with hand therapists offer the best chance of achieving excellent clinical results.

However, the skills of the surgeon and the therapist and the patient's motivation are not the entire equation: A plan of decision making for treatment is also essential as well. In many cases, patients have unique problems that require a surgery and rehabilitation program that is especially tailored to their needs. I work with my patients to evaluate their occupation, sports and other recreational interests to design a treatment to fit their needs. I work with the patient as well as the therapist, including skilled local therapists near the patient's home, to make sure that the surgery and rehabilitation have the best chance for success. In every case, I strive to follow a partnership with a patient that helps to relieve their pain, increase their function, and enhance their chances for the future.

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UW Medicine Bone and Joint Center 4245 Roosevelt Way NE Box 354740 Seattle, WA USA 98105-6920 View map Phone 206-598-0685 Fax 206-598-6360

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