Dr. Simon Mears, fellowship-trained orthopaedic surgeon at UAMS, discusses how patients can expect a team approach when evaluating and addressing complex hip or knee conditions in order to develop a customized plan that maximizes the quality of their outcomes after surgery.
[Dr. Simon Mears, Hip and Knee Surgeon, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery]
What can I do for patients with complex problems? The health care field is complicated. It is difficult to get through, to navigate, and you often need help. Many people with complex joint replacement problems have other things going on. We really try and work as a team to improve those things before surgery. If your diabetes is out of control, we have to get that better before we can safely do your surgery. If you need to stop smoking, we need to get this accomplished before surgery.
I think it’s important to have a surgeon who takes all those things into account and helps you be the best person you can be before surgery so that we can get the best result possible together.
When somebody comes to visit me in the clinic, I see every patient. We work as a team. I’m teaching, as well. There are residents and fellows who may see you, but I will examine and see everybody and formulate the plan and work with you to get you better.