Dr. C. Lowry Barnes, fellowship-trained orthopaedic hip and knee surgeon at UAMS Health, shares how patients can expect an expert evaluation with treatment recommendations designed to help decrease pain and get back to their daily activities.
[Dr. C. Lowry Barnes, Hip and Knee Surgeon, Chair of the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery]
When a patient visits me with a problem, they can expect me to listen to them, figure out what’s wrong with them and make a recommendation that they understand. It may be a series of things we do to either diagnose the problem or treat the problem. Oftentimes, patients come in, they’re ready — they’ve been told they need a hip replacement and they’re ready to have it — or a knee replacement. Many times, I’m telling the patient — you know, you’re really not ready for hip replacement or knee replacement, yet, because your symptoms don’t warrant it. My goal for patients is to get them back to what they want to be doing.