Practically nothing makes a physician feel fulfilled and that they are making a difference in people’s lives than receiving appreciation from a patient. Recently, this heartfelt, very personal letter was pinned to the bulletin board in the office of Dr. Michael A. Gott, an orthopedic surgeon with our Westchester Health Orthopedics and Sports Medicine group. We reproduce it here so that our readers might be encouraged to seek surgery and other healing therapies for their conditions, too. Hopefully they, like this letter’s anonymous author, could experience similar satisfaction and life-changing freedom from pain.
Every patient has his/her own reasons for seeking shoulder surgery, whether it’s to get back to a particular sport at an elite level of competition or to be free of the daily pain of a certain condition. And just as important as the decision to have shoulder surgery is determining which surgeon should perform it. In his recent blog, Russell J. Cavallo, MD, an Orthopedic Sports Medicine specialist and general orthopedic surgeon with Westchester Health Orthopedics and Sports Medicine, shares 8 important things to keep in mind before choosing the surgeon to entrust with your shoulder.