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  Introduction to the Practice


We are here to help you
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Dr. Stark is an orthopedic surgeon and wants to be considered for all the non-surgical orthopedic needs. These include: education, communication, coordination of data, and provision for additional input, when necessary.

 

 

We will always avoid surgery. We know that the good surgeon is trained not to operate when appropriate. The decision to operate, or not to operate, is a negotiation between the doctor and the patient. The two decide the proper course of action, based on an assessment of symptoms and their limitations, as well as the risks and benefits.

Dr. Stark is also well-connected with the community and can assist you in finding other excellent specialists and services that make your medical care the highest quality possible.

We have your best interests in mind.

Dr. Stark treats each patient as if he or she is a family member. This involves protecting them from things they don’t need or understand and providing what they do need. This includes thoughtful care and access to time and resources.

He will always put the patient’s interests first, because this is the only way it should be. Hippocrates spelled out this principle centuries ago and Dr. Stark still lives by this Hippocratic Oath he took at the end of medical school.

He will also usually be available on his cell phone after hours to answer questions or concerns you might have.


The best way to get what you need is to communicate with us.
Please communicate openly with us. We try to anticipate what you need, technically and personally, but each patient has individual needs and we want to meet those. The best way to meet your needs is during an office visit. The phone may help us clear up some small things, but the real important decisions require data, full communication and a thorough examination when patient and doctor are together. If there is not time, we will schedule more time. These communications considerations also extend to other professionals, including a possible need to meet other doctors as well as attorneys.

We can tell you when surgery is necessary and when it is not.
Surgery is important, but there is much more to it than what meets the eye. ‘When to operate’ and ‘what to do’ are complex decisions, but there are other decisions involved, including the roles of supportive and non-surgical care. We want you to have the best office experience, the best imaging, the best physical therapy, and the best communications. In order to have the ideal surgical experience, the primary care provider, who knows the patient’s general health best, should assist in the preoperative preparation process.

The surgery will be performed with the greatest care possible, with all the safeguards and precautions we can muster. This means performing at excellent hospitals, coordinating with other excellent caregivers, and being available for any questions and problems. We also take the prevention of complications very seriously. This means adequate preparation and observation of precise detail during surgery, but also the execution of special precautions, such as confirming studies and prophylactic antibiotics.


If legal considerations are a reality…
We need to know early on if there is litigation involved, whether it is workers’ compensation, motor vehicle, or other. When there is injury and others may be responsible, we must gather necessary data and communicate with the different parties involved. Some of the responsibility for this communication lies with your attorney, if there is one.

Be honest about your level of distress and the relationship of the problem to all of the factors that may be at the root of it. We will deal with the realities of the situation and Dr. Stark will need to know the absolute truth to help you best and represent your care. If your problem sounds related to an injury or workers’ compensation situation, he will tell you. If it does not seem so, he will tell you that as well. His reputation depends on absolute fairness to the many parties involved. It is in this way that expenses are held down and he can help the greatest number of people.




 
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