Everybody has a story about why they became who they are today, and doctors are no different. Skilled orthopedic surgeon Dr. Jeffrey Carroll gave us a little insight into his story – what he enjoys outside of work when he’s not treating his patients for joint pain and fractures, and why he became an orthopedic and sports medicine specialist.
Q: What made you decide to become a doctor?
“I’ve always had a keen interest in science, especially biology. I majored in biochemistry. I decided after a couple of internships in biochemistry and chemical engineering that the application of science was more interesting than research. That decision led me to the field of medicine.”
Q: Why did you go into the field of orthopedics?
“I had quite a few injuries as a collegiate athlete at Michigan State University while I was on the track team. Initially, most of my experience was with athletic trainers and physical therapists. Eventually, I met a team of doctors and orthopedic surgeons. I found the field of orthopedic surgery fascinating.”
Q: Tell us about your favorite treatment / procedure that seems to be the most successful for treating chronic pain.
“I enjoy treating all hip, knee, and shoulder problems, as well as fractures. My favorite procedures are hip, knee, and shoulder joint replacement since they reliably produce good results and seem to make patients the happiest with minimal time between surgery and recovery.
Outpatient joint replacement has become more popular. Newer techniques for minimally invasive joint replacement and pain control measures minimize the need for hospital stays. I have performed many hip, knee and shoulder replacements on an outpatient basis.”
Q: What do you tell patients to reassure them when they’re worried about having a surgical procedure they really need?
“The best way to ease concerns regarding surgery is to explain the procedure in detail, including the timeframe for recovery and what to expect throughout the rehabilitation process. I also review expected outcomes so they have a feeling of a ‘light at the end of the tunnel.’
“I explain that there is an entire team behind them working to get them through the procedure and rehab phases including me, my office staff, and hospital staff. I also make myself available for questions by email and phone.”
Q: What do you enjoy doing when you’re not treating people for orthopedic concerns?
“I’m an avid golfer and hiker. I ski quite a bit in the winter. My 3- and 5-year-old boys keep me busy too.”
Q: What one piece of advice would you give people for staying healthy in 2017?
“Do not use tobacco products. There is new evidence every few months about the detrimental effect of tobacco product on one’s health. Keep your weight down and cardiovascular fitness up – they are important for joint health.”
Are you looking for a bone and joint specialist in Clinton Township offering customized orthopedic care with a focus on patient education? Look no further than Dr. Carroll at Movement Orthopedics. Please call us today at (586) 436-3785 or request an appointment online.