Meet Dr. Scott Wingerter, Orthopedic Surgeon
I got exposed to torn ACLs and things like that while in high school. After that, I began to learn more about sports medicine and orthopedic surgery, and I just got interested in being able to fix problems. The ‘here’s a problem, here’s the answer’ – I’ve always had very logical approach to things, and I enjoy the fact that I can actually make somebody better, as opposed to keeping things as is.
The most rewarding aspect of what I do is having somebody come in that’s debilitated by knee or hip pain and has stopped doing the things that they loved, whether that’s gardening or running or whatever activity makes them happy…even simple activities of playing with the grandkids or something like that. To come into the office and with a relatively simple surgery for us, be able to get someone back within a short period of time to doing the things that they love.
My philosophy to patient care overall is very much a teaching environment, as well as a team-centered approach. I want the patient to be a part of it. I want them to understand what I’m talking about. I have many cases where I will recommend options to a patient. It’s not always black and white as to what the best answer is.
The most important thing for me is that my focus is always going to be on taking care of the patient, whatever that takes. We run into complications, and we’re going to go through that as a team. If that happens we obviously all want the best possible outcome, but our goal is to create an environment where if there is a problem, we know how to take care of it. We have options, we go through all of them from the beginning, and we educate the patient to the best of our ability.