My name’s Jake Deister, I’m an orthopedic surgeon with Cotton O’Neil Orthopedics & Sports Medicine.
What type of patients do you see?
My practice is primarily made up of joint replacements of the shoulder, the hip, and the knee, but I also fix most broken bones in pediatric and adult patients. I do some hand surgery, including carpal tunnel releases, trigger fingers, Dupuytren’s contracture, and elbow procedures. My particular niche within that, though, is the shoulder replacement.
The typical patient is someone who has dysfunction in their shoulder. So the things that you could usually do, they’re unable to do because their rotator cuff doesn’t work. Things like getting a coffee cup out of the cupboard and basic hygiene issues are very difficult because their rotator cuff doesn’t work. When your rotator cuff doesn’t work, your shoulder starts to develop arthritis. Now, you have dysfunction and you’ve got pain.
What we do for those patients is called a reverse shoulder replacement, and that takes care of, in one surgery, both the rotator cuff dysfunction and the pain due to arthritis.
What is your approach to collaborating with referring physicians?
I see most of us who are specialists as tools in a big toolbox that’s essentially owned by the family physician who’s taking care of this patient, and trying to get the best out of this patient. When a patient comes to see me because of their shoulder, hip, or knee pain, I’m rarely just thinking about that one issue. When a patient has joint pain that is keeping them up at night, there are other problems associated with that. They’re tired the next day and when you’re tired the next day, you don’t go on your walk after dinner, or you don’t play your nine holes of golf or whatever it was that kept you active.
When you can’t be active, you slow down and your bones get weak, and your joints get weak. Everything becomes more painful, and then you can develop all sorts of other problems. So I look at myself as one of the tools that can help alleviate the pain, so that the whole person can be taken care of. Because I think that inside of all of us, there’s a best you that you can be. If I can be a specialist that can help get each patient closer to that goal, then I’ve achieved my goal.
American Board Orthopaedic Surgery
Wright State University Boonshoft SOM
Wright State University