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Clear Cut - July 2015 - Outpatient Surgery Magazine

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1 3 1 J U LY 2 0 1 5 | O U T P AT I E N T S U R G E R Y M A G A Z I N E O N L I N E prit. When told the news, many patients are adamant and insist that I missed the tear. They're quick to inform me that they read on the Internet that their symptoms are totally consistent with a "tear of the posterior horn of the medial meniscus." They failed to mention that they visited 'Joe's meniscus website' for their information. Joe received his training at Organic Green Homeopathic Institute, and is double- boarded in acupuncture and mixology. • 'The accident did not cause it!' For the select few workers' compensa- tion patients I have the blessing to treat, the claim for compensation for injury is naturally based on causation. Since the accident at work was the root of all evil, patients are determined to prove that all their symptoms are a direct result of the, ahem, I-N-J-U-R-Y. After arthro- scoping a workers' compensation patient's shoulder, I may find that the rotator cuff tear was the size of West Philly and clearly present for years. The patient needs to know that the fall off the ladder last month was not the sole cause of the disability! I just realized that I opened the door to reams of litigation-related paperwork and count- less phone inquiries and depositions. However, Sister Angela Patrice would have been proud I told the truth. Nothing but the truth In this age of spins and damage-control renditions of the truth, some of us have to take a stand and tell it like it really is. Patients merely deserve to know the truth, no matter how hard it may be to convey it. When we tell the truth, we Catholics in recovery do sidestep the fear of a yardstick crashing on our heads — but we will all sleep better! OSM Dr. Kelly (johndak4@gmail.com) is an orthopedic surgeon/sports-shoulder specialist who practices in Philadelphia, Pa.

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