Surgeon Helps Locals & Teaches Germans

Nacogdoches orthopedic surgeon Dr Steven Dickhaut finishes up a rotator cuff tear.    "Let's go ahead and clean that up in prep for anchoring it," instructed the surgeon. It's a procedure the physician knows so well that he taught it to some German surgeons last month. Looking back the doctor could say it was more challenging than surgery itself.   " The actual teaching people who have 75% of your language and 25% that's kinda, up for grabs, is a little difficult," said Dickhaut.

But it's rewarding knowing that more patients around the world can choose orthoscopic shoulder surgery. Dickhaut explained,  " There are no incisions in the patients. There are several puncture wounds that allow us to repair the tissue. "

His patient, Marvin Henderson remarked, " That's amazing what they can do on the inside. Right now, I've got just 4 Band-Aids on my shoulder and not a big scar. " He watches a video taken by the tiny camera that entered his arm.  " This is a bioabsorbable screw," pointed out the doctor.

Endoscopic procedures can be done as day surgery. Unfortunately, the healing process has yet to be shortened. Dickhaut said,  " There's a constant evolution in shoulder techniques basically trying to get them to heal to a better extent . And rather it's done open, mini open or orthoscopically. That's the challenge."

But just days after his surgery Henderson is relieved from severe pain. He's thinking of fishing and golf.    " They're gonna have to watch me because if I feel too good I might slip out and try to do some of those things, "  he said with a laugh. Just the kind of result the patient and surgeon were wanting.