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Orthopedic Surgery Advancements with Dr. Gregory Bauer

Gregory Bauer

Dr. Bauer is an orthopedic surgeon with a special interest in shoulder disorders. He has presented research at national and international meetings on shoulder replacements and treatment of adhesive capsulitis, commonly known as frozen shoulder, and is an instructor on complex surgical techniques.

I’m 46 and still consider myself an athlete. But, the wear and tear on my knees has left me with considerable pain — enough that for the first time in years, I’m saying no to league sign-ups. Am I too young for a knee replacement?

— Brian T., Goldsboro

If you’re experiencing severe degenerative arthritis, and it is not relieved with conservative treatments, knee replacement may be an excellent option.

Not being able to exercise for 5–10 years while waiting for the “proper” age for a joint replacement isn’t good for your heart or muscles. I encourage you to sit down and explore your options with a board-certified orthopedic surgeon.

It’s really a quality-of-life issue. Thankfully, we’re more comfortable doing total knee replacements in patients younger than 60 because of the quality of materials we now have available to us. I don’t blame you for wanting to keep doing the things you love and wanting to remain active.

It’s better to be fit than fat!

I’m facing rotator cuff surgery. Will there be a large incision?

— Joel L., Lenoir

Unlike the conventional rotator cuff surgery, our arthroscopic procedure doesn’t require a large incision or cutting of the deltoid muscle.

For you, that means less pain and a much faster recovery.

At Wayne Memorial Hospital, the advantages of arthroscopic surgery mean smaller incisions and less pain in the shoulder joint following surgery. It is generally performed as an outpatient procedure.

You arrive in the morning, have the surgery, and you are home the same day.