Surgery as Performance: What I’ve Learned from Performing Live Surgeries in Front of an Audience

Live surgery events can be an enriching, exhilarating, and educational experience. In this article, I’ll share how I’ve made a success of live surgeries in the past—and the advice I give to any surgeons wanting to participate. Over the past 20 years, I’ve been lucky to attend and perform at many events abroad. They are... Read More

What You Need to Know About Weighted Baseballs

In recent years, weighted-baseball training programs have become increasingly popular as young pitchers try to increase their throwing velocity. While a standard baseball weighs 5 oz, weighted baseballs are often 20% heavier at 6 oz. Some weigh even more—up to a whopping 15 oz! Unfortunately, these baseballs have been associated with an increase in injury... Read More

An Award-Winning Conductor Gets Back to the Music: Jerry Blackstone

Patient: Jerry Blackstone Occupation: Choral conductor & university professor Age at Surgery: 68 Procedure: Total shoulder arthroplasty of left shoulder Thinking about my grandfather’s experience with arthritis, I’m very grateful for my surgery—what a gift! As a Grammy-award-winning choral conductor, Jerry Blackstone was resigned to the fact that his shoulder hurt —it felt like a... Read More

Is Latarjet Surgery The Right Choice For You?

In 1954, French surgeon Dr. Michel Latarjet published an exciting new surgical technique to treat unstable shoulders. Although it took a while for American surgeons to embrace this technique, it is widely accepted around the world as the most effective technique for treating anterior (front) instability of the shoulder with loss of some of the... Read More

How to Prevent Surgical Site Infections

After any surgery, there is a small chance of getting a surgical site infection (SSI). According to Infectious Disease Advisor, approximately 27 million surgical procedures are performed in the United States each year, with up to 5% resulting in SSI. This is because your skin is a natural barrier against external factors that can cause... Read More

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