Orthopaedic Physician Assistant: MacKenzie Patterson, PA-C

My name is MacKenzie Patterson, I’m a Physician Assistant in
orthopaedic surgery here at Duke. We see a variety of injuries, kind of anything that can be related
to a sports injury we will see. But operatively wise, we focus
mostly on the shoulder and the knee. Working in sports medicine,
I work with Dr. Andrei Grant primarily. He’s a sports medicine
surgeon who’s fantastic. I’d say, our most common procedures
that we do are ACL reconstructions, rotator cuff repairs, meniscectomies. A patient isn’t gonna come to see you,
if there’s not something wrong that they would like to have resolve or
at least improved. And so really having a good connection,
sitting down, having a conversation, listening to what their symptoms are,
what their goals are. I like to establish as much of
a connection or relationship as I can, so you follow them along throughout
their entire treatment trajectory. We do surgeries with the goal of
getting the patients back to 100%. We never do surgery to limit you or to
get you back to 80%, if we can help that. If we can certainly rehabilitate your
injury whether that be traumatic or kind of an overuse type of injury. If we can do that with bracing,
physical therapy, non-steroidal anti-inflammatories, activity
modification and things like that. I mean,
that’s almost always our first line. Sometimes surgery is warranted, but
we’ll try and keep it conservative first. When I’m not at work, I love to travel. I love to hike. I love to camp and
just kind of explore North Carolina, and all that it has to offer. I’ve recently gotten in to cycling,
so that’s been a fun new adventure. But yeah, I just spending time with family
and friends around the triangle area.

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