Feature Image: P. Bruce Ebrahimpour, M.D. is fellowship-trained in total joint replacement. He sees patients at Advantage Orthopedics and Neurosurgery in Casper / Pitchengine Communities(Casper, Wyo.) - You could say a broken arm led to a career in orthopedics for P. Bruce Ebrahimpour, M.D. The break was bad enough that it required surgery, and the whole process fascinated him.
“Even at age 11, I developed a rapport with the surgeon. I would ask him questions after each step, and he would answer. I guess it turned into a positive thing. He did inspire me,” said Dr. Ebrahimpour, a board-certified orthopedic surgeon with fellowship training in total joint replacement of hips, knees and other joints. He recently joined the spine, brain, bone and joint specialists at Advantage Orthopedics and Neurosurgery.
Dr. Ebrahimpour — or “Dr. E” as he likes to be called — strives to build the same rapport with his patients as the surgeon who fixed his broken arm built with him. In this interview, he talks about the satisfaction that comes from helping someone get back to doing the activities they love to do.
WHERE DID YOU GROW UP, AND HOW DID YOU BECOME INTERESTED IN MEDICINE?
I grew up mainly on the West Coast, in San Diego. Then, I moved to the East Coast for my medical training in New York and Philadelphia. My family is in medicine, but I really got interested in orthopedic surgery when I broke my arm at age 11. The injury led to a surgery, and I was fascinated with the whole process. That led to a strong desire and interest to pursue medicine and orthopedics from early on.
HOW DID YOU BREAK YOUR ARM, AND WHAT DID YOU FIND SO FASCINATING?
I was riding a bicycle and the handlebars were loose. I fell down, and it did not look right. I was taken to the hospital, and the only time I had pain was when they were taking X-rays and moving my arm around. Otherwise, it was a pleasant experience. Well, as pleasant as it can be for a child. I had pins in my arm, and they were percutaneous — which means they were inserted through the skin and stuck out. I had a cast for a while. They had to put me out for the pin removal. Then I had therapy and rehab to get the arm back into shape. I just found the whole process really fascinating, you know, seeing my own X-ray and the pins in my arm.
IS THAT THE KIND OF SURGEON YOU HOPED TO BECOME? BUILDING A SIMILAR RAPPORT WITH YOUR PATIENTS?
Absolutely, yes. I don’t really practice pediatric surgery very much, but in adults, I absolutely love my patients and developing a personal rapport. I enjoy getting to know them. Orthopods are not like family practice physicians who may see their patients throughout their lives, but it is one of those fields where — especially in my subspecialty of total joint replacement — where you get a lot of satisfaction from making a definite change in people’s lives.
YES. TOTAL JOINT REPLACEMENT IS USUALLY AN ELECTIVE SURGERY, BUT THE IMPACT IT CAN HAVE ON PATIENTS’ QUALITY OF LIFE CAN BE PROFOUND.
Right. People who have severe arthritis in their joints, especially in their hips and knees, are quite debilitated. It affects their quality of life and ability to perform activities of daily living. They get to a point that they are limping all the time and using a cane or even a walker.
We try not to present surgery as a first option, and we try to lead patients through different conservative treatments. But, if those treatments fail, and when you perform a total joint replacement, patients really see the benefit. It changes their lives. They are up and moving again and back to playing golf, gardening or just resting at night without pain. We definitely see that we make an impact for them.
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Advantage Orthopedics and Neurosurgery specializes in the expert care of the brain, spine, bones and joints. It is Casper's only such practice backed by Wyoming Medical Center's wide network of medical professionals. Same-day appointments are available. Call (307) 233-0250.
Dr. Ebrahimpour is one of Wyoming’s only orthopedic surgeons fellowship-trained in total joint replacement of hips, knees and other joints. He is board certified in orthopedic surgery and is skilled in direct anterior approach for hip replacement, joint revisions, hip resurfacing, partial knee replacements and a wide range of orthopedic services. He earned his medical degree from Temple University School of Medicine and completed his internship and residency at State University of New York Health Sciences Center in Brooklyn, N.Y. He did his fellowship in Adult Reconstruction and Joint Replacement at Hospital for Special Surgery in New York City.
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