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Sawyers’ Story

fb_sawyer_story_peckI want to take a minute to share our story and give recognition to not only a wonderful Doctor but an outstanding individual that I owe so many thanks to! Back in October a fall off of our kitchen bar stool, left my 3-year-old with a nasty fracture of both the ulna and radius bones in his left wrist. It was reduced in our local emergency room and casted for 4 weeks. Five days after getting that cast off, a slip in the kitchen proved to be too much for the just broken wrist and we found ourselves yet again in the ER with yet another break, this time of only the radius bone. A few days following that break my son was complaining of pain so I took him into our local Ortho doctor to get checked out, only to find that the bone had shifted the opposite way and would need a pin placed as soon as possible. This was the day prior to Thanksgiving of course and our local Ortho was wanting to do surgery that day at 4:00 in our local hospital. After so many dealings between the breaks and our local hospital having not seen many of these cases I was not interested in him having surgery and wanted a second opinion. Due to his pain I was unsure of what to do.

I quickly called my friend who is a hand specialist for a referral on who was the best and she advised we see Dr. Kathryn Peck. After a quick look over her bio while sitting in the office waiting for his previous Doctor to return, I was fortunate enough to have her call and speak with Dr. Peck’s nurse who then immediately called me and started gathering information, she even had me text a picture of our x-rays to present Dr. Peck. On Thanksgiving night I received a phone call from Dr. Peck herself with news that she had an opening for surgery the following morning. I was a ball of mess and literally crying on the phone as we went over the details and arrival times. Not once did she make me feel as though I was overreacting or out of control even though looking back it’s clear I was.

The following morning we arrived at Peyton Manning Children’s Hospital. Meeting Dr. Peck for the first time it was clear she was referred to us as the best because she was indeed the best. Immediately after speaking with her my husband and I were at ease with putting our child’s health in her hands. I felt as though I was sending Sawyer with a lifetime friend who would treat him as though he were her own. I can’t begin to explain how thankful we are for her compassion. I had 5 million questions which were probably dumb and barely made sense as I tried to speak with nerves that made it hard to even breath. She hugged me before taking our little guy back and assured us everything would be fine.

We are now 8 weeks out from having his cast on and he is better than ever. There aren’t enough words in the dictionary to explain our thanks and gratitude for such an amazing woman but thank you from the bottom of our hearts. We are forever grateful!

God Bless, Daniel & Ashley B.

Kathryn M. Peck, MD: Brayden’s Story

Brayden’s Story

fb_brayden_kathryn_peckOur family came to Dr. Peck in hopes that we had finally found someone with the kind of pediatric expertise we needed, and the kind of compassion shown by a mother that we desired. Her bedside manner was amazing & genuine with every single encounter! Not once did I ever feel like a bother to her with my many questions. She even helped me make sure every question on my list had an answer written down before I left each visit. She looked at my son as a kid, as our future, not just as an experiment or a paycheck. She took an interest in him as a person.  She made sure he was comfortable during our visits and felt included. She got his opinion on things and asked what questions he had.

Brayden had lost his left thumb due to a lawnmower accident just days after his 5th birthday.  Several doctors on different panels across the U.S. called Brayden’s case a head-scratcher because of the CMC joint now missing after the accident. With minimal options,  we were originally preparing to wrap a very active toddler like a mummy for 4 weeks to be able to allow the skin to grow so that they could do the pollicization – moving the index finger down to the thumb area.  Dr. Peck reached out to one of her fellow surgeons that had done 1000’s of these surgeries to see if there was any way to keep us from going through more stress.  We gave the situation to God, and waited.  The day before the skin flap surgery, I got an exciting call from Dr. Peck from her personal cell phone on a Sunday afternoon saying she had spoken with her colleague and they both had faith that she could make this work without the flap.  We went forward with the pollicization.  The day of surgery, I felt like things were in the hands of a lifelong friend, not just some surgeon. The kind of trust that had built up, and the compassion that came from Dr. Peck, took every worry I had ever had and threw it out the window.

After 28 days in a cast, and a few months of therapy, Brayden was able to master just about anything you put in front of him!  April 1, 2017, a year after the surgery, I am ecstatic to report that there is nothing that this happy boy can’t do!  He can even push buttons through holes, which we didn’t think he would be able to do.  He has more movement & mobility than they thought possible with the missing CMC joint; and we have God & Dr. Kathryn Peck to thank for such an amazing outcome and bright future!

Crystal Clairday

Orthopedics This Week names Jeffrey A. Greenberg, M.D. one of the “12 Leading North American Hand Surgeons”

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Orthopedics This Week recently named Jeffrey A. Greenberg, MD, one of the “12 Leading North American Hand Surgeons” in the March 7, 2017 issue. Orthopedics This Week is the most widely read publication in the Orthopedics industry.

Orthopedics This Week is a four time winner of the MORE award for journalistic excellence, and is the essential and most widely read publication in Orthopedics. Orthopedics This Week delivers breaking news, analysis and commentary. Orthopedics is now the largest sector in all of medicine with more than 75 million patients treated in the U.S. annually (2.3x that number globally), this is an industry that affects roughly 1 in 4 people.

Congratulations Dr. Greenberg.

Dr. Thomas D. Kaplan patient featured on WTTV segment about Shoulder Replacement

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Dr. Thomas D. Kaplan was recently featured on Debby Knox ‘s “4 Your Health” segment on shoulder replacement procedure for arthritis pain.

http://cbs4indy.com/2017/03/09/shoulder-replacement-procedure-could-bring-relief-for-arthritis-pain/

 

Kathryn M. Peck leads at Curiosity, Confidence, Challenge workshop

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Kathryn M. Peck, M.D. recently took part in the workshop “Curiosity, Confidence, Challenge.” It is a conference for middle school girls on careers in science, technology, engineering, and math held by Sycamore School in Indianapolis. It was the 20th consecutive year of the conference, an event designed to heighten girls’ interest in STEM careers and encourage them to select high school courses that will lead to success in college.  For the past several years, they have reached the maximum capacity of 400 middle school girls from all regions of Indiana in attendance at the conference.

The girls select four workshops from a total of 29 disciplines related to STEM careers. Women volunteers from each of these fields lead the 40 minute workshops with 5-10 minutes of enthusiastic discussion on their personal background, education, job responsibilities, career possibilities, etc.  The remaining 30-35 minutes are spent on a hands-on activity, or activities, related to their field.  The girls loved the hands-on aspect of the conference.  There are a maximum of 12 girls in each of the six workshop sessions.  The workshop leaders are a diverse group of professional women from large corporations (Lilly, Rolls-Royce, Allison Transmission, Dow AgroSciences), universities (Butler, IUPUI, Rose-Hulman), health care facilities (IU School of Medicine, Veterans Affairs, Zionsville Country Vet), parks departments, and small businesses.

Greg A. Merrell, MD gets a new patent approved

GAM_patentGreg A. Merrell was recently notified by the US Patent Office that he was awarded a patent on an intramedullary compression device.  The patent allows a novel technique for minimally invasive repair of forearm fractures.  Dr. Merrell looks forward to continuing his research on ways to improve patient care by helping them heal their injuries faster and with less invasive surgical techniques.

Prevent Unnecessary Injuries with these Winter Safety Tips

fb-snowblowerEvery year the board certified orthopedic surgeons at the Indiana Hand to Shoulder Center see patients with injuries due to careless use of snowblowers, frostbite and falls on ice.  If you’re spending time outdoors in the cold winter weather, please remember these tips to help prevent an unnecessary trip to the doctor’s office or emergency room due to injury.

Use your snowblower safely

Snowblowers are a great way to quickly clear snow from your driveway and sidewalks, but they can also cause serious injury if used improperly.  Avoid dangerous situations and unnecessary accidents while using your snowblower.

Please remember…

• Snow can clog a snowblower, causing it to temporarily malfunction.
• Propeller blades can still be in motion, even when the machine is turned off.
• Making contact with moving blades or parts can result in severe injury.
• Never remove and safety devices on the snowblower.
• Fill snowblowers with gas outdoors – not in an enclosed area.  If using electric snowblower, be careful not to trip on or run over the cord.

Beware of Icy Sidewalks and Parking Lots

When you’re taking a crisp winter stroll in your neighborhood or walking through the parking lot at work, use caution after snow has fallen.  Sidewalks and pavement can be slippery resulting in falls that cause serious injuries to the shoulder, elbow, wrist and hands.  Follow these tips.

• Wear sensible boots with thick, non-tread soles and low heels. Keep these in your car in case you become stranded or encounter car trouble.
• Thoroughly salt or sand your driveway, walkways and sidewalks.
•Wait until snow/ice has melted before walking on salted surfaces.
• Look before you walk.  Surfaces can re-freeze during nighttime hours, making sidewalks and parking lots slippery in the morning.
• Walk slowly and carefully, taking small steps.