Case Study of Thermal Capsular Shrinkage for Multidirectional Instability of the Shoulder and Observations of an Orthopaedic Surgeon
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The primary part of my senior individualized project was a case study. In cooperation with Dr. Mark A. Veenstra, I chose a case study that was interesting and posed a challenge. The patient was an 18-year-old male high-school athlete. I did not see the patient's preliminary visit, and met him for the first time just prior to the surgery. He was going in for an arthroscopic surgery to repair damage done to his left shoulder. It was a unique case because the patient had multi-directional instability of the shoulder, and a relatively new technique of thermal capsular shrinkage was to be used for the procedure. In the period of October 4, 2000 to January 5, 2001 I visited the office of Dr. Veenstra nine times in order to observe his practice. Dr. Veenstra is an orthopaedic surgeon who completed his undergraduate education at Calvin College. He then went to medical school at Wayne State University and his residency was completed at Henry Ford Hospital. He is currently practicing at Kalamazoo Valley Orthopaedics (KVO) in Kalamazoo, Michigan. Over the three-month period I observed over 115 patients. The severity of the injuries varied quite drastically as well as the location of the injury.