Dr. Tsao shares her inspiration for helping patients who come to her with hip and knee pain. Dr. Tsao specializes in total joint reconstruction of the hip and knee at the Banner Medical Centers in Arizona.
One of the main reasons I am an orthopedic surgeon is when I was in medical school I tried to decide what type of doctor I wanted to be and there were lots of things that I loved, but the thing I loved the most was letting people walk. There is nothing more rewarding than having a patient come in and tell you they’re in excruciating pain, performing a replacement, and having them walk out of your office.
When I was recently at the Banner Hospitals doing a knee replacement on a patient, that patient came in on a wheelchair. We did the knee replacement and the day of their surgery they were up walking with a walker and they were crying and when I came to make my postoperative rounds I asked them if they were in pain and they looked at me and they told me it was tears of joy. They said they hadn’t walked like this in six months and now they were going to be able to dance at their grandson’s wedding.
So when you ask me about what makes me happy, it’s making my extended family, my patients, more whole; making my extended family happier, healthier and hopefully giving them a little bit of their life back so that they can go on to make other people healthier, happier, and more whole too.
About Dr. Audrey K. Tsao, M.D.:
Audrey Tsao received her engineering degrees in Biomedical Engineering and Materials Science & Engineering from Johns Hopkins University. She attended medical school at Cornell University and completed her orthopaedic residency at Northwestern University in Chicago. She returned to Johns Hopkins University to complete a fellowship in Arthritis and Adult reconstruction surgery.
Conditions: Arthritis, Osteoarthritis
Related Terms: Knee Replacement, Hip Replacement, Partial Knee Replacement, Total Knee Replacement, Partial Hip Replacement, Total Hip Replacement, Hip Reconstruction, Knee Reconstruction, Minimally Invasive Surgery, Physical Therapy
Health Care Provider: Banner Boswell, Boswell Medical Center, Banner Boswell Medical Center
Locations: Surprise, Glendale, Litchfield Park, Peoria, Phoenix, Sun City, Arizona, 85351
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Expertise: Orthopedic Surgery, Arthritis, Osteoarthris, Partial Knee Replacement, Total Knee Replacement, Partial Hip Replacement, Total Hip Replacement, Knee Reconstruction, Hip Reconstruction, Muscle Sparing Surgery