Renowned orthopedic surgeon becomes patient
For William MacCarty, III, M.D., the first encounter he had with the world of joint replacement was not as a patient but as an orthopedic surgeon. After graduating from Dartmouth and Harvard Medical School, and serving in Korea with the U.S. military, Dr. MacCarty came to Halifax County to practice orthopedics.
He worked for many years as an orthopedic surgeon in South Boston, and then, unfortunately, began experiencing knee pain of his own. When he started to lose range of motion, he decided to become the patient of his partners, Mesfin Shibeshi, D.O., and Michael Kyles, M.D., at the Sentara OrthoJoint Center at Sentara Halifax Regional Hospital.
“I wanted to get the joint replacement done before it got worse,” said MacCarty. “I ultimately made the decision to let the people I know, and have worked with, do the surgery.”
After a successfully completing the Sentara OrthoJoint Program and now sporting a brand new knee, MacCarty has only praise for his partners.
“I’ve always felt that, if a procedure can be done here, I want to have it done here in my community with people I know and trust,” he said. “The replacement went wonderfully. I got up and walked 600 feet only two hours after the surgery.”
Now, after being both surgeon and patient, MacCarty’s opinion of the orthopedic care in South Boston has been confirmed and strengthened:
“The whole program is excellent. From the pre-operative education with the patient navigator to the physical therapy in a group setting, it is evident that the program is built with the patient in mind.”