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Profile Messieh Orthopedic Clinic Dr. Samuel S. Messieh is the “Bees’ Knees” perform conventional posterior hip replacement surgery, he favors anterior hip replacement, which means he enters the hip from the front rather than the back, thereby not splitting muscles but rather maneuvering around them. This subtler, sophisticated technique usually means significantly less pain and much quicker recovery, with patients up walking the very same day and dispensing with walking appliances soon after. Dr. Messieh advocates a quad-sparing approach to knee replacements and he often utilizes this approach as opposed to the traditional quad-splitting technique. He is thus able to work under the quadriceps muscle, again, expediting patient recovery and decreasing discomfort. “This is not a teaching center; the focus is completely on the patient and the patient knows the surgeon.” He explains: “I always consult with patients before surgery. There are many considerations when considering what surgical procedure—if any—is right. Not everyone is a candidate for surgery or for the procedure they initially think. I want to get the whole picture. I want to understand the patient’s goals and what they are trying to accomplish with surgery. Choice and success—individualized counseling and immediate improvement—these are the goals Dr. Messieh and his team have for all their patients. What’s the highest praise you can give an orthopedic surgeon? That he is “the best of the best?” That you have “full confidence in him?” But the most apt patient description brings a chuckle because it is so appropriate: “He’s the bees’ knees—pun intended.” A term from the 1920s, “the bees’ knees” means the ultimate, unsurpassed, acknowledged best. Of course, it is comforting to hear positive testimonials from patients, but actual metrics provide concrete confirmation of subjective satisfaction. According to www.surgeonscorecard.com, a popular patient safety website that ranks the performance of surgeons based on the percentage of complications in their surgeries, Dr. Messieh is one of the foremost knee replacement surgeons in Florida (with fewer than 1.3% complications) and ranks similarly highly (with less than 2.2% complications) among Florida surgeons performing hip replacements. He is quite literally “the best of the best” and “top notch.” What has caused Dr. Messieh to be so highly rated? He would tell you first that advanced, cutting edge techniques matter for results. For years, Dr. Messieh has focused on providing the best equipment and strategies in order to provide patients with optimal outcomes. He has done this both in his own practice and also for Winter Haven Hospital, in his capacity as joint replacement director. Whereas most surgeons 94 www.PolkElderCare.com


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