Dr. Stanwood Specializing in Shoulder Surgery
Walter G. Stanwood, MD, of Duxbury, who joined the medical staff at Beth Israel Deaconess - Plymouth in 2003, specializes in shoulder and elbow dysfunction and sports medicine. He works at Plymouth Bay Orthopedics, 95 Tremont Street, Suite 1, in Duxbury, and is accepting new patients.
Dr. Stanwood received his undergraduate degree from the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana and attended medical school at Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine. He completed his residency at Loyola University Medical Center. Dr. Stanwood completed a fellowship in shoulder and elbow dysfunction and sports medicine at New York Presbyterian Medical Center. An athlete himself, Dr. Stanwood was an outside linebacker at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
"Almost 80% of my elective practive is patients with upper extremity complaints, primarily shoulder and elbow," he says. "Most people are familiar with arthroscopic knee surgery, but fewer are aware of arthroscopic shoulder surgery. It has been evolving over the past 15 years, and now we can offer more for patients."
Dr. Stanwood performs rotator cuff surgery arthroscopically, where in the past the norm for shoulder surgery involved fairly large incisions. Sports injuries, dislocations and instability repairs are all done arthroscopicallyy. Incisions are smaller and post-operatively, patients experience less pain. There is even some suggestion that patients are able to return to normal activities sooner. Having experienced a series of knee surgeries himself, Dr. Stanwood identifies with many of his orthopedic patients. "I had quite a few injuries growing up as an athlete," he says. "You can really empathize with patients, and having firsthand knowledge of what they are experiencing helps day-to-day decision-making."