Management of Hip Fractures in the Older Adult; Updated Guidelines and Team Based Care
Presented By: Eric McCoy, MD, Joel Post, MD, and Pratik Patel, MD – Beacon Orthopedic Group
Dr. Eric McCoy says he has always held a fascination for physiology, biology, and the musculoskeletal system. As his knowledge grew, and he learned he could leverage these passions to decrease suffering and improve quality of life, he knew that medicine would be the perfect career choice.
As an orthopedic surgeon, Dr. McCoy treats fractures of the pelvis and extremities, as well as arthritis, bones that do not heal properly, and bone infections. “I unfortunately often meet patients following a traumatic event,” he says. “But I feel tremendously honored to play a role in the transformative process of healing and recuperation. It is a unique privilege to minimize disability and maximize rehabilitation for patients who have suffered from traumatic musculoskeletal injuries.”
Dr. McCoy is frequently asked whether orthopedic surgery is “barbaric,” but he likes to inform people that this type of surgery is actually quite meticulous and delicate. He takes great care to maximize healing potential for his patients, and is committed to being there for them each step of the way.
Dr. McCoy studied at UCLA, and completed his fellowship at Indiana University. He joined Beacon for its dedication to excellence, and for its focus on camaraderie and teamwork. In his free time, he enjoys hiking, running, weightlifting, and spending time outdoors with his wife and son.
Dr. Post received his medical degree from Des Moines University College of Osteopathic Medicine in Des Moines, Iowa. He then pursued an orthopedic surgery residency at McLaren Greater Lansing Hospital in Lansing, Michigan. He went on to complete fellowships in Orthopedic Musculoskeletal at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota and Orthopedic Traumatology at Indiana University Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis, Indiana.
Additionally, Dr. Post has authored or co-authored several medical manuscripts, book chapters and has given lectures both regionally and nationally on various orthopedic topics. He is a member of: the American Osteopathic Academy of Orthopedics, Musculoskeletal Tumor Society, AOTrauma Association, Orthopedic Trauma Association, and Sigma Sigma Phi Beta Chapter, also known as the National Osteopathic Honor Fraternity.
Dr. Post also brings a new specialty to Beacon and to the Northern Indiana Region with his additional training in musculoskeletal oncology. He sees both pediatric and adult patients with benign and malignant soft tissue and bone tumors.
In his free time, he enjoys spending time with his wife and 2 young girls. The family enjoys running, hiking and the great outdoors. Dr. Post has traveled regularly to Honduras and Africa to volunteer with various world Christian Medical Mission Orthopedic outreach programs.
Dr. Pratik B. Patel, always had an interest in the underlying science behind how the body works. This coupled with experiences volunteering in health care settings locally and internationally, eventually led him to pick medicine as a career. His studies have taken him to the University of Virginia, Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine and McGaw Medical Center, and he’s served as an Orthopedic Trauma Fellow in Pittsburg, PA.
As an orthopedic trauma surgeon, he treats pelvis and upper/lower extremity fractures. “I chose trauma specifically due to the variety of cases,” he said. “Usually when the bone breaks, there are associated injuries with nearby muscles, tendons, ligaments, etc., and my job is to repair all these components.”
Part of the process in helping patients regain function requires listening to them, Dr. Patel said. “The details of each patient’s story and circumstances are all important and can guide you toward the best treatment option. While Injuries can be similar, every patient is unique and requires individualized care.”
Being a skilled surgeon is only part of the job, as Dr. Patel sees it. He strives to be an advocate throughout the entire process. He treats patients as he would a family member, sharing the process of deciding on treatment or intervention. “Orthopedics is a team sport – the physician, patient, nurses, and therapists all work together towards a common goal,” he said. In the end, he hopes his patients will ask questions and ultimately be comfortable with their decision.