Orthopaedic Surgeon’s Community Roots Help Forge Patient Connections

For Dr. David Pollock, joining Wake Forest Baptist Health-Davie Medical Center’s hip and knee replacement team was a natural move.

Pollock’s local connections run deep. He was born at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center, received his bachelor’s degree from Wake Forest University and his medical degree from Wake Forest School of Medicine. He completed his medical internship, fellowship and residency all at Wake Forest Baptist. 

He started his medical career in the Emergency Department at Davie County Hospital in Mocksville, and later practiced orthopaedic surgery for Wake Forest Baptist from 2000 to 2005.

He then joined his family’s orthopaedic practice in Winston-Salem—which was started by his father, also an orthopaedic surgeon—and worked with his brother for more than 10 years.

But Pollock said he began to consider something new when the opportunity arose to lead a team of fellowship-trained surgeons in hip and knee replacement at Davie Medical Center’s new inpatient facility opening this spring.

He saw a chance to further infuse his commitment to the community with his work.

Pollock wants his Davie Medical Center patients to know we’re approachable, regular people and we’re from here. “I went to Tanglewood Day Camp, and hunted dove and quail with my father in Davie County when I was a kid,” he said.

“We are friends of the community,” said Pollock. “We’re not just doctors; I don’t intend to wear a white coat. Bedside manner is most important in the doctor-patient relationship, and that includes the patient’s family.’’

Today’s joint replacement technologies show just how far orthopaedic surgery has come since Pollock started. A quarter of a century ago, his father’s patients spent three to six weeks in the hospital after a hip replacement. Today, some patients go home the same day after hip replacement, the result of improved surgical techniques, mechanical components and pain management.

Osteoarthritis - a condition that can be caused by overuse, underuse or just aging – is one of the most common reasons for joint replacement. Pollock offered a bit of simple, healthy living advice to help ward off joint wear and tear.

“Eat a little better, lose weight and get more sleep,” he said.  

The public will have a chance to meet Pollock, and his fellow Davie Medical Center orthopaedic surgeons—Drs. Matthew Bullock, Max Langfitt and John Shields—at a free information session on Jan. 19. “Meet the Docs Night’’ will be from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at Davie Medical Center, Plaza 2, first floor atrium. The team will discuss causes of knee and hip pain and treatment options, as well as the latest technologies in hip and knee replacements. Please call 336-713-BEST (2378) to register.