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
“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.