Kieran Riviere 2/15/21
After hearing several positive reviews about Dr. Robert Drazic, I was quite pleased to have gotten the opportunity to speak with the doctor in person. Dr. Drazic is an orthopedic surgeon based in New York, who specializes in surgical treatment of skeletal extremities such as shoulders, knees, ankles etc., also offering non- surgical treatment of the cervical and lumbar spine. Drazic graduated from the New York College of Osteopathic Medicine in 1994. When asked why was orthopedics his choice of specialty the doctor simply explained that orthopedics involved “fixing” problems, where as other fields of medicine dealing with diseases such as cancer or diabetes focused mainly on mitigating or controlling symptoms rather than fixing the problem.
I asked Dr. Drazic what were his views on the advancement of orthopedic surgery over the years. Dr. Drazic seemed to share similar views to another orthopedic doctor of whom I have spoken to in the past, Dr. Alexios Apazidis. They agree that orthopedic surgery has come a long way, mainly due to advancements in tools and technology. What would require major incisions and longer recovery time in the past can now be fixed with much smaller incisions and significantly less recovery time. One thing that I personally respected about Dr. Drazic, was the transparency that he gave to his patients. Dr. Drazic would literally draw an image of a shoulder on a piece of paper to demonstrate how an arthroscopy is done. Patients would find comfort in this transparency, simultaneously easing the “fear of the unknown,” as Dr. Drazic called it.