Meet Summit Orthopedics Surgeon Dr. Jack Skendzel
Meet Summit Orthopedic surgeon Dr. Jack Skendzel. He brings his experience treating the U.S. Men’s and Women’s Ski Teams to his care of active patients with sports injuries.
An avid downhill skier, Dr. Skendzel shares a passion for active sports with his patients. After completing his undergraduate work at Notre Dame, medical school at Georgetown University School of Medicine, and his residency program at the University of Michigan, Skendzel did a fellowship at the Steadman Philippon Research Institute in Vail, Colorado. His passion for skiing complemented his work as team physician for the U.S. Men’s and Women’s Ski Team, and he travelled to Europe, Chile and New Zealand to provide medical assistance.
“I enjoy working with active people; sports medicine sets the bar high for me,” he says. “My patients are people who are physically functioning at a very high level to begin with; if they experience an injury or pain, they expect our team to get them back to the very highest level of performance. I like that. My specialty is working with athletes between the ages of thirteen and sixty. Today, lifestyle defines my patients more accurately than age. I treat 55- and 60-year-olds with a healthy, active lifestyle who love sports and look fantastic.”
Dr. Skendzel’s focus is sports medicine, complex knee multi-ligament repair, and hip arthroscopy with a special interest in hip labral tears. “Hip arthroscopy is relatively new in the field of orthopedics,” explains Skendzel. “Today, MRI scans are so good that we can see labral tears—in the past, imaging a tear was not possible. Also, previously, correcting hip impingement required us to dislocate the patient’s hip in a significant, invasive procedure. With today’s technology, we have much less invasive surgical options to offer these patients.”
Skendzel’s patients appreciate his personable approach. “The best part of my job is seeing my patients, getting to know them, and working with them to help them regain function,” he explains. Dr. Skendzel is known for calling patients personally to report and explain their imaging results. He makes education a priority. “When we meet with a new patient, I always go over their x-rays with them and explain their condition and their options. Not all of our patients are surgical candidates, but I think it is important that they understand the condition of their hip or knee so we can work together to make an informed decision.”
“We like to treat patients like they are a member of our own family,” Skendzel smiles. “From education, to providing patients with materials and resources, to managing expectations about surgery and recovery, to being available if they do have questions, we are committed to providing our patients with the services they need to regain function and go back to the active life they love.”
“An active lifestyle requires superior physical function, and I understand that my patients have exceptionally high standards for their performance and joint health. My goal is to return patients to optimal function so that they can continue to perform and master their personal athletic goals.”