Introducing Edward Santos, M.D. [Video]
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Introducing Edward Santos, M.D., a spine surgeon specializing in neck, back, cervical, thoracic and lumbar spinal disorders, and minimally invasive surgery.
Meet Edward Santos, M.D.
Dr. Santos’ approach: “I am committed to providing the best care possible for all of my patients with spine disorders. I treat each and every patient as I would treat any member of my family. I believe that patients’ concerns and expectations deserve to be heard. I also believe in the importance of having a thorough discussion of both surgical and nonsurgical options, with the goal of relieving pain and restoring function.”
Dr. Santos’ education: Dr. Santos spend many of his education years studying in the Philippines in Manila. He completed both his undergraduate and medical degrees at the University of the Philippines, and he finished Residency training at Philippine General Hospital. Later he participated in a number of Fellowships for advanced surgical training, including two in Adelaide, Australia, and two in Minneapolis, MN.
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Hi, I’m Edward Santos, and I’m a spine surgeon here at Summit Orthopedics. I love spending time with my family. I have three kids, and they take up most of my time and my wife’s time. But outside of family and work, I love playing basketball. I’m probably the biggest basketball fan in the world. I follow the NBA. I follow college basketball, and I play – try to play once or twice a week. My other passion is photography. I tore my meniscus when I was in third year of medical school, and I had to have surgery back in the Philippines where I’m from originally. You know, after going through the surgery, eventually I got better. It helped me with the pain and with the locking that I had in my knee, and I was hooked on orthopedics from that point on. You know, my favorite part is making patients better, is relieving their pain, relieving their suffering, and getting them back to their previous level of function. There’s nothing better than a patient coming back to clinic four, six weeks after surgery and saying, “Thank you for giving me my life back.” There is this story: this particular patient that came in who had severe pinching of the nerves in her back. And I remember when she came in she said, “Dr. Santos, can you please help me? My son’s wedding is in two months, and I just want to be able to dance with him during the wedding.” And the cause of her being unable to stand for any length of time was the pinching of the nerves. And one of the highlights of my career is her sending me a picture of her and her son dancing on the dance floor. And there was an inscription there saying, “I couldn’t have done this without your help.” And that’s what gets me up in the morning. It’s looking forward to being able to help people, not necessarily with surgery, but to be able to comfort people, comfort patients, and help patients be functional and have less pain.
“I am committed to providing the best care possible for all of my patients with spine disorders. I treat each and every patient as I would treat any member of my family. I believe that patients’ concerns and expectations deserve to be heard. I also believe in the importance of having a thorough discussion of both surgical and nonsurgical options, with the goal of relieving pain and restoring function.”
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