Introducing Jerome Perra, M.D. [Video]
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Introducing Jerome Perra, M.D., an orthopedic surgeon at Summit Orthopedics in Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minnesota. Specialties: Shoulder, hip, knee, minimally invasive surgery, arthroscopic surgery, total joint replacement, sports medicine.
Meet the Expert: Jerome Perra, M.D.
Dr. Perra’s approach: “My goal is always to return the patient to his or her highest level of function, and to individualize post-operative and rehabilitation expectations.”
Dr. Perra’s background: Dr. Perra earned his undergraduate degree at St. John’s University in Collegeville, Minnesota, and he went on to complete his medical studies at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis. His Orthopedic Surgery residency took place at Madigan Army Medical Center in Tacoma, Washington.
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Arthritis doesn’t have to spell the end of an active life. If you are experiencing worrisome symptoms or persistent pain, the renowned arthritis specialists at Summit Orthopedics can help. We work with you to confirm a diagnosis and develop an appropriate conservative treatment plan. If nonsurgical treatments fail to support your lifestyle goals, fellowship-trained orthopedic surgeons will consult with you and discuss appropriate surgical options. Summit is home to innovative joint replacement options. Our Vadnais Heights Surgery Center is one of only two surgery centers nationally to receive The Joint Commission’s Advanced Certification for Total Hip and Total Knee Replacement.
Summit has convenient locations across the Minneapolis-St. Paul metro area, serving Minnesota and western Wisconsin. We have state-of-the-art centers for comprehensive orthopedic care in Eagan, MN, Plymouth, MN, Vadnais Heights, MN, and Woodbury, MN, as well as additional community clinics throughout the metro and southern Minnesota.
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Hello. I’m Dr. Jerry Perra. I’m with Summit Orthopedics. I specialize in general orthopedics, including joint replacement, sports medicine, and trauma. Every patient that I see is not a stranger. They may be somebody that I know from the community. Or they’re somebody that I’ve taken care of in the past, or I’ve taken care of a family member or their neighbor. And those connections make it more real. It makes it – I’m part of the community. I feel I’m not just a stranger or a professional that they come for an opinion. It’s somebody that – I care about the people in my community. I’m held to a little higher standard because I’m going to see a lot of these people in the grocery store, at the movie theater. And if they’re not happy, they’ll let me know. So I’ve got every incentive to have all the good outcomes that I can with my neighbors. I see a broader mix of patients than most of my partners because I practice down in Hastings, which is more of a contained community. And people will come with all sorts of difficult, different things to see me. I do hip and knee and shoulder replacements. But I also have a background in sports medicine with 10 years of Army experience. So I do sports medicine, ACL reconstructions, knee arthroscopy, quite a bit of shoulder surgery. I like to bicycle. I’ve got a single rowing shell that I get out. We’ve got a little, two-mile lake in Hastings there, just downstream from the dam, that I can go and row on in the afternoons or early mornings. Right now, I’m a father with three teenagers in the house. And so that’s a big part of my life. And so I totally understand young athletes. And when an athlete wants to get back to their sport and do it year round or they have multiple sports. And the importance of staying in the game and staying in what they’re doing is something I’m very aware of from dealing with my own children. And also the fact that teenagers are not patient people. And so the young patients that I see, if I tell them, “This is going to take six months to recover from,” that’s like a lifetime to them. So we set small goals and see that they are moving ahead. And with encouragement that if we do things correctly, they will eventually get back to their sport.
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