Introducing Scott Pepin, M.D.
Scott Pepin, M.D. is an orthopedic surgeon specializing in sports medicine, arthroscopy, and total joint replacements.
Dr. Scott Pepin’s Approach to Care
“Having my own personal experiences in sustaining injuries and the subsequent recovery process helps provide me insight into my own patients’ conditions and what they are going through. I also understand the importance of and strive to help return my patients back to the activities they want to do, whether that be to walk around the block or return to high-level sports performance.”
Dr. Scott Pepin draws on his own experiences as an athlete
“It may sound cliché, but I have always enjoyed helping people,” grins surgeon Dr. Scott Pepin. When he counsels athletes about their treatment options in his sports medicine practice, his approach is based on firsthand experience.
“I played football, baseball, and basketball in high school,” he explains. “I was playing soccer in gym class when I landed on my knee and dislocated my patella. That was the first of several injuries and four surgeries. I missed my junior year basketball playoffs when I hurt my knee, so I understand how hard it is for athletes to be patient during recuperation—they just want to get back into the game.”
Understanding the unique needs of athletes
During Dr. Pepin’s sports medicine fellowship in Indianapolis, he treated high school, college, and professional athletes. “For the most part,” he says, “high-level athletes are focused on getting back on the field, even when returning to play could be detrimental to their injury. They aren’t thinking about long-term consequences at that age, and sometimes it’s part of my job to say, ‘I understand that you want to get back to your sport, but you are going to have kids in 10 years, and when they are four years old, I want you to be able to get down on the ground and play with them.’ I consider the athlete’s entire life when I discuss treatment options. Some injuries are not serious; in a couple of weeks, your patient is fine and ready to play. But there are a lot of sports injuries where proper treatment and adequate recovery time are critical to proper healing. If you return to your sport too soon, you run the risk of hurting yourself again—and revision surgeries have outcomes that aren’t as good as primary surgeries. I don’t want to cut corners when I’m treating the kind of injury that could affect you for a lifetime.”
Insights from Dr. Pepin: How Many Sports Should My Child Play?
Sports medicine for a wide range of ages
Sports medicine may conjure images of young healthy athletes, but Dr. Pepin’s practice includes an age spectrum from teenagers through 70- and 80-year-olds. “My focus is mainly with knee and shoulder injuries—these can be sports related or work related,” he explains. “The knee issues I treat encompass ACL injuries, multiligament reconstructions, meniscus surgeries, and cartilage transplant and restoration procedures. I treat shoulder injuries, including rotator cuff repairs, instability, dislocations, AC separations, and shoulder replacements.
Delivering renewed quality of life
“My fellowship was invaluable in teaching me how to prepare my patients not only for surgery but also for the postsurgical rehabilitation process,” he continues. “Good outcomes are dependent on rehabilitation and recovery as well as the surgery itself. An ACL procedure is an hour long; it’s important, but it’s a snapshot in a total recovery process that can take up to a year. Before patients undergo surgery, I lay things out so they are mentally prepared for what to expect afterward and what they are going to have to do to get the best outcome.
“My satisfaction comes from helping my patients maximize their quality of life so they can do the things they want to do, whether that’s playing basketball again or just walking to the mailbox without pain,” he concludes. “That’s what I enjoy.”
More from Dr. Pepin: What Medical Educational Sites Can Patients Trust?
University of Minnesota Medical School -Minneapolis, Minnesota
Hamline University – Saint Paul, Minnesota
Indiana University Department of Orthopaedic Surgery – Indianapolis, Indiana
OrthoIndy Sports Medicine Fellowship – Indianapolis, Indiana
Team Physician for Park High School — Cottage Grove, MN
- American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine
- American Orthopaedic Association Emerging Leaders Program
- American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS)
- Arthroscopy Association of North America
Spending time with my wife and kids. Hunting, fishing, camping, playing/watching a variety of sports
Knee Replacement: Quality Information
- Pepin SR, Wijdicks CA, Griffith CJ, Goerke U, McNulty M, Parker J, Carlson C, Ellermann J, LaPrade RF. A Comparative Analysis of 7.0-Tesla Magnetic Resonance Imaging and Histology Measurements of Knee Articular Cartilage in a Canine Posterolateral Knee Injury Model: A Preliminary Analysis. Am J Sports Med. 2009 Nov;37 Suppl 1:119S-24S.
- Pepin SR, Farr J. Straight anteriorization of the tibial tuberosity in patients with normal patellar alignment. Manuscript in progress
- Cole BJ, Yanke AB, Pepin SR, Farr J. Bone bridge technique. In: Getgood A, Spalding T, Cole BJ, Gersoff WK, Verdonk PC, eds. Meniscal Allograft Transplantation: A Comprehensive Review. Surrey, UK: DJO Publications; 2015.
- Pepin SR, McCarroll T, Maiers GP. Surgeon radiation exposure during hip arthroscopy. Presented at Indiana University Dept. of Orthopaedics Garceau-Wray conference on June 7, 2013. Also presented at Indiana Orthopedic Society 2014 Annual Meeting on April 12, 2014.
- Pepin SR, Wijdicks CA, Griffith CJ, Goerke U, Michaeli S, McNulty M, Parker J, Carlson C, Ellermann J, LaPrade RF. Comparison of 7.0 Tesla MRI and histology measurements in knee articular cartilage in an in vivo canine model. Presented at ORS 2009 March.
- Griffith CJ, LaPrade RF, Pepin SR, Wijdicks CA, Goerke U, Michaeli S, Ellermann J. Untreated posterolateral knee injuries: biomechanical and MRI evaluation of in vivo canine model. Presented at ORS 2009 March.
Doctor Pepin is a saint! Great care!!
Dear Dr. Pepin and Mr. Riess, Just a brief note to again say “thanks” to you and the staff at Summit Orthopedics for the good care I received over the past five months in dealing with the rotator cuff surgery and rehabilitation. The rotator cuff repair surgery itself and the follow up care all seem to have gone extremely well and I am so appreciative. In today’s world we are so quick to express our disappointments and dissatisfaction’s with services received. So too, I want to recognize the good services I received. My entire experience at Summit Orthopedics has been quite positive. As I earlier told you Dr. Pepin, I want to especially recognize and commend the outstanding physical therapy service and support I received from Trista Norris. Trista’s considerable expertise is immediately evident in each physical therapy session. In addition, Trista has great people skills to communicate, demonstrate, and implement that expertise. I was very fortunate to get paired with Trista. So again, thanks to all at Summit Orthopedics. I appreciate each of you and what you have done for me.
Patient Survey Comment
Dr. Pepin was very attentive to our questions. He provided us useful information in a manner easily digestible. It felt like he genuinely cared about the outcome of my surgery and progressing back to full health.
Really liked Dr. Pepin – he spent quality time with us which was unusual for physicians who we have had that operate and then practically disappear.
comment from patient satisfaction survey
Grateful for all – blessed to have been treated at your clinic – especially Dr. Scott Pepin.
Articles and Videos from Scott Pepin, M.D.
Ask the Expert: Shoulder Video Series
Ask the Expert: Shoulder Video Series
Learn which patients benefit most from an allograft ACL repair.
Learn how the meniscus cartilage supports knee health.
Ask the Expert: Shoulder Video Series
When it comes to the number of sports your child plays, Dr. Pepin advises that more is better.