With over 20 years of experience as a physician with a specialty in Orthopedic Surgery, Dr. Peter Vizzi cares for conditions of the musculoskeletal system, and specializes in joint replacement of the hip, knee and shoulder, as well as sports medicine injuries and general Orthopedic care.
Vizzi is Board Certified by the American Board of Orthopedic Surgeons and his active participation in sports growing up, led to a keen interest in treating sports medicine cases when he became a physician as an adult.
“I do a lot of sports medicine because I am active in sports and I can relate to injuries as they come along,” said Vizzi. “I grew up playing sports and I maintain an active lifestyle, so I can give patients true expectations for what it’s going to take to get them back in the game.
Surgery is a big deal, so one way Vizzi and his staff work to make patients feel as comfortable as possible is by educating them on exactly what will take place during their procedure.
“We are very personal with our patients, and I think they appreciate that we spend time with them and make sure that they get the care they need,” said Vizzi. We give people intense education pre-op so they know what’s going to happen during surgery.”
To prepare patients for their procedures, Vizzi and his staff will do things like show them models of the affected area, talk to them about how long they’re going to be in the hospital and what type of pain they can expect.
Vizzi often conducts knee and shoulder replacements, both procedures which require patients to be as strong as possible before they head into surgery.
“We go through everything step by step and that’s done during the entire month before surgery,” said Vizzi. “We want to make sure they’re exercising before surgery because the stronger they are before, the stronger they will be afterwards. We talk about all their pre-existing medical conditions and get them in tip top shape.”
While preparing patients for surgery, Vizzi keeps a wellness centered approach to help patients achieve their optimal health both before and after.
“It goes back to we want to help them avoid injuring themselves again,” said Vizzi. “If someone happens to be overweight, when they decrease their weight they can become healthy without having to get more treatment. Before joint replacements, many people may have gotten to the point where they’re inactive but we want to get them active again.”
When it comes to sports medicine cases, Vizzi treats athletes spanning from elementary school to college, but no matter what their age, Vizzi’s experience as an athlete helps him relate to his patients and give them the best care possible.
“Before people can get back into their sport, they need to regain balance and muscle strength in rehab so they don’t re-injure themselves,” said Vizzi. “I think people appreciate that I understand what it’s going to take for them to get back to their activity and that I take the time to do it.”
For more information about Vizzi or his practice, visit vizzimd.com or call 337-233-3201.