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    Thomas Welle

    Thomas J. Welle, D.O.

    Orthopedic Surgery

    (Board Certified)
    Accepting new patients

    Sports Medicine

    Accepting new patients

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    Santa Cruz Chanticleer Center (2907)
    2907 Chanticleer Avenue
    1st floor
    Santa Cruz, California 95065
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    (831) 477-2325 

    Professional Interests

    Orthopedic Surgery
    ACL joint pathology, ACL reconstruction, Cartilage implantation and transfer, Cartilage restoration and repair, Elbow arthroscopy, Impingement syndrome, Instability/dislocation/labral injuries, Knee arthroscopy, Knee ligament repair, Knee problems, Knee surgery, Knee tendon repair, Meniscus repair,
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    Sports Medicine
    ACL joint pathology, Adolescent athletes, Anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injury, Arthritis of the hip and knee, Articular cartilage restoration, Cartilage disorders, Fracture care, Hand and upper extremity injuries, Impingement syndrome, Knee disorders, Labral injuries, Meniscus injuries,
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    Additional Information

    Arthroscopic surgery (rotator cuff repairs and labral repair), SLAP repair and knee and shoulder arthroscopic reconstructive surgery

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    Community Activities

    Dr. Welle is the team physician for UCSC, Cabrillo Junior College, six high schools and the NBA D-league Santa Cruz Warriors basketball team.

    Personal Interests

    My wife and I very involved with family and sports. My oldest son, Cole, plays basketball for the University of California, Berkeley. My daughter Karsen, is a senior in high school looking to play volleyball or row crew in college. My next son Blake is a sophomore in high school and well on his way to follow in his brotherís footsteps. My youngest, Chase, is in fourth grade and loves every sport imaginable.

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    Philosophy of Care

    I believe that when a patient sees an orthopedic physician, the patient can obtain the best possible results if the patient has a realistic, sensible perspective and understands the need for patient personal responsibility to act on the information received and to diligently do the exercises and treatment prescribed.

    I enjoy educating my patients and providing to them handout information in non-medical jargon. For many musculoskeletal problems, my philosophy is to emphasize the use of non-surgical measures and to wait for healing before considering surgery. Many muscle, tendon, joint and bone (non-emergency) problems are "self limited." This means that there is no irreversible harm that will be done by waiting -- if the problem worsens later, it would have worsened later anyway.

    I have found that patients benefit from obtaining a diagnosis and non-surgical treatment by a non-surgeon physician (such as primary, physiatrist, sports medicine or rheumatologist) before presenting their problem for consideration from a surgeon. These non-surgical physicians will use the many necessary non-surgical methods that should be tried before considering surgery.

    My surgical approach emphasizes three aspects: multi-modal pain control (coordinating anesthesia/anesthesiologist techniques before and during the operation -- as well as multi-modal pain control techniques post-operatively), reduced tissue trauma surgical techniques (known also as minimally invasive surgery), and patient responsibility (recognition that the after surgery care is just as important as what occurs in the operating room).

    Having been the team physician for U.C. Santa Cruz and Cabrillo College for many years, I emphasize a "sports medicine" approach for recovery to all of my patients.

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