In the World of Joint Replacement Surgery, Just Like Golf, Consistency is Paramount

In the World of Joint Replacement Surgery, Just Like Golf, Consistency is Paramount 1024 535 Phoenix Spine & Joint

By Brandon Gough, MD

Most of you already know I love golf. So do my neighbors. In fact, I live in a community of people obsessed with achieving excellence in the game. Many of my neighbors have reached a very high level of golf, and some can compete with anyone in the world. Seeing that kind of triumph has ignited a flame within me. While my profession may not have tournaments or grand stages, I am reminded that every patient I treat relies on me to make a significant impact on their lives by relieving them of pain and restoring their mobility.

I have said it before, but at the risk of being overly repetitive I will say it again: In the world of joint replacement surgery, just like golf, consistency is paramount. Just as my neighbors assume a consistent approach to their golf game, I ensure that every surgery I perform follows a meticulously planned and executed routine. Each procedure, whether it is the first or hundredth, is approached with the same level of focus, precision, and dedication. Consistency allows me to deliver optimal outcomes and instills confidence in my patients, knowing that they are in capable hands.

Furthermore, staying abreast of emerging technologies is vital in my field. The latest and greatest golfing equipment changes yearly. So does surgery. We now have robots in the operating room that enable superhuman accuracy, and we use artificial intelligence to ensure every patient gets the right implant. Unlike golf, I am not free to just try things out! It is my responsibility to discern the true benefits from the superfluous trends and incorporate innovations that genuinely enhance the outcomes for my patients. By utilizing cutting-edge technology, I can further elevate the quality of care I provide, ensuring that each patient receives the best possible treatment.


Communication plays a pivotal role in my practice as well. Golfers communicate with their coaches, caddy, and teammates. I must effectively communicate with my patients to guide them through the decision-making process of joint replacement. It is essential that I help them understand the intricacies, risks, and benefits associated with the procedure, empowering them to make informed choices about their own health. By fostering open and honest communication, I can establish a strong doctor-patient relationship built on trust and collaboration.

While my friends’ achievements on the golf course may differ from mine as an orthopedic surgeon, we both share a common goal: to consistently strive for excellence in our respective fields. The passion, dedication, and perseverance he exemplifies serve as a constant reminder of the importance of maintaining exacting standards and continually improving my skills as a surgeon.

As I reflect on the inspiration I draw from my friends’ accomplishments, I am deeply grateful for the support and encouragement I receive from all of you. Your unwavering belief in my abilities fuels my commitment to providing exceptional care to every patient who entrusts their well-being to me.

Thank you for being part of my journey and for standing by me as I try to positively impact the lives of those in my care. Together, let us continue to reach new heights and excel in our respective fields, driven by the achievements of those who inspire us.

Warm regards,
Brandon Gough, MD
Orthopedic Surgeon specializing in Joint Replacement