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Meet Spine Surgeon Stephen Lockey, MD [Video]

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Meet Spine Surgeon Stephen Lockey, MD

Stephen Lockey, MD, is an orthopedic surgeon who specializes in treating spinal conditions.
Learn more at: https://uvahealth.com/findadoctor/Stephen-Lockey-1144756552
Transcript:
My name is Stephen Lockey, and I’m a spine surgeon in the Department of Orthopedic Surgery at the University of Virginia.
I see a range of patients, adults with degenerative and deformity conditions of the cervical, thoracic, and lumbosacral spine, and I also treat patients who come in with spinal trauma. I went into medicine because I had an interest early on. I had a mentor when I was in high school who was a surgeon, and said that his job on a day-to-day basis was to relieve pain and suffering, and that moment really stuck with me, because I thought, what better way to spend a professional life than taking care of patients and their families?
I’m most passionate about getting to know my patients. I think that we have a lot of tools now in spine surgery to develop personalized treatment plans, and not every surgery is right for every patient, and you have to really tailor your approach to the individual person. And in order to do that, you have to get to know people, you have to get to know their family, their support system, the medical comorbidities that they have. All of those factors play into a surgical decision-making process, and the only way to develop personalized care is to get to know people, and that’s the best part about being a doctor.
At the University of Virginia, we offer not just personalized care, but comprehensive care. I see a patient in clinic, I’ll refer them for physical therapy, and I can actually walk downstairs and speak with their physical therapist about their progress. It’s such a unique opportunity to offer multidisciplinary care. If patients come to see us at the University of Virginia, they’re not only going to get a personalized touch, but they’re going to get levels of expertise that are exceptional at every level of their care.

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