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When Dr. Jeffrey Burns and Dr. Thomas Baylis formed a partnership in 2008, they shared a common philosophy for treating their patients. Dr. Burns expressed their feelings about their chosen life’s work, Providing the best patient care requires spending time with each patient as much time as it takes to identify the problem, discuss treatment options, and formulate the best treatment plan for the individual.

Located in Wesley Towers, Dr. Burns and Dr. Baylis opened Premier Orthopedics & Sports Medicine with the idea of providing more personalized care as a smaller clinic. They were impressed with Wesley Medical Centers outstanding medical reputation in the area and wanted to become part of that effort. The two doctors met several years before opening their clinic after completing the requisite education and training for orthopedic surgeons. Each had also pursued additional fellowship training: Dr. Burns in joint replacement surgery and Dr. Baylis in arthroscopy and sports medicine under renowned surgeon Dr. James Andrews, who has performed successful surgeries on many top professional athletes. Dr. Burns and Dr. Baylis both believe every patient, no matter his/her status, deserves the same treatment as any athlete. These two specialized areas of orthopedics obviously complement one another, offering these dedicated young doctors a chance to join forces and invest themselves in quality care for the Hattiesburg and Pine Belt community. It was a gutsy move for two basically conservative guys, but has proven to be a successful choice.

Dr. Burns & Dr. Bayliss

Neither Dr Burns nor Dr Baylis believe in the label minor surgery. If a patient is having surgery for whatever reason, it is important. Both doctors believe in exhausting all other options before resorting to surgery. Those options include the proper use of medications, physical therapy, and other non-surgical treatments. When these options have been eliminated and the need for surgery is evident, the doctors discuss the patients individual situation, educating him/her as much as possible on the benefits and risks involved plus the actual procedure and rehabilitation process after the surgery. Both doctors believe in taking as much time as necessary with surgical procedures in order to do it right the first time. No patient wants to have a do-over when it comes to surgery. Lastly, they pose two questions: Will you be better off after the surgery? and Are you aware of and willing to take the risks involved? Knowing what to expect before and after surgery, the patient can then make an informed choice.

Each doctor has a special passion for his field. Dr. Baylis is a big advocate of sports safety and enjoys spending time at local schools providing care for their athletes. I think these visits keep me grounded in some way. They bring back some of my old high school memories of playing ball and makes me remember who I am at heart, explains Dr. Baylis. He also uses this time to get across some key points to both coaches and players, stating It is crucial that the parents, coaches, and athletes understand the value of sports safety. This includes appropriate conditioning and training, appropriate equipment, and most importantly for young athletes, supervision. This may also include interval training and breaks from certain sports that are now being played year round. Time is often needed for proper rehabilitation and healing before returning to a sport. He adds, One of the biggest problems we now see is overuse injuries in young athletes.

Every spring the same situation occurs. Baseball becomes the focus of sports, and with many young people playing on multiple teams, Dr. Baylis begins to see an increase in throwing injuries. To offset this, he feels very strongly that all players need to be supervised by a responsible adult because kids all think that nothing is ever going to happen to them. Pitchers, especially, think they can go out and throw several days in a row without harming themselves. A good coach watches the pitch count and makes sure that each pitcher gets enough rest. He must also realize that players in any position throw the ball as well.

Another problem during baseball season is lack of communication between school coaches and those who coach special teams that play on weekends only. School coaches have to understand that these weekend pitches count as well. If the school coach is focusing only on the time the athlete plays for him, then the parents should step in and protect their children. Teamwork among family members, coaches, and organizations is the best way to go. All adults must understand the consequences of overuse of an athlete and the importance of rest.

For Dr. Burns, the HANA Table used in performing anterior approach hip replacements is a modern miracle. It has been a true blessing, greatly benefitting the patient. He performed his first hip replacement using the HANA Table in January of 2009 at Wesley Medical Center, the only hospital in the area to have this advanced piece of equipment. While using this anterior approach method might take longer than a standard hip replacement surgery, this only goes to reinforce Dr. Burns philosophy of being more concerned with the patients care than with speed. The HANA Table allows the surgeon to manipulate the patients legs to allow for the movement of muscles versus cutting and detaching muscle around the hip joint. This results in less recovery time and a smaller incision. The patient is up and moving around in a shorter amount of time, able to move on with the business of living.

Dr. Burns also gets great feedback on the HANA Table from therapists who work with the patient after surgery. He regularly checks with them to see their reactions to use of the anterior approach with the HANA Table, and they assure him that patents recover faster using this method. Because of this, Dr. Burns recommends using the HANA Table to just about all of his patients needing a hip replacement. Most patients with hip arthritis make good candidates for total hip replacement using the anterior approach on the HANA Table. A patient with gross deformities of the hip joint may not be as suitable a candidate, and Dr. Burns always reminds his patients that hip replacement surgery using any approach has risks. This goes for anterior hip replacement utilizing the HANA Table as well. Many of the same parts are used in the anterior approach as in any other approach, but Dr. Burns is able to use a smaller part inserted into the thigh bone, making it easier to insert the part.

Residents of the Pine Belt are fortunate to have Dr. Jeffrey Burns and Dr. Tommy Baylis and Premier Orthopedic & Sports Medicine Clinic associated with Wesley Medical Center. With their dedication and concern for high quality patient care, the time they spend with patients insures that each person is knowledgeable about his conditions and comfortable with every decision made concerning his health care. The combined orthopedic expertise and experience of these two doctors creates an ideal setting for patients to make informed health choices with confidence. Dr. Burns and Dr. Baylis have successfully treated a wide variety of patients in the past, and they plan to continue to offer the same level of quality care in the future.