Dr. Christopher M. Bates
Dr. Christopher M. Bates is an orthopedic surgeon with subspecialty training in hand and upper extremity surgery. He grew up doing construction work before discovering his passion for orthopedics. He is driven by his love of helping others.View transcript
[00:00:03.560] My name is Dr. Christopher Bates. [00:00:08.760] I'm an Orthopedic Surgeon with subspecialty training in hand [00:00:12.080] and upper extremity surgery. And really, I found medicine by accident. [00:00:17.320] I grew up doing a lot of construction work with my dad and was looking for something [00:00:22.040] to do with my life and just found medicine and procedures by accident [00:00:26.800] and absolutely fell in love with it. When I was a kid and working with my dad [00:00:31.240] doing these things, putting in kitchen cabinets, [00:00:33.800] putting in tile work, I really learned that for myself [00:00:37.960] I get a lot of satisfaction out of making a difference in a day. [00:00:42.800] I get the opportunity to do that with patients as well. [00:00:45.440] When someone comes to me with a broken bone or a tendon [00:00:48.400] that's been cut in half, we get to go to surgery and be able [00:00:51.800] to put those pieces back together. Since hands are such a crucial part [00:00:56.280] of how we interact with everything we do all day, [00:01:00.360] I get the ability to help people with that, [00:01:02.240] and that's what really drives me to continue to help these patients. [00:01:05.600] One of the things I enjoy most about my job is when patients come back to me [00:01:10.560] after their surgery or after an injection and they get amazing relief. [00:01:15.200] When someone comes to me and I've been able to get rid [00:01:17.360] of their trigger finger or take away their numbness [00:01:20.320] and now they can actually sleep through the night, [00:01:23.000] those are the moments that... That's when I do it. [00:01:25.960] When patients come to our office here, I want them to feel welcomed and cared for. [00:01:31.560] My favorite part about actually being with patients is when they come to me [00:01:36.160] and we actually make progress. They come back and they feel better, [00:01:40.360] they can do more. They can go back to the activities [00:01:42.840] that they couldn't. Patients have come to me [00:01:45.320] with things like carpal tunnel, haven't slept through the night in months, [00:01:49.000] sometimes even years. Usually after surgery, [00:01:52.040] they'll come back and within a week, they say, "Dr. Bates, [00:01:54.440] thank you, I'm sleeping through the night." [00:01:57.560] I know how important sleep is because I went for many years without it, [00:02:00.720] and sometimes I still do now. But giving that back to patients is [00:02:04.400] honestly somewhat magical. When patients come back to me [00:02:08.360] and they're able to go back to the activities [00:02:10.120] that they enjoy doing, that's why I do it.