Stephen White, M.D.
Dr. White has over 20 years of orthopedic experience. He attended medical school at the University of Utah and completed his residency at the University of Kansas. After five years in Kansas, he spent 17 years in Texas and Oklahoma. He is board certified by the American Board of Orthopedic Surgery. Dr. White loves the small town setting, where he feels that he can personally care for people with whom he lives and works. He practices general orthopedics with extensive experience with joint replacement, trauma and sports medicine.
He has built a center of excellence in joint replacement and will be bringing that experience to Brewster.
He has also led the development of orthopedic trauma that has allowed his communities to receive excellent care for their emergencies close to home.
Dr. White is dedicated to the latest advances in orthopedic surgery with frequent special training courses in joint replacement, joint revision, trauma, and sports. He has participated as a master surgeon to teach other surgeons various techniques.
In the 1990s, Dr. White was one of the first surgeons in the country to develop expertise in internal fixation of wrist fractures, long before it became common practice. Dr. White was one of the first surgeons in the country to treat complicated fractures with a minimally invasive needle balloon that can reduce and graft fractures without a surgical incision. This has helped reduce the wound complications that can complicate already difficult fractures such as tibial plateau fractures (fractures that break into the knee joint), calcaneal fractures (heel bone), wrist and pilon (fractures into the ankle joint).
He has specialty training in other minimally invasive techniques, including arthroscopic assisted reductions (using a small camera inside of a joint to recreate the joint with more precision), percutaneous fixation and intramedullary fixation of fractures (reducing and stabilizing bones with x-ray, instruments and small incisions).
He has also studied techniques to accelerate the recovery after joint replacement including smaller incisions with less muscle injury for hip and knee replacements (including anterior hip replacement) and reverse shoulder replacement that provides accelerated recovery and increase stability in shoulder replacements where the rotator cuff is not functioning.
Other common procedures with which he has many years of experience are arthroscopic ACL and meniscal surgery (knee), arthroscopic shoulder surgery (including the rotator cuff and stabilizing ligaments), and endoscopic carpal tunnel surgery.
Even with his extensive surgical experience, Dr. White still treats most conditions without surgery. He enjoys educating patients and involving patients in their plan for treatment. Patient choice is very important to him and he feels that treatment should be individualized for everyone he sees.
Dr. White incorporates a holistic approach with mind, body and spirit. Scientific studies are showing the connections between stress, depression and disease and aging. Studies are explaining how prayer, optimism, connections with other people, compassion and mindfulness can all help improve outcomes and quality of life.
Dr. White is excited to bring his experience and skill to Three Rivers Family Medicine and Three Rivers Hospital. He lives in the Omak area with his wife and daughter.
For more information or to make an appointment with Dr. White, please call 509-689-3749.