Meet Frances Faro, MD | OrthoONE at Swedish Medical Center

– Hi, my name is Dr. Frances Faro. I’m an orthopedic surgeon specializing in foot and ankle surgery and I work at Swedish Medical Center for OrthoONE. I have two practice locations, one’s at Swedish Medical Center and the other one is in Highlands Ranch. I’m originally from Central Virginia but I moved down to Atlanta to go to undergrad at Emory University. After Emory I traveled out to California, I was a schoolteacher
for a couple of years and then went and did
not only medical school but also a research fellowship with Dr. Peter Newton at UCSD. After UCSD I came out here to Denver and went and did my residency in orthopedic surgery at CU. I did one more year of
training following that because of my love of foot and ankle. I did a foot and ankle
fellowship in Baltimore at Union Memorial Hospital. And after that year I knew
I’d found the right thing. I came back here to Swedish and I’ve been here now for almost ten years. Orthopedic surgery is a big area, there are lots of different specialties and my specialty is foot and ankle. I spend about 95% of my practice doing foot and ankle surgery. But foot and ankle has a lot
of different options in it. You can be dealing with toes, you can be dealing with tendon
injuries, ligament injuries, and you can be dealing with young people, and older people, arthritis, etc. One of my passions is
total ankle arthroplasty. This is an actual total
joint for the ankle which a lot of people
have not heard about. And total ankles are a developing option. They’re not for everybody, but they’re amazing for restoring range of motion function and giving pain relief. And therefore when I
have that type of surgery on my docket it’s a happy day. One of the things I love about practicing medicine is the stories. I get to meet people and
within 15 to 20 minutes I’m hearing about what they love, how they got to my office, what their family is like, what their job is like. And putting all those pieces together helps me treat them better and helps me get them back to what they love. But what other job do you have where people open up to you that quickly. My philosophy of care
is that it’s not my job to tell you what to do, it is my job to listen to you, to educate you about your foot and ankle, and to help you decide on what’s gonna work for you. Maybe that’s surgery, maybe
that’s physical therapy, maybe that’s activity modification. But again my job is not to tell you what to do, but guide you in that process.

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