Welcome! I am an orthopaedic surgeon in Louisville, Kentucky specializing in arthroscopy and sports medicine. My approach to orthopaedic care is centered around you, the patient, meaning I will take care to explain the risks and benefits of all treatment options and help you make the best decision for you. I lead an active lifestyle myself, and I understand the importance of physical well being as part of a healthy and happy life. Whether you are trying to get back to the playing field, back to work, or simply back to life, my goal is to get you there as quickly and painlessly as possible.
I love my job – I get to meet new people every day in the office and help them overcome many orthopaedic injuries and conditions. I love the technical nature of surgical procedures and the challenges and subtleties that each individual case presents. Most of all, I love seeing you get better. The most rewarding thing about what I do is seeing someone come in on crutches or in a sling, and then a few months or even weeks later telling them they are ready to return to work, tennis, golf, or walking at the park. Much of the time, that involves conservative treatment consisting of some combination of medications, exercises, injections, and physical therapy, though surgery is needed to address certain cases. Whatever it takes to get you there, we will make those decisions together.
I decided to pursue additional training in arthroscopy and sports medicine after my orthopaedic surgery training, because sports and athletics have always been a large part of my life and I enjoy working with athletes of all levels. However, the majority of patients that I treat are not competitive athletes. I apply the techniques and philosophy of orthopaedic sports medicine to all my patients. A major league baseball pitcher may make headlines if he tears his rotator cuff, but I see this every day in people who are electricians, attorneys, or farmers.
This site was designed as an informational resource. I plan on updating it regularly with blog posts, videos, and information about emerging treatment options.
Dr. Samuel Carter