Dr. Allen Borne
For Dr. Allen Borne, the best part of becoming a doctor is coming home to share his knowledge. Born and raised in Houma, Dr. Borne is a 2003 graduate of Vandebilt Catholic High School. He attended Louisiana State University and earned his medical degree from Louisiana State University School of Medicine in New Orleans. He completed his residency in Little Rock, Arkansas. Dr. Borne then travelled to Philadelphia to complete his fellowship before returning to practice with OrthoLA in their Houma and Thibodaux offices.
“Once you leave, you realize you really miss Louisiana,” said Dr. Borne. “I’m a little bit old school in that I really like the idea of go out and do your thing, but then come back and bring something home. Make where you grew up, better. That was the dream in the back of my head at all times. There were many opportunities along the way, but I stayed true to the plan.”
Before returning home, the fellowship Dr. Borne completed in Philadelphia helped him to develop the specialty skills needed to become an expert in his field. The fellowship was in hand and upper extremities or everything from the shoulder, down.
“It’s one year where you really focus just on that,” explained Dr. Borne. “You work with the experts for that year and really don’t focus on anything else. With hands and arms, there’s so much anatomy and so much that goes in a tight space. There’s no way you can keep up with the latest and greatest hand and wrist and elbow things while you’re doing knee and hip replacements. You really focus on fine tuning things that make a difference.”
Choosing your specialty can often be difficult, but for Dr. Borne, orthopedics, specifically hand and arm, was always the way he was meant to go. The complexity of the hand’s nerves and tendons can be difficult, but his personality and desire to rise to the challenge were the perfect fit.
Dr. Borne treats all injuries in the clinic but one of the more common things is the slight compression of the nerve in the wrist or carpal tunnel syndrome. The newer way of treating it is a small incision with no stitches. It allows the patient a shorter down time and a quicker return to work. He also sees a lot of wrist fractures in children, adults and the elderly. Kids are usually sports related, while the elderly are mostly osteoporotic fractures.
One of the newer procedures Dr. Borne brings to our area is wrist arthroscopy. Similar to a knee scope, doctors are doing more and more scopes in the wrist. Often with wrist pain, people would either live with it, take some anti-inflammatories, or see a doctor who would just inject it. For certain indications, Dr. Borne is able to put a scope inside the wrist and treat it in a minimally invasive manner without a big open surgery and is better able to diagnose it with just the camera.
Dr. Borne specializes not just in surgery, but also in non-operative care. He explains that part of his education through the fellowship is deciding when to operate and when to not.
“We’re not just surgeons,” he explains. “We’re doctors first. We take care of everything and surgery is just one tool that we use.”
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