Adel Tavakkolizadeh an #EverydayHero
Adel Tavakkolizadeh, is an Orthopaedic Surgeon at Sevenoaks Medical Centre. Adel takes the time to give us an insight into his working life, what patient case he is most proud of, and what inspired him to take up his career.
1. Can you run us through a typical day at work?
As a surgeon, my job involves doing regular clinic and theatre sessions. This means the average day, depending on whether it’s a clinic day or a theatre day, can vary. A clinic day is usually very busy all day long with a varied case mix. A theatre day starts very early in the morning and consists of a mixture of upper limb operations. These could be trauma-cases but often are arthroscopy-based (minimally invasive surgical procedures on a joint), involving shoulder, elbow or wrist joints.
2. What is it like working at Sevenoaks Medical Centre?
Sevenoaks Medical Centre is a new and modern facility. The consulting rooms and imaging rooms are very close to each other, which makes it very easy and functional. The staff are great and it has a very cosy family-like feel to it.
3. What one case are you most proud of?
I deal with a varied case load and often with complex cases. However, I think the trauma cases are often the ones that you can make the biggest impact on a patient within a short space of time. One of the cases I’m most proud of involved a gentleman who was significantly injured in a car accident. He had sustained very complex fractures to his upper limb involving his shoulder, elbow and wrist, all on the same side. We spent many hours operating on these joints to put them back together. Fortunately, as a result, and after several months of hard work in physiotherapy, he regained excellent function across his upper limb joints.
4. What inspired you to take up this career?
As a child of a medically-orientated family, I had an inkling that this is what I would do for my career. While I decided early on that medicine was for me, I realised I wanted to pursue it so I could do surgery. Beyond that, choosing orthopaedics was very much a combination of me wanting to use complex instrumentation and being able to make a very big difference to a patient in a short period of time.
This is what orthopaedics allows you to do; it’s a very functional speciality. You can dramatically change someone’s quality of life within one operation. It helps keep many people independent throughout their lives and that inspires me.
5. What do you enjoy doing outside of work?
I really enjoy travelling with the family, I’ve got two children, so we travel as much as possible. I also enjoy a weekly swim and going to the gym to wind down.