We have long understood that passion and variety are intricately intertwined. As early as 85 BC, Publilius Syrus, observed, “The most delightful pleasures cloy without variety,” while today, we often muse that “variety is the spice of life.” Whether personal or professional, it’s a long-standing and simple fact that our pursuits require some variation in order to remain relevant and intriguing. Perhaps this is why Dr. Tyson Garon remains so passionate about his work in diagnosing and treating conditions of the hand and wrist. After all, there is no shortage of diversity among the injuries and disorders that can afflict this complex mix of bones, muscles, tendons, ligaments, and nerves.
Even in his own words, Dr. Garon explains that he enjoys “the field of orthopedic hand and upper extremity surgery because of the variety of diagnoses and patients I encounter daily.” It was an intrigue that first struck him during his early medical school days at the LSU Health Sciences Center in Shreveport, and the fascination would eventually carry him 850 miles away from home to The Indiana Hand to Shoulder Center in Indianapolis. Still, Dr. Garon’s passionate pursuit was worth every minute and every mile, allowing him to train under some of the top leaders in the hand and wrist field and complete a fellowship in hand, upper extremity and microvascular surgery.
The education, training and opportunities Dr. Garon encountered in Indiana were extraordinary, but after completing his fellowship, he faced a tough decision. Should he blaze a new trail in an unfamiliar place, or should he apply his finely-honed expertise back in Louisiana? Ultimately, he realized that, just like his work with the hand and wrist, there was no place he was more passionate about than home. Excitedly, he took an opportunity to develop his practice at a widely respected orthopedic center in the city he loves. When speaking of his decision, Dr. Garon says, “The Bone and Joint Clinic of Baton Rouge has a long and rich history of providing excellent care to its patients. It’s nice to be able to give back to a community that has done so much for me.”
While the work that Dr. Garon does is far from easy, it is immensely rewarding and abounding with variety. On any given day, he may encounter a fracture, arthritis, carpal tunnel syndrome, or any number of other potential diagnoses. It’s work that requires a physician who is highly-specialized, thoroughly trained, and most of all, passionate. Fortunately, those are all qualities that Dr. Garon possesses in spades.