March 30, 2023
Beacon Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine’s Dr. Drew Burleson, is one of a few orthopaedic surgeons in Dayton who performs hip arthroscopy, a minimally invasive surgical procedure that uses a device called an arthroscope to diagnose and treat hip conditions. This procedure helps relieve hip pain and inflammation due to a variety of issues.
“Many of my hip arthroscopy patients were experiencing pain long before they came to see me,” said Dr. Burleson. “Unfortunately, they were previously under-diagnosed even though the causes of that pain was fixable.”
He was referring to cases who simply needed further imaging (like X-rays or MRI) to help determine the true damage and pain causes and then, to direct possible steps to take. As with treating knees, using arthroscopic surgery on hips can be a logical – and successful — next step. However, it has to be diagnosed and considered. Instead, those patients may have been told they did not have any surgical options and that they would simply have to endure the pain.
When talking about how he approaches his practice and patient care, Dr. Burleson shares how he and his patients work together to explore all the alternatives. “When you’re suffering,” he said, “it can be so frustrating and hard to make decisions. I just try to help them explore all their options.”
Dr. Burleson grew up in Wheelersburg, Ohio, where his father and many in his family were dentists. He said that he thought he’d follow that path too. However, an ankle injury that required surgery (and kept him from competing for a year) when he was in high school opened his eyes to the medical field in which he now specializes. As he studied and began to practice, he soon realized that “sports medicine” is not just for athletes. Maybe the injury is caused by arthritis, by overuse or by an accident. In any event, “sometimes you’ve got to get back to work as quickly and safely as possible,” he said, “and the team at Beacon can help you do just that.”
Dr. Burleson, his wife Noelle and their three children now make their home locally. He is a fellowship-trained orthopedic surgeon specializing in sports medicine and minimally invasive arthroscopic surgery of the knee, hip, shoulder, and elbow. He also has a special interest in employing state-of-the-art techniques in cartilage restoration and biologics to improve his patients’ function and return them to the activities that they love.
He proudly shares that what our neighbors have come to expect over 25 years from Beacon in greater Cincinnati is now fully available in Dayton. Same care, same history, same experience.
He smiled as he said, “it’s great that now, you don’t have to go so far to get that level of care.”