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A Look to the Future L E SSONS I N L AS E RS AND ST EM CE L L S
“I view technology as one of the best resources to help patients hold onto hope and look to the future.”
We live in a system that benefits from patients not getting better. Pharmaceutical companies make way more money treating chronic conditions again and again than they would if they just cured those conditions the first time. It’s up to doctors and patients to look past the status quo and search for ways to improve our health and get better. In June, that’s exactly what I did when I flew out to Germany to attend the 14th annual International ISLA Conference on Medical Laser Applications.
This was my first time visiting Germany, so I was pretty excited to explore a new country, but I was even more excited to see the new ways doctors in Europe are getting better results in the fields of laser and stem cell treatment. Technology is one of our greatest assets. Everything that is possible today was once impossible until someone figured out how to do it thanks to technology. I view technology as one of the best resources to help patients hold onto hope and look to the future. One thing I try to teach my son, Connor, is the value of looking forward. When he makes a mistake or has a hard time with something, he sometimes wants to dwell on it, but I try to help him forget about it and look to the future: “That didn’t work out well, but it’s okay. How will you do better next time?” When you’re stuck in the past, always looking backward, you can’t move on with your life. You’ll never get past your problems and reach a better place. When my patients struggle with nerve pain, they can have a hard time looking forward. I can’t say I blame them. Pain is something that can keep you trapped in the past, unable to see a possible future without it. As a doctor, it’s my job to help patients move forward and carry on the hope that things will get better. To do
that, it means I have to do things differently. I can’t just look to the future — I have to go out there and find it.
I went to Germany eager to learn more about the area of stem cells. I like to be in the vanguard of the industry, seeing how far we can push our boundaries to make exciting new breakthroughs. At the conference, I looked at everything these doctors were doing and asked, “How would I make it better?” Could we take this stem cell technology and combine it with other things that will make the healing process faster and more effective? Maybe. We’ll never know until we try, and that’s really exciting. I’m not the only doctor out there trying to do things better. It was great to meet men and women from around the world dedicated to looking toward to future. I want to be out there on the forefront of technology and innovation, bringing the future to us. Because when I am successful, it means my patients, free from pain, can look to the future, too.
–Dr. Bao Tha i
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