Dr. Bean to retire
After 32 years at Tanner Clinic and Davis Hospital, Dr. Charles Bean will be retiring June 1. He and his wife Jolynn have been called to serve an LDS mission in Orlando, Fla., where he will serve as the area medical adviser.
Unfortunately, he is not accepting new patients. His last surgical day will be April 4.
Focus of Practice
- Total joint reconstructive surgery (total joints)
- Sports medicine
- Arthroscopic surgery of knee and shoulder
Training and Education
- B.S., University of Utah
- M.D., University of Utah School of Medicine
- Residency, Wilford Hall Medical Center, Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio, Texas
- Certified in orthopedics by the American Board of Orthopedic Surgeons
- Practicing physician since 1980
- With Tanner Clinic since 1982
- Currently Chief of Surgery at Davis Hospital
- Total knee joint replacement
- Total hip joint replacement
- Knee arthroscopy (scope)
- Shoulder arthroscopy (scope)
- Treatment of fractures
Awards and Honors
- Named Doctor of the Year for 2013 by the Davis County Medical Society
- Recipient of the 2007 Dr. Robert Bitner Award, which is given to a physician on the Davis Hospital staff who best exemplifies the characteristics of a kind, thoughtful and compassionate physician who truly cares about patients and staff members
- Married with eight children
- A long-time scouter who has received the Trapper Trails Council Silver Beaver Award and the Francis Peak District Award of Merit
- Has an active pilot’s license
- Enjoys horseback riding, scuba diving, skiing and photography
say about Dr. Bean
“Dr. Bean has been a big part of my life for several years in pain relief. Dr. Bean and his staff are amazing people because they empathize with their patients. I leave laughing through my tears — I love that! I have never left the room without Dr. Bean asking, “Is there anything else I can do for you?” It is so comforting to know I have expert care inside and out!” — Monica on Facebook, Oct. 8, 2013
“He took care of me and my broken back a few years ago, one of the best doctors I’ve ever had the privilege to know. Thanks again, Dr Bean.” — Susan on Facebook, Aug. 27, 2013
“Dr. Bean and his staff are just the best ever. Not only is he a great doctor, he is also a very great person! Irreplaceable!” — Nene on Facebook, Aug. 27, 2013
Professional profile of Dr. Bean
Dr. Charles Bean, an orthopedic surgeon, has been a mainstay in Tanner Clinic’s Orthopedic Center for 30 plus years. Since his arrival in 1982, Dr. Bean has performed more than 1,100 total joint replacements of hips, knees and shoulders.
Dr. Bean, a native of Layton, completed his undergraduate work at the University of Utah, advancing to earn his M.D. from the U of U School of Medicine. Dr. Bean completed his training as a member of the U.S. Air Force, serving his residency at the Wilford Hall Medical School at Lackland Air Force Base near San Antonio, Texas. He then worked at the USAF Regional Hospital at Eglin AFB in Florida before transferring to Tanner Clinic.
Dr. Bean was the 2007 recipient of the Dr. Robert F. Bitner Award by Davis Hospital and Medical Center, where he currently serves as Chief of Surgical Staff. The award recognizes a physician who best exemplifies the characteristics of a thoughtful and compassionate physician who truly cares about patients and coworkers. He is board certified by the American Board of Orthopedic Surgeons.
Dr. Bean and his wife Jolynn, residents of Kaysville, have eight children. He serves on many boards and committees and has been very active in his church and the scouting program. When he’s not helping patients, he’s scuba diving or horse riding. He’s also a licensed pilot.
DID YOU KNOW? Dr. Bean, who’s been with Tanner Clinic since 1982, is the clinic’s third-longest serving physician. Dr. Jay A. Yates, a family-medicine practitioner, has been at Tanner Clinic since 1975, and Dr. Bruce F. Burtenshaw, an internist, since 1978.
Interview with a Tanner Clinic physician
Even after 1,100 joint surgeries, ortho doctor is still going strong
By Tanner Clinic staff
r. Charles Bean was in his third year of medical school at the University of Utah when he first saw a total joint replacement explained in a classroom presentation.
Until then, there had been few answers to the problem of joints ravished by arthritis or simply worn out. Those who suffered, Dr. Bean remembers, “sat on the porch, rocked and ate aspirin.” This concept of using a man-made replacement or prosthesis to replace an impaired joint, says Dr. Bean, “was brand-new at the time.”
After the slide presentation on total joint replacement, “about six of us jumped up and said, ‘I want to do that! I want to do that!’” he remembers.
Now, after performing more than 1,100 joint replacements — of hips, knees and shoulders — Dr. Bean still feels that initial excitement each time he preps for surgery. “I like total joint replacements,” he says. “They’re fun.”
He stops to clarify: The “fun” part, he says, is seeing patients improve their quality of life. “The ability to take someone who’s in a lot of pain, either from a fracture or worn-out joint, and help them heal or have the pain mostly go away — that’s extremely satisfying.”
Keeping pace with technology
As the senior member of Tanner Clinic’s Orthopedic Center, he considers himself a “general orthopedic surgeon”, with a subspecialty in total joint replacement. However, joint replacement makes up the majority of Dr. Bean’s practice, though he often sees trauma cases and sports-related injuries, as well as patients who need knee and shoulder arthroscopy procedures.
Over the 30-plus years he’s been healing orthopedic patients, Dr. Bean has kept pace with the rapid advances in joint-replacement technology — both in materials and techniques.
The first knee replacement in Utah, like its cousin the hip, was performed in Utah during Dr. Bean’s medical training. Back then, he remembers, patients undergoing joint replacement spent three weeks in the hospital; now they spend three or fewer days. Back then, joint replacements were expected to last 10 to 15 years; now they’ll last for up to 30 years.
as a young man:
★ Working on an isolated ranch in Utah’s west desert, making $1 an hour
★ Surveyor for the Bureau of Land Management
★ Engineering assistant at Hill Air Force Base
To make an appointment with Dr. Bean, call (801) 773-4840, or go here for an online appointment
And back then, ibuprofen was a celebrated milestone when it came out in the early 1970s, replacing aspirin. Now, says Dr. Bean, there are more than 20 excellent anti-inflammatory medicines on the market.
Dr. Bean was also on hand to see Utah’s first cement-less hip replacement in 1986, performed at Davis Hospital. These revolutionary implant designs had surfaces conducive to attracting new bone growth and were attached directly to bone without the use of cement.
Patients are also friends
Dr. Bean’s patient roster ranges from senior citizens to grammar school-aged football players who fracture an arm or tear cartilage. But 50-somethings, those middled-aged folk, are becoming his fastest growing subset of patients.
Joints wear out sometimes because of genetic predisposition, more often because of weight and inactivity that result in arthritis. And some joints wear out from overuse, like the 50-year-old runner whose hip joint he’d replaced the previous week. Running, he quips, “makes your heart healthy, but it wears your joints out.”
“If I have to suggest an activity to people, I’d say get a bike, go swimming, use the elliptical, use the recumbent bike,” he said.
That said, joint replacement is among the most successful elective surgeries. More than 95 percent of hip and knee patients fully recover, significantly reducing their pain and improving their well-being.
Joint replacement patients now and 30 years ago share one commonality: A full recovery can take up to a year, because of the muscle toning and strengthening that must take place. “At six weeks,” he says, “you’re doing pretty good. At three months, you’re 90 percent there. And over the next nine months, the last 10 percent comes.”
There’s one more benefit that comes from a 30-year career, besides all that experience and training — “My patients at this point in my career are all my friends,” he says.
“We (Tanner Clinic) have a lot of new patients, but we have an awful lot of patients who’ve been with us for a long time,” he says. Some patients have stayed with him since he began as a general orthopedic surgeon at Tanner Clinic in 1982.
Patients, he says, “become your friends as much as your patients.”
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