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We found 4 orthopedic surgeons who accept Coventry Pediatric Dental near Lakeland, FL.

Dr. Stuart Drew Patterson, MD
Specializes in Other, Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
2000 East Edgewood Drive, Suite 112; Central Fl Ortho Surg Assoc Place
Lakeland, FL

Dr. Stuart Patterson is an orthopedist. Patient reviews placed him at an average of 2.5 stars out of 5. Clinical interests for Dr. Patterson include hand problems and musculoskeletal surgery. Dr. Patterson is professionally affiliated with Winter Haven Hospital and Heart of Florida Regional Medical Center. Dr. Patterson is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. He welcomes new patients. After completing medical school at the University of Cape Town Faculty of Health Sciences, he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with McMaster University. Dr. Patterson is conversant in Afrikaans.

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Clinical interests: Sports Health, Wrist Problems, Elbow Problems, Shoulder Problems, Fractures, Arthroscopic Surgery, ... (Read more)

Dr. Chukwuka Chinedum Okafor, MD
Specializes in Spine Surgery, Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
5050 S Florida Avenue
Lakeland, FL

Dr. Chukwuka Okafor is a spine surgery and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery specialist. In addition to English, he speaks Igbo. Dr. Okafor's clinical interests include spine surgery procedures and spine problems. Before performing his residency at a hospital affiliated with Thomas Jefferson University, Dr. Okafor attended Boston University School of Medicine. Dr. Okafor is rated highly by his patients. Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Okafor accepts.

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Clinical interests: Spinal Procedures, Spine Problems, Spine Surgery Procedures

Dr. John Ryan Cotton, MD
Specializes in Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
2135 Hardin Boulevard
Lakeland, FL

Dr. John Cotton is a physician who specializes in orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. Dr. Cotton studied medicine at the University of South Alabama College of Medicine. He trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of Florida Health Science Center for his residency. Dr. Cotton is affiliated with Lakeland Regional Health (LRH).

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Dr. Benjamin Karl Miller, MD
Specializes in Orthopedic Trauma
3030 Harden Boulevard
Lakeland, FL

Dr. Benjamin Miller's medical specialty is orthopedic trauma. Dr. Miller is professionally affiliated with Lakeland Regional Health (LRH). He accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. He is a graduate of Marshall University, Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine and a graduate of Orlando Health's residency program.

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What is Orthopedic Surgery?

Orthopedic surgeons, sometimes just called orthopedists, are surgical doctors of the musculoskeletal system. They work to keep your body active and in motion by treating problems with your bones, joints, tendons and muscles. The most frequently treated disorder seen by orthopedic surgeons is osteoarthritis, a common “wear-and-tear” problem where the cartilage that cushions the ends of the bones wears down, causing friction and pain. Orthopedic surgeons might also see patients for bone and joint deformities, amputation, infections of the bone and joint, overuse injuries, or nerve compression.

Orthopedic surgeons can order tests such as blood work and x-rays to get a clearer picture of the issue. Depending on the illness or injury, more than one different form of treatment may be used. Treatment may include:

  • Surgery, such as fusing bones together to increase stability, or replacing a joint
  • Medication, such as pain medication or steroids to promote healing
  • Casts, splints, or orthotics (devices such as braces or shoe inserts to support the body)
  • Physical therapy, a kind of treatment using exercise, stretching, heat, and massage to heal the body
  • Exercise, stretching, movement, and use of the affected part

Orthopedic surgeons also work to prevent injuries and slow the progression of disease in their patients. They educate patients on ways to prevent future injuries, and they treat illness in order to prevent further damage to bones or joints that may be affected by disease. The goal of an orthopedic surgeon is to help their patients restore movement and regain an active life.