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

Dr. Stuart Patterson is a hand surgeon and orthopedic surgeon. Dr. Patterson's areas of clinical interest consist of hand problems and orthopedic surgery. On average, patients gave him a rating of 2.5 stars out of 5. Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Patterson takes. Dr. Patterson graduated from the University of Cape Town Faculty of Health Sciences and then he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with McMaster University. He speaks Afrikaans. He is affiliated with Winter Haven Women's Hospital, Bartow Regional Medical Center, and Heart of Florida Regional Medical Center. He is open to new patients.

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

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

Dr. Chukwuka Okafor is a spine surgeon and orthopedic surgeon. Dr. Okafor's areas of expertise consist of spine surgery procedures and spine problems. His average patient rating is 4.5 stars out of 5. He takes Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. He attended medical school at Boston University School of Medicine. His residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with Thomas Jefferson University. Dr. Okafor speaks Igbo. He is professionally affiliated with South Florida Baptist Hospital.

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

Specializes in Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
2135 Hardin Boulevard
Lakeland, FL

Dr. John Cotton's area of specialization is orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. Dr. Cotton is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. He graduated from the University of South Alabama College of Medicine.

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Specializes in Orthopedic Trauma
3030 Harden Boulevard
Lakeland, FL

Dr. Benjamin Miller, who practices in Lakeland, FL, is a medical specialist in orthopedic trauma. Dr. Miller is a graduate of Marshall University, Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine. He honors Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers.

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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.

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