We found 4 orthopedic surgeons who accept Medicare near Sylva, NC.
Dr. Ryan Slechta sees patients in Sylva, NC. His medical specialty is orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. Dr. Slechta accepts Medicare insurance. He attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine and subsequently trained at UNC Hospitals for residency. He speaks Spanish.
Dr. Martin Senicki is an orthopedics/orthopedic surgery specialist. He is an in-network provider for Medicare insurance. Before completing his residency at a hospital affiliated with Midwestern University, Dr. Senicki attended medical school at Western University of Health Sciences, College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific.
Dr. Lawrence Supik is a specialist in orthopedics/orthopedic surgery and sports medicine. He works in Sylva, NC. He is an in-network provider for Medicare insurance. Dr. Supik graduated from East Carolina University, The Brody School of Medicine. For his residency, Dr. Supik trained at Orlando Regional Medical Center.
Dr. Douglas Gates is an orthopedics/orthopedic surgery specialist in Sylva, NC and Chapel Hill, NC. Dr. Gates is in-network for Medicare insurance. Before performing his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of North Carolina (UNC), Dr. Gates attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine.
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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.