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Dr. Stuart Drew Patterson, MD
Specializes in Hand Surgery, Other, Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
2000 E Edgewood Drive; Suite 112
Lakeland, FL

Dr. Stuart Patterson is a hand surgeon and orthopedic surgeon in Lakeland, FL and Winter Haven, FL. Dr. Patterson's patients gave him an average rating of 2.5 out of 5 stars. Clinical interests for Dr. Patterson include hand problems and orthopedic surgery. His professional affiliations include Winter Haven Women's Hospital, Bartow Regional Medical Center, and Heart of Florida Regional Medical Center. He accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. He is accepting new patients. After attending the University of Cape Town Faculty of Health Sciences for medical school, Dr. Patterson completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with McMaster University. Dr. Patterson speaks Afrikaans.

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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's specialties are spine surgery and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. He practices in Lakeland, FL. Patients gave him an average rating of 4.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Okafor's clinical interests include spine surgery procedures and spine problems. He honors Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. He attended Boston University School of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at a hospital affiliated with Thomas Jefferson University. In addition to English, 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 Orthopedic Trauma
3030 Harden Boulevard
Lakeland, FL

Dr. Benjamin Miller sees patients in Lakeland, FL. His medical specialty is orthopedic trauma. Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Miller accepts. He attended medical school at Marshall University, Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine.

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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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