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Clarence Hughes Fossier, MD
(478) 457-0037
PO Box 750
Milledgeville, GA
Specialties
Orthopedics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Il Coll Of Med, Chicago Il 60680
Graduation Year: 1966

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Akin Omitowoju, MD
2955 N Columbia St
Milledgeville, GA
Specialties
Orthopedics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Lagos, Coll Of Med, Lagos, Nigeria
Graduation Year: 1972

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Pedro Luis Tamayo, MD
(478) 452-8096
Milledgeville, GA
Specialties
Orthopedics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Inst Sup De Cien Med De La Habana, La Habana, Cuba
Graduation Year: 1959

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Anne T Sanchez, DMD
(478) 452-7441
1006 Fernwood Dr
Milledgeville, GA
Specialties
Orthodontics/Dentofacial Orthopedics

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Sami O. Khan, M.D.
(770) 491-3003
2680 Lawrencevill Highway
Decatur, GA
Business
Resrugens Orthopaedics
Specialties
Orthopedics, Arthroscopic and Reconstructive Surgery of the Shoulder, Elbow and Knee, Sports Medicine, General Orthopaedics
Insurance
Insurance Plans Accepted: We accept most insurance plans

Doctor Information
Primary Hospital: Emory Eastside Hospital
Residency Training: New York University Hospital fo rJoint Disease
Medical School: Emory University School of Medicine,
Additional Information
Member Organizations: American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, Arthroscopy Association of North America, American Orthopaedic Society of Sports Medicine
Awards: Associate Team Physician, New York Mets MLB 2003-2004 Team Physician, Mississippi Valley State Delta Devils 2006-2007 Associate Physician, Alvin Ailey Dance Theater New York, 2004 Author of multiple textbook chapters involving shoulder and elbow injuri
Languages Spoken: English,Spanish

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John Hopkins Ferguson, DDS
(478) 453-3445
600 N Cobb ST PO Box 850
Milledgeville, GA
Specialties
Orthodontics/Dentofacial Orthopedics

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Mark Lewis Mudano, MD
(478) 451-0200
541 W Montgomery St Ste 1
Milledgeville, GA
Specialties
Orthopedics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Med Coll Of Ga Sch Of Med, Augusta Ga 30912
Graduation Year: 1984

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Steven P Niergarth, DO
(478) 451-0040
1201 N Columbia Dr
Milledgeville, GA
Specialties
Orthopedics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Mi State Univ, Coll Of Osteo Med, East Lansing Mi 48824
Graduation Year: 1985

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Lawrence A. Bircoll, M.D.
(770) 491-3003
2680 Lawrenceville Highway
Decatur, GA
Business
Resurgens Orthopedics
Specialties
Orthopedics
Insurance
Insurance Plans Accepted: We accept most insurance plans

Doctor Information
Primary Hospital: Dekalb Medical Center
Residency Training: Henry Ford Hospital, Detroit, Michigan
Medical School: University of Michigan School of Medicine,
Additional Information
Member Organizations: American Academy of Orthopaedics Medical Association of Georgia Atlanta Orthoapedic Society
Languages Spoken: English

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Robert T. Greenfield, III, M.D.
(770) 787-4042
3211 Iris Drive
Covington, GA
Business
Resrugens Orhtopaedics
Specialties
Orthopedics, Adult Spine Surgery, Kyphoplasty, Reconstructive Surgery
Insurance
Insurance Plans Accepted: Accept most plans

Doctor Information
Primary Hospital: Rockdle Medical Center
Residency Training: Howard University College of Medicien
Medical School: Howard University College of Medicine; Washington, D.C.,
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Member Organizations: National Medical Association Georgia State Medical Association Atlanta Orthopaedic Society North American Spine Society


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Diagnosis and Treatment of Hand Infections

In this article, hand surgeons from the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Washington, D.C. offer us a review of rare, but potentially disabling hand infections. They focus on two infections of the wrist, hand, or fingers: osteomyelitis and septic arthritis. Causes, type of bacteria involved, patient symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment are summarized for each condition. Complications with and without treatment are also presented.

Osteomyelitis is an infection of the bone or bone marrow that can affect the hand. The most common infecting bacteria are staph, strep, and e coli. Undiagnosed, delayed diagnosis, or untreated, any of these infectious agents can cause destruction of the joint. Loss of motion, impaired function, and eventual arthritis with pain, stiffness, and disability can occur. The disease process can get so bad, a person can lose the affected hand.

How does a person get osteomyelitis of the hand or wrist? There are three main mechanisms: 1) puncture wounds (e.g., human bites, thorns, fractures, and surgery), 2) spread from infection of nearby soft tissues, and 3) spread through the blood system from any other infection in the body.

The immune system sets up an inflammatory response and tries to wall off the infection. In the healthy child or adult, this reaction may be enough to take care of the problem. But malnutrition, smoking, medications that suppress the immune system, and cancer or other health problems can put the patient at a disadvantage for self-healing.

In the case of one particular bacteria (methicillin resistant Staphylococcus aureus or MRSA, pronounced "mersa"), even healthy people can be affected. Tissue invasion and severe bone destruction can occur quickly. That's why early diagnosis and immediate treatment is recommended for hand infections of this type.

How does the hand surgeon know a patient has an osteomyelitis-linked hand infection? There are usually visual signs (swelling, redness, warmth) and pain. The patient may have a fever with chills and fatigue. These flu-like symptoms are a red flag of systemic (system-wide) infection. Blood tests and imaging studies possibly including X-rays, bone scans, PET scans, MRIs, and other more advanced imaging aid in making the diagnosis.

Once it's clear what the surgeon is dealing with, then treatment begins. Antibiotics may be all that's needed if the problem is identified and caught early. But most of the time, surgery is needed to debride (clean out) the area. This surgical procedure is followed by a course of antibiotics as well.

It may be necessary to perform more than one debridement, a process called serial debridement. Serial debridement is done until the affected area is clear of infection. The whole process can take six weeks or more. If the infection has occurred around an implant (e.g., joint replacement or hardware used to repair a fracture), the implant may have to be removed before debridement and antibiot...

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