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Dr. David Andrew Kummerfeld, MD

Orthopedist

Dr. David Kummerfeld is an orthopaedic surgeon practicing in Tyler, TX. Dr. Kummerfeld specializes in the diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation of injuries, diseases and disorders of the bodys musculoskeletal system. As an orthopaedic surgeon, Dr. Kummerfeld tends to bones, ligaments, muscles, joints, nerves and tendons. Orthopaedic surgeons can specialize in certain areas like the hand, spine, hip, foot and ankle, shoulder and elbow or the knee.
11 years Experience
Dr. David Andrew Kummerfeld, MD
  • Tyler, TX
  • Texas A&M University, TX
  • Accepting new patients

How long does an arm fracture take to heal?

Usually about 6 weeks to some healing of the bone. Complete soft tissue healing might take a bit longer, but a healthy 9 year old will bounce back fast.

Are "growing pains" really a thing for kids?

Growing pains are real. Bone grow and tendons and ligaments have to stretch and adjust. This can make someone quite sore.

How long will my elbow dislocation take to heal?

3 months for strong ligament healing. Range of motion can be individual. The greatest improvement is in the first 6 months, but improved up to 12 months.

Is knee surgery advisable for a person who is 78 years old?

If his primary physician deems him at an acceptable risk, yes. Improving pain can improve his mobility and quality of life.

Can a surgery treat gout?

Surgery can address certain issues like a gouty tophus, but surgery does not cure gout.

How long is the recovery for a shoulder dislocation surgery?

It depends upon the repair. My protocol is sling for 5-6 weeks followed by physical therapy for active/active assist ROM. I refrain from weight bearing activity and throwing READ MORE
It depends upon the repair. My protocol is sling for 5-6 weeks followed by physical therapy for active/active assist ROM. I refrain from weight bearing activity and throwing until 3 months post op. At that time, it is a slow progression.

How long does a knee replacement surgery take to heal?

"Normal" is usually about 10-12 weeks. I would allow return to most exercise then. I advise against running and jumping activities after knee replacement.

When is shoulder surgery needed?

If his instability has occurred 4 times recently and remains unstable, I would recommend a stabilization procedure.

What causes elbow pain?

Multitude of causes. One of the most common I see is tennis elbow. You should see an orthopedic surgeon.

Does a shoulder dislocation always require a surgery?

Not always. You should confirm your shoulder is reduced (in socket). If you are over 21, there is low likelihood of repeat dislocation. The younger you are, the more likely you READ MORE
Not always. You should confirm your shoulder is reduced (in socket). If you are over 21, there is low likelihood of repeat dislocation. The younger you are, the more likely you are to have repeat dislocation without surgery.

Does my hip rod need changing?

If the rod was placed for a fracture, there is no reason to change it. Also no reason to remove unless symptomatic.

Are there any risks involved in my spine surgery?

Your are at higher risk of wound infection or poor healing in the setting of uncontrolled diabetes.

For how long should I have pain after my hip replacement?

This is not normal to have a lot of pain. Soreness is normal. Mild weakness and easy to fatigue is normal, but severe pain warrants investigation.

How soon will I be able to run again after a knee replacement surgery?

I recommend that a patient avoid running and any other high impact exercise forever after knee replacement. Cycling and swimming are much better exercises after a lower extremity READ MORE
I recommend that a patient avoid running and any other high impact exercise forever after knee replacement. Cycling and swimming are much better exercises after a lower extremity joint replacement.

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I am suffering from severe numbness in my foot after a hip replacement surgery. Is it normal?

It is not normal. There may be stretching or damage to the sciatic nerve. Talk to your surgeon about it.

My mother is going in for a Hip replacement surgery. What should I ask the doctor?

She has a fragility fracture of her femoral neck. Unless she is less than 70 and/or extremely active, a partial hip (hemi) will suffice and be very stable. Make sure they check READ MORE
She has a fragility fracture of her femoral neck. Unless she is less than 70 and/or extremely active, a partial hip (hemi) will suffice and be very stable. Make sure they check a dexa scan in f/u to determine what meds she may need for bone density issues.

Stabbing knee pain when lying down sleeping

In the absence of injury, this is most likely pain related to growth and will resolve on its own.

ACL repair

That's true. Most of the time, the ACL is not reparable and must be reconstructed. The demands of a patient's lifestyle or perception of instability of the knee are deciding READ MORE
That's true. Most of the time, the ACL is not reparable and must be reconstructed. The demands of a patient's lifestyle or perception of instability of the knee are deciding factors on when to have a reconstruction or not. Athletes engaging in sports such as soccer, basketball or advanced snow skiing usually benefit from surgery. Recreational straight line athletes likely will not benefit as much.

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