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Dr. Patrick J. Fernicola, M.D.

Orthopedist

Dr. Patrick Fernicola is an orthopaedic surgeon practicing in Columbus, GA. Dr. Fernicola specializes in the diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation of injuries, diseases and disorders of the bodys musculoskeletal system. As an orthopaedic surgeon, Dr. Fernicola 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.
30 years Experience
Dr. Patrick J. Fernicola, M.D.
  • Columbus, GA
  • Georgetown Univ Sch of Med, Washington Dc
  • Accepting new patients

What's the usual recovery time after hip surgery?

The recovery from his surgery will depend on exactly what surgery you are about to undergo. I am assuming you are about to proceed with a total hip arthroplasty. A total hip replacement READ MORE
The recovery from his surgery will depend on exactly what surgery you are about to undergo. I am assuming you are about to proceed with a total hip arthroplasty. A total hip replacement is a wonderful procedure which has very little postoperative pain. You should be allowed to ambulate full weight bearing immediately after the surgery. We usually tell people to allow the soft tissues to recover for about 6 weeks. At that time, you should be able to begin resuming activities as tolerated.

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

Numbness in the foot after total hip arthroplasty could be secondary to either stretching or compression of the sciatic nerve. The sciatic nerve is the large nerve that controls READ MORE
Numbness in the foot after total hip arthroplasty could be secondary to either stretching or compression of the sciatic nerve. The sciatic nerve is the large nerve that controls motor and sensory function in her lower extremity. the nerve crosses very close to the hip joint and it is not unheard of for there to be some compromise of the nerve during the surgery. You should discussed the symptoms with your physician and have him check the neurologic status of the lower extremity.

ACL repair

The decision for surgery after an ACL tear depends on the degree of subjective instability, the patient's level of activity and plans for future activity. Surgery is certainly READ MORE
The decision for surgery after an ACL tear depends on the degree of subjective instability, the patient's level of activity and plans for future activity. Surgery is certainly not required for an isolated ACL tear. If the patient is a competitive athlete involved in curry sports such as Soccer Basketball etc, they would most likely want the ACL reconstructed.