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Dr. Thomas Vincent Distefano M.D., Orthopedist

Dr. Thomas Vincent Distefano M.D.

Orthopaedic Surgeon

2016 S Main St Maryville MO, 64468


Dr. Thomas Distefano is an orthopaedic surgeon practicing in Maryville, MO. Dr. Distefano specializes in the diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation of injuries, diseases and disorders of the bodys musculoskeletal system. As an orthopaedic surgeon, Dr. Distefano 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.

Education and Training

Tulane Univ Sch of Med, New Orleans La 1993

Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine

Tulane University School of Medicine 1993

Board Certification

Orthopaedic SurgeryAmerican Board of Orthopaedic SurgeryABOS

Provider Details

MaleEnglish 19 years of experience
Dr. Thomas Vincent Distefano M.D.
Dr. Thomas Vincent Distefano M.D.'s Expert Contributions
  • Can typing be the cause of tennis elbow?

    Yes, it can develop from typing. More often, it is heavier repetitive motion with weight. It is a combination of microtearing and inflammation. Proper ergonomic setup in the office setup can help many conditions. READ MORE

  • Right shoulder pain at night--what's causing it?

    There are many reasons for night shoulder pain. The most common reason is rotator cuff pain, tendinitis, partial tear, and full tears. You would need to be evaluated by an orthopedic surgeon to figure out the cause. READ MORE

  • How long does it take to recover from spinal cord surgery?

    Generally, it takes about a full year to completely recover from a surgery as big as that. READ MORE

  • Should I wear an ankle brace?

    It is usually advisable to wear a brace or play taped for 6 weeks after an ankle sprain READ MORE

  • How long does an arm fracture take to heal?

    Younger patients heal quicker. At nine years old, it usually takes about 6 weeks to heal, although it is usually not recommended to play contact sports for 10 weeks. READ MORE

  • Should I be avoiding exercise with scoliosis?

    Exercise is being recommended more and more as a treatment for mild to moderate scoliosis. By being proactive and performing these exercises, you may be able to slow the curvature of your spine and decrease the pain you feel as a result of your scoliosis. READ MORE

  • Will my surgery end my career?

    It really depends on what the surgery is. In now-minor surgeries like a herniated disc, players can often return to play. In more extensive procedures, return to play could be less likely. READ MORE

  • My son has tension in his legs from playing basketball. How can I help him?

    Make sure he gets proper hydration. A year-round low-impact program (biking, swimming, elliptical 30 minutes 4/week) helps prepare for sports. Proper stretching is also very important. READ MORE

  • My father had knee surgery. When can he start walking?

    It depends on what kind of surgery he had. Other than surgery for fractures, most surgical procedures on the knee can start walking on it right away. Patients who had a total knee replacement usually weight bear the same day as surgery. They are typically on assistive devices (walker, cane) for 2-6 weeks after surgery. READ MORE

  • How long does a sprain take to heal in children?

    Children usually heal much quicker than adults. Usually, they heal within 2 to 6 weeks depending on the injury. READ MORE

  • How long will my back take to recover after surgery?

    Back surgery in general takes a long time to recover from, anywhere from 2 to 6 months for initial recovery and 6 months to a year to fully recover depending on the injury and surgery. READ MORE

  • How long will it take for me to recover from a shoulder surgery?

    It depends on the type of surgery you are having and what your job is.  If it is an office job with no physical demands many patients can return in 2 weeks.  If it is a very physical job that requires alot of lifting it may take 4 months to return for surgeries without a rotator cuff tear and 6 months with a rotator cuff tear. READ MORE

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

    It would depend on the exact medical conditions that he has and how well they are controlled. A preoperative evaluation can be performed by his pcp physician and/or cardiologist or pulmonologist to determine if he is a candidate for surgery and also recommend optimizing the conditions needed for surgery. Regional anesthesia can often be performed to decrease risk. READ MORE

  • My mother has to have a laminectomy. What is that exactly?

    Spinal stenosis usually develops because of arthritis because of arthritis in your spine. As you develop arthritis in your spine, you build up spurs, which can encroach on your spinal cord. This can cause stenosis or "squeezing" down the space of the spinal cord, which can cause terrible back pain. When conservative treatment does not help, a laminectomy can be performed. This is removal of some bone of the spine to create more space for the spinal cord.  READ MORE

  • Does elbow dislocation require surgery?

    It depends on what was injured in the dislocation. An MRI could be obtained to see exactly which structures were injured. Many times conservative treatment can be successful if there are not intra-articular or significant ligament injuries sustained. READ MORE

  • I am having a lot of hip pain. Will a surgery help?

    Probably not. If it is still hurting, you may benefit from an evaluation by an orthopedic surgeon and conservative treatment, physical therapy, ice, heat, NSAIDs. If it still does not get better after 6 weeks, an MRI could be obtained to get more information. READ MORE

  • How long is the recovery for a shoulder dislocation surgery?

    That would be up to your doctor and depends on exactly what he did. Generally you wear a sling afterwards 4 to 6 weeks after this type of surgery. READ MORE

  • How long does a knee replacement surgery take to heal?

    In general, after six weeks, you should be able to do what you could before surgery, but each day you get better. It takes about 6 months to get 85% recovery and a year to fully recover. READ MORE

  • What causes elbow pain?

    Without trauma or a previous injury, the most common cause of sharp pain either on the outside or inside of the elbow is epicondylitis (tennis elbow on outside or golfers elbow on the inside of the elbow). It is a combination of micro-tearing and inflammation. It is almost always relieved by conservative treatment. This would include cortisone injection, Medrol dose pack followed by one month of anti-inflammatory medication (mobic), occupational therapy exercises, and phonophoresis and possible bracing.  READ MORE

  • Are there any risks involved in my spine surgery?

    there are certainly increased risks of infection and healing potential for diabetic patients.  It helps if your diabetes is under control (good hgbA1c and sugar level) at the time of surgery READ MORE

  • Why do I still have pain after my shoulder surgery?

    It is a little difficult to answer this question without knowing what surgery you had on your shoulder and how long it is has been since surgery. In general, for most shoulder surgeries, you are at about 85% recovered at 6 months and it takes a year to fully recover. READ MORE

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

    After hip replacement, you should feel about the same as you felt before surgery 6 weeks after surgery, but then it should continue to get better. It takes about 6 months to be 85% recovered and a year to fully recover. Your best results are when you do the rehab exercises and walk. READ MORE

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

    You should be able to jog at 3 months with gradual progression to running, it takes 6 months to get to 85%, and a full year to fully recover.  I discourage my replacement patients from running for exercise as it will wear out your knee faster.  I encourage patients to be active but try to do low impact activities including swimming, biking, elliptical, and walking. READ MORE

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

    One of the complications after total hip replacement is sciatic nerve injury. Most are transient (will recover over time). An EMG nerve test can be performed 4 to 6 weeks after surgery to better see what is going on and the prognosis. READ MORE

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

    What surgical approach will be used? There are three, anterior, posterior and superpath. The superpath technique is the newest and if the surgeon is experienced using this approach, there is less surgery, no muscle takedown, quicker recovery and very little chance of dislocation. How experienced is the surgeon is doing total hip replacement? What type of prosthesis will be used? READ MORE

  • Locations of sacroiliac joint pain

    posterior left or right sided hip pain is usually associated with sacroiliac pain, groin pain with djd or labral pathology of hip and lbp with lumbar spine. READ MORE

  • Recurring hip pain

    it depends on where the pain is coming from. Is it in the groin? Is it in the side of the hip? Is it the back of the hip? READ MORE


  • Torn Meniscus
  • Peripheral Neuropathy
  • Arthritis
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Neuropathy
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Pain


  • Tulane Univ Sch Of Med, Sports Medicine-Orthopedic Surgery; Va Commonwealth U Mcv Sch Med, Orthopedic Surgery
  • Virginia Commonwealth University Health System Program
  • Morristown Medical Center

Faculty Titles & Positions

  • Tulane Univ Sch Of Med, Sports Medicine-Orthopedic Surgery; Va Commonwealth U Mcv Sch Med, Orthopedic Surgery
  • Virginia Commonwealth University Health System Program


  • Indiana University Medical Center


  • Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center

Philanthropic Initiatives

  • Providing surgical care to indigent patients in central and south America. Co-founder of UHMLA (Unidad Hospitalaria Movil de Latino America)

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Dr. Thomas Vincent Distefano M.D.'s Practice location

Practice At 2016 S Main St

2016 S Main St -
Maryville, MO 64468
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New patients: 660-562-2525, 660-562-2600
Fax: 660-562-7959

CHERAW, SC 29520
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