Dr. Thomas Kovack is an orthopedic surgeon who specializes in shoulder, elbow and knee disorders and surgery. He is a partner at Hand and Microsurgery Associates, 1210 Gemini Pl., Columbus, Ohio. His office is near the Polaris mall. He also practices at Dublin Methodist hospital in Dublin, Ohio. He performs the typical procedures in the shoulder, elbow, and knee such as joint replacement, tendon and ligament repair or reconstruction, fracture repair and arthroscopy. He also performs other procedures such as joint resurfacing for younger or highly active older patients who don't want the limitations of conventional joint replacement surgery. He also performs cartilage restoration procedures to help avoid joint replacement surgery. He also performs robotic total and partial knee replacement surgery which has shown the advantages of less pain, less invasive, more precise and faster recovery. He also performs arthroscopic procedures where most perform open through larger incisions. These include arthroscopic biologic total shoulder resurfacing with osteochondral allograft, massive rotator cuff repairs, Latarjet procedure for instability and graft procedures for rotator cuff repairs. These procedures are described in more detail on his website www.columbusshoulderdoc.com.
Education and Training
Kansas City University of Medicine DO
American Osteopathic Board of Orthopedic Surgery
Dr. Thomas Joseph Kovack DO's Expert Contributions
Dr. Thomas J. Kovack is now offering Stryker's Mako Robotic-Arm Assisted Total and Partial Knee Replacement ProceduresInnovative Technology Allows Surgeons to Personalize Procedures to Each PatientMarch 20, 2019. Dublin, Ohio- Dr. Thomas J. Kovack is the first orthopedic surgeon at Dublin Methodist...
Robotic total knee replacement is now being offered at Dublin Methodist Hospital in Dublin, Ohio by orthopedic surgeon Dr. Thomas Kovack. This procedure has shown the potential advantages of less pain after surgery, more precision, less blood loss and quicker recovery. This procedure is typically...
A CT scan will only help if you have a fracture. If it’s more of a soft tissue injury like a disc herniation you will need an MRI scan. READ MORE
The length of recovery depends on what all was done in surgery. Typically shoulder surgery can take anywhere from six weeks to six months for full recovery. Most of the time you should be nonweightbearing of the operative arm for the first 4 to 6 weeks. If you have a desk job you could go back to work within the first week as long as you are off pain medication and not lifting with that arm. You would also have to find a ride to work if your arm is in a sling. If you have to go back to work when you can lift it may be at least six weeks to three months. Depending on how heavy you will have to lift. READ MORE
Sometimes you can get fluid in the back of the knee called a Baker’s cyst that can cause some discomfort. I have seen swelling below the knee due to this. It can be caused from something inside the knee such as arthritis. You would have to be examined to confirm this. READ MORE
It could be tendinitis, bursitis or even early arthritis. I doubt it’s anything that would need surgery because you are so young. Usually try rest, anti-inflammatories and always stretching before your run. If it gets worse I would recommend to see someone to examine you. READ MORE
I would see an orthopedic doctor for something like that. Sometimes insurance will require you to see your family doctor first for a referral. READ MORE
I would make sure you’re stretching before and after exercise especially the hamstrings that was injured. I would stay away from any exercises that are aggravating your hamstring. You can go back to them once it’s feeling better. If you’re having some discomfort I would recommend an anti-inflammatory medication like ibuprofen. I would give it a few weeks but if you’re still having issues I would recommend seeing someone for it. You could start with your family physician first or else go to an orthopedic specialist if your insurance allows. READ MORE
What is her age? It really depends if there was any other injuries such as a fracture. Most of the time if someone dislocates the elbow and then has it reduced and there are no fractures it can heal without surgery. Initially there is a period of immobilization then physical therapy to gradually get back the range of motion and strength. Most the time it takes about three months to get back to normal. If the elbow should be unstable after that surgery may be an option but most of the time these can be treated without surgery again if no other injuries such as fractures occur. READ MORE
Areas of expertise and specialization
- American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
- American Medical Association
- American College of Osteopathic Surgeons
- Dublin Methodist Hospital ( Dublin, OH )
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