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03/31/2016
By: Robin B.
Dr. Gregory G Mc Dowell, MD
After the trauma of a late night ER visit, they recommended Ortho Montana for my husbands hand repair. We called on the fly early the next morning while on route to Billings from Cody, they got us in and scheduled our surgery for the next day. The whole process we were treated extremely professionally and with prompt answers. Excellent patient relations from reception to the follow up call after surgery. We felt very comfortable with our surgeon and the entire staff. Everyone we have dealt with has been a very good experience. We nightly recommend Ortho Montana.
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During a consultation or first appointment with an orthopedic surgeon, the practitioner will ask the patient a variety of questions to understand the situation. The surgeon might ask about the patient's pain levels, medical history, and any prior injuries. Then, the surgeon will administer a physical exam and possibly schedule tests to better understand the problem. Possible tests include a stress test, x-ray, or MRI.

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