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By: Susan E.
Dr. Paul T Freudigman, MD
Dr. Fruedigman and his team are excellent. He performed a knee replacement for me 6 August 2012. After having been forced to endure over twenty years of increasing knee pain and instability to the point of episodic dislocation and other "doctors" (military and civilian) basically telling me I was just a whining female; Dr. Fruedigman truly heard me and did NOT dismiss my experience of the trouble I had been having with my knee from the original injury through to the day I entered his office. Immediately post-operatively, I awoke to less pain than when I went into surgery. I have over ten years medical experience with four and a half years of this time spent being a Combat Medical Instructor (where I was part of a unit that had the task of preparing doctors and nurses for their roles in Combat). Therefore, I have a unquie standard by which to "measure" doctors and nurses. For me to rate a doctor and their team as excellent means that these professionals are truly outstanding.
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By: Paulette J.
Spine Physicians Institute
Dr. Sethuraman and his staff are professional and caring about their patients. He is an excellent doctor and has high standards and expectations for anyone who works for him. He performed surgery on the C-6 vertebrae in my neck which went very well and, I feel confident about my back surgery coming up soon. He is down to earth and listens to his patients. I am so happy to have him as my doctor and, I highly recommend him to anyone with spinal issues needing surgery. Excellent surgeon!
By: Paul R.
Dr. Paul T Freudigman, MD
This man is bad to the bone in his field.. When others want to amputate, he will salvage the limbs. Only negative is his bed side manners are weak. You either get one or the other. I'll deal with the cocky attitude when he's remarkable in his field. I can't say enough good things about his knowledge and how good he is...
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Scoliosis is a disorder where the spine curves sideways. Most people develop the condition during the growth spurt before puberty. The cause of scoliosis is unknown and most cases are mild, but the rare severe instances can disable a person.
Orthopedic surgeons attend four years of medical school, then four to five years of orthopedic residency in a hospital. They must also be licensed and certified in orthopedic surgery by the state in which they practice.
The terms "orthopedic doctor" and "orthopedic surgeon" refer to the same profession. Related specialties include podiatrist, a doctor who works with the bones, tendons and ligaments in the feet, and a sports medicine physician, a doctor specially trained to treat athletes.
The cost of a visit to an orthopedic surgeon depends on the type of tests ordered and treatment given. For example, an MRI costs $500-$1,300. An initial consultation costs $100- $500, while anesthesia for a procedure generally ranges from $2,000-$4,000. Overall, an orthopedic surgery can cost anywhere from $15,000 to $30,000.
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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