Arm, Elbow, Foot and Ankle, Hand and Wrist, Hip, Knee, Shoulder


Arthritis, Arthritis, Arthroscopic Surgery, Arthroscopic Surgery, Joint Replacement, Joint Replacement, Osteoporosis, Osteoporosis, Sports Medicine, Sports Medicine, Trauma/Fractures, Trauma/Fractures

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My approach to treating patients

In my orthopaedic practice, my philosophy is to deliver the highest level of care in the most personal and professional manner. I treat patients the way I would want myself or a family member to be treated.

This approach starts with listening-- both to the nature of your problems and to your specific lifestyle needs. For example, the treatment plan for a person with a sprained knee will be quite different in a high school athlete with a sports-related injury compared to an inactive person with a slip-and-fall injury. I then proceed with a comprehensive physical exam of the related body regions, and appropriate Xrays.

With all of this data, I will then discuss your specific diagnosis (or diagnoses). This will involve a detailed explanation of the condition, the mechanism by which it arose, and the rationale behind the treatments prescribed. Treatments can include medications, physical therapy, bracing or orthotic measures, and/or surgery.

A common misconception about surgeons is that a consultation will necessarily result in a recommendation for surgery. While surgery may be the best option for some injuries, this should be a last resort after nonoperative measures have been exhausted. Many injuries can be successfully treated nonoperatively, and I strive to do so whenever possible.

However, surgery is sometimes required to get back to full function. I spend as much time as necessary so that patients understand the nature of the surgery, including the risks, benefits, alternatives, and expected course of rehabilitation. I give ample time for questions, and I encourage patients to call with any additional questions that occur after the office visit. The bottom line is that you, the patient, need to understand and feel comfortable with the planned procedure. This is critical to achieving the desired outcome.

Once we have agreed on surgery, this will be scheduled through my office in either an ambulatory surgery center or hospital. I have had extensive training, and now over 15 years of clinical experience, in the latest technologies and surgical techniques. This includes arthroscopic procedures on the shoulder, knee, elbow, hip, ankle, and wrist. This also includes the latest techniques and materials in hip/knee replacement surgery and fracture treatment. I regularly attend courses around the country to remain at the forefront of any technical and technologic advances.

At follow-up office visits, I will evaluate patients in a similar fashion and alter the treatment plan as needed to promote recovery. I perform these initial visits, follow-up visits, and post-operative visits personally. I believe that this 1-to-1 personal interaction builds a better and stronger physician-patient relationship.

Ultimately, this physician-patient relationship is the key to a successful result from treatment. Personally, these relationships are emotionally gratifying-- on a daily basis this reaffirms why I went into medicine in the first place. These relationships are also satisfying to my patients, as I frequently see family members and friends of former/current patients. There is no greater compliment than such patient-to-patient referrals. My staff and I work extremely hard to promote a friendly yet professional atmosphere that makes patients comfortable, satisfied, and happy with their orthopaedic care. I would want nothing less for myself or my own family members.

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Contact Information

Daniel A. Sheldon, MD, PA 601 North Flamingo Road Suite #213 Pembroke Pines, FL USA 33028 View map Phone 954-659-0115 Fax 954-659-0665

Other staff in my practice

I have a full-time physical therapy department in my office.

Physical Therapy is an important component in the treatment of most orthopaedic conditions. Therapy sessions include modalities for decreasing pain and inflammation, such as ice, heat, ultrasound, electrical stimulation, massage, and traction. These sessions also include stretching and strengthening exercises, which also need to be performed at home to further the healing process.

Some insurance plans will dictate where patients can have therapy, while other insurance plans have a more open access policy. When possible, I prefer patients use my therapy department because this allows much closer supervision of therapy progress and faster,more accurate modification of the treatment plan.

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