Western Orthopaedics - Thomas G. Mordick II, MD

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Thomas G. Mordick II, M.D.

Thomas G. Mordick II, M.D.

Hand Surgery

"I believe it is the patient’s decision as to which option best meets his/her unique personal situation."

Do I really want an on-line office visit?
 
This is an important question to ask when many are tightening their belts for this unfortunate
situation.
 
 If you have an acute injury such as a laceration with possible tendon or nerve injury or fell and are concerned about a fracture an on-line visit may not be for you. Most likely you will need a hands on evaluation to determine if surgery is indicated, for application of a cast or other hands on intervention. I will continue to provide in office services for these injuries or any other concern that you feel is urgent.
 
Special mention should be given to questions about infections. Cell phone images and on-line
cameras automatically adjust color making images difficult to interpret. I would recommend being seen in real life for these questions.
 
If you do not have an acute injury, current regulations will prevent any surgical treatment and you may wish to simply hold on until these regulations are lifted. Many of the non-urgent
conditions can be temporized.
Some common examples may help:
 
1. If you have numbness in your fingers, you may have carpal tunnel syndrome.
Perhaps buy an over the counter brace at the local drug store. This is best worn at night.
2. If you have painful clicking or locking in your fingers. you likely have a trigger finger.
You can apply a splint to the affected finger to keep it from moving.
3.If you have pain on the outside of your elbow, you likely have tennis elbow. Wearing a
carpal tunnel splint will rest the muscle that is causing pain at the elbow and ease the
discomfort. You can also go on line and look at stretching exercises that can be done at home.
4. Pain at the base of the thumb with thumb motions and forceful grip is likely arthritis
and your best bet is an over the counter medication such as Tylenol or Advil.
 
Currently surgery for these conditions is prohibited. While you are welcome to schedule
an on-line visit, surgery cannot be scheduled at this point, so you will be limited to the above
home treatments. Steroid injections often help but they require an office visit.
Please also understand that a “physical examination” and X-ray is not possible on-line limiting
the ability to provide you a definite diagnosis. While we are happy to do our best on line, there
are limitations. Stay well.

 

 

 

Thomas G. Mordick II, M.D. was born and raised in North Tonawanda, New York.  He graduated with a B.A. degree in biology from The University of Rochester and his medical degree from The University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry.  After completing a residency in surgery at The University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry, he completed an additional residency in plastic surgery at the University of Pennsylvania.  He then pursued a fellowship in hand and microsurgery at The University of Utah.  Dr. Mordick joined Western Orthopaedics, P.C. in April of 2010.  He is a member of the American College of Surgeons, American Society of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeons, Rocky Mountain hand Society, Denver Medical Society, Colorado State Society of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeons, Colorado Medical Society, Southwestern Surgical Congress, American Society for Reconstructive Microsurgery, American Association for Surgery of the Hand, and American Society for Surgery of the Hand.  He is Board Certified with The American Board of Plastic Surgery and has received a Certificate of Added Qualification in Hand Surgery from The American Board of Surgery.  Dr. Mordick also provides his services to patients in an outreach clinic in Burlington, Colorado once a month.  

My Approach to Treating Patients

My approach to treating patients has been described as “customer friendly”.  I believe that being a healthcare provider is a privilege based upon providing friendly, courteous, and timely patient care that reflects the best of my abilities.

I personally assess my patients obtaining a complete history and physical supplemented by appropriate x-ray and laboratory testing.  Once a diagnosis is established, the acceptable treatment options are discussed.  I believe it is the patient’s decision as to which option best meets his/her unique personal situation.

 

Areas of Specialization

Associations

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