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Dr. Michael Bolesta

Orthopedic Surgery
Dallas, TX
41 years experience male

Locations

Office

Dallas, TX

Address

Dept of Orthopaedic Surgery, 1801 Inwood Rd., Dallas, TX
Directions

My office hours

Wednesday: 8:00am - 12pm
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Insurances accepted

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas

About

Bio

Native of St. Louis, Missouri. Trained in Missouri, North Carolina, and Ohio. Practiced in Ohio, Missouri, and Texas. Have practiced in Dallas since 1994, caring for folks with spinal problems.

Specialties
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Orthopedic Surgery

Doctor Q&A

644 Answers
150 Agrees
The number of answers this doctor has agreed with.
A 36-year-old female asked:
Dr. Michael Bolesta
Orthopedic Surgery 41 years experience
Several things: Could be muscular. Knee problems can cause pain in that area. Phlebitis (superficial blood clot in a vein) is possibility.
A 58-year-old female asked:
Dr. Michael Bolesta
Orthopedic Surgery 41 years experience
See your primary: You should be checked by your primary provider. A persistent painful mass should be evaluated by a physician. It may or may not be serious, but defini... Read More
A 60-year-old female asked:
Dr. Michael Bolesta
Orthopedic Surgery 41 years experience
Perhaps leg pain: You list a number of diagnostic terms; perhaps they were printed out after a visit to a spinal specialist. Except for the last one, they describe dege... Read More
A 58-year-old male asked:
Dr. Michael Bolesta
Orthopedic Surgery 41 years experience
Spondylosis: The report describes cervical spondylosis, degeneration of the neck portion of the spine. The abnormalities may or may not be causing symptoms. Your d... Read More
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Bolesta
Orthopedic Surgery 41 years experience
Depends: It depends on severity of the sprain. Mild strains need splinting for a short period of time (if at all) and medication for pain. More severe sprains ... Read More
A 36-year-old male asked:
Dr. Michael Bolesta
Orthopedic Surgery 41 years experience
Do: Do ask questions. Do get second opinions. Do ask for options & alternatives.
A 44-year-old male asked:
Dr. Michael Bolesta
Orthopedic Surgery 41 years experience
Maybe: The test is considered positive when it reproduces your typical pain. The controversy is what to do then. Both fusion and disk replacement have been u... Read More
A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. Michael Bolesta
Orthopedic Surgery 41 years experience
See a sports person: See a sports medicine specialist or orthopaedic surgeon to examine your knee and leg. Alternatively you could see your primary doctor or go to an urge... Read More
A 36-year-old male asked:
Dr. Michael Bolesta
Orthopedic Surgery 41 years experience
An: An important goal is to find ways to live a full life without letting pain control you.
A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Bolesta
Orthopedic Surgery 41 years experience
Talk to your doctor: It depends on your current level of soreness and the severity of your injury. The pullup exercise might be painful. Your doctor or physical therapist ... Read More
A 36-year-old male asked:
Dr. Michael Bolesta
Orthopedic Surgery 41 years experience
How: How does my current health affect my plan? Should I use a trainer or therapist? Join a health club?
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Bolesta
Orthopedic Surgery 41 years experience
Could be neck: It might be a neck problem. It could also be a nerve in your arm. Other possibilities are muscular pain from unaccustomed activity. If over the counte... Read More
A 32-year-old male asked:
Dr. Michael Bolesta
Orthopedic Surgery 41 years experience
See someone: Try your primary doctor first. If you do not have one, an urgent care center can assess you. A hospital er is another option.
A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. Michael Bolesta
Orthopedic Surgery 41 years experience
Nerve irritation: Numbness and tingling usually come from a feeling nerve that is irritated. This can come from trauma or inflammation. There is a nerve that follows th... Read More
A 16-year-old female asked:
Dr. Michael Bolesta
Orthopedic Surgery 41 years experience
See your doctor: See your primary doctor, gynecologist or a sports doctor. It is true that intense training can suppress your cycle, and that can affect your long term... Read More
A 29-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Bolesta
Orthopedic Surgery 41 years experience
No: Osteochondritis dissecans is a joint condition. It does not occur within a bone.
A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. Michael Bolesta
Orthopedic Surgery 41 years experience
Muscle loss: Some muscle shrink (atrophies). It can be painful. It can happen with some nerve diseases. It can also happen in diabetics.
A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Bolesta
Orthopedic Surgery 41 years experience
Maybe: Rotator cuff problems are usually felt in the shoulder area itself, but the neck and shoulder blade are nearby, and the brain may interpret the pain s... Read More
A 39-year-old female asked:
Dr. Michael Bolesta
Orthopedic Surgery 41 years experience
See scoliosis doc: It is true that some left thoracic (midback) curves have been associated with neurological abnomalities, but not all left curves have abnormalities. A... Read More
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Bolesta
Orthopedic Surgery 41 years experience
Lung: If i understand your question, the rib cage contains your right lung in that area you describe.
A 21-year-old male asked:
Dr. Michael Bolesta
Orthopedic Surgery 41 years experience
2nd opinion: Consider a second opinion. The leg pain may be unrelated to the episode you describe. Start with your primary doctor, who can look at you as a whole.
A 35-year-old female asked:
Dr. Michael Bolesta
Orthopedic Surgery 41 years experience
See a doctor: Lumps and bumps are common. See your primary doctor for an examination and careful history. The list of possibilities is long, but if it is bothering ... Read More
A 17-year-old female asked:
Dr. Michael Bolesta
Orthopedic Surgery 41 years experience
See someone: Whiplash is usually from rear end car accidents, but you may have strained your neck. Healing can take several weeks or more. On the other hand, if th... Read More
A 53-year-old female asked:
Dr. Michael Bolesta
Orthopedic Surgery 41 years experience
No: Loss of disk height is due to disk degeneration. Compression fractures are breaks in the main part of the bone (vertebral body).
A 53-year-old female asked:
Dr. Michael Bolesta
Orthopedic Surgery 41 years experience
Perhaps indirectly: There is some evidence that multiple compression fractures in the midback (thoracic area) can interfere with lung function and reduce lifespan.
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Bolesta
Orthopedic Surgery 41 years experience
Maybe: If you are referring to the where the neck joins the trunk, yes. The lowest bone in the neck (c7) has a prominent spinous process, a projection where ... Read More
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Bolesta
Orthopedic Surgery 41 years experience
Stay active: Car accidents vary greatly in severity, so there is no way to totally prevent soreness in every person. If you are having severe pain and it was a maj... Read More
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Bolesta
Orthopedic Surgery 41 years experience
Yes: Trauma can occur almost anywhere: home, work, recreation (including sports besides soccer), in the community. Aside from falls, the hand can be injure... Read More
A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Bolesta
Orthopedic Surgery 41 years experience
Several things: See a physician if the soreness is worsening or not improving, if there is swelling, weakness, redness, drainage, spreading up (or down) the leg, feve... Read More
A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. Michael Bolesta
Orthopedic Surgery 41 years experience
See your doctor: See your doctor for a good history and examination. She or he can determine if you need further assessment.
A 45-year-old male asked:
Dr. Michael Bolesta
Orthopedic Surgery 41 years experience
maybe: If you have had ulcers, problems with Aspirin and other anti-inflammatory meds (ibuprofen, naproxen, others), you should not use aspirin. Otherwise yo... Read More
A 33-year-old female asked:
Dr. Michael Bolesta
Orthopedic Surgery 41 years experience
Blood test: There is a blood test (hla-b27) that correlates with ankylosing spondylitis, but it is not perfect: some with as are negative, and some people with po... Read More
A 27-year-old female asked:
Dr. Michael Bolesta
Orthopedic Surgery 41 years experience
Yes: Norco (hydrocodone and acetaminophen) contains a narcotic (the hydrocodone). Chronic usage builds tolerance, so the drug seems to lose effectiveness. ... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Bolesta
Orthopedic Surgery 41 years experience
Many possibilities: If it is not getting better, see your doctor. Walking is a complex process, and many different medical problems can affect it. I suggest you go in for... Read More
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Bolesta
Orthopedic Surgery 41 years experience
Modest: In most cases, spinal surgery for back pain without leg symptoms is a last resort, and may reduce pain by about half. There are exceptions, such as co... Read More
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Bolesta
Orthopedic Surgery 41 years experience
Yes: Osteogenesis imperfecta is associated with short stature, so it can be considered a type of dwarfism.
A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. Michael Bolesta
Orthopedic Surgery 41 years experience
Depends: It depends on how large the curve is, what symptoms you have, what your goals are. See a spinal specialist who cares for scoliosis to evaluate you and... Read More
A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Bolesta
Orthopedic Surgery 41 years experience
Neck injury: It is a neck injury that can involve muscles, ligaments, joints in the neck. It usually occurs in a car. The person's car is hit from behind, and the ... Read More
A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. Michael Bolesta
Orthopedic Surgery 41 years experience
See your doctor: If your pain has not gotten better over the past two months, let your doctor know. You may benefit from a different treatment. You could also consider... Read More
A 16-year-old male asked:
Dr. Michael Bolesta
Orthopedic Surgery 41 years experience
Try both: There is no 'right' answer. Try one, the other or both (at different times) to see if you get some relief. Just be careful not to damage your skin by ... Read More
A 55-year-old male asked:
Dr. Michael Bolesta
Orthopedic Surgery 41 years experience
See your doctor: It could be one of many things. Inflammation of the rib cage, degeneration of the spine (neck or midback). It could also be something more serious lik... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Bolesta
Orthopedic Surgery 41 years experience
Some thoughts: Using a donut shaped cushion can relieve pressure on the area when sitting. A sitz bath (a device you can get from a drug store or medical supply) can... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Bolesta
Orthopedic Surgery 41 years experience
May not need to fix: In retrolisthesis, the bone on top shifts backwards (posterior), the opposite of spondylolisthesis. Most of the time, a retrolisthesis is an incidenta... Read More
A 31-year-old male asked:
Dr. Michael Bolesta
Orthopedic Surgery 41 years experience
See your doctor: Many things could do this, but more information from you might help find the reason for the pain. If it is severe, go right away and consider urgent c... Read More
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Bolesta
Orthopedic Surgery 41 years experience
It varies: Fractures (broken bones) are caused by different degrees of trauma, and also injure the soft parts around the bone to some extent: muscles, ligaments,... Read More
A member asked:
Dr. Michael Bolesta
Orthopedic Surgery 41 years experience
Several things: It could be that one of the joints "popped" (like when one cracks the finger knuckles). Tearing or rupturing a disk can also cause a pop and pain.
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Bolesta
Orthopedic Surgery 41 years experience
Talk to the surgeon: His surgeon knows exactly what was done and should guide your husband's rehabilitation. Rehab tries to improve function. The timing is very important.... Read More
A 57-year-old female asked:
Dr. Michael Bolesta
Orthopedic Surgery 41 years experience
It varies: It varies quite a bit depending on the approach, the number of bones being fused, the amount of implants needed, the length of the procedure, the need... Read More
A 33-year-old female asked:
Dr. Michael Bolesta
Orthopedic Surgery 41 years experience
No: The degeneration of the cervical spine (neck skeleton) should have no effect on the thyroid gland. The gland is separated from the spine by the trache... Read More
A 36-year-old female asked:
Dr. Michael Bolesta
Orthopedic Surgery 41 years experience
Try meds, exercise: If mild, try gentle stretching and aerobic exercise. Also try over the counter medication like acetaminophen, Ibuprofen or naproxen. Heat or cold pack... Read More

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Dec 14, 2012
Excellent answers and very timely. Great doctor to follow. Ron (oral surgeon, orlando)
Jan 17, 2014
Impressive education, training, and experience. What to look for in a spine surgeon.
Mar 4, 2013
Impressive credentials, caring, what else is there?
HealthTap member
Thank you, your answer was very helpful! Thank you so much for getting back to me, she has been taking pain medication, over the counter to try and help the pain, it's not working
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This was very helpful. Thanks! I was told that I could eventually become paralyzed by this. Thank you for the help, I do have severe pain and numbness down my right side.
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This was very helpful. Thanks! good to know that low back pain is related to tingling sensation of the right side of face and shoulder, thanks doc

Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

University of Missouri-Columbia School of Medicine, MO
Graduated 1981MD

Residency

DUKE UNIVERSITY HOSPITAL

Awards

AOA North American Travelling Fellow 1988
American Orthopaedic Association
Top Orthopedic Surgeon , First Place, Texas - Winter
2013
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