Dr. Robert Coats II

Orthopedic Surgery
Hobart, IN
25 years experience male

Locations

Orthopaedic Specalists of Northwest Indiana

Hobart, IN

Address

7835 Grand Blvd., Hobart, IN
Directions

Fax

(219) 945-4498

About

Bio

I am a Board Certified Orthopaedic Hand and Upper Extremity Surgeon in group private practice. For nearly a decade I have been providing a full range of treatment options for traumatic, degenerative and congenital Orthopaedic conditions, of the upper extremity. The latest arthroscopic and endoscopic techniques allow me to perform minimally invasive surgery. The use of steroid, collagenase and platelet rich plasma injections help my patients avoid surgery. The south suburban Chicago community in which I live is a great place to work and golf. I love teaching residents, medical students, therapists and other physicians locally and around the country. I believe in cost effective, evidence based treatments, individulized to meet the physical and psychosocial needs of my patients. I'm passionate about a healthier you!

Specialties
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Orthopedic Surgery

Doctor Q&A

377 Answers
220 Agrees
The number of answers this doctor has agreed with.
A 24-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Coats II
Orthopedic Surgery 25 years experience
6 weeks: Most fractures heal in 6 weeks. It takes longer for more displaced fractures or fractures in patients with poor health. When the bone is no longer pai... Read More
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A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Coats II
Orthopedic Surgery 25 years experience
Pain free n 6 weeks: Most fractures are healed in 6 weeks. Once the fracture becomes stable, it usually stops hurting. Since there is minimal weight bearing on the arm dur... Read More
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Coats II
Orthopedic Surgery 25 years experience
Yes: This is far from an emergency and although it needs to be addressed, the timing does not need to be urgent. Anytime within several months should be su... Read More
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Coats II
Orthopedic Surgery 25 years experience
Open or endoscopic: Surgery for carpal tunnel syndrome (cts) involves cutting the transverse carpal ligament (tcl). Open capal tunnel release utilizes direct visualizati... Read More
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A 27-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Coats II
Orthopedic Surgery 25 years experience
Attach cuff to bone.: A rotator cuff tear occurs when the tendon is torn off the bone. For the tendon to heal, it must be reattached to the bone. This is done arthroscopi... Read More
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Coats II
Orthopedic Surgery 25 years experience
Not related: These characteristics are not indicative of any pathology or disorder.
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Coats II
Orthopedic Surgery 25 years experience
Ask your surgeon!: When i perform carpal tunnel releases, wether open or endoscopic, I have the patients remove their bandages 2-3 days after surgery. There is no reason... Read More
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Coats II
Orthopedic Surgery 25 years experience
Open or endoscopic?: Depending on the surgical technique, recovery is between 2-6 weeks. There is minimal difference between the recovery times for endoscopic and open car... Read More
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A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Coats II
Orthopedic Surgery 25 years experience
Yes...sometimes: Carpal tunnel syndrome (cts) is due to compression of the median nerve at the wrist. Early symptoms of pain, numbness and tingling in the thumb, index... Read More
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A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Coats II
Orthopedic Surgery 25 years experience
Sometimes: Carpal tunnel syndrome (cts) symptoms can be caused by inflammation. If the inflammation is treated, the symptoms resolve. The symptoms may return ov... Read More
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A 29-year-old male asked:
Dr. Robert Coats II
Orthopedic Surgery 25 years experience
Cubital tunnel: Inflammation and compression of the ulnar nerve around the elbow can cause numbness/tingling in the ring and small fingers. This is called cubital tun... Read More
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A 54-year-old female asked:
Dr. Robert Coats II
Orthopedic Surgery 25 years experience
Brace/nSAIDs/surgery: Ganglion cysts are outgrowths from the wrist joint. The cysts are usually not painful, but when them become large, they can push on the surround tissu... Read More
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A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Coats II
Orthopedic Surgery 25 years experience
Maybe infection: It could be hardware irritation or even a metal allergy. Another possibility is infection. Either way, you likely need to have the hardware taken out.... Read More
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A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Coats II
Orthopedic Surgery 25 years experience
Splints & nSAID's: The best treatment is to prevent further inflammation by resting and immobilizing the injured extremity, followed by reducing the inflammation with or... Read More
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A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Coats II
Orthopedic Surgery 25 years experience
Carefully!: It depends on what was done during surgery. If the broken bone was fixed rigidly with plates and screws, you should be able to begin early motion and ... Read More
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A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Coats II
Orthopedic Surgery 25 years experience
Sack of fluid: A ganglion cyst is a sack of fluid, usually from a joint capsule or tendon sheath. These are benign growths that rarely cause pain. Initial treatment ... Read More
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A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Coats II
Orthopedic Surgery 25 years experience
Depends on the sport: Typically 3-4 weeks of immobilization is needed after a dislocation, followed by physical therapy. Early return would be about 6 weeks. I would not ... Read More
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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Coats II
Orthopedic Surgery 25 years experience
It Depends on injury: There is typically no emergency with an elbow fracture. The swelling associated with acute injury make surgery more difficult. As long as the arm is... Read More
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A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Coats II
Orthopedic Surgery 25 years experience
Orthopaedic surgeon: Osteonecrosis of the shoulder affects the humeral head. Sometimes it only requires pain control while the blood supply is re-established. If the arti... Read More
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Coats II
Orthopedic Surgery 25 years experience
Mostly wait: Treatment depends upon the amount of bone involvement. For whatever reason the blood supply to your scaphoid bone was interrupted. Mild symptoms can... Read More
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A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Coats II
Orthopedic Surgery 25 years experience
Could be dermatitis : The prep solution used during surgery to prevent infection may cause skin irritation. If you have taken off your bandage, check your skin for redness... Read More
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Coats II
Orthopedic Surgery 25 years experience
Turning the palm up.: When you turn your palm up to the sky, that is supination. Think of holding a cup of soup (supination).
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A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Coats II
Orthopedic Surgery 25 years experience
Carpal tunnel: Numbness and tingling in the hands can be a sign of carpal tunnel syndrome (cts). Cts syndrome usually affects the thumb, index, long and half of the ... Read More
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A member asked:
Dr. Robert Coats II
Orthopedic Surgery 25 years experience
A couple of weeks: It takes about 2 weeks for the wound to heal. Once it does, the soreness should be minimal. It's not uncommon to have some palm and wrist pain after s... Read More
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Coats II
Orthopedic Surgery 25 years experience
Inflammation.: The tendons that help bend the fingers run inside a system of pulley's called the flexor tendon sheath. The first pulley, the a1, can become narrowed.... Read More
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Coats II
Orthopedic Surgery 25 years experience
No!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!: Out of all artificial joints, wrist and ankle probably have the least indications for use. Any joint replacement at your age will wear out. A wrist fu... Read More
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A male asked:
Dr. Robert Coats II
Orthopedic Surgery 25 years experience
Very difficult: Once the rotator cuff is torn away from the bone, it will not heal. The weakness in the shoulders is b/c the muscle is no longer attached to the bone.... Read More
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A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Coats II
Orthopedic Surgery 25 years experience
3-6 weeks 4 healing: Finger fractures will usually heal in 3-6 weeks, but are stiff after immobilization. Therapy is often needed to restore range of motion and function.
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A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Coats II
Orthopedic Surgery 25 years experience
6-8wks: Most fractures heal in about 6 wks, depending on location, severity and treatment. Non-displaced fractures are immobilized and displaced fractures usu... Read More
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Coats II
Orthopedic Surgery 25 years experience
Rest & nSAID's: Most rotator cuff injuries involve inflammation of the bursa and tendon. Rest and anti-inflammatory medications are great at reducing symptoms. If pai... Read More
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Coats II
Orthopedic Surgery 25 years experience
Injections/Surgery: About 80-90% of trigger fingers will resolve in a 2-3 month period, with 1-2 injections of steroid and conservative treatment. Patients with diabetes ... Read More
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Coats II
Orthopedic Surgery 25 years experience
Mild discomfort: I perform trigger thumb surgery under local anesthetic. It usually takes about 10-15 min. To identify and release the a1 pulley, which is what causes ... Read More
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Coats II
Orthopedic Surgery 25 years experience
Ice, splint & x-ray: It all depends on the fracture displacement. Non-displaced fractures usually require immobilization only. Displaced fractures require treatment, eithe... Read More
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A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Coats II
Orthopedic Surgery 25 years experience
3-6 months: Tennis elbow or lateral epicondylitis can be effectively treated with braces, oral/injectable steroids, nsaid's and therapy. The symptoms may take sev... Read More
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A 35-year-old female asked:
Dr. Robert Coats II
Orthopedic Surgery 25 years experience
Not necessary: An osteochondroma is a very common benign tumor involving the bone. The tumors have a very characteristic appearance and location. The chances of this... Read More
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A 43-year-old female asked:
Dr. Robert Coats II
Orthopedic Surgery 25 years experience
Sometimes: It all depends on the surgeon and the situation. For very complex cases a second opinion can be very helpful. In simple cases it can appear meddleso... Read More
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Coats II
Orthopedic Surgery 25 years experience
Sinuses: The frontal sinus is located within the bone in the forehead. In the spring you may get allergies that cause inflammation within the sinus. Try otc ... Read More
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Coats II
Orthopedic Surgery 25 years experience
Infection: No joint should leak, after it heals from surgery. Persistent leakage or new leakage from any joint replacement should always be treated as an infecti... Read More
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Coats II
Orthopedic Surgery 25 years experience
Maybe tendinitis: If the pain is only associated with movement or activities, you may have inflammation of the rotator cuff and bursa. If the pain is more continuous, ... Read More
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A 29-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Coats II
Orthopedic Surgery 25 years experience
1hr to scope: Typically this arthroscopic procedure takes about an hour and can be done with a combination of regional/general anesthetic. The inflamed bursa and b... Read More
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A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Coats II
Orthopedic Surgery 25 years experience
Hand surgeon: The surgery for dupuytren's contracture is called a fasciectomy and is performed by a hand surgeon. A hand surgeon is typically a general, orthopaedi... Read More
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A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Coats II
Orthopedic Surgery 25 years experience
None: There is no test for dupuytren's contracture other than the physical exam. Dupuytren's contracture is proliferation of collagen tissue in the hand. ... Read More
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A member asked:
Dr. Robert Coats II
Orthopedic Surgery 25 years experience
Injection or surgery: Inflammation of the tendon and/or tendon sheath causes triggering of the finger. The muscle is not a factor and the e-mails don't help. This is more... Read More
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Coats II
Orthopedic Surgery 25 years experience
It's helpful: Frozen shoulder or adhesive capsulitis is more commone in diabetics and my take over a year to resolve on it's own. Intra-articular(in the joint) inj... Read More
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Coats II
Orthopedic Surgery 25 years experience
High: By survival rate i assume you mean how long the implant will work and not how long long you will live after surgery. Most patients undergoing total h... Read More
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A 29-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Coats II
Orthopedic Surgery 25 years experience
Depends how u lift: It depends on how you have to lift and what kind of rotator cuff injury you have. If you can avoid overhead lifting, you can avoid exacerbation of the... Read More
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A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Coats II
Orthopedic Surgery 25 years experience
Surgery or injection: This fibroproliferative disease is genetically mediated and causes contracture of the fingers. It's most common in the ring and small fingers of male... Read More
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A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Coats II
Orthopedic Surgery 25 years experience
Not typaclly: A both-bone forearm fracture usually involves the shaft of the bone and not the growth plates, at the ends of the bone. Growth abnormalities are unco... Read More
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A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Coats II
Orthopedic Surgery 25 years experience
Yes, may recur: Due to the genetic nature of this disease, there is a chance of recurrence no matter how it's treated. Surgery was the only way to get the fingers str... Read More
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A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Coats II
Orthopedic Surgery 25 years experience
Timing: It takes 6 weeks for the tendon to heal to the bone. During the healing phase, it is important to avoid any stress on the repair. Active shoulder rang... Read More
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Testimonials
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HealthTap member
Feb 2, 2013
Thank you, Dr. Coats. With PT, chiropractic, MRI, and a unsuccessful steroid shot, you have answered my question better than any of the med. profession.
HealthTap member
Mar 30, 2015
Dr. Coats II is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Mar 31, 2015
Dr. Coats II is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
HealthTap member
Thank you, your answer was very helpful! I am 4 mos post-op hemiarthroplasty after falling and breaking my humerus. I appreciate the information you have provided and your time.
HealthTap member
Thank you for your response! Yes, I have been trying to "stretch" it so to speak to try and avoid any stiffness or fouling it up for the future. Thanks!
HealthTap member
Thank you my husband fell 20 foot off a ladder an he shattered the bones in right wrist an had a plate an screws in left wrist. Broke hip

Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

Medical College of Ohio, Toledo, OH
Graduated 1998MD

Residency

Wayne State University/Detroit Medical Center

Awards

HealthTap Founding Doctor
HealthTap Scholar
HealthTap ClubMD

Affiliations

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
American Society for Surgery of the Hand
J. Robert Gladden Orthopaedic Society
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