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Dr. Robert Coats II

Orthopedic Surgery
Hobart, IN
24 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 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Coats II
Orthopedic Surgery 24 years experience
Yes, neutral wrist: The carpal tunnel has the most space for the median nerve while in a neutral position, not flexed or extended. Off the self braces tend to place the ... Read More
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A 27-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Coats II
Orthopedic Surgery 24 years experience
Yes: Due to the increased fluid load during pregnancy, carpal tunnel syndrome does get worse. The tendon and nerves get swollen and increase the pressure w... Read More
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A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Coats II
Orthopedic Surgery 24 years experience
Conservative@1st: Carpal tunnel syndrome (cts) is initially treated with nsaid's and splints. Treatment with oral/injectable steroids and therapy is used for more sever... Read More
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A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Coats II
Orthopedic Surgery 24 years experience
No: Some medical conditions, diabetes, pregnancy, thyroid conditions and rheumatoid arthritis, can cause carpal tunnel syndrome (cts). Cts is not known to... Read More
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A 58-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Coats II
Orthopedic Surgery 24 years experience
Need new X-ray: Non-displaced fractures may be difficult to see on initial x-rays. I typically will repeat them in 1-2wks. In this case, radial head and/or neck fra... Read More
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Coats II
Orthopedic Surgery 24 years experience
Pain&numbness: All treatments for dupuytren's disease, fasciectomy, needle apponeurotomy, and Collagenase injection, are subject to recurrence. After recurrence, t... Read More
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A member asked:
Dr. Robert Coats II
Orthopedic Surgery 24 years experience
No: Anytime you have surgery, there are risks. Prior to surgery you should see your primary care physician for evaluation, to ensure your heart and lungs ... Read More
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A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Coats II
Orthopedic Surgery 24 years experience
No: It is likely a combination of genetic predisposition and environmental factors. I have not seen any effective preventative measures. Try not to worry ... Read More
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A 56-year-old female asked:
Dr. Robert Coats II
Orthopedic Surgery 24 years experience
Yes, neurologist: An orthopaedic surgeon can diagnose carpal tunnel syndrome(cts). Those patients with numbness/tingling in the thumb, index, long and 1/2 of the ring f... Read More
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A 29-year-old male asked:
Dr. Robert Coats II
Orthopedic Surgery 24 years experience
Orthopaedic surgeon: An orthopaedic surgeon deals with problems of the bones, joints, muscles, ligaments, tendons and nerves. A frozen shoulder occurs when the joint caps... Read More
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A 40-year-old male asked:
Dr. Robert Coats II
Orthopedic Surgery 24 years experience
Not very: We pull pins out of the body all of the time in the office. After a month the pin will be very loose. We will grab the pin with a needle driver or pli... Read More
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A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Coats II
Orthopedic Surgery 24 years experience
Yes and no: A hand surgeon may have started out as an orthopaedic, general or plastic surgeon. After a one year fellowship, any of these doctors can become a hand... Read More
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Coats II
Orthopedic Surgery 24 years experience
Luck & strength: Rotator cuff injuries become more common as we age for several reasons. The rotator cuff tendon thins as we age and the bony architecture becomes more... Read More
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Coats II
Orthopedic Surgery 24 years experience
About 3-6 weeks: Most fractures heal within 6 wks. The hand has a great blood supply and may heal faster. Typically, the finger needs to be immobilized during the heal... Read More
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Coats II
Orthopedic Surgery 24 years experience
YES..ASAP!!!!!: You need to see a doctor and get on antibiotics immediately! if your prosthetic joint becomes infected, that is a major problem. You could be left wit... Read More
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A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. Robert Coats II
Orthopedic Surgery 24 years experience
Orthopaedic surgeon : You may have dislocated or fractured your elbow and need to see an orthopaedic surgeon for x-rays and physical exam. Elbow instability and fractures c... Read More
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Coats II
Orthopedic Surgery 24 years experience
20 years or more: The newest total hip arthroplasty (tha) implants are designed to last for around 20 years. Most of the wear associated with tha is due to polyethylene... Read More
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A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Coats II
Orthopedic Surgery 24 years experience
Buddy tape/ice&meds: You should take your toddler to see a board certified orthopaedic surgeon, for x-rays, evaluation and treatment. For now, you can tape the injured fin... Read More
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Coats II
Orthopedic Surgery 24 years experience
Depends: Non-displaced fractures can be immobilized with a splint or cast. Displaced fractures may need to be reduced or surgically fixed. Sometimes we use p... Read More
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A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Coats II
Orthopedic Surgery 24 years experience
Depends on injury: A traumatic tendon injury could be a tear, which would likely require surgery. Most likely it's inflammation that will resolve with rest, ice, immobil... Read More
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A 58-year-old female asked:
Dr. Robert Coats II
Orthopedic Surgery 24 years experience
Ice is usually best!: Tendonitis is due to inflammation, which is better treated with ice or cold. Also try an anti-inflammatory medication and a over the counter tennis el... Read More
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A member asked:
Dr. Robert Coats II
Orthopedic Surgery 24 years experience
Not normal: Normal is not an option for the type of shoulder injuries that require a pect transfer. That being said, your shoulder function should improve with a ... Read More
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Coats II
Orthopedic Surgery 24 years experience
Hand surgeon: Tendon injuries in the hand are typically treated by a hand surgeon. Hand surgeons can orthopaedic surgeons (like myself), general or plastic surgeons... Read More
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A 26-year-old male asked:
Dr. Robert Coats II
Orthopedic Surgery 24 years experience
6-8 wks for the bone: This is a difficult fracture to treat. With rigid fixation and compression, the fracture should heal within 6-8 weeks. Usually motion is begun during ... Read More
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A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Coats II
Orthopedic Surgery 24 years experience
How chronic?: For some, chronic occurrs within a few weeks of having a problem. In reality, a chronic condition must be constantly present for at least 6 months. I ... Read More
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Coats II
Orthopedic Surgery 24 years experience
Put back in place: Any dislocated joint needs to be put back in place asap! once reduced a stable joint needs early protected range of motion and an unstable joint needs... Read More
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A 27-year-old female asked:
Dr. Robert Coats II
Orthopedic Surgery 24 years experience
Where in Illinois?: This is a problem which may need hip arthroscopic for treatment. This is usually performed by orthopaedic surgeons who specialize is sports medicine. ... Read More
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A 35-year-old female asked:
Dr. Robert Coats II
Orthopedic Surgery 24 years experience
Carpal tunnel: Pregnancy causes excess fluid in the body and can cause compression of the median nerve at the wrist, know as carpal tunnel syndrome (cts). As the exc... Read More
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Coats II
Orthopedic Surgery 24 years experience
Painful and weak: A torn rotator cuff tendon is usually quite painful, especially at night or during forceful shoulder motion. The rotator cuff starts out as 4 individ... Read More
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A 28-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Coats II
Orthopedic Surgery 24 years experience
It commonly does: The collar bone or clavicle acts as a strut for the arm. This helps to position the arm in space. It's not a problem being short, unless you have di... Read More
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Coats II
Orthopedic Surgery 24 years experience
Cancer of the bone: A sarcoma is a malignant (cancerous) tumor of the connective tissue, such as bone, cartilage, muscle, etc. Most cancers involve organs and are adenoc... Read More
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A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Coats II
Orthopedic Surgery 24 years experience
A flexed finger: Dupuytren's contracture is a proliferation of collagen tissue in the palm, which causes the finger to be pulled into the palm. The collagen forms cor... Read More
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A 29-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Coats II
Orthopedic Surgery 24 years experience
Only severe cases: Scoliosis does not typically affect life expectancy. The one exception is when the spinal curvature is in the thoracic spine and is serve enough to c... Read More
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A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Coats II
Orthopedic Surgery 24 years experience
Arthroscopic repair: Shoulder instability is caused by labral tears and capsular incompetence. The labral tear is usually traumatic in nature and caused by the first disl... Read More
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Coats II
Orthopedic Surgery 24 years experience
Time then therapy: The worst complication of shoulde dislocation is recurrent dislocation. This can be prevented with surgery or immobilization after the initial disloc... Read More
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A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Coats II
Orthopedic Surgery 24 years experience
I'm biased: As an orthopaedic surgeon, i feel that our five years of focused musculoskeletal training and fellowship spine training are ideal for treatment of spi... Read More
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Coats II
Orthopedic Surgery 24 years experience
Ice, nSAID's+brace: Ice and immobilization are the first treatments, after you decrease your texting. Over the counter braces and anti-inflammatory medications will also ... Read More
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A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Coats II
Orthopedic Surgery 24 years experience
3-6% incidence: Dupuytren's contracture affects 3-6% of the population of the United States. Cases vary btw very mild disease with nodules only, to severe cases with ... Read More
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A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Coats II
Orthopedic Surgery 24 years experience
Ulnar nerve pressure: Cubital tunnel syndrome is due to compression of the ulnar nerve at the elbow. Symptoms include numbness/tingling in the small and ulnar half of the r... Read More
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Coats II
Orthopedic Surgery 24 years experience
No: Chiropractors relieve musculoskeletal symptoms by realigning the spine. Carpal tunnel syndrome (cts) is caused by compression of the median nerve, wit... Read More
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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Coats II
Orthopedic Surgery 24 years experience
The ulnar nerve: Cubital tunnel syndrome is due to compression of the ulnar nerve at the elbow. Symptoms include numbness/tingling in the small and ulnar half of the r... Read More
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A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Coats II
Orthopedic Surgery 24 years experience
Very sore for 2-3day: This is a very common outpatient surgical procedure. For immediate post-operative pain control, nerve blocks are often used. When the block wears off,... Read More
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A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. Robert Coats II
Orthopedic Surgery 24 years experience
May b carpal tunnel: Numbness and tingling in the hand is often caused by carpal tunnel syndrome (cts). The long finger is often the first affected and a change in activit... Read More
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A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Coats II
Orthopedic Surgery 24 years experience
Diet, exersice &meds: Osteoporosis can have many causes, but can be treated. Eliminate smoking, limit sodas, eat a healthy balanced diet with plenty of calcium, vitamins ... Read More
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A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Coats II
Orthopedic Surgery 24 years experience
Remove bad cartilage: An arthroscopic menisectomy is an outpatient procedure where torn knee cartilage is removed. Arthroscopy uses small incisions to place a camera and i... Read More
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A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Coats II
Orthopedic Surgery 24 years experience
Usually overnight: Some joint replacement surgeries are done as an outpatient. How the surgery goes and post-operative pain control will determine how soon you can go ho... Read More
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A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Coats II
Orthopedic Surgery 24 years experience
Pain doesn't improve: A full thickness rotator cuff tear requires arthroscopic repair. Any other injury should be treated non-operative initially. Physical therapy, nsaid's... Read More
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A 19-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Coats II
Orthopedic Surgery 24 years experience
Mostly by exam: Rotator cuff disease represents a continuum of symptoms and corresponding pathology. Most people present with pain with specific activities and this ... Read More
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Coats II
Orthopedic Surgery 24 years experience
Orthopaedic surgeons: Orthopaedic surgeons treat a variety of musculoskeletal conditions. When the shoulder is affected, arthroscopy is a common operative solution. Physi... Read More
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Coats II
Orthopedic Surgery 24 years experience
Yes, but not likely: Inflammation is common after any surgical procede. Swelling in the hand after carpal tunnel release may lead to inflammation in the tendons and tendo... 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
HealthTap member
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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