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Dr. Richard Makowiec

Hand Surgery
Warrenville, IL
28 years experience male

Locations

Office

Indianapolis, IN

Address

Franciscan Physician Network Orthopedic Specialists, 5255 E. Stop 11 Road, Suite 300, Indianapolis, IN, US
Directions

My office hours

Wednesday: Closed
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Insurances accepted

Aetna Life Insurance Company

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois

UnitedHealthcare

Humana Insurance Company

Cigna

Medicare

About

Bio

I am originally from Sterling Heights, Michigan. I am a graduate of the University of Michigan and earned my medical degree at the University of Illinois College of Medicine. Following my residency in orthopedic surgery at the Northwestern University School of Medicine, I completed a fellowship in hand and microvascular surgery at the Indiana Hand Center. I have served as an active duty orthopedic surgeon and hand surgeon in the United States Navy. I have also worked as an Assistant Clinical Professor in the Department of Orthopedics at the Northwestern University School of Medicine. I joined Franciscan Orthopedic Specialists in 2017. My practice is focused on the treatment of disorders of the hand and upper extremity in children and adults.

Specialties
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Hand Surgery

Orthopedic Surgery

Doctor Q&A

165 Answers
88 Agrees
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A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. Richard Makowiec
Hand Surgery 28 years experience
Many choices: Not sure exactly where you are saying it hurts. But, epicondylitis can be a source of pain about either the medial (inside) elbow or lateral (outsid... Read More
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Makowiec
Hand Surgery 28 years experience
Not necessarily: Many fractures in and about the hand can be treated in a splint. It really depends on the location of the fracture and severity. While some can be t... Read More
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Makowiec
Hand Surgery 28 years experience
Maybe carpal tunnel: Carpal tunnel syndrome commonly awakens people because of numbness and tingling (paresthesias). If it is a persistent problem, you should see a physi... Read More
A 45-year-old female asked:
Dr. Richard Makowiec
Hand Surgery 28 years experience
It really depends on the casue of the inflammatory arthropathy. Rheumatoid arthrits, gout, pseudogout, Lupus, osteoarthritis can all cause inflammati... Read More
A 50-year-old female asked:
Dr. Richard Makowiec
Hand Surgery 28 years experience
Seems highly unlikely that this would be due to the block. Are you taking any different medications since surgery as some can cause headaches. If it... Read More
A 36-year-old female asked:
Dr. Richard Makowiec
Hand Surgery 28 years experience
We really need more information here. In very general terms, superimposed means you have a new fracture in the setting of some other pathology (could... Read More
A 64-year-old female asked:
Dr. Richard Makowiec
Hand Surgery 28 years experience
I would see your hand surgeon given that you’ve already had a cmc arthroplasty. This could represent a trigger finger which is also common amongst th... Read More
A 21-year-old male asked:
Dr. Richard Makowiec
Hand Surgery 28 years experience
In general, you can begin light strengthening after 6-8 weeks depending on radiographic healing. Your orthopedist can guide you. In the interim, yo... Read More
A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. Richard Makowiec
Hand Surgery 28 years experience
The amount of displacement and the morphology of the fracture are big determinants as to how this fracture is treated. We would. need more info to g... Read More
A 51-year-old female asked:
Dr. Richard Makowiec
Hand Surgery 28 years experience
Hardware removal can be surprisingly complicated and things that are not predictable are inherent to surgery. So while the surgeon may have planned f... Read More
A 27-year-old male asked:
Dr. Richard Makowiec
Hand Surgery 28 years experience
See your surgeon: After 3 months, a metacarpal fracture should reasonably be expected to be healed. Some degree of stiffness and weakness is not atypical but your desc... Read More
A 38-year-old female asked:
Dr. Richard Makowiec
Hand Surgery 28 years experience
Excising a cyst : Yes, surgical removal of the cyst should be curative. It is critical that the entire cyst sac be removed or recurrence is common. Complete your full... Read More
A 24-year-old male asked:
Dr. Richard Makowiec
Hand Surgery 28 years experience
Common hand problem: Carpal tunnel syndrome is common during pregnancy & can sometimes be relieved with the simple use of a wrist brace. These can be purchased over t... Read More
A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. Richard Makowiec
Hand Surgery 28 years experience
Get evaluated: I would check in person with your family physician. Multifocal joint pains can often be inflammatory in origin (ie Rheumatoid arthritis, Lupus, Gout,... Read More
A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Makowiec
Hand Surgery 28 years experience
No: If the question is, can a torn rotator cuff cause numbness in the fingers, then the answer is no. Numbness is caused by neurologic pathology such as ... Read More
A member asked:
Dr. Richard Makowiec
Hand Surgery 28 years experience
Not rare: After carpal tunnel syndrome, cubital tunnel syndrome is the 2nd most common compressive neuropathy of the upper extremity. It is seen frequently in ... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Makowiec
Hand Surgery 28 years experience
Depends: It really depends on how the nail was avulsed and whether the entire nail was avulsed. If this was a crush injury and there is a laceration to the na... Read More
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Makowiec
Hand Surgery 28 years experience
Variable: Radius fractures come in many varieties depending where the fracture is, the degree of displacement or malalignment, the method of treatment etc. Typ... Read More
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Makowiec
Hand Surgery 28 years experience
Depends: Early on cubital tunnel syndrome can be treated with activity modifications (avoid excessive elbow flexion and external compression on the medial elbo... Read More
A 48-year-old female asked:
Dr. Richard Makowiec
Hand Surgery 28 years experience
Tough problem: Arthritis is usually a progressive condition that tends to get worse over time. You can try over the counter remedies such as: tylenol (acetaminophen... Read More
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Makowiec
Hand Surgery 28 years experience
Variable: There are many variables to consider: how old is the patient, does the patient smoke, where is the fracture located in the scaphoid bone, treated wit... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Makowiec
Hand Surgery 28 years experience
Yes: Hand washing with use of a soap or detergent can be effective in removing germs. Also, alcohol based "hand sanitizers" can serve this purpose.
A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Makowiec
Hand Surgery 28 years experience
Variable: There are too many variables at play here to give an accurate estimate. For exmple, treated with surgery or a cast. If surgery, a hospital or a surg... Read More
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Makowiec
Hand Surgery 28 years experience
Many causes: Many things can cause tingling of the hands and fingers but some of the most common are: carpal tunnel syndrome, cubital tunnel syndrome, peripheral n... Read More
A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Makowiec
Hand Surgery 28 years experience
Numbness & Tingling: Early in carpal tunnel syndrome, there is numbness and tingling in the thumb, index, middle, and radial side (thumb side) of the ring finger. It is ... Read More
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Makowiec
Hand Surgery 28 years experience
Variable: The pain after surgery depends on many factors including the patient's own capacity to deal with pain. Most surgeons will have a comprehensive plan f... Read More
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Makowiec
Hand Surgery 28 years experience
3-6 months: For most surgically treated wrist fractures, one begins to increase their activity level on a progressive basis beginning early in the recovery. Howe... Read More
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Makowiec
Hand Surgery 28 years experience
Aspiration, surgery: I would not recommend the "bible" treatment. Typically, these cysts can be aspirated (drained with a needle) although there is a high recurrence rate.... Read More
A 53-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Makowiec
Hand Surgery 28 years experience
Unlikely: Tennis elbow truly is a condition of the lateral elbow. If you are not moving the digits or apply a tennis elbow strap too tight, these could theoret... Read More
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Makowiec
Hand Surgery 28 years experience
Buddy taping: If you have had a previous or recent dislocation to your finger, then you should be actively treated by a hand surgeon. However, the majority of tim... Read More
A 34-year-old male asked:
Dr. Richard Makowiec
Hand Surgery 28 years experience
Nerve compression: While sleeping, the hands and elbows can be placed in a static position for a prolonged period of time and this can cause carpal tunnel syndrome (comp... Read More
A 37-year-old female asked:
Dr. Richard Makowiec
Hand Surgery 28 years experience
A few possibilities: The only sure way to know which bone is fractured is to have an xray of the hand/wrist. Most commonly, a fall on an outstretched hand will give a dis... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Makowiec
Hand Surgery 28 years experience
See a professional: If you truly have or are suspicious that you have retained glass in your small finger and it is painful, you should seek medical attention. I would r... Read More
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Makowiec
Hand Surgery 28 years experience
See a doctor: First, if you have a "broken" or fractured knee cap, then you should be under the care of an orthopaedic surgeon and asking your doctor is the right t... Read More
A 24-year-old male asked:
Dr. Richard Makowiec
Hand Surgery 28 years experience
Likely to stay: If you are now 3 years out and have some mild enlargement of the finger, then this can simply be residual scarring or thickening from the injury. If ... Read More
A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. Richard Makowiec
Hand Surgery 28 years experience
Wrong splint?: If you are wearing the splint and you are getting popping or cracking noises in the wrist, then it is not likely immobilizing the wrist and not helpin... Read More
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Makowiec
Hand Surgery 28 years experience
Swim: Swimming helps unload the joints and allows for a good aerobic workout. Check with your local fitness club to see if they offer classes.
A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. Richard Makowiec
Hand Surgery 28 years experience
Have it check: The thumb is critical to hand function. Best to have it checked by a hand surgeon and get appropriate xrays. While some thumb fractures are easily t... Read More
A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Makowiec
Hand Surgery 28 years experience
Rest, ice, elevation: I would start with all the usual things: rest, ice, elevation, Ibuprofen or aleve (naproxen). You can also use a wrist splint for a few days to a we... Read More
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Makowiec
Hand Surgery 28 years experience
Exam and xrays: Typically, there is a history of a fall or other trauma to the wrist. This can result in pain over the injured bone and a fracture. A good clinical ... Read More
A 50-year-old male asked:
Dr. Richard Makowiec
Hand Surgery 28 years experience
Good start: I would first stop typing or take more frequent breaks (20 mins. On followed by 20 mins off). Also, over the counter meds such as advil or Aleve (nap... Read More
A 30-year-old male asked:
Dr. Richard Makowiec
Hand Surgery 28 years experience
Trigger finger: If this remains a persistent problem, then it is usually a "trigger finger." these are typically worse in the morning and can loosen up throughout the... Read More
A 29-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Makowiec
Hand Surgery 28 years experience
Pain and swelling: Typically, one will have pain, swelling, loss of motion and bruising. In more severe fractures, you can see rotational or angular malalignment. Best... Read More
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Makowiec
Hand Surgery 28 years experience
See a hand surgeon: An xray and a good clinical examination should easily be able to distinguish between the two.
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Makowiec
Hand Surgery 28 years experience
See a hand doc: A dislocation is not subtle. There is considerable pain, deformity, stiffness and dysfunction. A sprain will typically result only in pain, swelling... Read More
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Makowiec
Hand Surgery 28 years experience
Yes: Night time splinting can often relieve the frequent paresthesias that awaken patients and disrupt sleep with carpal tunnel syndrome. In my experience... Read More
A 46-year-old female asked:
Dr. Richard Makowiec
Hand Surgery 28 years experience
Many choices: Specifically, with respect to surgery, patients do well with either simple trapeziectomy with or without ligament reconstruction.
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Makowiec
Hand Surgery 28 years experience
Xrays: If you have pain and swelling after an injury, it is best to see a physician and have an xray to assess for fracture.
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Makowiec
Hand Surgery 28 years experience
Pain: Depending on the location, it can present in a variety of ways: fever, pain, redness, a draining wound, swelling. In any case, osteomyelitis is a ... Read More
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Makowiec
Hand Surgery 28 years experience
Extend elbow and med: If your symptoms are mild, then consider a "reversed elbow pad" at night and otc anti-inflammatories such as Motrin or aleve (naproxen). The reversed... Read More

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Mar 30, 2015
Dr. Makowiec is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Mar 31, 2015
Dr. Makowiec is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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thank you doctor, well it was half way the humerus bone making this shape ( /) hope you could picture it .. and the doctor said it might take me from 7 to 12 months to heel but I wanted to ask here to...Read More
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It seems to be worse in the morning and then late at night. And it is mostly in thumb, index,and middle finger. Now it seems to e swelling a
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I appreciate the information on the osteoarthritis. I'm way too young to be in pain all the time. (47). I will try your suggested products.

Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

University of Illinois College of Medicine, IL
Graduated 1994MD

Residency

NORTHWESTERN MEMORIAL HOSPITAL

Awards

Top Hand Surgeon , First Place, Illinois - Summer
2013
TOP DOCTOR, First Place, The Melrose Park Region - 2018
THOUGHT LEADER, First Place, The Melrose Park Region - 2018

Affiliations

American Society for Surgery of the Hand
American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
American Association of Hand Surgeons
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