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Dr. David Surdyka

Orthopedic Surgery
Visalia, CA
34 years experience male

Locations

Office

Tualre, CA

Address

1437 E. Prosperity, Tualre, CA
Directions

My office hours

Wednesday: 8:00am - 5:00pm
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Insurances accepted

No Value

Office

Visalia, CA

About

Bio

Graduated residency UC Irvine 1993 Board Certified Fellow, American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons Member, American College of Sports Medicine

Specialties
Doctors may have more than one area of specialty interest. Board certification in a specialty area means the doctor has completed formal training and has practice experience in that specialty, and has passed the certification examination from the corresponding accredited medical specialty board.

Orthopedic Surgery

Licenses

United States: California

Doctor Q&A

55 Answers
11 Agrees
The number of answers this doctor has agreed with.
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Surdyka
Orthopedic Surgery 34 years experience
Fracture=broken: A fracture means the bone is broken, You will not be able to grip if you really have a broken thumb that hasn't healed. Generally, the thumb should be... Read More
A male asked:
Dr. David Surdyka
Orthopedic Surgery 34 years experience
Infection?: The main concern here is infection as foot punctures are usually contaminated. The other concern would be a retained foreign body, "sliver" which woul... Read More
A 27-year-old male asked:
Dr. David Surdyka
Orthopedic Surgery 34 years experience
Don't: Presumably, you are taking flexeril (cyclobenzaprine hcl) for muscle spasm. You shouldn't be drinking excessively if you are having muscle spasms beca... Read More
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Surdyka
Orthopedic Surgery 34 years experience
I do: I have cam walker boots and aso ankle supports in my orhopedic office.
A 19-year-old male asked:
Dr. David Surdyka
Orthopedic Surgery 34 years experience
More than a sprain: Who diagnosed the high ankle sprain? A bump on the heel not usually associated with high ankle sprain. Pain and deformity in the back of the ankle s... Read More
A 39-year-old female asked:
Dr. David Surdyka
Orthopedic Surgery 34 years experience
Not much information: I presume these were disc bulges noted on a lumbar or cervical MRI. It's not uncommon for disc bulges to be noted on MRI studies. It depends on the si... Read More
A female asked:
Dr. David Surdyka
Orthopedic Surgery 34 years experience
Common : Common complications include deep venous thrombosis ("blood clot"), infection, and inadequate motion. For DVT and loss of motion, cooperate fully with... Read More
A 35-year-old male asked:
Dr. David Surdyka
Orthopedic Surgery 34 years experience
Osteoarthritis: Non-operative treatment includes Tylenol, (acetaminophen) NSAID medication such as Ibuprofen or naprosyn and various types of topical medication. Weig... Read More
A 21-year-old male asked:
Dr. David Surdyka
Orthopedic Surgery 34 years experience
Not usually: Should be ok once it heals unless there is displacement or healing reaction causing protrusion into the shoulder blade/chest wall space resulting in b... Read More
A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. David Surdyka
Orthopedic Surgery 34 years experience
Some normal: It would be normal to still have some discomfort 7 weeks after this procedure. The main point is it improving? It's very important to follow your doct... Read More
A 27-year-old male asked:
Dr. David Surdyka
Orthopedic Surgery 34 years experience
Yes: Outpatient in the USA. You will be at the hospital or surgery center for several hours including 1-2 hours after surgery. You will need someone to gi... Read More
A 39-year-old male asked:
Dr. David Surdyka
Orthopedic Surgery 34 years experience
Unusual test for age: I am not a cardiologist but an echo for 39 yo is unusual unless they suspected a type of infection, murmur, or enlarged heart. These are all unusual c... Read More
A female asked:
Dr. David Surdyka
Orthopedic Surgery 34 years experience
Need more info: Need a better history and exam details. Age, medical history, injury, mass detected on exam, diagnostic studies xray/mri? There are many possibiliti... Read More
A 41-year-old male asked:
Dr. David Surdyka
Orthopedic Surgery 34 years experience
No: Kelly612: No legitimate physician will recommend anabolic steroids simply for training or body building. If you truly are suffering from low testoste... Read More
A 19-year-old male asked:
Dr. David Surdyka
Orthopedic Surgery 34 years experience
Too many calories: The basic formula is energy in/energy out. Sometimes exercise may increase appetite. Write an honest food/exercise diary and compare your weight over... Read More
A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. David Surdyka
Orthopedic Surgery 34 years experience
Diabetes: I am an ortho surgeon so this is bit out of my realm but it sounds like you need a checkup with your family doctor ASAP. This set of symptoms sounds... Read More
A female asked:
Dr. David Surdyka
Orthopedic Surgery 34 years experience
Average : Average patient will use walker or crutches 4-6 weeks then transition to cane or no assistive devices. By 6 weeks, most patients are happy with their ... Read More
A 31-year-old female asked:
Dr. David Surdyka
Orthopedic Surgery 34 years experience
Anterior knee pain: This is a common problem especially among young women. You should see an orthopedic surgeon or sports medicine doctor who will evaluate your knee and ... Read More
A 17-year-old male asked:
Dr. David Surdyka
Orthopedic Surgery 34 years experience
Practice vs research: Sports medicine involves the practical application of science to help patients prevent and recover from sports related disease and injury and whereas... Read More
A 21-year-old male asked:
Dr. David Surdyka
Orthopedic Surgery 34 years experience
Not really: Uncommon for rib malunions to be a problem unless there was severe displacement in the original injury. I recently read a journal article arguing for... Read More
A 35-year-old female asked:
Dr. David Surdyka
Orthopedic Surgery 34 years experience
Sometimes: Prednisone can cause both bone and joint problems. If you have had long treatment courses of prednisone, it could weaken the bone and make you more s... Read More
A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. David Surdyka
Orthopedic Surgery 34 years experience
Diet with exercise: Spot exercise doesn't do much for improving a lean appearance. A healthy diet with reduced caloric intake is first and foremost for achieving that goa... Read More
A 27-year-old male asked:
Dr. David Surdyka
Orthopedic Surgery 34 years experience
Varies: Autografts include bone/patella tendon/bone, hamstring, quad. tendon usually from the same knee and in most cases the surgeon can use the same incisio... Read More
A 27-year-old female asked:
Dr. David Surdyka
Orthopedic Surgery 34 years experience
Pain is the issue.: I assume you are having pain in the front of your knee that wasn't resolved with a procedure, perhaps, a lateral release, If this is the case, some p... Read More
A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. David Surdyka
Orthopedic Surgery 34 years experience
Get it looked at.: The possibilities that come to mind are infection, trauma and/or allergic reaction. Get it seen by a physician ASAP. Go to an urgent care if you can... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Surdyka
Orthopedic Surgery 34 years experience
Rest first: relative rest until you have full painfree rom and can flex knee against mild resistance without pain. Swelling and local tenderness should also be go... Read More
A 54-year-old female asked:
Dr. David Surdyka
Orthopedic Surgery 34 years experience
Ice hurts: Cold therapy is often uncomfortable at first. Make sure towel between ice and skin and no more than twenty minutes per episode. Treatments like this a... Read More
A 62-year-old female asked:
Dr. David Surdyka
Orthopedic Surgery 34 years experience
Not bed rest.: Your question suggests a diagnosis called avascular necrosis which means you have lost blood supply to a portion of the bone in your hip. Bed rest wil... Read More
A 50-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Surdyka
Orthopedic Surgery 34 years experience
Metabolic: Strength training is a general term that refers to any form of resistance training whereas crossfit combines gymnastic and traditional exercises typic... Read More
A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. David Surdyka
Orthopedic Surgery 34 years experience
Exercise/stress man.: Sounds like musculoskeletal manifestations of stress. Some patients will develop a condition called myofascial pain dysfunction which is treated with ... Read More
A member asked:
Dr. David Surdyka
Orthopedic Surgery 34 years experience
Yes: Yes. I would divide your calcium supplement to be taken with meals. Depending on diet, I will often recommend 500mg with breakfast and dinner. I also... Read More
A female asked:
Dr. David Surdyka
Orthopedic Surgery 34 years experience
Tendonitis: Throwing athletes are subject to several types of shoulder /arm pain complaints. Some just need rest, others physical therapy and sometimes surgery. ... Read More
A 46-year-old male asked:
Dr. David Surdyka
Orthopedic Surgery 34 years experience
More Info: Need more information. Forearms or upper arm? Have you been exercising more than usual? Any other symptoms? Any other medical illnesses?, etc.
A 38-year-old female asked:
Dr. David Surdyka
Orthopedic Surgery 34 years experience
Xray report?: ER physicians focus on immediate life and limb threatening conditions but get sued for missed diagnoses so, tend to overcall. You could get a copy of ... Read More
A 21-year-old male asked:
Dr. David Surdyka
Orthopedic Surgery 34 years experience
Yes: There is evidence that ibuprofen can slow bone healing. Sometimes, I will let patients use Advil if it is effective for pain relief because it sometim... Read More
A 18-year-old male asked:
Dr. David Surdyka
Orthopedic Surgery 34 years experience
Differential: Tendonitis most likely but other possibilites include stress fracture, impingement, arthritis secondary to childhood hip problem or a hernia (usually ... Read More
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Surdyka
Orthopedic Surgery 34 years experience
Shaker cups: Most of the protein supplements I have tried will dissolve adequately with a spoon or you can get one of those shaker cups that have a spring or gadge... Read More
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Surdyka
Orthopedic Surgery 34 years experience
Not usually: You can get bone pain with these medications but usually it would be more generalized. Why do you need boniva (ibandronate) at age 42? Osteoporosis at... Read More
A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Surdyka
Orthopedic Surgery 34 years experience
Mechanics: The hip is a ball and socket type joint with strong supporting ligaments which give it inherent stability whereas the shoulder is practically a ball ... Read More
A 25-year-old male asked:
Dr. David Surdyka
Orthopedic Surgery 34 years experience
Medial knee pain: Intermittent medial knee has several possibilites. Could be pes bursitis or a meniscus tear. You might also have a condition called osteochondritis d... Read More
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Surdyka
Orthopedic Surgery 34 years experience
Anemia?: I assume you mean chronic anemia. Power lifting is an anaerobic exercise and wouldn't be affected too much by acute anemia unless it was profound. Mo... Read More
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Surdyka
Orthopedic Surgery 34 years experience
Jaw necrosis: Fosamax (alendronate) has been associated with a rare form of bone destruction in the jaw that might mimic TMJ.
A male asked:
Dr. David Surdyka
Orthopedic Surgery 34 years experience
Start : Start at an urgent care or call around to see if there any family doctors in your area that will see cash patients on a walk-in basis. This is usuall... Read More
A member asked:
Dr. David Surdyka
Orthopedic Surgery 34 years experience
You : You are the best judge as to whether you can safely perform your job duties. There are no absolute contraindications to physical use of a "frozen" sho... Read More
A 27-year-old male asked:
Dr. David Surdyka
Orthopedic Surgery 34 years experience
No and yes: The more important question is how do you know that you are having hypoglycemia? True blood test verified hypoglycemia is not normal. In a healthy pe... Read More
A 17-year-old female asked:
Dr. David Surdyka
Orthopedic Surgery 34 years experience
Night splint: Night splint to avoid locking. Relative rest and anti-inflammatory medication. Relative rest means cut back on any repetitive movements which may h... Read More
A 25-year-old male asked:
Dr. David Surdyka
Orthopedic Surgery 34 years experience
It depends: If you have true gynecomastia , it usually requires surgical excision. If you are simply overweight then getting lean may resolve the problem. Be awar... Read More
A 45-year-old female asked:
Dr. David Surdyka
Orthopedic Surgery 34 years experience
Tests: Carpal tunnel syndrome mainly affects the thumb, index, long, and half the ring finger though many patients note numbness in all digits. Internet sear... Read More
A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. David Surdyka
Orthopedic Surgery 34 years experience
Call your surgeon.: The fact that you have asked this twice here suggests that you really should call your doctor. It's part of their job. ( You may need to back off on... Read More

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Mar 31, 2015
Dr. Surdyka is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Mar 31, 2015
Dr. Surdyka is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Thanks! This was helpful. I had a bone cyst as a child, & I think it might still be there. Never had symptoms except maybe a slight bump w/ weightloss
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Thank you, your answer was very helpful! Knees/hips don't align right, was born that way. 2 surgeries,no better
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Thank you, your answer was very helpful! My orthro, I had pain up my leg , still do, I'll go back Monday.thank

Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

University of California, Irvine School of Medicine
Graduated 1993MD

Medical/Graduate school

University of California, Irvine School of Medicine
Graduated 1988MD

Residency

University of California Irvine Medical Center

Residency

University of California Irvine Medical Center

Awards

ATP, America's Top Orthopedists
AOA, Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society

Affiliations

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
California Orthopaedic Association
California Medical Association
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