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Dr. Raymond Wittstadt

Hand Surgery
Baltimore, MD
37 years experience male

Locations

Office

Lutherville, MD

Address

1400 Front Ave Ste 100, null, Lutherville, MD
Directions

My office hours

Wednesday: Closed
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Office

Baltimore, MD

Office

Lutherville, MD

Office

Eldersburg, MD

About

Bio

I have always been interested in health care. Having come up through the medical system as a volunteer, ICU nurse, nurse practitioner, physician's assistant, and now hand surgeon, I have a unique view of health care. I have the specialized surgical skills to treat the full range of hand and upper extremity problems from simple to complex. However, the key to successful treatment outcomes is patient understanding and involvement. I believe in taking the time to ensure that my patients understand their problem and all treatment alternatives. Only then can the best treatment decision be made. As teaching faculty at the Curtis National Hand Center and the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine I have the privilege of helping to train the future generation of doctors.

Specialties
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Hand Surgery

Orthopedic Surgery

Doctor Q&A

258 Answers
4 Agrees
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Raymond Wittstadt
Hand Surgery 37 years experience
? Raynaud's : Exposure to cold can trigger a temporary spasm of the arteries to your hands and/or feet. Sometimes stress or anxiety can do the same thing. By dimi... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Raymond Wittstadt
Hand Surgery 37 years experience
A lot: Many so called hairline fractures may not cause much problems other than some discomfort. What you need to do for them depends mostly on how it happe... Read More
A 20-year-old male asked:
Dr. Raymond Wittstadt
Hand Surgery 37 years experience
Over use!: If you are lifting heavy weights, expecially bench presses or military presses, this puts a lot of stress on the clavicle and its joints at the neck a... Read More
A 20-year-old male asked:
Dr. Raymond Wittstadt
Hand Surgery 37 years experience
Raynauds : Raynauds is the temporary spasm of the arteries going to your hand. This can be triggeres by exposure to cold among othet things. Palpable pulses a... Read More
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Raymond Wittstadt
Hand Surgery 37 years experience
Get evaluated: Kind of young to be having a lot of pain in your fingers. Hand pain has many causes and it sounds like you should see a hand surgeon to evaluate your... Read More
A 47-year-old female asked:
Dr. Raymond Wittstadt
Hand Surgery 37 years experience
Depends: Must have been a serious injury to cause that much damage. Not all ligament tears need surgery, but if needed ligament repairs should be done early r... Read More
A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. Raymond Wittstadt
Hand Surgery 37 years experience
Get an X-Ray: You didn't say when you did this. I would get it checked out. Hitting a wall can fracture the metacarpal head or the base near the wrist. Injuries ... Read More
A 33-year-old female asked:
Dr. Raymond Wittstadt
Hand Surgery 37 years experience
Ice and benadryl (diphenhydramine): Although uncomfortable, the burning sensation is self-limited. You can try ice, topical bendaryl or Hydrocortisone creams or oral benadryl (diphenhyd... Read More
A member asked:
Dr. Raymond Wittstadt
Hand Surgery 37 years experience
Mucous Cyst: Some times a small bone spur can form on the last joint of the finger. This can rub on the tendon and cause a small cyst to form. They are usually h... Read More
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Raymond Wittstadt
Hand Surgery 37 years experience
Possible: With prolonged exposure to cold the circulation in the fingers decreases, and tissue may actually freeze if exposed long enough. Once you warm them u... Read More
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Raymond Wittstadt
Hand Surgery 37 years experience
No: Could be a trigger thumb. The tendon that flexes the thumb can become swollen and get caught in a tunnel that it must slide through. This can be ve... Read More
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Raymond Wittstadt
Hand Surgery 37 years experience
Skin Burn?: Hopefully you did not burn your skin from the hot liquid. I you are having any new pain related to this coffee spill please see your doctor to get th... Read More
A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. Raymond Wittstadt
Hand Surgery 37 years experience
Maybe?: Swellings on the palmar side of your wrist near the thumb is a typical location for a ganglion. These can be sore especially with repetitive activiti... Read More
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Raymond Wittstadt
Hand Surgery 37 years experience
It can be helped: Carpal tunnel present when you are young and can persist at a low level or be intermitent for many years. It often becomes more symptomatic as we age... Read More
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Raymond Wittstadt
Hand Surgery 37 years experience
Not sure?: Hard to say without more information. How hard did you hit your hand? Did it swell right away? If you hit your hand hard, you need to be seen to ch... Read More
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Raymond Wittstadt
Hand Surgery 37 years experience
Depends: Swelling from hand and wrist injuries can be present for quite some time. Even when injured it is not always easy to not use your hand, and it is not... Read More
A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Raymond Wittstadt
Hand Surgery 37 years experience
Not Sure?: Acupuncture is usually helpful for relieving pain. While trigger fingers do hurt, the pain is coming from the mechanical irritation of the tendon. Ac... Read More
A 24-year-old male asked:
Dr. Raymond Wittstadt
Hand Surgery 37 years experience
Ulnar nerve: The ulnar nerve controls feeling to the small and ring fingers. This nerve can be pressed on at the elbow. Try not to lean on your elbow too much. ... Read More
A 18-year-old male asked:
Dr. Raymond Wittstadt
Hand Surgery 37 years experience
Maybe?: It is wonderful that you are concerned about these difficult and devastating neurologic disease. All are of unknown etiology. Stay in school, study ... Read More
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Raymond Wittstadt
Hand Surgery 37 years experience
Apply ice: We have all done this. It really hurts. Apply ice for 20 minutes every hour for the first few hours. Elevate the injured finger above your heart. ... Read More
A 45-year-old female asked:
Dr. Raymond Wittstadt
Hand Surgery 37 years experience
Not related?: I am not sure that the two problems are related. A frozen shoulder has reduced motion and you can start to use other muscles in the neck area to help... Read More
A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. Raymond Wittstadt
Hand Surgery 37 years experience
Strain?: Why a colonoscopy at your age? Hard to say if it is related to your procedure. Muscles that control bowel movements attach to the coccyx. Pain with m... Read More
A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Raymond Wittstadt
Hand Surgery 37 years experience
Finger Implant: Arthritic finger joints can be replaced similar to the hip and knee joint replacement surgery. Since we don't walk on our hands, we don't need to hav... Read More
A 26-year-old male asked:
Dr. Raymond Wittstadt
Hand Surgery 37 years experience
Possible Arthritis: Since you know your ESR is elevated, you have seen someone. Your symptoms strongly suggest arthritis or other type of inflammatory process. This nee... Read More
A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Raymond Wittstadt
Hand Surgery 37 years experience
Ice: Fresh burns should be cooled with ice for about 20-30 minutes. If no blister forms you can then jsut keep the burned area covered for protection. If... Read More
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Raymond Wittstadt
Hand Surgery 37 years experience
Keep moving: You didn't say why you were in a cast. Obviously you broke something and cast immobiliztion and the injury can lead to stiffness. Now that you are o... Read More
A 37-year-old female asked:
Dr. Raymond Wittstadt
Hand Surgery 37 years experience
Get it checked!!!: You should get this checked out. It could be just expected swelling, but it could be a blood clot in your leg. Get this checked out right away!
A 25-year-old male asked:
Dr. Raymond Wittstadt
Hand Surgery 37 years experience
Probably not: Any spot that is new or has changed with time should be looked at by your doctor. Only they can tell you whether it needs to be checked out by a hand... Read More
A male asked:
Dr. Raymond Wittstadt
Hand Surgery 37 years experience
No: Tens units can provide a lot of pain relief while you are healing. Tendon do heal when injured as long as the two ends are close together. Tendon inj... Read More
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Raymond Wittstadt
Hand Surgery 37 years experience
Could be: Cold hands and feet can have many causes, most of which are not serious, but they can be annoying. Low thyroid can cause this and should be checked o... Read More
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Raymond Wittstadt
Hand Surgery 37 years experience
Pain: Frostbite occurs with prolonged exposure to cold temperatures. It doesn't have to be freezing outside to get it. First fingers, toes feel cold, then ... Read More
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Raymond Wittstadt
Hand Surgery 37 years experience
Splint, 6 weeks: Fractures of the metacarpal are common, but usually not serious. Typically a plaster, fiberglass, or plastic splint are used to rest the injured area... Read More
A member asked:
Dr. Raymond Wittstadt
Hand Surgery 37 years experience
Snapping tendon: Some individuals have a promient part of their triceps tendon that can snap when you fully flex your elbow. If this is an ongoing problem, your shoul... Read More
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Raymond Wittstadt
Hand Surgery 37 years experience
Very worried!: A sudden change in function after a surgery is cause for concern. While pain can limit some function you should be able to move your thumb even thou... Read More
A 33-year-old male asked:
Dr. Raymond Wittstadt
Hand Surgery 37 years experience
Not needed!: I assume that you mean some type of joint supplement that contains glucosamine or chondroitin sulfate. Studies have not really shown that they help o... Read More
A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. Raymond Wittstadt
Hand Surgery 37 years experience
If is persists: Ganglions can rupture and go away. Sometimes when this happens you can develope some inflammation or soreness. It should go away in less than a week... Read More
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Raymond Wittstadt
Hand Surgery 37 years experience
Ulnar nerve problem: The little finger sensation is carried by the ulnar nerve. This nerve goes behind the bone on the inside of your elbow and can be compressed there. ... Read More
A 37-year-old male asked:
Dr. Raymond Wittstadt
Hand Surgery 37 years experience
Ignore: Ganglions are fluid-filled cysts near joints, vary in size, and are painful only when compressed.
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Raymond Wittstadt
Hand Surgery 37 years experience
Warm finger: One of the few things that will cause finger discoloration (either paleness or bluish color) is Raynaud's Phenomenon. THis is due to a spasm of the a... Read More
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Raymond Wittstadt
Hand Surgery 37 years experience
Rest: It sounds like you over did things on the punching bag. Hitting a punching bag repeatedly is sets up vibrations within the hand and arm. This can irri... Read More
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Raymond Wittstadt
Hand Surgery 37 years experience
Water: Water by itself should not cause problems. Some people are sensitive to the temperature of the water. Both hot and cold water can cause some swellin... Read More
A 33-year-old male asked:
Dr. Raymond Wittstadt
Hand Surgery 37 years experience
Hematoma?: Bleeding under the nail is almost always caused by trauma. It can be quite painful as the fingertips have lots of nerve endings causing pain. The blee... Read More
A 20-year-old male asked:
Dr. Raymond Wittstadt
Hand Surgery 37 years experience
Give it time: Pelvic obliquity and scoliosis are not related. The pelvic tilt is due to the leg length difference. This should be corrected with a shoe lift, but ... Read More
A 33-year-old male asked:
Dr. Raymond Wittstadt
Hand Surgery 37 years experience
More Specific?: Not sure what you are looking for. The hand and fingers are the most commonly injured parts of our body, as we use them for everything. Injuries range... Read More
A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. Raymond Wittstadt
Hand Surgery 37 years experience
Splint: Wrist sprains and strains can take a long time to heal. It is not unusual to have some discomfort for 6-9 months or more. I would suggest an elastic... Read More
A 17-year-old female asked:
Dr. Raymond Wittstadt
Hand Surgery 37 years experience
Maybe awhile!: Iliopsoas bursitis is not a very common type of bursitis. It could be related to the dance training. It would be helpful to see a physician that treat... Read More
A 36-year-old female asked:
Dr. Raymond Wittstadt
Hand Surgery 37 years experience
You need followup: Your did not say why you had a k-wire in place. You can develop an infection around a pin track that may not show up for a few days. Since pain is wo... Read More
A 56-year-old female asked:
Dr. Raymond Wittstadt
Hand Surgery 37 years experience
? arthrtis: Swelling could be due to a torn meniscus, arthritis, or bursitis around the knee. The steroids reduce swelling and inflammation, but do not solve the ... Read More
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Raymond Wittstadt
Hand Surgery 37 years experience
Not usually: Anemia is too few red blood cells. This lowers your oxygen carrying capacity of your blood. As a result of this your heart and lungs need to work ha... Read More
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Raymond Wittstadt
Hand Surgery 37 years experience
Hard to say?: Constant shaking of the hands or arms even at rest needs to be checked out. This is often due to a neurologic disorder. These can be mild, like a be... Read More

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Mar 30, 2015
Dr. Wittstadt is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Mar 31, 2015
Dr. Wittstadt is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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This was very helpful. Thanks! Was scheduled for surgery removal of solar gangloin cyst in January 2018 but I was getting out of tub and it burst on its own. Was a huge painful lump and now it's oblon...Read More
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Thank you, your answer was very helpful! I am experiencing numbness in my hands which causes very disturbed sleep. I will try the wrist splints. thanks for your answer.
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the dots came after the pain.previously it was in my right the finger but it os in my middle finger. the dot are in all fingers of righthand

Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

University of Maryland School of Medicine
Graduated 1988MD

Medical/Graduate school

Johns Hopkins University School of Public Health
Graduated 1985MD

Residency

Union Memorial Hospital

Residency

Union Memorial Hospital

Awards

Top Doctor, US News & World Report
Member, Alpha Omega Alpha National Medical Honor Society
MD, Cum Laude, University of Maryland School of Medicine

Affiliations

American College of Surgeons
American Medical Association
American Society for Surgery of the Hand
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