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Dr. Francisco Schwartz-Fernandes

Hand Surgery
Florida, FL
27 years experience male

Locations

Florida Hospital Wellness Center

Wesley Chapel, FL

Address

2700 Healing Way, suite 300, Wesley Chapel, FL, US
Directions

My office hours

Wednesday: 8:00am - 4:00am
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Insurances accepted

BlueCross BlueShield

Humana

UnitedHealthcare

Workers Compensation

Aetna

AFLAC

USF Orthopedics - Morsani Center

Florida, FL

About

Bio

Dr. Francisco Schwartz-Fernandes is a specialist in microsurgery and hand surgery in Wesley Chapel, Florida (FL). Dr. Francisco Schwartz-Fernandes hand surgeon in Wesley Chapel, treats every patient with compassion and honesty, in a very caring, supportive environment. Dr. Francisco Schwartz-Fernandes' friendly staff will be ready to help patients with any of their hand surgery and microsurgery needs. Some of the hand ailments that Dr. Schwartz-Fernandes can treat with hand surgery include Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, fractures, nerve damage, arthritis, sport related injuries affecting the upper extremity, wrist arthroscopy and ligament injuries. Dr. Schwartz-Fernandes has offices in two different locations (USF Orthopedics and sports Medicine and Hand Surgery in Tampa and Wesley Chapel). Dr. Francisco Schwartz-Fernandes is dedicated to returning patients to their maximum level of activity. Dr. Francisco Schwartz-Fernandes is one of a few surgeons in the area to treat Dupuytren's disease with Xiaflex, a new breakthrough treatment. Dr. Francisco Schwartz-Fernandes commitment to continuting education and excellence in the field has helped make him a leading hand surgeon throughout the Tampa, FL region. Dr. Francisco Schwartz-Fernandes speaks Portuguese, Spanish, and English and is able to provide microsurgery and hand surgery in Wesley Chapel and Tampa, Florida (FL), to a wide range of patients. Dr. Francisco Schwartz-Fernandes offers his technical skill and expertise in the practice of advanced hand and orthopedic surgery care to bring patients back to optimal health and wellness.

Specialties
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Hand Surgery

Orthopedic Surgery

Languages spoken

English

Doctor Q&A

65 Answers
36 Agrees
The number of answers this doctor has agreed with.
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Francisco Schwartz-Fernandes
Hand Surgery 27 years experience
Too broad question : Several reasons could cause swelling, more info needed. Do you have an infection? What about rheumatoid arthritis? History of gout or any recent trau... Read More
A 51-year-old female asked:
Dr. Francisco Schwartz-Fernandes
Hand Surgery 27 years experience
You need: To be evaluated properly! a ruptured tendo is something you want to be repair otherwise you will lose function.
A 48-year-old female asked:
Dr. Francisco Schwartz-Fernandes
Hand Surgery 27 years experience
Numbness : Numbness and tingling of the extremities are typically seen in peripheral neuropathies. Swelling is a typical symptoms of inflammation. Any history o... Read More
A 19-year-old male asked:
Dr. Francisco Schwartz-Fernandes
Hand Surgery 27 years experience
Please let her: Doctor do it. Proper evaluation with x-rays are required to know when is the appropriate time. Also a special saw is used, one that won't damage her s... Read More
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Francisco Schwartz-Fernandes
Hand Surgery 27 years experience
We have 3 main nerve: Responsible to give sensation in the hand, median nerve, ulna nerve and radial nerve. If you have a median nerve pinched, you will feel changes in one... Read More
A female asked:
Dr. Francisco Schwartz-Fernandes
Hand Surgery 27 years experience
A : A medical evaluation done by a hand surgeon with a xray will help you know the correct diagnosis. I can recommend several doctors in louisville, wher... Read More
A 38-year-old female asked:
Dr. Francisco Schwartz-Fernandes
Hand Surgery 27 years experience
Several : Several things can be responsible for numbness in the small finger-cubital tunnel syndrome is one of the most common reasons. Proper evaluation by a ... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Francisco Schwartz-Fernandes
Hand Surgery 27 years experience
What happened to you: The recommendation will vary depending on the initial injury. There are several protocols far different problems, from tendon gliding exercises to str... Read More
A 39-year-old female asked:
Dr. Francisco Schwartz-Fernandes
Hand Surgery 27 years experience
X-rays : X-rays can identify bone structure, being useful in the detection of pathology of the skeletal system as well as for detecting some disease processes ... Read More
A member asked:
Dr. Francisco Schwartz-Fernandes
Hand Surgery 27 years experience
There : There are a wide variety of reasons for numbness, from carpal tunnel syndrome, to traumas causing neuropraxia. More information is needed for a prope... Read More
A 51-year-old female asked:
Dr. Francisco Schwartz-Fernandes
Hand Surgery 27 years experience
The correct: Thing to do is to return to your surgeon and ask him/her to re examine your shoulder. He will be the most qualified person to tell you. Sometimes shou... Read More
A 42-year-old female asked:
Dr. Francisco Schwartz-Fernandes
Hand Surgery 27 years experience
Yes,: Carpal tunnel syndrome gets worst if left untreated. You may need to see your doctor for a more effective treatment and a proper evaluation.
A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. Francisco Schwartz-Fernandes
Hand Surgery 27 years experience
Depends: On how big the fragment (piece) is. Small non displace fragments sometimes don't require any treatment. Very hard to answer you without seeing and xra... Read More
A 33-year-old male asked:
Dr. Francisco Schwartz-Fernandes
Hand Surgery 27 years experience
Scaphoid fractures: After surgery don't hurt for long (if healed well). You may experience some discomfort along the scar. If you developed arthritis you can have some ... Read More
A member asked:
Dr. Francisco Schwartz-Fernandes
Hand Surgery 27 years experience
6-8 weeks: This is how long it needs to heal. You'll need specialized therapy as well.
A male asked:
Dr. Francisco Schwartz-Fernandes
Hand Surgery 27 years experience
Numbness : Numbness in the hand could be a symptom related to peripheral nerve compression, like carpal tunnel syndrome or cubital tunnel syndrome. Hand surgeon... Read More
A 31-year-old female asked:
Dr. Francisco Schwartz-Fernandes
Hand Surgery 27 years experience
Probably: Yes! i would recommend observation, maybe soap and water soaks, and if anything is changing that you don't believe is right go see your pcp or er.
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Francisco Schwartz-Fernandes
Hand Surgery 27 years experience
You may : Have hyperhidrosis. This is a medical condition in which a person sweats excessively and unpredictably. People with hyperhidrosis may sweat even when ... Read More
A 36-year-old female asked:
Dr. Francisco Schwartz-Fernandes
Hand Surgery 27 years experience
Hand pain: Could be related to several problems including neuropathy, rheumatic diseases, tendinitis etc. Ask you doctor about these problems.
A 35-year-old female asked:
Dr. Francisco Schwartz-Fernandes
Hand Surgery 27 years experience
Blisters get : Better without any treatment. Leave it alone and usually they will disappear. You have to be careful with superficial infections. Talk to your doctor ... Read More
A 16-year-old female asked:
Dr. Francisco Schwartz-Fernandes
Hand Surgery 27 years experience
You have a case: That really needs to be check out. It will be a good idea to go see a doctor. It's very difficult to help patients with dermatological issues without ... Read More
A 37-year-old male asked:
Dr. Francisco Schwartz-Fernandes
Hand Surgery 27 years experience
Ignore: Cubital tunnel syndrome is a good example of "pinched" nerve. Numbness in the ring and pinky fingers.
A 50-year-old female asked:
Dr. Francisco Schwartz-Fernandes
Hand Surgery 27 years experience
After: Carpal tunnel release patients need to avoid pressure on the palm of the hand to avoid what is known as pilar pain. That is probably your problem, but... Read More
A 56-year-old female asked:
Dr. Francisco Schwartz-Fernandes
Hand Surgery 27 years experience
Infection: If you have an infection you may need antibiotics or even surgery. Seek medical attention asap, because an infection could damage your tendons. If yo... Read More
A 59-year-old male asked:
Dr. Francisco Schwartz-Fernandes
Hand Surgery 27 years experience
Seek medical care: You need to be evaluated properly. May need nerve studies or even surgery.
A female asked:
Dr. Francisco Schwartz-Fernandes
Hand Surgery 27 years experience
Hello, : Hello, the best way to confirm a dislocation or any other bone/joint issues is with x-rays or ct scan - that will allow your doctor to be certain abo... Read More
A 38-year-old female asked:
Dr. Francisco Schwartz-Fernandes
Hand Surgery 27 years experience
Intraosseous : Intraosseous ganglion cysts are rare causes of hand and wrist pain. Isolated cases of ganglion cysts occurring in the wrist bones and in the hand bone... Read More
A 36-year-old male asked:
Dr. Francisco Schwartz-Fernandes
Hand Surgery 27 years experience
Yes,: Because that could be a sign of re rupture, cast could be pressing against the skin what could cause an ulcer, a venous obstruction. Go back to your d... Read More
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Francisco Schwartz-Fernandes
Hand Surgery 27 years experience
You may: Have raynaud's disease which is a condition that causes some areas of your body — such as your fingers, toes, the tip of your nose and your ears — to ... Read More
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Francisco Schwartz-Fernandes
Hand Surgery 27 years experience
Hand surgeon: We are the most qualified group for your needs.
A 63-year-old male asked:
Dr. Francisco Schwartz-Fernandes
Hand Surgery 27 years experience
It's possible...: But you have to be careful with determination of treatment based only in an emg. Sometimes it could be just a nerve contusion and that improves with t... Read More
A member asked:
Dr. Francisco Schwartz-Fernandes
Hand Surgery 27 years experience
Sprains: Are sometimes difficult things to treat, and may take longer to heal, than a fracture. Did you take x-rays? Are you sure that it was only a sprain. S... Read More
A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. Francisco Schwartz-Fernandes
Hand Surgery 27 years experience
Is:: The herniation or out-pouching or distention of a weakened portion of a joint capsule or tendon sheath.
A member asked:
Dr. Francisco Schwartz-Fernandes
Hand Surgery 27 years experience
You : You may need one, but ideally you should go see a hand surgeon. Deep lacerations affecting the muscles and tendons may need surgery or at leat an eval... Read More
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Francisco Schwartz-Fernandes
Hand Surgery 27 years experience
Do you have a: History of finger fracture? If the answer is yes, that's why you can have overlapping of your fingers- we call it scissoring of the fingers. Some cong... Read More
A 59-year-old female asked:
Dr. Francisco Schwartz-Fernandes
Hand Surgery 27 years experience
Your : Your complain is typically seen in patients with trigger finger, which is an inflammation around the tendon. Treatment is quite simple, after your pr... Read More
A female asked:
Dr. Francisco Schwartz-Fernandes
Hand Surgery 27 years experience
Two : Two things may have happened - nerve was severed or contused. If it is just a contusion, the nerve will recover, but it will need to grow back - the ... Read More
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Francisco Schwartz-Fernandes
Hand Surgery 27 years experience
You: Need to get an evaluation to be sure about the extension of the damage.
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Francisco Schwartz-Fernandes
Hand Surgery 27 years experience
Injuries: Can vary from contusions to fractures and dislocations. If you are in pain or any trouble go get it checked, a simple exam with radiographs will resol... Read More
A 19-year-old male asked:
Dr. Francisco Schwartz-Fernandes
Hand Surgery 27 years experience
Once your fracture : A fracture heals, the patient can usually returns to his/hers activity. Sometimes some limitations could happen depending on the type of injury.
A 51-year-old female asked:
Dr. Francisco Schwartz-Fernandes
Hand Surgery 27 years experience
Usually a TFC: Tear does not cause finger overlapping. Tfc problems cause pain and changes in the wrist. Finger overlapping are normally seen at fractures or nerve ... Read More
A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. Francisco Schwartz-Fernandes
Hand Surgery 27 years experience
It will: Depend on the displacement of your fracture, if you have rotational deviation or angular deformity that could cause impairment. Talk to you doctor abo... Read More
A 46-year-old female asked:
Dr. Francisco Schwartz-Fernandes
Hand Surgery 27 years experience
Healing: Of a wrist fracture take somewhere between 4 to 6 weeks. Your doctor needs to evaluate your healing through x-rays and the films/images will show whe... Read More
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Francisco Schwartz-Fernandes
Hand Surgery 27 years experience
If your problem: Is hyperhidrosis you may need to go see a dermatologist. The options will vary depending on the gravity of your problem - from topical prescriptions t... Read More
A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. Francisco Schwartz-Fernandes
Hand Surgery 27 years experience
Unlikely: But you may be developing arthritis if you previous fracture had damage the joint. You will need to repeat the x-rays to be sure what is going on.
A female asked:
Dr. Francisco Schwartz-Fernandes
Hand Surgery 27 years experience
Another : Another you can and should take in consideration is a ligament injury. For a precise evaluation go talk to a hand surgeon. He or she may suggest a M... Read More
A 38-year-old male asked:
Dr. Francisco Schwartz-Fernandes
Hand Surgery 27 years experience
This : This test is done by inserting very small needles or electrodes in specific points in your extremities. It's a very helpful test to determine if you h... Read More

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Dec 16, 2012
I have went in for a procedure half a year ago. I am so thankful I chose de Fernandez
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Mar 30, 2015
Dr. Schwartz-Fernandes is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Mar 31, 2015
Dr. Schwartz-Fernandes is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Thanks for your quick reply! This makes so much sense. I've made an appointment to see the dr!
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Thanks, I forgot to tell you that this was just a ganglion cyst surger

Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

Faculdade De Medicina De Marilia
Graduated 1995MD

Residency

Kleinert Kutz Hand Care Center

Awards

Patients' Choice Award (2011, 2013)
Compassionate Doctor Recognition (2011, 2013)
Top 10 Doctor - Neighborhood (2014) St. Joseph's Hospital Orthopaedic Surgeon

Affiliations

American Association for Hand Surgeons
Universidade Federal de Sao Paulo
SBOT

Publications

Transthecal digital block: an underutilized technique in the ED.
Analysis of prognostic factors in ring avulsion injuries.
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