Dr. M Felix Freshwater

Hand Surgery
Miami, FL
51 years experience male

Locations

Miami Institute of Hand and Microsurgery

Miami, FL

Address

9155 S Dadeland Blvd Suite 1404, Miami, FL
Directions

My office hours

Thursday: 9:00am - 5:00pm
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Practice website

Insurances accepted

MultiPlan, Inc

Office

Miami, FL

About

Bio

I was educated at Yale, Johns Hopkins, Miami and Louisville. I serve as a voluntary professor of surgery and limit my practice to reconstructive problems. I also serve on the editorial board of four peer-reviewed surgery journals I was the first hand specialist in South Florida to be recertified twice.

Specialties
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Hand Surgery

Plastic Surgery

Doctor Q&A

102 Answers
64 Agrees
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A 52-year-old female asked:
Dr. M Felix Freshwater
Hand Surgery 51 years experience
Trigger thumb: If your thumb is locking and sore by the knuckle that sounds like trigger thumb. Over 90% of people with trigger thumbs are cured with a steroid injec... Read More
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A 57-year-old male asked:
Dr. M Felix Freshwater
Hand Surgery 51 years experience
Avulsion: Avulsion is sometimes called a chip fracture. As a 57 yo male i don;t think that you have to worry about ovulation so you may wish to change your topi... Read More
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A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. M Felix Freshwater
Hand Surgery 51 years experience
Not really: Numbness is caused by nerves being pinched and there are many factors involved in the process.
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A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. M Felix Freshwater
Hand Surgery 51 years experience
Typical: Pain is pain. Wjhat you described is not pain, but numbness, stiffness abd weakness. They are three separate and distinct entities.
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A 65-year-old female asked:
Dr. M Felix Freshwater
Hand Surgery 51 years experience
See a dermatologist: Spots on palm can be anything from contact with nitric acid to syphilis.
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A 27-year-old female asked:
Dr. M Felix Freshwater
Hand Surgery 51 years experience
Need more info: When is it numb? Which parts are numb - everything, hand fingers, some fingers but it varies, always the same fingers? Anything make the numbness di... Read More
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A 49-year-old female asked:
Dr. M Felix Freshwater
Hand Surgery 51 years experience
Not enough info.: Pins and needles are paresthesias. The nerve or nerves are not getting enough blood flow. Without more info like how long this has been going on, whic... Read More
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A 26-year-old male asked:
Dr. M Felix Freshwater
Hand Surgery 51 years experience
Depends: If this was a finding on an MRI and you don't have pain in the area, then nothing needs to be done. There are excellent hand specialists in the uk. Ch... Read More
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A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. M Felix Freshwater
Hand Surgery 51 years experience
Paresthesias: Pins and needles are paresthesias. The nerve or nerves are not getting enough blood flow. Without more info like how long this has been going on, whic... Read More
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A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. M Felix Freshwater
Hand Surgery 51 years experience
Sleep differently: You figured out the cause. Now put your arms elsewhere.
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. M Felix Freshwater
Hand Surgery 51 years experience
Possibly: Hypothyroidism causes thickening of the covering around tendons called synovium. In some parts of the body, like the carpal tunnel, there is only so m... Read More
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A 37-year-old male asked:
Dr. M Felix Freshwater
Hand Surgery 51 years experience
Not yet: Unless you have an identical twin who is willing to sacrifice his left hand, you will have to wait until the transplant medicine is worked out.
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. M Felix Freshwater
Hand Surgery 51 years experience
Best isn't cheapest: Best way - have a doctor anesthetize it. Cheap way - ice cubes in plastic bag.
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A male asked:
Dr. M Felix Freshwater
Hand Surgery 51 years experience
Nothing: Save your money. There is no good evidence that any supplements speed healing. If you are had a chain saw injury and are older than a teenager, you wi... Read More
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. M Felix Freshwater
Hand Surgery 51 years experience
Trigger thumb: Don't force it. Get examined. You may have trigger thumb and need a steroid injection.
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A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. M Felix Freshwater
Hand Surgery 51 years experience
Not enough info: What can you not bend, all the joints or some of the joints? How is your thumb's pinch strength? Did the surgery help your numbness?
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A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. M Felix Freshwater
Hand Surgery 51 years experience
Yes: Rough skin - sounds like psoriasis. See pits in any fingernails -- probably psoriasis. There is something called psoriatic arthritis --go see a specia... Read More
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A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. M Felix Freshwater
Hand Surgery 51 years experience
Not enough info: Are your stitches still in? What do you mean by heal?
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A female asked:
Dr. M Felix Freshwater
Hand Surgery 51 years experience
Not if your sane: It's calcium hydroxapetite. If the skin thins or the injection is irregular, then you have more complex and more costly problems.
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A 47-year-old female asked:
Dr. M Felix Freshwater
Hand Surgery 51 years experience
Need more info: Which fingers? Both hands? How often does it happen? How long does it last?
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A 21-year-old male asked:
Dr. M Felix Freshwater
Hand Surgery 51 years experience
Face transplant: Sadly, our methods of transplanting individual muscles are primitive at best. There are too many muscles involved in expression to expect transplantin... Read More
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A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. M Felix Freshwater
Hand Surgery 51 years experience
Pain weakness: Tendons are attached to muscles. Usually it's the muscle that tears. Either way you lose strength and motion in the effected joint.
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. M Felix Freshwater
Hand Surgery 51 years experience
You're not a zebra: Zebras, horses and giraffes sleep standing up. Since humans sleep lying down our hands swell at night from water that redistributes itself from our le... Read More
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A 43-year-old male asked:
Dr. M Felix Freshwater
Hand Surgery 51 years experience
Pinched nerves: Nerves are like garden hoses. If they are piched then there is less function i.e. Feeling. You need to see a specialist to pinpoint where your nerves ... Read More
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A 59-year-old female asked:
Dr. M Felix Freshwater
Hand Surgery 51 years experience
Never: Dmso is a drug looking for a reason.
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A 50-year-old male asked:
Dr. M Felix Freshwater
Hand Surgery 51 years experience
Not enough info: Your info isn't specific enough. Where does it hurt? When does it hurt? Did you have an accident? What is the pain like - burning, stabbing, electrici... Read More
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A 33-year-old female asked:
Dr. M Felix Freshwater
Hand Surgery 51 years experience
Yes: Ganglions arise from the joint. Over 50% of people have them on mri. Most of them go away. Chill.
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A 59-year-old male asked:
Dr. M Felix Freshwater
Hand Surgery 51 years experience
It could: Osteoarthritis is like losing tread on a tire. If you drive, then its bad for the tire. You need to figure out which joint it is and how much pressure... Read More
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A 22-year-old male asked:
Dr. M Felix Freshwater
Hand Surgery 51 years experience
Not enough info: How do you know that there was a rupture. How long ago did this happen?
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. M Felix Freshwater
Hand Surgery 51 years experience
Sure: If you stick a needle in a ganglion, then it will go away half the time. In the south, ganglions are called bible cysts because people would whack the... Read More
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A 27-year-old female asked:
Dr. M Felix Freshwater
Hand Surgery 51 years experience
It's way too early: Nerves are not like power lines that work as soon as they are reconnected. They must heal. After a nerve is repaired the fastest that it heals is 1mm/... Read More
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A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. M Felix Freshwater
Hand Surgery 51 years experience
Up to 9 months: Hands don't get sprained, joints do. From personal experience spraining joints it can take up to 9 months for every last bit of pain to disappear,
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A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. M Felix Freshwater
Hand Surgery 51 years experience
Hard to tell: Each finger has two main arteries. One on each side, so if that side is cold then that artery is not providing the same amount of blood flow as the on... Read More
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A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. M Felix Freshwater
Hand Surgery 51 years experience
Yes: If you really, really, really want a tattoo in that area you will have to find an artist who is comfortable doing the work. Ganglions are below the ... Read More
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A 19-year-old male asked:
Dr. M Felix Freshwater
Hand Surgery 51 years experience
What color is it?: Frostbite means loss of circulation so your finger's color should nit be normal.
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A 16-year-old male asked:
Dr. M Felix Freshwater
Hand Surgery 51 years experience
No, but learn more: As you are 16, you should share this with your parents. Here are some facts about ganglions: 1. The average person has more than 1, they're just to sm... Read More
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. M Felix Freshwater
Hand Surgery 51 years experience
Apples and oranges: A glass laceration is a type of injury that can happen to the hand. A venous clot means that a vein that normally had blood flowing has a blockage tha... Read More
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. M Felix Freshwater
Hand Surgery 51 years experience
Not surgical: Try a different instrument, practice more, or accept your not having a professional guitar career.
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A 46-year-old female asked:
Dr. M Felix Freshwater
Hand Surgery 51 years experience
Not enough info: Your info isn't specific enough. How long has this been going on? Where does it hurt? When does it hurt? Did you have an accident?
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A 49-year-old female asked:
Dr. M Felix Freshwater
Hand Surgery 51 years experience
It doesn't matter: They are deposits, not bones.
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. M Felix Freshwater
Hand Surgery 51 years experience
Pinched nerve: Pins and needles are paresthesias. The nerve or nerves are not getting enough blood flow. Without more info like how long this has been going on, whic... Read More
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A 19-year-old male asked:
Dr. M Felix Freshwater
Hand Surgery 51 years experience
Not a ganglion: Could be cysts, could be keloids.
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A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. M Felix Freshwater
Hand Surgery 51 years experience
Save your money: There is nothing sold that removes scars. Makeup can cover some scars.
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A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. M Felix Freshwater
Hand Surgery 51 years experience
No: When large groups of people with ganglions have been followed for long periods of time about 50% of the cysts disappear even without surgery.
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A 20-year-old male asked:
Dr. M Felix Freshwater
Hand Surgery 51 years experience
Save your money: There is nothing sold that removes scars. Makeup can cover some scars.
Created for people with ongoing healthcare needs but benefits everyone.
A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. M Felix Freshwater
Hand Surgery 51 years experience
Swelling: Since humans sleep lying down our hands swell at night from water that redistributes itself from our legs. That is why we get puffy eyelids too.
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A 49-year-old female asked:
Dr. M Felix Freshwater
Hand Surgery 51 years experience
Not enough info: Your info isn't specific enough. Where does it hurt? When does it hurt? What is the pain like - burning, stabbing, electricity, ache? What lessens th... Read More
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A 48-year-old female asked:
Dr. M Felix Freshwater
Hand Surgery 51 years experience
Many things: You could have been born with it , developed it a a child, or teenager. A cyst without symptoms usually is not something to worry about.
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A 32-year-old male asked:
Dr. M Felix Freshwater
Hand Surgery 51 years experience
Ganglions: When large groups of people with ganglions have been followed for long periods of time about 50% of the cysts disappear even without surgery.
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A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. M Felix Freshwater
Hand Surgery 51 years experience
Get an x-ray: Sounds like a fracture or dislocation with what we call scissoring. If it is, then the fracture will need to be reduced.
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Mar 30, 2015
Dr. Freshwater is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Mar 31, 2015
Dr. Freshwater is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Actually i just fell down from stairs. 5days ago.. bearing all of the impact on my left forearm.. though i checked the x-ray. No fracture.
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Thank you 2 years no injury Swells on top of my hands now both Very painfull Tried all treatments & medications
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Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

Yale University School of Medicine, CT
Graduated 1972MD

Residency

YALE-NEW HAVEN HOSPITAL
Completed 1974

Residency

JACKSON MEMORIAL HOSPITAL
Completed 1978

Awards

Full list available at www.miamihand.us
Top Hand Surgeon , First Place, Florida - Winter
2013
Top , Second Place, Florida - Summer
2013

Affiliations

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