Dr. Joseph Pfeifer

Trauma Surgery
Pittsfield, MA
42 years experience male

Locations

Berkshire Surgical Professional Services

Pittsfield, MA

Address

777 North St., Pittsfield, MA
Directions

My office hours

Thursday: Closed
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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.

Trauma Surgery

Critical Care

General Surgery

Doctor Q&A

156 Answers
32 Agrees
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A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Joseph Pfeifer
Trauma Surgery 42 years experience
All: Every organ in the body can be injured and every bone can be broken. Worst are head injuries. Amputations aren't too pretty either. Spine injuries are... Read More
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A 28-year-old member asked:
Dr. Joseph Pfeifer
Trauma Surgery 42 years experience
Depends: Orthopedic spine surgeons or neurosurgeons handle these injuries.
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Joseph Pfeifer
Trauma Surgery 42 years experience
Yes: should be mandatory in all 50 states.
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Joseph Pfeifer
Trauma Surgery 42 years experience
Depends on source: If you have swelling and severe pain in the area where contact was made it is potentially serious. Electrical burns can be worse than what they appear... Read More
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Joseph Pfeifer
Trauma Surgery 42 years experience
Not if deep: Scarring is part of healing if the injury went below the dermal layer. You can make it less prominent by avoiding sun exposure, which will darken heal... Read More
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A 22-year-old member asked:
Dr. Joseph Pfeifer
Trauma Surgery 42 years experience
Go see MD: You may have had a significant abdominal injury-common with MC crashes. CT may be useful, but get checked out.
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A 52-year-old member asked:
Dr. Joseph Pfeifer
Trauma Surgery 42 years experience
Acute CS: This condition is usually treated by an orthopedic, trauma/general or vascular surgeon, depending on the reason for it occurring. It is a surgical eme... Read More
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A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Joseph Pfeifer
Trauma Surgery 42 years experience
Not so much: Mostly the brain is affected.
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A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Joseph Pfeifer
Trauma Surgery 42 years experience
Not so cool: Not very cool when you are in an ICU after brain surgery and on a ventilator. I've seen many,many people die on MCs from brain injury. There is a rea... Read More
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A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Joseph Pfeifer
Trauma Surgery 42 years experience
Serious: It is a very severe and serious condition that can result in nerve and muscle damage if not treated. It results from pressure on those tissues, often ... Read More
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Joseph Pfeifer
Trauma Surgery 42 years experience
?: It is not safe to ride a motorcycle with or without a PICC. If you get injured the trauma team could use the PICC to give blood and fluids.
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Joseph Pfeifer
Trauma Surgery 42 years experience
Acute CS: It is a very severe and serious condition that can result in nerve and muscle damage if not treated. It results from pressure on those tissues, often ... Read More
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Joseph Pfeifer
Trauma Surgery 42 years experience
Spleen: Trauma "doctors" are surgeons; all general surgeons are trained in trauma. ED physicians are not "trauma doctors", though they get some training in tr... Read More
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Joseph Pfeifer
Trauma Surgery 42 years experience
ACS: ACS is elevated pressure in the abdominal cavity, usually >30cm H20, associated with organ dysfunction, such as poor urine output, elevated airway... Read More
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A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Joseph Pfeifer
Trauma Surgery 42 years experience
Depends: on how far along in recovery you are. You should discuss this with your treating doc(s). Most important is not to reinjure the brain for at least 6-12... Read More
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Joseph Pfeifer
Trauma Surgery 42 years experience
Unlikely: Wounds often have that coloration when healing. If there is increased pain, drainage of foul-smelling or dark fluid, blistering, it should be checked ... Read More
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A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Joseph Pfeifer
Trauma Surgery 42 years experience
Very serious: Usually fever, very high >102, rigors (not just chills like the flu), low blood pressure, low urine output. It progresses rapidly and can be life-t... Read More
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A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Joseph Pfeifer
Trauma Surgery 42 years experience
Very sick: Usually fever, very high >102, rigors (not just chills like the flu), low blood pressure, low urine output. It progresses rapidly and can be life-t... Read More
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Joseph Pfeifer
Trauma Surgery 42 years experience
Very sick: Usually fever, very high >102, rigors (not just chills like the flu), low blood pressure, low urine output. It progresses rapidly and can be life-t... Read More
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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Joseph Pfeifer
Trauma Surgery 42 years experience
Adhesion: It is possible that there are adhesions or fibrous bands which cause some discomfort years after an injury. Unless severe, would not treat, as only tr... Read More
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Joseph Pfeifer
Trauma Surgery 42 years experience
Pretty quick: Very close range shotgun wounds are devastating injuries; the full load of energy and the pellets or slug destroy extensive amount of tissue. If direc... Read More
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A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Joseph Pfeifer
Trauma Surgery 42 years experience
Fix it : Assuming it's an inguinal hernia. If it doesn't completely reduce, there is the risk that it can become incarcerated (not reducible) and strangulated ... Read More
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A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Joseph Pfeifer
Trauma Surgery 42 years experience
See a surgeon: If it is distended it may be the source of your abdominal pain. A surgeon can evaluate this.
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A 30-year-old female asked:
Dr. Joseph Pfeifer
Trauma Surgery 42 years experience
Go see MD: After a week most minor injuries to the knee should be getting better. The possible injuries are extensive and need to be evaluated by an orthopedist,... Read More
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A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Joseph Pfeifer
Trauma Surgery 42 years experience
Serious: It is a very severe and serious condition that can result in nerve and muscle damage if not treated. It results from pressure on those tissues, often ... Read More
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Joseph Pfeifer
Trauma Surgery 42 years experience
Rehab: Skull fractures alone don't always cause brain injury, but often do. Depending on the nature of the brain injury; severity, location etc & degree ... Read More
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Joseph Pfeifer
Trauma Surgery 42 years experience
Control diabetes: Fournier's is an aggressive infection of the groin area. Usually requires surgical removal of tissue. Most patients require long term wound care. Happ... Read More
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A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Joseph Pfeifer
Trauma Surgery 42 years experience
Rehab: 1) Don't ride 2) Don't ride without a helmet 3) See a neurologist or brain injury specialist-look up in your state's Brain Injury Association for co... Read More
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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Joseph Pfeifer
Trauma Surgery 42 years experience
No no no: We can fix most stuff from the neck down, but severe brain injury, not so much. The only protection you have for the one head you have is a helmet. Wh... Read More
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A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Joseph Pfeifer
Trauma Surgery 42 years experience
A specialty: Severe burns, especially in children, should be treated at a burn center. The main principles are to replace fluids, excise and graft 3rd degree burns... Read More
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A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Joseph Pfeifer
Trauma Surgery 42 years experience
Similar: Nec fasc is usually caused by a mix of organisms arising from the gut. Sometimes caused by specific, rare varieties of strep. Gas gangrene is classica... Read More
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A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Joseph Pfeifer
Trauma Surgery 42 years experience
Hemopneumothorax: That is the diagnosis; usually results from penetrating or blunt trauma. Evacuating air & blood is priority after ABC stabilization. Pain control ... Read More
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Joseph Pfeifer
Trauma Surgery 42 years experience
Talk to your lawyer: Not an answerable medical question based on the information. Every state and court is different in how they assess damages. Your lawyer should be able... Read More
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A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Joseph Pfeifer
Trauma Surgery 42 years experience
No: Codeine is notorious for causing constipation, but won't affect meds such a laxatives. Try stopping the codeine.
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A 20-year-old male asked:
Dr. Joseph Pfeifer
Trauma Surgery 42 years experience
Hernia: It is a hernia, or protrusion of abdominal contents through a previous laparoscopic surgery access site. They can and should be repaired if symptomati... Read More
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A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Joseph Pfeifer
Trauma Surgery 42 years experience
ATLS: Trauma surgeons use a system for evaluating the multiply injured patient. We teach it in Advanced Trauma Life Support. We deal with the crucial areas ... Read More
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A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Joseph Pfeifer
Trauma Surgery 42 years experience
No: Minimal constipation than doesn't interfere with your life is no reason to get an xray. Won't tell you much anyway. Try fluids, juice, fiber fruits &a... Read More
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A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Joseph Pfeifer
Trauma Surgery 42 years experience
Yes, but not much: Most CHF patient are treated with diuretics, to remove fluid from circulation. In some instances, depending on the cause of CHF, we might give a modes... Read More
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A 50-year-old member asked:
Dr. Joseph Pfeifer
Trauma Surgery 42 years experience
Yes: It is technically called asystole and means that there is no electrical activity in the heart. A cardiac arrest can also occur without flatlining-call... Read More
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Joseph Pfeifer
Trauma Surgery 42 years experience
Depends: on severity and location of injury.Each one is different. Blood clots on the surface of the brain which are quickly treated seems to do reasonably wel... Read More
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A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Joseph Pfeifer
Trauma Surgery 42 years experience
Same essentially: Both are deep soft tissue infections that require surgical removal of infected tissue.NF extends into muscle layers and the fascia that surrounds them... Read More
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A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Joseph Pfeifer
Trauma Surgery 42 years experience
Very sick: Toxic shock makes undeniably and unquestionably sick. There is high fever, low blood pressure, rigors (not just chills) and low urine output. No patie... Read More
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A 41-year-old female asked:
Dr. Joseph Pfeifer
Trauma Surgery 42 years experience
Not much: In the absence of any symptoms or facial swelling/bumps in salivary gland areas, this most likely a non-significant finding. A good oral exam by an EN... Read More
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A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Joseph Pfeifer
Trauma Surgery 42 years experience
Depends on severity: How low is the calcium? Are there symptoms, like tingling around the mouth, muscular twitching? Low Ca can be caused by many things, but it is also i... Read More
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A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Joseph Pfeifer
Trauma Surgery 42 years experience
Often: If they involve an area around joints, the face or are sizable (more than 5-10 sq. cm. or so-depending on location), they do. The reason is that 3rd d... Read More
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A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Joseph Pfeifer
Trauma Surgery 42 years experience
Keep clean: Try sitz baths, Tuck's pads (witch hazel) and mild OTC steroid cream. If no better in 5-7 days, see your primary doctor.
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Joseph Pfeifer
Trauma Surgery 42 years experience
You'd know: Anaphylaxis is caused by exposure to an antigen which elaborates an exaggerated response from the body. This results swelling of the airway tissues, b... Read More
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A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Joseph Pfeifer
Trauma Surgery 42 years experience
Bacteria: Gangrene comes from an infection which invades quickly into tissue from a break in the skin or other body defenses. Not all bacteria can do this, but ... Read More
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A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. Joseph Pfeifer
Trauma Surgery 42 years experience
No: How much of a chance are you willing to take with your pregnancy? The bumpy road won't help. If you get injured, though, there is real risk of losing ... Read More
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A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Joseph Pfeifer
Trauma Surgery 42 years experience
ARDSNet: We follow the ARDSNet protocols and guidelines. These are searchable on-line. Basically, they are designed to prevent further injury to the lung from ... Read More
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Mar 31, 2015
Dr. Pfeifer is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Mar 31, 2015
Dr. Pfeifer is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Thank you, your answer was very helpful! Forgot to mention that my serum salivary amylase is always increased
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Thank you, your answer was very helpful! Thank you, I will definitely do everything I can to prevent that.
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Thank you, your answer was very helpful! My son almost died of ards when he had swine flu

Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey - New Jersey Medical School, NJ
Graduated 1981MD

Residency

UMDNJ UNIVERSITY HOSPITAL
Completed 1986

Awards

Brian Bednarz Teaching Award UMass Medical School
Surgical Resident's Teaching Award Berkshire Medical Center 2014
Top Trauma Surgeon , First Place, National - Summer
2014

Affiliations

Eastern Association for the Surgery of Trauma
American College of Surgeons
Massachusetts Medical Society
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