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Local doc dual certified for orthopedics, sports medicine

Posted: January 21, 2014 4:32 p.m.
Updated: January 22, 2014 5:00 a.m.

Dr. Andrew Piasecki

People with injuries or other issues with bones or connective tissues like ligaments and tendons often think they have to go to a big city for treatment, but Camden has a doctor who is board certified in both orthopedics and sports medicine: Dr. Andrew Piasecki, M.D., at Carolina Bone and Joint, 1112 Mill St.

“In the certification process you have to be recertified every 10 years,” Piasecki explaind. “I’ve been certified for 10 years in orthopedics and in orthopedic sports medicine from the Board of Orthopedic Surgery. You have to go through a process and it takes several years. They review the practice. They review the surgery cases that I’m doing. If they approve, then they permit you to take the test. In this case, since I hold two certificates, I renewed both of them in the same year.”

Piasecki said being dual certified is not common, but is becoming less rare.

“It’s not as rare as it used to be because so many orthopedists now don’t have broad training. They’re going to pretty much do one specialty. You can’t be certified in everything. In orthopedics, the only certificates that exist are hand surgery and sports medicine. There are specialists like spine specialists, but there are only two specialties you can get a certification for,” he said.

Piasecki said his patients range from infants to athletes to senior citizens.

“I saw a 2-month-old today and I have a 92-year-old in the hospital that I just did a hip surgery on,” Pisasecki said. “Sports medicine is a sub-specialty focusing on athletes and sports participants of all ages, including aging athletes, getting them over their injuries and returning them to sports activities. In the realm of surgery, I am a specialist in arthroscopic surgery and minimally invasion soft tissue reconstruction.”

Piasecki said patients need not go to Columbia or Charlotte for orthopedic care.

“I have 10 years under my belt and there are things we can do here in our … hospital that a lot of people automatically assume might not be available here,” he said. “Having the board certifications is a big thing.”


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