Orthopedics: 912.644.5300
Surgery Center: 912.629.3534

Medical Center-Tattnall: 912.557.1000
Medical Center-Screven: 912.564.7426

Orthopedics: 912.644.5300
Surgery Center: 912.629.3534

Medical Center-Tattnall: 912.557.1000
Medical Center-Screven: 912.564.7426

S. Mark Kamaleson, MD

OPTIM ORTHOPEDICS: General Orthopedics (Hand, Shoulder & Knee)

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S. Mark Kamaleson, MD

OPTIM ORTHOPEDICS: General Orthopedics (Hand, Shoulder & Knee)

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Orthopedic Practice

Optim Orthopedics

Medical School

Meharry Medical College (Nashville, TN)

Internship

University of Tennessee at Knoxville (Knoxville, TN)

Residency

Ohio State University (Columbus, Ohio)

Fellowship

Maricopa Medical Center (Phoenix, AZ)

Board Certification

American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery

Elbow

  • Biceps Tendonitis (at the Elbow)
  • Cubital Tunnel Syndrome
  • Elbow Bursitis
  • Elbow Fractures
  • Lateral Epicondylitis (Tennis Elbow)
  • Overuse Injuries of the Elbow
  • Medial Epicondylitis (Golfer’s Elbow)

Foot, Ankle & Lower Leg

  • Achilles Tendon Injuries
  • Ankle Sprains
  • Peroneal Tendonitis
  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Posterior Tibial Tendon Dysfunction (PTTD)
  • Stress Fractures of the Foot and Ankle

Hand & Upper Extremity

  • Animal Bites
  • Basal Joint Osteoarthritis
  • Boutonniere Deformity
  • Boxer’s Fracture
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Colles Fractures
  • Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS)
  • De Quervain’s Tenosynovitis
  • Digital Mucous Cysts
  • Distal Radius Fracture (Broken Wrist)
  • Dupuytren’s Disease
  • Finger Dislocation
  • Finger Felon
  • Finger Fracture
  • Fingertip Injuries
  • Flexor Tendon Injuries
  • Fractures of the Hand (Metacarpal Fractures)
  • Ganglion Cysts of the Hand
  • Kienbock’s Disease
  • Mallet Finger
  • Nerve Injuries of the Hand
  • Osteoarthritis of the Hand
  • Osteomyelitis
  • Paronychia
  • Polydactyly of the Hand
  • Raynaud’s Phenomenon and Disease
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) of the Hand
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) of the Hand (Arthritis Foundation Approved)
  • Scaphoid Fractures
  • Swan Neck Deformity
  • Syndactyly of the Hand
  • Thumb Ulnar Collateral Ligament (UCL) Injury
  • Triangular Fibrocartilage Complex (TFCC) Tears
  • Trigger Digit
  • Volar Plate Injuries
  • Wrist Sprain

Hip & Thigh

  • Avascular Necrosis (Osteonecrosis) of the Hip
  • Bursitis of the Hip (Trochanteric Bursitis)
  • Femoroacetabular Impingement (FAI)
  • Hamstring Muscle Injuries
  • Hip Fracture Prevention
  • Iliotibial Band Syndrome (ITBS)
  • Labral Tear of the Hip (Acetabular Labrum Tear)
  • Muscle Strain Injuries of the Hip
  • Osteoarthritis of the Hip
  • Snapping Hip

Knee

  • Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) Injuries in Women
  • Anterior Cruciate Ligament Tear (ACL Tear)
  • Avascular Necrosis (Osteonecrosis) of the Knee
  • Baker’s Cyst
  • Bursitis of the Knee (Pes Anserine Bursitis)
  • Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS)
  • Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT)
  • Fractures of the Tibial Spine
  • Hamstring Muscle Injuries
  • Iliotibial Band Syndrome (ITBS)
  • Lateral Collateral Ligament (LCL) Injury
  • Medial Collateral Ligament (MCL) Injury
  • Meniscus Tear
  • Osgood-Schlatter Disease
  • Osteoarthritis of the Knee
  • Osteochondritis Dissecans of the Knee
  • Osteomyelitis
  • Patellar Fracture
  • Patellar Tendinitis
  • Patellar Tendon Tear
  • Patellar Tracking Disorder
  • Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome
  • Posterior Cruciate Ligament (PCL) Injuries
  • Prepatellar Bursitis (Kneecap Bursitis)
  • Quadriceps Tendon Tear
  • Septic Arthritis (of the Knee)
  • Shin Splints (Medial Tibial Stress Syndrome)
  • Supracondylar Femoral Fracture
  • Tibial Fractures
  • Tibial Plateau Fracture

Shoulder

  • Acromioclavicular (AC) Joint Arthritis
  • Anatomy of the Shoulder
  • Biceps Tendon Tear (at the Shoulder)
  • Biceps Tendonitis
  • Burners and Stingers
  • Bursitis of the Shoulder (Subacromial Bursitis)
  • Calcific Tendinitis of the Shoulder (Degenerative Calcification)
  • Calcific Tendinitis of the Shoulder (Reactive Calcification)
  • Clavicle Fracture (Broken Collarbone)
  • Fracture of the Shoulder Socket (Glenoid Fracture)
  • Fractures of the Greater Tuberosity
  • Fractures of the Shoulder Blade (Scapula)
  • Frozen Shoulder (Adhesive Capsulitis)
  • Glenoid Labrum Tear
  • Hill-Sachs Lesion
  • Muscle Imbalance in the Shoulder
  • Muscle Strain of the Upper Back (Trapezius Strain)
  • Osteoarthritis of the Shoulder
  • Osteomyelitis
  • Proximal Humerus Fracture (Broken Shoulder)
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) of the Shoulder
  • Rotator Cuff Injuries
  • Rotator Cuff Tear
  • Shoulder Dislocation
  • Shoulder Impingement Syndrome
  • Shoulder Instability
  • Shoulder Separation
  • SLAP Tear (Superior Labrum from Anterior to Posterior Tear)
  • Snapping Scapula Syndrome
  • Suprascapular Neuropathy
  • Thoracic Outlet Syndrome
  • Weightlifter’s Shoulder (Distal Clavicular Osteolysis)
  • Winged Scapula

Spine

  • Cervical Radiculopathy
  • Coccydynia
  • Compression Fractures of the Spine
  • Degenerative Disc Disease
  • Facet Joint Syndrome
  • Herniated Disc (Cervical)
  • Herniated Discs
  • Kyphosis
  • Lumbar Radiculopathy (Sciatica)
  • Muscle Strain of the Upper Back (Trapezius Strain)
  • Osteoporosis
  • Sacroiliac Joint Pain
  • Scoliosis
  • Spinal Stenosis
  • Spinal Stenosis (Cervical)
  • Spinal Stenosis (Thoracic)
  • Spondylolisthesis
  • Spondylosis

 

 

Elbow

  • Fracture Surgery

Foot, Ankle & Lower Leg

  • Ankle Fracture Surgery

Hand & Upper Extremity

  • Carpal Tunnel Release
  • Finger Fracture Fixation
  • Trigger Digit Release
  • Basal Joint Surgery
  • Wrist Arthroscopy

Knee

  • Arthroscopy
  • ACL Reconstruction
  • Aspiration of the Prepatellar Bursa
  • Viscosupplementation for Arthritis of the Knee
  • Fracture Surgery

Shoulder

  • Arthroscopy
  • Rotator Cuff Repair
  • Distal Clavicle Excision
  • Glenohumeral Debridement
  • Joint Injection
  • Subacromial Injection
  • SLAP Repair

Preoperative Interview

Once your surgery has been scheduled, you will be contacted a week or two prior to surgery by facility staff, for a preoperative interview.  During this interview, a member of the nursing staff will talk with you about your upcoming surgery and obtain important information needed for your care. You will also be given instructions on how to prepare for surgery.  In some cases, the interview takes place over the phone.  In other cases, you may be asked to go to the hospital to meet in person with the staff, to complete paperwork and/or to obtain any necessary blood work, examinations, or tests.

** Facility will confirm your arrival time in the late afternoon the day prior to surgery. **

Insurance

To proceed with surgery we must obtain authorization from your insurance carrier. This process must be done before your surgery can be completed.   Optim Medical Center Tattnall will contact your insurance provider to obtain this authorization.  We do, however, encourage you to contact your insurance company to verify your coverage and benefits.  You will be notified if any issues arise.  In addition, you may be contacted by a billing specialist, requesting a pre-pay of your unmet deductible and co-insurance prior to surgery.  

If you have any questions in regards to SURGERY BILLING, please call 912-644-3359 (Optim Surgery Center) or 912-644-3362 (Optim Medical Center-Tattnall) for assistance.

Disability (FMLA, STD, LTD)

If you need a work note due to your upcoming surgery, please let your surgical scheduler know. Be sure to turn in any disability paperwork that you need completed prior to surgery.  Due to the number of patients we care for each week, our office requires 7-10 business days to complete these forms. We encourage you to notify your employer of this policy and have any paperwork turned into our office as soon as possible.. 

Please call Shannon for disability paperwork questions or concerns at 912-644-5334. 

Reducing Pain after Surgery

Elevate – surgical extremity above your heart as much as possible

Ice

Take pain medications as prescribed

Physical Therapy after Surgery

Getting full range of motion, strength and flexibility back after surgery is very important. It is recommended that physical/occupational therapy programs are started as soon as possible, unless instructed otherwise. Therapy is recommended to maximize your recovery after surgery.

You will begin therapy _______________ after surgery. Until that time, be sure to leave all surgical dressings on, clean and dry, unless instructed otherwise.  At your initial therapy visit, these dressings will be removed. 

Please arrange for a location to receive therapy PRIOR to surgery. You will receive therapy orders at the time of surgery. It is important to bring your orders to your initial therapy visit.   Your therapist will need the orders to treat you. Your chosen therapy location will obtain authorization through your insurance company, unless you are told otherwise. For your convenience, you will find a list of our affiliated therapy locations within this folder

Postoperative Appointment

We will want to see you back after surgery.

Please call Crystal at 912-644-5391 to schedule an appointment if this has not already been arranged.

We appreciate the opportunity to help you in your recovery. We are always available for any questions or concerns you may have. Our primary objective is to provide you with the best care we can. Feel free to speak with any of our staff. We are here to help!

Grant Etheridge, Fractured Ankle

It was Monday night, 9/26/2011. I was warming up for a weightlifting session by jumping rope. Unfortunately I was set up on a weightlifting platform and not paying attention to what I was doing. The end result was that I strayed off the platform and came down halfway on and halfway off. My ankle rolled and there was a nice crisp pop. Ouch. Something wasn’t right. I tried to walk it off but it didn’t help. It was swelling and the pain was getting worse. I drove home and showed the damage to my wife. We decided that I needed to get in to see a doctor as soon as possible. I feared the worst. My wife and I had planned a big vacation to India in six weeks and who knows what I had done to myself or to our plans. Read More


 

Orthopedic Practice

Optim Orthopedics

Medical School

Meharry Medical College (Nashville, TN)

Internship

University of Tennessee at Knoxville (Knoxville, TN)

Residency

Ohio State University (Columbus, Ohio)

Fellowship

Maricopa Medical Center (Phoenix, AZ)

Board Certification

American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery

Elbow

  • Biceps Tendonitis (at the Elbow)
  • Cubital Tunnel Syndrome
  • Elbow Bursitis
  • Elbow Fractures
  • Lateral Epicondylitis (Tennis Elbow)
  • Overuse Injuries of the Elbow
  • Medial Epicondylitis (Golfer’s Elbow)

Foot, Ankle & Lower Leg

  • Achilles Tendon Injuries
  • Ankle Sprains
  • Peroneal Tendonitis
  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Posterior Tibial Tendon Dysfunction (PTTD)
  • Stress Fractures of the Foot and Ankle

Hand & Upper Extremity

  • Animal Bites
  • Basal Joint Osteoarthritis
  • Boutonniere Deformity
  • Boxer’s Fracture
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Colles Fractures
  • Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS)
  • De Quervain’s Tenosynovitis
  • Digital Mucous Cysts
  • Distal Radius Fracture (Broken Wrist)
  • Dupuytren’s Disease
  • Finger Dislocation
  • Finger Felon
  • Finger Fracture
  • Fingertip Injuries
  • Flexor Tendon Injuries
  • Fractures of the Hand (Metacarpal Fractures)
  • Ganglion Cysts of the Hand
  • Kienbock’s Disease
  • Mallet Finger
  • Nerve Injuries of the Hand
  • Osteoarthritis of the Hand
  • Osteomyelitis
  • Paronychia
  • Polydactyly of the Hand
  • Raynaud’s Phenomenon and Disease
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) of the Hand
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) of the Hand (Arthritis Foundation Approved)
  • Scaphoid Fractures
  • Swan Neck Deformity
  • Syndactyly of the Hand
  • Thumb Ulnar Collateral Ligament (UCL) Injury
  • Triangular Fibrocartilage Complex (TFCC) Tears
  • Trigger Digit
  • Volar Plate Injuries
  • Wrist Sprain

Hip & Thigh

  • Avascular Necrosis (Osteonecrosis) of the Hip
  • Bursitis of the Hip (Trochanteric Bursitis)
  • Femoroacetabular Impingement (FAI)
  • Hamstring Muscle Injuries
  • Hip Fracture Prevention
  • Iliotibial Band Syndrome (ITBS)
  • Labral Tear of the Hip (Acetabular Labrum Tear)
  • Muscle Strain Injuries of the Hip
  • Osteoarthritis of the Hip
  • Snapping Hip

Knee

  • Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) Injuries in Women
  • Anterior Cruciate Ligament Tear (ACL Tear)
  • Avascular Necrosis (Osteonecrosis) of the Knee
  • Baker’s Cyst
  • Bursitis of the Knee (Pes Anserine Bursitis)
  • Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS)
  • Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT)
  • Fractures of the Tibial Spine
  • Hamstring Muscle Injuries
  • Iliotibial Band Syndrome (ITBS)
  • Lateral Collateral Ligament (LCL) Injury
  • Medial Collateral Ligament (MCL) Injury
  • Meniscus Tear
  • Osgood-Schlatter Disease
  • Osteoarthritis of the Knee
  • Osteochondritis Dissecans of the Knee
  • Osteomyelitis
  • Patellar Fracture
  • Patellar Tendinitis
  • Patellar Tendon Tear
  • Patellar Tracking Disorder
  • Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome
  • Posterior Cruciate Ligament (PCL) Injuries
  • Prepatellar Bursitis (Kneecap Bursitis)
  • Quadriceps Tendon Tear
  • Septic Arthritis (of the Knee)
  • Shin Splints (Medial Tibial Stress Syndrome)
  • Supracondylar Femoral Fracture
  • Tibial Fractures
  • Tibial Plateau Fracture

Shoulder

  • Acromioclavicular (AC) Joint Arthritis
  • Anatomy of the Shoulder
  • Biceps Tendon Tear (at the Shoulder)
  • Biceps Tendonitis
  • Burners and Stingers
  • Bursitis of the Shoulder (Subacromial Bursitis)
  • Calcific Tendinitis of the Shoulder (Degenerative Calcification)
  • Calcific Tendinitis of the Shoulder (Reactive Calcification)
  • Clavicle Fracture (Broken Collarbone)
  • Fracture of the Shoulder Socket (Glenoid Fracture)
  • Fractures of the Greater Tuberosity
  • Fractures of the Shoulder Blade (Scapula)
  • Frozen Shoulder (Adhesive Capsulitis)
  • Glenoid Labrum Tear
  • Hill-Sachs Lesion
  • Muscle Imbalance in the Shoulder
  • Muscle Strain of the Upper Back (Trapezius Strain)
  • Osteoarthritis of the Shoulder
  • Osteomyelitis
  • Proximal Humerus Fracture (Broken Shoulder)
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) of the Shoulder
  • Rotator Cuff Injuries
  • Rotator Cuff Tear
  • Shoulder Dislocation
  • Shoulder Impingement Syndrome
  • Shoulder Instability
  • Shoulder Separation
  • SLAP Tear (Superior Labrum from Anterior to Posterior Tear)
  • Snapping Scapula Syndrome
  • Suprascapular Neuropathy
  • Thoracic Outlet Syndrome
  • Weightlifter’s Shoulder (Distal Clavicular Osteolysis)
  • Winged Scapula

Spine

  • Cervical Radiculopathy
  • Coccydynia
  • Compression Fractures of the Spine
  • Degenerative Disc Disease
  • Facet Joint Syndrome
  • Herniated Disc (Cervical)
  • Herniated Discs
  • Kyphosis
  • Lumbar Radiculopathy (Sciatica)
  • Muscle Strain of the Upper Back (Trapezius Strain)
  • Osteoporosis
  • Sacroiliac Joint Pain
  • Scoliosis
  • Spinal Stenosis
  • Spinal Stenosis (Cervical)
  • Spinal Stenosis (Thoracic)
  • Spondylolisthesis
  • Spondylosis

 

 

Elbow

  • Fracture Surgery

Foot, Ankle & Lower Leg

  • Ankle Fracture Surgery

Hand & Upper Extremity

  • Carpal Tunnel Release
  • Finger Fracture Fixation
  • Trigger Digit Release
  • Basal Joint Surgery
  • Wrist Arthroscopy

Knee

  • Arthroscopy
  • ACL Reconstruction
  • Aspiration of the Prepatellar Bursa
  • Viscosupplementation for Arthritis of the Knee
  • Fracture Surgery

Shoulder

  • Arthroscopy
  • Rotator Cuff Repair
  • Distal Clavicle Excision
  • Glenohumeral Debridement
  • Joint Injection
  • Subacromial Injection
  • SLAP Repair

Preoperative Interview

Once your surgery has been scheduled, you will be contacted a week or two prior to surgery by facility staff, for a preoperative interview.  During this interview, a member of the nursing staff will talk with you about your upcoming surgery and obtain important information needed for your care. You will also be given instructions on how to prepare for surgery.  In some cases, the interview takes place over the phone.  In other cases, you may be asked to go to the hospital to meet in person with the staff, to complete paperwork and/or to obtain any necessary blood work, examinations, or tests.

** Facility will confirm your arrival time in the late afternoon the day prior to surgery. **

Insurance

To proceed with surgery we must obtain authorization from your insurance carrier. This process must be done before your surgery can be completed.   Optim Medical Center Tattnall will contact your insurance provider to obtain this authorization.  We do, however, encourage you to contact your insurance company to verify your coverage and benefits.  You will be notified if any issues arise.  In addition, you may be contacted by a billing specialist, requesting a pre-pay of your unmet deductible and co-insurance prior to surgery.  

If you have any questions in regards to SURGERY BILLING, please call 912-644-3359 (Optim Surgery Center) or 912-644-3362 (Optim Medical Center-Tattnall) for assistance.

Disability (FMLA, STD, LTD)

If you need a work note due to your upcoming surgery, please let your surgical scheduler know. Be sure to turn in any disability paperwork that you need completed prior to surgery.  Due to the number of patients we care for each week, our office requires 7-10 business days to complete these forms. We encourage you to notify your employer of this policy and have any paperwork turned into our office as soon as possible.. 

Please call Shannon for disability paperwork questions or concerns at 912-644-5334. 

Reducing Pain after Surgery

Elevate – surgical extremity above your heart as much as possible

Ice

Take pain medications as prescribed

Physical Therapy after Surgery

Getting full range of motion, strength and flexibility back after surgery is very important. It is recommended that physical/occupational therapy programs are started as soon as possible, unless instructed otherwise. Therapy is recommended to maximize your recovery after surgery.

You will begin therapy _______________ after surgery. Until that time, be sure to leave all surgical dressings on, clean and dry, unless instructed otherwise.  At your initial therapy visit, these dressings will be removed. 

Please arrange for a location to receive therapy PRIOR to surgery. You will receive therapy orders at the time of surgery. It is important to bring your orders to your initial therapy visit.   Your therapist will need the orders to treat you. Your chosen therapy location will obtain authorization through your insurance company, unless you are told otherwise. For your convenience, you will find a list of our affiliated therapy locations within this folder

Postoperative Appointment

We will want to see you back after surgery.

Please call Crystal at 912-644-5391 to schedule an appointment if this has not already been arranged.

We appreciate the opportunity to help you in your recovery. We are always available for any questions or concerns you may have. Our primary objective is to provide you with the best care we can. Feel free to speak with any of our staff. We are here to help!

Grant Etheridge, Fractured Ankle

It was Monday night, 9/26/2011. I was warming up for a weightlifting session by jumping rope. Unfortunately I was set up on a weightlifting platform and not paying attention to what I was doing. The end result was that I strayed off the platform and came down halfway on and halfway off. My ankle rolled and there was a nice crisp pop. Ouch. Something wasn’t right. I tried to walk it off but it didn’t help. It was swelling and the pain was getting worse. I drove home and showed the damage to my wife. We decided that I needed to get in to see a doctor as soon as possible. I feared the worst. My wife and I had planned a big vacation to India in six weeks and who knows what I had done to myself or to our plans. Read More


 

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Dr Kamaleson was very concerned and caring. He clearly explained my problems, how to treat it and told me exactly what to expect. He has been my “go to physician” with each injury I have sustained. He’s very knowledgeable and thorough. At my age of 81 years a fall can be devastating. He Explained my concerns regarding any future problems/damage. I will follow his advice for physical therapy and follow up treatment. Thank you!!!

He is easy to talk to explains things in layman terms he has a pretty good sense of humor and I like it look forward to going to therapy and seeing him from time to time I appreciate what you doing for me I look forward to seeing the next time I see you.

Dr. Kamaleson was awesome!! Took time, listened, and explained his impression and plan of care. Staff was so nice and very professional. I couldn't have asked for better care. Thank you!!!

Excellent the best thing of Dr Karmeleson is he is trustworthy and honest in all aspects. He was very truthful about my condition and when he was telling about what was next for me cause of diabetic illness neuropathy and arthritis I new he was saying the truth because before he told me I have already been diagnosed with the illness and complications. Thank you Dr. Karmeleson and your staff I am very grateful for people as you all. I absolutely recommend you all, it's hff ard for me to deal with this illness but is what it is .

Always great!

Letha Hammond

Dr Kamaleson was very concerned and caring. He clearly explained my problems, how to treat it and told me exactly what to expect. He has been my “go to physician” with each injury I have sustained. He’s very knowledgeable and thorough. At my age of 81 years a fall can be devastating. He Explained my concerns regarding any future problems/damage. I will follow his advice for physical therapy and follow up treatment. Thank you!!!

George Tyson

He is easy to talk to explains things in layman terms he has a pretty good sense of humor and I like it look forward to going to therapy and seeing him from time to time I appreciate what you doing for me I look forward to seeing the next time I see you.

Shorla Miles

Dr. Kamaleson was awesome!! Took time, listened, and explained his impression and plan of care. Staff was so nice and very professional. I couldn't have asked for better care. Thank you!!!

Hope Byrd

Steven Wood

Sofia Davis

Juan Rodriguez

Excellent the best thing of Dr Karmeleson is he is trustworthy and honest in all aspects. He was very truthful about my condition and when he was telling about what was next for me cause of diabetic illness neuropathy and arthritis I new he was saying the truth because before he told me I have already been diagnosed with the illness and complications. Thank you Dr. Karmeleson and your staff I am very grateful for people as you all. I absolutely recommend you all, it's hff ard for me to deal with this illness but is what it is .

Jessie Brown

Judy Browning

Audrey Ellis

Always great!

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