Southeast Georgia athletes and weekend warriors, as well as non-athletes,
have an ally in orthopaedic surgeon J. Melvin Deese, M.D. Having trained
with James R. Andrews, M.D., one of the world’s leading sports medicine
specialists, Deese brings leading edge orthopaedic care and years of experience
to St. Marys.
The board-certified surgeon previously treated patients in the Summit Sports
Medicine & Orthopaedic Surgery Brunswick office, a strategic affiliate
of the Health System and the practice Deese founded. He now sees patients
full time in Summit’s Camden Campus office, along with Gary M. McClain,
M.D. and Frank D. Clements, P.A.-C. “The St. Marys population was
underserved and was traveling too far for orthopaedic care. We’re
now filling that void,” Deese says. He will continue seeing patients
in Brunswick twice a month.
Deese treats a full range of orthopaedic and sports injuries in professional,
collegiate, high school and recreational athletes, as well as non-athletes.
The most common injuries he sees are sprained ankles, meniscus tears and
ACL tears to the knee, as well as rotator cuff and tendinitis problems
of the shoulder. “Combine those areas and you have 85 percent of
orthopaedic sports injuries,” he says. When Deese works with athletes,
he strives to get them back in the game as quickly and safely as possible.
“I evaluate their injury carefully and consider the demands of their
sport and their goals, and work to restore strength and range of motion
in the entire body,” Deese says.
Deese provides full orthopaedic services to non-athletes as well. In addition
to being trained to treat injuries of the joints, Deese is fellowship
trained in foot and ankle disorders and reconstruction. He frequently
encounters a common misconception when treating these injuries. “Patients
think, ‘If I can walk on it, it’s not broken.’ That’s
not true. You can have a very dangerous fracture of the ankle and make
it worse by ignoring it. If pain continues for 72 hours, see a doctor.
If swelling is severe, see a doctor as soon as possible.”
Deese is a charter member of the American Sports Medicine Institute, started
by Andrews more than two decades ago. “We still discuss sports medicine
regularly. He was, and continues to be, a great mentor,” Deese says.
Those discussions and advances in sports medicine keep Deese excited about
his specialty. “Today, we’re transplanting cartilage and ligaments
and reconstructing rotator cuffs in ways we couldn’t dream of when
I first started practicing medicine. Techniques have advanced and become
safer and more efficient,” Deese says.
“Our Summit doctors’ training is unsurpassed. We want to be
the hometown orthopaedists for Camden County and serve patients at a very
high level,” Deese explains.
For more information about Summit Sports Medicine & Orthopaedic Surgery,
call 912-576-6355 or visit