Gregory Kolovich, MD

Hand, Wrist and Elbow

John Kurtz - Physician Assistant (PA-C)
Ben Brown - Physician Assistant (PA-C)
Medical School
Ohio State University College of Medicine (Columbus, OH)
Wexner Medical Center Ohio State University (Columbus, OH)
Harvard University at Massachusetts General Hospital (Boston, MA)
Board Certification
American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery
American Board of Orthopedic Surgery Diplomat

John Kurtz

Physician Assistant (PA-C)
John Kurtz is a Physician Assistant to Greg Kolovich, MD for Hand and Upper Extremity Surgery. John served as a physician assistant in the US Army for 27 years stationed all across the country. John retired as a Major in the US Army Aviation Special Operations unit. John’s time at Hunter Army Airfield in Savannah dawned his love for not only the Lowcountry, but also his wife. After retiring from the Army, John settled in Savannah with his family.

Stephen Benjamin Brown

Physician Assistant (PA-C)
Ben Brown is a Physician Assistant to Greg Kolovich, MD for Hand and Upper Extremity Surgery. Ben received his Bachelor of Science in Biology from Georgia Southern University, followed by his Master of Physician Assistant at South University in Savannah. He is board certified by the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants.
Hand, Wrist and Elbow

Gregory Kolovich, MD

As a board certified, fellowship-trained orthopedic surgeon, Gregory Kolovich, MD, specializes in hand, wrist and elbow.

Through thousands of surgeries and years of experience, Gregory Kolovich, MD has emerged as one of the region’s most gifted hand specialists – and while his reputation is one that’s well earned, the journey there didn’t always run in a straight line.

Starting out in his academic career, Kolovich pursued engineering while attending Atlanta’s Georgia Tech University with the goal of eventually working for NASA. A working student, it was a side job that ultimately set him on the path to orthopedics.

Said Kolovich, “While I was in school to make extra money for rent, I started to work for an organ and tissue procurement company. That’s how I started getting interested in anatomy, dissection, and surgery.”

He would ultimately earn his engineering degree, but only as a stepping stone to medical school at The Ohio State University. While there he studied under the renowned Michael Ruff, MD.

“Dr. Ruff was a mentor to me and he is one of those guys that can do anything,” said Kolovich. “He’s a ‘doctor’s doctor.’ I really learned a lot and liked the versatility of microsurgery.”

Following a Harvard University Fellowship, he set his sights on Georgia and found his new home at Optim Orthopedics, specializing in in treatment of fractures, carpal tunnel, trigger finger, and traumas. While Kolovich offers the latest in cutting edge surgical techniques, he first explores all non-surgical options – from physical therapy to regenerative medicine.

“I actually end up spending more time talking people out of surgery,” he said with a laugh. “Unless there’s something glaring like an obvious displacement or fracture, I want to explore all treatment options before thinking about surgery.”

Hand Conditions

  • Distal Radius Fracture (Broken Wrist)
  • Dupuytren’s Disease
  • Nerve Injuries of the Hand
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) of the Hand
  • Scaphoid Fractures
  • Thumb Ulnar Collateral Ligament (UCL) Injury
  • Triangular Fibrocartilage Complex (TFCC) Tears

Elbow Conditions

  • Biceps Tendonitis (at the Elbow)
  • Cubital Tunnel Syndrome
  • Lateral Epicondylitis (Tennis Elbow)
  • Medial Epicondylitis (Golfer’s Elbow)
  • Radial Tunnel Syndrome
  • Throwing Injuries of the Elbow
  • Triceps Tendonitis
  • Ulnar Collateral Ligament Injury

Elbow Procedures

  • Cubital Tunnel Release at the Elbow
  • Medial Epicondylectomy
  • Radial Tunnel Release at the Elbow
  • Ulnar Nerve Transposition at the Elbow

Shoulder Conditions

  • Biceps Tendonitis
  • Proximal Humerus Fracture (Broken Shoulder)
  • Rotator Cuff Tear

Shoulder Procedures

  • Mini-Open Rotator Cuff Repair
  • Reverse Total Shoulder Replacement
  • Rotator Cuff Repair
  • Subacromial Decompression
  • Biceps Tenodesis
  • Total Shoulder Replacement
Treatment: Hand Conditions
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Treatment can vary and will depend on the diagnosis and severity of the hand condition or injury. A hand doctor will often try to first treat the issue with non-surgical methods, such as hand therapy, splinting, medications, injections, and other modalities. Surgery may be recommended if non-surgical treatments fail to work successfully or if there has been significant damage to the hand that requires repair or reconstruction.

Surgical procedures can include tendon repair surgery, joint replacement and reconstruction, fracture repair surgery, nerve repair surgery, replantation of severed finger or hand, and surgical drainage for hand infections.

Common Conditions Affecting the Hand
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Your hand can be vulnerable to many types of injuries and disorders. In some cases, pain, bruising, and swelling can develop immediately following injuries such a direct blow. Other conditions can get worse gradually over time and are often the result of overuse injuries or repetitive movements, which can place stress on tendons, nerves, and joints.

Arthritis can affect joints anywhere in the body. Arthritis of the hands is one of the most common causes of pain, stiffness, and loss of function and mobility in the hands. There are two types of arthritis that are common in the hands: osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. Osteoarthritis is often the result of wear and tear over time. It causes the cartilage that protects and cushions the ends of bones to breakdown, resulting in painful bone-on-bone rubbing.

There are a number of other conditions and injuries that can affect the handsleading to pain or limited function, which can include:
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  • Nerve problems (carpal tunnel and cubital tunnel syndrome)
  • Fractures
  • Hand wounds
  • Dupuytren's disease
  • Sports injuries of the hand and wrist
  • Tendon disorders and injuries
  • Hand nerve injury
  • Wrist and finger instability

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