Dr. Wais Afzal, rheumatologist

A Specialist in Rheumatology

Dr. Wais Afzal is a rheumatologist and strives to provide individualized patient care. He treats bone, joint and autoimmune disorders.

He specializes in these procedures:

  • Arthrocentesis: Dr. Afzal will use a syringe to collect fluid from a joint to diagnose conditions such as gout, arthritis and certain infections.
  • Intra-articular injections: Treating inflammatory joint disorders by delivering a shot to the afflicted joint. This procedure relieves pain.
  • Bursal aspiration: Removing fluid from the joints using a syringe. This treats bursitis, a painful condition afflicting joints. 
  • Bursal injections: Steroid injections to soothe joint pain. These injections reduce inflammation and help relieve pain. 
  • Skin punch biopsies: This diagnostic technique removes a cylindrical core of skin that is only a few millimeters in diameter. This biopsy is used to diagnose skin disorders.

He mainly treats:

  • Adult-onset Still’s disease
  • Antiphospholipid syndrome
  • Gout
  • Inflammatory myositis
  • Lupus
  • Mixed connective tissue disease
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Overlap syndromes
  • Polymyalgia rheumatica
  • Pseudogout
  • Regional musculoskeletal disorders
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Sarcoidosis
  • Scleroderma
  • Seronegative spondyloarthritis
  • Undifferentiated connective tissue disease
  • Vasculitis

Dr. Afzal is an assistant professor of medicine at the University of South Dakota Sanford School of Medicine.

Speaks: English, Persian, Dari, Pashtu


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