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Adam J. Bakker, MD

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Orthopedic Surgery, Board Certified Hand Surgery Fellowship Area of Focus in Elbow & Wrist Trauma

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Areas of Focus

Elbow Care
Hand Care
Shoulder Care
Sports Medicine
Wrist Care

Practice Overview

Adam J. Bakker, MD, is a board certified and Mayo Clinic hand surgery fellowship-trained surgeon who specializes in surgical and nonsurgical treatment of the hand, wrist, elbow, and shoulder. He focuses on conditions of the hand and upper extremities including minimally invasive treatment options for Dupuytren’s contractures and carpal tunnel syndrome, hand and upper extremity fracture care, arthroscopy, tendon and ligament injuries, upper extremity joint replacements, and microsurgery. He also has an active interest in international orthopedic care to underserved regions.

“I strongly believe in patient centered care. Components of excellent patient centered care (in addition to being technically proficient) must include clear interpersonal communication, availability, teamwork, and a sustained focus on the wellbeing of the patient is first and foremost.”

Clinical Interest

Elbow Care, including Elbow Joint Revision and Elbow Joint Replacement

Hand Care

Shoulder Care, including Shoulder Joint Revision and Shoulder Joint Replacement

Sports Medicine

Wrist Care

Education

Certification
Board Certified, American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery

Fellowship
Fellowship in Hand Surgery at Mayo Clinic

Residency
University of Washington Orthopaedic & Sports Medicine Surgery Residency Program

Medical
University of Minnesota School of Medicine

Hospital & Surgery Center Affiliations

Abbott Northwestern Hospital
Crosstown Surgery Center
Eagan Orthopedic Surgery Center
Fairview Southdale Hospital
North Memorial Medical Center
WestHealth Surgery Center

Professional Affiliations

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
American Society for Surgery of the Hand
University of Washington School of Medicine Graduate Medical Education Committee (GMEC)(2011 – 2012)
Zumbro Valley Medical Society
VA Medical Center: Adjunct Clinical Professor

Achievements and Awards

Harborview/UW Medicine Service Excellence Award 2008. This award is given to two physicians every quarter for excellence regarding patient care.
Best Doctor: Minnesota Monthly Magazine (2014, 2016, 2017)
Readers Choice Award Winner: Sun Newspapers, Plymouth (2015)
Top Doctor Rising Star: Voted an Orthopedic Rising Star by his peers in Mpls.St.Paul Magazine (2018)
The Leading Physicians of the World, 2018 publication

    

Sports Affiliations

Hand consultant to professional and collegiate athletes.

Research

LaPrade, RF, Heikes C, Bakker AJ, and Jakobsen RB.: The reproducibility and repeatability of varus stress radiographs in the assessment of isolated fibular collateral ligament and grade-III posterolateral knee injuries. An in vitro biomechanical study. J Bone Joint Surg Am. 2008; 90:2069-2076.

Ehsan A, Lee DG, Bakker AJ, Huang JI. Scapholunate ligament reconstruction using an acellular dermal matrix: a
mechanical study. J. Hand Surg Am. 2012: Aug;37(8):1538-42.

Bakker A, Moseley J, Friedrich J. Vehicle factors and outcomes associated with hand-out-window motor vehicle
collisions. J Trauma Acute Care Surg. 2013: Feb;74(2):687-91.

Bakker AJ, Shin AY. Fragment specific volar hook plate for volar marginal rim fractures. Pending publication.

Presentations

Bakker AJ: Vehicle factors and outcomes associated with hand-out-window motor vehicle collisions (Electronic Poster Presentation). AAHS Conference. Naples, FL 2013.

Staff

Jenna B.
Care Coordinator

Patient Testimonials

August 14, 2018

Steve L.

Dr. Bakker was fantastic! I would highly recommend him. An honest, straight forward, matter of fact doctor and an excellent surgeon.

June 19, 2018

John H.

I am currently half way through the 12-week window expected for full recovery from the procedure. The 6-week follow-up today indicated that I am progressing very well. Two years ago, Dr. Bakker performed a very successful lower biceps tendon repair on my right arm. He has been engaging, communicative and supportive in every respect for both procedures. Based on the results of these two procedures, I would recommend his serious consideration for any of the orthopedic procedures Dr. Bakker routinely performs. I have been blessed by Dr. Bakker’s outstanding surgical acumen, his attention to my needs and his pleasant manner. I couldn’t be more pleased with my choice for him to be my surgeon in both instances!

June 19, 2018

Gary C.

I had surgery to repair ligament damage in my right thumb in December 2017 and as of April 2018, I am fully recovered and back to normal life activities. Dr. Bakker and his team are THE BEST! Without them I would not be where I am today in my recovery. The whole team was professional, courteous and extremely helpful throughout the whole process. I highly recommend Dr. Bakker to anyone who is in need of a Hand Care doctor. You will not find a better doctor to put your trust in. A huge thank you to Dr. Bakker, Jenna, Becky and a cast of others for their first class service and care!!

June 19, 2018

Bryan H.

Dr. Adam Bakker and his entire surgical team provided an outstanding surgical procedure on my shoulder. A high level of professionalism was evident from my pre-surgical consultation through post-op after care. Dr. Bakker is committed and sincere in providing the best possible solution to his patient’s needs. Clearly, he understands what the patient is experiencing post-op, and readily makes suggestions on what could improve the patient’s current condition. His team responds to questions in a timely manner, very often the same day as inquiry. I heartily endorse Dr. Bakker to anyone considering a surgeon, and would not hesitate to approach his team in the future. Bryan H.

June 19, 2018

Michael M.

I’d just like to say, that I received the most excellent care from everybody, and I truly believe that due to the level of care I received, I will be able to fully recover to 100%. Dr. Bakker – you have a great team, and I feel very lucky that I just happened to get your team to help me out. Thanks so much.

 

June 19, 2018

Deborah P.

Dr. Bakker was fantastic. I had been in pain for more than 10 years. Dr. Bakker got me in for both carpal tunnel surgeries very quickly. HE (not his nurse) called the day after each surgery to see how I was doing. I recommended him to a friend, and he went right in and now is pain free just like me.  Dr. Bakker is a fabulous doctor and I appreciate how he cares for his patients.  I would highly recommend him to everyone having any hand/arm pain.

 

June 19, 2018

Kent M.

Dr. Bakker is an amazingly skilled surgeon. He restored function to my right thumb, after not having a functioning thumb for 42 years! He is also a very personable doctor, which is sometimes not so common among orthopedic surgeons. Dr. Bakker is the only doctor in the world that I would go to for any upper extremity procedure.

 

June 18, 2018

Jean S.

Within three days after my initial visit and wrist diagnosis, I was able to have corrective surgery to give me a start to mend my broken wrist. Their care, guidance and follow up post-surgery was professional and excellent. I was introduced to the best possible location to get me back onto the path of having a normal life of activities. The entire staff was professional and personable. Thank you Dr. Bakker for all of the wonderful care you gave me.

June 3, 2017

Kally

Dr. Bakker and TCO team are a 15 on a scale of 1-10. Years of hand, arm, shoulder pain and hand atrophy – gone! with carpal tunnel release. I was very very impressed by Dr. Bakkers manner and expertise. He is a gift to humanity.

January 14, 2017

Cathy R.

My son had been misdiagnosed for his elbow injury before we came to TCO. Dr. Bakker came into the office and by sight alone saw that he had an ulnar nerve dislocation. He also detected by the prior x-ray that my son had, indeed, fractured his elbow weeks before, contrary to the report that we received at the time of the x-ray. We were impressed with Dr. Bakker’s manner of explanation and expertise, and ultimately, the successful result of the surgery. In addition, we found the staff from front desk to scheduling to nurses and attendants at TCO to be professional and efficient. Thanks for the high quality experience.

September 13, 2016

Patti S.

For the first time in many, many years, I have no hand pain. Dr. Bakker has patiently done seven surgeries on me for trigger fingers, carpal tunnel, and cubital tunnel syndrome. Through it all, he has been concerned and willing to help me in any way he can. He is the best upper extremity surgeon I have ever been to. I can’t say enough good things about him.

July 7, 2016

Lucas M.

I hurt my wrist at work and I was sent to WestHealth in Plymouth. After seeing a occupational doctor and a physical therapist, I saw Dr. Bakker. I spent 2 minutes with Dr. Bakker and he knew exactly what was wrong. Dr. Bakker surgically repaired my wrist and got me back to work. Dr. Bakker’s knowledge is incredible and impressive. The way he treats and interacts with his patients is what sets him apart. My stress is gone and I feel completely comfortable when I am with Dr. Bakker. I truly wish he could be my primary care physician.

January 15, 2016

Brendan M.

Hi, my name is Brendan and I am 13 years old. When I was 12, I was jumping out of a tree and my foot got stuck and I tripped and caught myself with my left wrist. It looked pretty bad. I knew it was broken. We went straight to the emergency room and from there we went to Abbott where Dr. Bakker was on call. He was a super nice doctor and treated my arm better than I could have ever imagined. It healed really fast and I was back playing lacrosse in less than 8 weeks. The pins were cool and I think he is the greatest surgeon around.

January 13, 2016

Michael J.

Dr. Bakker helped my best friend; he was extraordinary beyond his profession. With compassion and concern, he saved her arm and fingers from amputation after she had already lost her legs from this tragedy. So, for the above and beyond care we received, thank you! To an extraordinary person and friend!

January 10, 2016

Mary J.

I was admitted to Abbott Northwestern and my legs were amputated and it was thought my arm would be as well. Dr. Bakker, through multiple surgeries saved my arm against all odds. During all my surgeries he was professional and extremely kind! I can never say thank you enough to Dr. Bakker as my life would have been completely different without my arm!

January 9, 2016

Tyler J.

I dislocated my wrist Summer of 2015. The ER I went to simply said I fractured my wrist after I told them numerous times I dislocated it. They didn’t listen and simply casted me and referred me to their Orthopedic specialist. Given my history with TCO it was the obvious choice. Dr. Bakker not only relocated my wrist; his team did wonders on the “mouthful” of repairs within days of the injury. The wrist is still getting better and will eventually loosen to it’s pre injury state but I’m young and very thankful Dr. Bakker was my surgeon; he’s the best of the best without doubt.

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