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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

Hand & Wrist Care
Shoulder & Elbow Care
Sports Medicine

Adam J. Bakker, MD

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


Board Certified, American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery

Fellowship in Hand Surgery at Mayo Clinic

University of Washington Orthopaedic & Sports Medicine Surgery Residency Program

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 & 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 – 2020)
The Leading Physicians of the World, 2018 Publication

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Sports Affiliations

Hand consultant to professional and collegiate athletes.


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.


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


Stacy A.
Care Coordinator

Patient Testimonials

November 22, 2020


I have been seeing Dr. Bakker for over 5 years. He is always very patient, kind, and explains everything in Layman’s terms. I have sent both of my parents to him and they were both very impressed by his bedside manner and his knowledge. I highly recommend Dr. Bakker.

November 20, 2020

Laurie G.

After two failed attempts to fix my thumb, I feel that Dr. Bakker actually listened to me. I truthfully didn’t care what he did because I had researched his qualifications and I felt so comfortable with his decisions, I just wanted to be out of pain and not deal with this left thumb pain anymore! He did exactly what needed to be done. I knew right out of surgery what he did worked because that pain in the pad of my thumb was gone! I’m happy, excited to move forward in my activities (as therapy allows) and stay out of pain!

Also, the staff is so friendly! They call out ‘hello’ when I walk in or ‘thanks, bye now’ when I leave! I love it! I am somebody at TCO!

July 24, 2020

Petroula H.

Dr. Bakker was able to successfully remove my tumor hidden in my shoulder. I’ve had extreme pain on and off for two decades and we weren’t sure it could be successfully removed, but it was! From the beginning of the check-in process to the end of the discharge, everything was so smooth and nice. Lindsey was the nurse who inserted the hand IV and did the best job I’ve experienced. Usually my hand ends up being poked and prodded a few times and it turns out swollen and bruised, but Lindsey inserted the hand IV seamlessly with little to no discomfort. Thank you for all your hard work and for changing my life for the better forever!

February 25, 2020

Michael M.

About two years ago, I was involved in a chemical explosion that almost removed my right thumb and lacerated my right hand very badly. Dr. Bakker and his staff put me back together again. I use my hand every day for my work and it requires relatively good dexterity and control. Two years after the repair work that Dr. Bakker and his staff performed on me, I am back to 100% use and can barely tell that anything happened at all to me. What a great team!

February 13, 2020

Raymond K.

I had CMC replacement and carpal tunnel surgery done on both hands. Dr. Bakker was so caring and did such an amazing job. I had great care from start to finish. Both hand surgeries were a great success. Dr. Bakker and his staff are very caring and very professional. I would recommend Dr. Bakker and his team to anyone and everyone! No surprise he’s voted best Dr. so many years in a row!! Absolutely the best doctor I have ever been to!!

February 13, 2020


Dr. Bakker is a straight shooter — did a great job on my surgery. I appreciated his skill, knowledge and care. It has been a little over a week since the surgery and my range of motion has increased by 15% in each direction. Thanks Dr. Bakker and staff!

May 13, 2019

Jodie P.

Thank you to Dr. Bakker and staff. I was awake during the procedure and the staff made me very comfortable and eased my stress. I could tell that each person through check-in, surgery and checkout were very caring. I was also very impressed with Dr. Bakker that he called the next day to see how I was doing (huge kudos on that). Also Jenna was amazing, you could tell she cared and is very good at her job. Her communication and efficiency before and after the surgery was spot on. Thank you for that. I would highly recommend Dr. Bakker and his staff. WELL DONE!!!!

March 29, 2019

Jenna G.

A New Year’s resolution centered on healthy habits and a new weight lifting routine came to a screeching halt 9 days into the New Year. Who knew a smoothie could send you on a three month detour and into the OR.

There should be a rule that stressful situations and injuries can not occur before 6:30 am but unfortunately at 6:15 that fateful day, the blade fell out of the blender bucket landing on my finger. Fortunately (and unfortunately) my four year old daughter was there to witness the accident so I was unable to exhibit all of the emotions I felt. She kept telling me to be brave and calm my body down, “breathe in and out Mama. Be brave.”

Five stitches later and I was thrust into the world of Orthopedic Hand Specialists. I made an appointment with “one of the best” they told me. I was hopeful he would be able to figure out why there was no feeling in my finger. I was blown away to hear a provider not rush to surgery. Dr. Bakker wanted to attempt non-invasive therapy first and I was grateful for that step. I didn’t feel pressured into choosing surgery as I had at one of your competitors.

I know that injury is just part of a TCO employee’s work day but many of their patients come following a traumatic or stressful event. Although their priority is to help us heal, handling the emotions that are present is a critical step. From the beginning I felt Dr. Bakker acknowledged those feelings that came from a change to my routine and capabilities. I could no longer pick up my daughter or those heavy weights I was longing to use at the gym. Everything was put on pause and I had to be patient. Eventually it became evident that surgery would be needed to heal the loss of feeling. The surgery center was efficient and everyone I interacted with was so kind. I even ran into someone I went to school with since kindergarten!

Although there are so many things that “could have been worse” about my injury, the delay in getting started with my intended fitness plan was defeating to say the least. Being unable to include the weight bearing exercises my new plan included could have been an excuse. But I did my best (cast and all) to get into the gym and do what I could. I’m grateful to say I’m finally at the stage where I can grip the weights and increase them. I’m starting to see the end of the tunnel. Mr. Bakker and my care team knew it would come but sometimes when you’re in a difficult season it feels as if there will never be an end to it.

My hand therapist, Jodi, not only worked to get my finger functioning at full capacity but provided emotional support through our months working together. She was attentive to my worries about healing and I always left feeling at ease after our appointments together. It took me 34 years to get my first stitches so seeing a scar heal was something I hadn’t experienced. I would come in worried after what I had read on the internet and what my finger looked like and she would rave, “it looks beautiful!” She even welcomed my four year old one day (who had to attend due to a winter snow closing) with open arms. She kept Genevieve entertained and attended to my questions effortlessly. My daughter got to encourage me to be brave and see an example of a “helper.” I’ve told Genevieve, when people need help, there will always be helpers. Look for them. Every day I’m headed to see Jodi, Genevieve says “Be brave mama, your helper will help you.”

So, is there a silver lining in an injury? I suppose mine would be patience and allowing others to help me. My self sufficient nature had to take a back seat and in return I was able to feel supported and encouraged by your team. Now, for the gym date I’ve been waiting for.

January 16, 2019

Sarah J.

Dr. Bakker is knowledgeable, patient, caring, positive, and encouraging. I fractured my wrist in three places and was terrified to even think about surgery. From the very first appointment I had with Dr. Bakker I felt at ease and encouraged that the process would be okay. He recommended for me to have surgery and get a plate and screws in my wrist. Once he thoroughly explained the procedure and the recovery time I immediately felt confident moving forward. He very much advises what is best for you and your health, he does not push or pressure you to make a decision.

His team is amazing, I cannot rave about them enough. From start to finish they made me feel like I could have surgery all over again and be completely comfortable. They have great personalities and are always positive, they will not move forward with anything until they explain what they are doing and why they are doing it.

Once the surgery was completed, I got a call the date after not only from the care nurse but also from Dr. Bakker himself which is very impressive and made me feel even more taken care of. They also did a great job at helping me get set up with therapy appointments immediately following. I am so thankful I got Dr. Bakker and that he was encouraging throughout it all. I would recommend him and his team to anyone!

January 16, 2019

Diane M.

I broke my collarbone right before Christmas and there were other health issues that caused me to fall. While they weighed heavily on my mind, Dr. Bakker and his prompt, professional, and expert care did not. His care coordinator scheduled surgery right away. Throughout the whole process, Dr. Bakker engaged with me as a person rather than an object which some practitioners can do sometimes without even realizing it. He answered all my questions with patience and gave me the confidence that all would be well. It was! I am healing fast and following his aftercare plan to a tee because….I trust him. He also let me know about his observations about the health of my bones. I was able to arrange for DEXA scan promptly and begin to find other measures to avoid further complications. Thank you, Dr. Bakker!

November 29, 2018

Harry R.

Extremely pleased, this was my second carpal tunnel surgery first done by another provider. Dr. Bakker did this one and I cannot say enough nice things about this experience. Dr Bakker is very personable and caring. Thank you.

November 2, 2018

John F.

Dr. Bakker is a very good physician. He is knowledgeable, friendly and makes sure his patients are taken care of. He helped ease the fears and concerns from my broken elbow.

October 24, 2018

Margo K.

I had a very positive experience with Twin Cities Orthopedics covering the period of time from urgent care to rehabilitation. I had the injury on a Saturday and requested that I might get my surgery scheduled as soon as possible with one of the most skilled and proficient arm and elbow staff surgeons there. They accommodated me quickly and on the Tuesday after, Dr. Bakker was recommended as my surgeon and he fit me into his schedule. He presents himself with very good communication skills and organization of procedures. It is about two months out, my surgery site is healing well and I thank him and his staff so much for their prompt and excellent care!

October 15, 2018

Jean S.

I only have positive comments to say about Dr. Bakker. He’s an expert in his profession. His skill and advice on rehab were spot on. I was very fortunate to have found him to help me gain back my quality of life. I would “go beyond” highly recommending him to anyone who needs care in the area of his expertise. Thank you Dr. Bakker for getting me to where I am.

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


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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