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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


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 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.


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.


Jenna B.
Care Coordinator

Becky Rasche
Clinical Assistant

Patient Testimonials

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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