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.”
Hand care, including fracture care, ligament and tendon injuries, Dupuytren’s contracture, arthritis, thumb CMC joint osteoarthritis, trigger finger, mucous cysts, and nerve injuries
Hand procedures, including open reduction and internal fixation (ORIF) of hand and finger fractures, closed reduction and percutaneous pinning (CRPP) of hand and finger fractures, ligament repair, tendon repair and transfer, partial palmar fasciectomy, Xiaflex injection, joint fusion, thumb CMC joint arthroplasty using modified LRTI technique, thumb CMC joint arthroplasty using tightrope, thumb CMC joint arthroplasty using suspensionplasty, A1 pulley release, revision amputation, and nerve repair
Wrist care, including fracture care, ligament and tendon injuries, carpal tunnel syndrome, arthritis, and ganglion cysts
Wrist procedures, including open reduction and internal fixation (ORIF) of wrist fractures including the distal radius and scaphoid, wrist arthroscopy, scapholunate ligament reconstruction, TFCC repair, ECU tendon repair/subsheath reconstruction, DRUJ ligament repair, endoscopic carpal tunnel release, mini-open carpal tunnel release, scaphoidectomy and 4-corner fusion, proximal row carpectomy, and ganglion cyst excision
Elbow care, including fracture and dislocation care, ligament and tendon injuries, lateral and medial epicondylitis, cubital tunnel syndrome, ulnar nerve subluxation, and arthritis
Elbow procedures, including open reduction and internal fixation (ORIF) of elbow fractures, terrible triad fracture-dislocation repair, ligament and tendon repair, elbow joint replacement, radial head replacement, cubital tunnel release, and ulnar nerve transposition
Shoulder care, including fracture care, and rotator cuff rears, and arthritis
Shoulder procedures, including open reduction and internal fixation (ORIF) of clavicle and shoulder fractures, shoulder arthroscopy, subacromial decompression, distal clavicle excision, rotator cuff repair, reverse total shoulder arthroplasty, and total shoulder arthroplasty
Board Certified, American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery
Surgery of the Hand Subspecialty 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
Crosstown Surgery Center
Eagan Orthopedic Surgery Center
Fairview Southdale Hospital
North Memorial Medical Center
WestHealth Surgery Center
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, 2022, 2023)
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
Hand consultant to professional, Olympic, and collegiate athletes.
Medical Mission Trip, Nicaragua
The Plaster House, Tanzania
Twin Cities Orthopedics Foundation Medical Mentorship Program
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.
Dr. Bakker did my carpal tunnel revision. He was very professional and very kind. I appreciated the time he took with me and the care and concern that he showed. I am doing much better now thanks to his surgical skills.
March 22, 2023
My broken arm did not heal correctly without surgery, so I contacted Dr. Bakker. Dr. Bakker is confident, caring and skilled. He knows how to talk to you directly without wasting time but somehow makes you feel like he is not in a rush. His confidence helped me relax and feel comfortable with all decisions. Best of all, the surgery was a success. He even called me a day or two after surgery to see how I was doing. Dr. Bakker’s team was also very efficient and supportive. In person, on the phone and through email or text reminders.
It has been about 5 months since my accident and I have been to 6 different TCO clinics for different reasons. All of them have been professional, clean, and efficient. Making appointments were easy and I rarely had to wait very long to get in. This includes physician visits, PT, CT, etc. at Plymouth, Blaine, Edina, Coon Rapids, Maple Grove and surgery in Eagan. I have nothing but good things to say about the facilities and staff.
January 16, 2023
I cannot express enough gratitude to Dr. Bakker and his care team. Throughout the process, the team kept me informed and worked with my schedule (and my terrible memory) to ensure that appointments worked out. Dr. Bakker was able to solve a 12 year old injury with a surgery that, without exaggeration, has been life changing. I had very limited motion for over 12 years and now have almost full motion of my right (dominant) hand and arm. I am so thankful and grateful for this. I would recommended TCO for their incredible staff. I want to thank everyone – physical therapists, receptions, doctors, surgeons, radiologists and the care teams behind each doctor – for providing me with the best service in the Midwest and quite literally changing my daily life for the better.
June 27, 2022
Thank you, Dr. Bakker! I can’t say enough about the excellent care that I have received from you and your staff. I am always treated with the utmost respect from you and everyone in the TCO organization. I highly recommend TCO!
April 27, 2022
The entire Crosstown Surgery Center staff, along with Dr. Bakker and team, were the best. I can’t say enough about how great everyone was. Thank you for taking good care of me and checking on me the next day.
March 19, 2022
I would describe Dr. Bakker and his amazing crew at TCO as absolute professionals. They were so on top of their game, from the emergency treatment, to the in person meeting I had with Dr. Bakker post-surgery. How does he find time to do all those surgeries and still take time to meet in person with his patients post-surgery to make sure everything is okay? For me, everything is more than okay! I am back on track. I’m in awe and have so much gratitude. Those are the words that summarize my TCO experience with Dr. Bakker and the entire staff. I owe TCO!
March 15, 2022
Well if falling on the ice doesn’t get you, the gym will! I was so careful watching my step this winter on the slippery sidewalks and driveway. Then in my small group fitness class, I fell backwards off a box while doing alternating box jumps. Needless to say, I braced myself with my right hand and broke my wrist. I went to TCO Urgent Care and was informed I needed surgery. From the moment I had x-rays to the time of surgery and beyond, TCO has partnered with me to make sure I made a full recovery. Dr. Bakker was able to perform surgery within 4 days of me breaking my wrist, so I wouldn’t have to suffer over the weekend. Everything went smoothly and I was amazed how quickly I could resume driving. The TCO team is there to get you to the finish line!! It was a great experience. I would highly recommend Dr. Bakker and his team!
January 23, 2022
I loved my experience with Dr. Adam Bakker and team at TCO. I went into surgery having mixed feelings. With limited mobility due a wedding dance injury, I didn’t want that to define activities such as golf or skiing moving forward. The post-surgery recovery outcome was a little over 5 weeks and has been amazing!!! My mobility has increased two fold and my chicken wing arm has disappeared. I’m finally back to a “normal” life and this would not be the case without Dr. Bakker and his amazing skillset. The TCO team has been instrumental in providing great care pre and post-op. Laura B., in the Phys therapy department, has been helpful with range of motion exercises, flexibility, and minimization of scar tissue. It’s been a fantastic experience. Thank you TCO!
November 12, 2021
I was fighting trigger and pain issues in both hands. Dr. Bakker performed two separate “release” procedures (one on each hand). Dr. Bakker and the staff at TCO are extremely professional and very personable. They were always on time and had great communication. Dr. Bakker clearly communicated what to expect with the outcome and rehabilitation. I’m very satisfied with the outcome and the prognosis for my hands. I will definitely have Dr. Bakker perform future procedures if/when needed. Thanks indeed!
November 2, 2021
I would like to thank Russ Linville at Training HAUS. He helped get me where I need to be to be ready for this season!
October 8, 2021
I would highly recommend Dr. Bakker and his team if you are considering hand or wrist surgery. I had a very large lipoma on the inside of my left wrist. It had been there for 25 years. It required very intricate surgery to remove it. The surgery went extremely well and my post-op recovery was also very successful. Thank you Dr. Bakker and team!
August 13, 2021
I would like to compliment the excellent hand surgery that was performed by Dr. Bakker. I had 4 separate complex surgical incisions and the outcomes of the surgeries were excellent. I have to say, I had no pain in my hand from the beginning to the end of rehabilitation. I am extremely pleased with the entre process from the support staff to the provider. Thank you all.
July 20, 2021
Dr. Adam Bakker changed my life. After severe wrist pain for years, and multiple different surgeons refusing to treat the rare tendon problem I’ve had since birth, Dr. Bakker took on the challenge and my right wrist hasn’t felt burning pain since before surgery. I’m 4 years post-op and I’m still doing great. I play softball regularly and lift weights 4x a week. I’m so happy to have my life back! Thank you Dr. Bakker, I’m forever grateful for all you’ve done for me.
July 7, 2021
Dr. Bakker is the best in the business. I was recommended to him by medical professionals. He is very knowledgeable and good at what he does. My surgery went really well and he set up a care plan that had me back ahead of schedule. I would highly recommend him!
April 5, 2021
Dr. Bakker operated on my right thumb about a year and a half ago, and then my left thumb two weeks ago. Both surgeries had excellent outcomes. Dr. Bakker listened to my concerns and abided by my wish not to undergo anesthesia but to just have a “block”. Beyond that, he is one of the most gentle and caring surgeons imaginable. He personally follows up with a phone call and is extremely patient with questions and provides answers that are easy to understand. I am so grateful that I found him and could not possibly recommend him with more confidence. Neither operation caused me one minute of pain either!
April 5, 2021
I can’t describe how much I appreciate Dr. Bakker and his skilled team. I work with my hands and, even though I waited 5 weeks post injury to be evaluated, he was able perform a complex, newer surgical procedure to give me full function again. From my own experience, along with reading other reviews, to say Dr. Bakker cares for the patient is an understatement. I’ve not experienced such a high degree of genuine care, professionalism and competency in any prior medical care situation.
Dr. Bakker inspires confidence, listens, and treats the whole person through his performance and manner. It’s been my very fortunate honor to have been Dr. Bakker’s patient. He and his excellent team have my sincere gratitude.
March 18, 2021
I couldn’t be happier with the surgery, performed by Dr. Bakker, to fix my broken collarbone. From the first visit with him through surgery, and onto my post-op appointments, the whole process went very smoothly. The day of surgery was very efficient and recovery was even better. Thanks to Dr. Bakker, I can hardly even tell that I broke my collarbone and was able to get back to normal activity within a few weeks from surgery.
March 9, 2021
On February 17th, I fell and injured my arm. I had surgery on February 23rd. I am extremely pleased with my results thus far. The pain has been reduced to minimal, my range of motion is better than expected, the repair looks fantastic and the scar is hairline. I could not be more pleased and am very thankful that Dr. Bakker was available to fix me up!
November 29, 2020
Over the past three years I have been under the care of Dr. Bakker for a problematic right wrist. The initial solution recommended was a series of cortisone injections, over several years. However, that solution finally failed and it was time to consider surgery. I did seek a second opinion, as I had a recommendation from another physician I knew. The other doctor’s recommended course of action was the same, but he did not have the calming bedside manner of Dr. Bakker, nor did he convey the confidence that came from Dr. Bakker during my pre-surgery visitation.
Most importantly, Dr. Bakker placed me in the care of the highly competent physical therapists on my post surgery follow up office visit. The two women that who work with his patients are a key to his patience’s recovery success. I saw them both and, believe me, they represent TCO very well.
I considered this operation very seriously as I am a very avid golfer. A couple of years ago, I play almost 60 rounds here in Minnesota. Although it still March and we not on the golf course yet I can recommend Dr. Bakker to anyone experiencing serious wrist and hand pain. I believe he is a tribute to the orthopedic profession and a healer to his patients.
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
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
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
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
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!
December 13, 2019
Dr. Bakker is outstanding and so is his team of professionals! I was referred to him by my primary care doctor and was seen immediately. Tests were completed to get the answers I needed and surgery was scheduled within weeks. He and his staff actually took the time to call after my surgery to see how I was doing.
September 4, 2019
After shattering my shoulder, Dr. Bakker did a reverse total shoulder replacement with complications. That was 6 weeks ago. I’m now basically pain free, improving range of motion with physical therapy and couldn’t be happier. Dr. Bakker did an amazing job, given the mess my shoulder was in. I’d recommend him in a heartbeat.
September 3, 2019
I recently suffered a broken index finger as a result of an accidental injury. I would like to thank Dr. Bakker for performing a delicate surgery on my finger to repair the fracture. Dr. Bakker is a very modest physician who performs surgical miracles. I am eager to see what my finger can now do now that the fracture has been mended, with the assistance of three properly placed pins. If you need a finger specialist, I highly recommend Dr. Bakker!
July 22, 2019
My wrist surgery, performed by Dr. Bakker, was about as smooth as a surgical procedure could go. The surgery center was very efficient and organized. Most importantly, Dr. Bakker was excellent. I am very appreciative of his work and happy with the outcome
May 13, 2019
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!!!!
April 19, 2019
Three years ago I came to see Dr. Bakker because the tip of my right third finger was numb. At that first visit, he told me I had bilateral carpal tunnel and needed surgery. I had no idea what a journey that would lead to. Over the course of the next three years, I would have ten surgeries with him. The final one (hopefully) being this February. He is the reason I am still able to work.
While I am grateful to him for his surgical skills, he did so much more than that. I had given up ever finding out what was going on with me when I first saw him. I figured I was just going to have to live with all my symptoms. He encouraged me to keep pushing for a diagnosis and reinforced for that something is truly wrong. Now, I do not have a definitive diagnosis. However, I have a team of doctors in place that believe in me. I am currently exploring genetic causes with Mayo Clinic. Dr. Bakker was the catalyst that helped me keep going. I owe him so much.
March 29, 2019
In November of 2018, I fell while running. I sprained my wrist and sustained a concussion. One month later, I collapsed in my home, broke my collarbone in four places, got another concussion, plus the unpleasant gift of vertigo. Needless to say, this was an unexpected and disruptive experience to my very busy life. I enjoyed yoga, lifting weights, and running. Now I was required to lay low and heal. My life was a little unclear at the time, due to the concussions. I was referred to Dr. Adam Bakker. I was impressed that he approached me in a person-centered way; interested in what was important to me instead of just important for me. Likely knowing I was struggling from the concussions, he was very thoughtful and thorough as he explained the surgical process to me ahead of time, at the time of the surgery, and during the after care process. Because I had broken my collarbone in four places, I was pretty uncomfortable. He and TCO scheduled me for surgery right away at TCO Eagan – Viking Lakes. That is a very wonderful facility.
Even though he was a very busy man, Dr. Bakker made me feel like his time with me was important and that I was important. Dr. Bakker was aware of my desire to return to my previous activity level. He was sensitive about this, letting me know I couldn’t resume these activities right away since I had to allow my body time to heal, but also letting me know I would get my activities back after I healed. Today, I am back. I am grateful, stronger and better for my experience. Because of Dr. Bakker, I was able to return to my previous activity level. I am running, riding bike, lifting weights, and even doing down dog in yoga class. He was right – I would get what was important to me, my activities, back. Thank you, Dr. Bakker and thank you, TCO for having a true professional him in your employ!
March 29, 2019
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.
March 15, 2019
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 cannot occur before 6:30am but unfortunately at 6:15am, 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. Mr. 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 the 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. Dr. 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 TCO Champion is my hand therapist, Jodi Chaplin, OTR/L. 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!
March 6, 2019
Having on and off left hand/wrist pain for a while, I just brushed it off to my occasional aches and pains I get from having Lupus (an autoimmune disorder). It had gotten so bad, I had sucked it up and went to TCO Urgent Care. They were amazing at helping. They did xrays and sent me to physical therapy but, like everything else in my life, they found nothing. A good month passed, the pain got worse and then got better. But one day it was so bad I was in tears. I messaged Jenna, his care coordinator, to see when I could get into see Dr. Bakker next, she got me in right away. He assessed me and relooked at my images but knew something was not right.
Had an MRI a few days later and then received a call from Dr. Bakker himself. I ended up seeing him for follow up appointment, where he informed me that I, in fact, had some rare issue with my scaphoid bone and the loss or the stop of blood flow, possibly due to Lupus. we went over all possible issues and outcomes. I tried to get him to amputate (jokingly) because I was in so much pain. He assured me that we could do something but was very doubtful it would work. He scheduled surgery at the new Edina Orthopedic Surgery Center and the team was wonderful. Dr. Bakker had informed me and my family that he was unsure that the bone graph would take because of how hard (dead) the bone was. But he had hope! I am 3 months post-op and have little to no pain and blood flow back to the bone. Jenna had to put up with many questions and tears from me, yet she always was so kind and helpful. And Dr. Bakker, well he is pretty amazing. Even though he wouldn’t amputate (haha), he put up with me and my weird issue and gave me hope. I could not thank them enough!
January 16, 2019
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
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!
January 10, 2019
Twin Cities Orthopedics is the best place to have outpatient surgery done. The care I received from Dr. Bakker, the nursing staff, and the anesthesiologist was fantastic. They all took great care of me and did their best to ensure I would not get sick during the second surgery. They all took their time to listen to my concerns. I felt out of my element because I didn’t know anything about TCO, nor did I know any of the staff. I would see Dr. Bakker again, if needed. It was the best care ever!!
November 29, 2018
I can’t believe how smooth surgery went with Dr. Bakker. I was in and out of the procedure and afterwards, I only used Advil because there was really no pain at all. Everyone was very pleasant to deal with. I could not be happier!
November 29, 2018
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
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
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
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
Dr. Bakker was fantastic! I would highly recommend him. An honest, straight forward, matter of fact doctor and an excellent surgeon.
June 19, 2018
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.