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Bruce J. Bartie, DO

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Orthopedic Surgery, Board Certified Spine Surgery Fellowship Areas of Focus in Microsurgery, Disc Arthroplasty, and Pediatric Spine Deformity

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Spine & Neck Care
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Bruce J. Bartie, DO

Practice Overview

Bruce Bartie, DO, is a board certified orthopedic surgeon who specializes in neck and spine conditions. Dr. Bartie specializes in microsurgery and reconstruction of the spine and neck and spinal deformity (pediatric and adult).

Clinical Interest

Spine and Neck Care, including Microsurgery/Reconstruction, Scoliosis, Spinal Deformity (Pediatric and Adult), Neck/Cervical, Spine (Low Back/Lumbar)

Education

Certification
Board Certified, American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery (1993, 2003, 2013)

Fellowship
Spine Fellowship at Minnesota Spine Center, Minneapolis, Minnesota (1990 – 1991)

Residency
Orthopedic Surgery at the Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minnesota (1985 – 1990)
Medical Internship at Iowa Lutheran Hospital, Des Moines, Iowa (1984 – 1985)

Medical Degree
University of Osteopathic Medicine and Health Sciences, College of Medicine and Surgery in Des Moines, Iowa

Hospital & Surgery Center Affiliations

High Pointe Surgery Center
Lakeview Hospital
Gillette Children’s Hospital
Other facilities throughout Eastern Minnesota and Western Wisconsin

Professional Affiliations

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
Mayo Clinic Alumni Association
Mayo Orthopedic Alumni Association
Minnesota Orthopaedic Society
Minnesota Osteopathic Medical Society
Scoliosis Research Society – Active fellow since 1993

Staff

Jane G., CMA
Clinical Assistant

Patient Testimonials

August 8, 2019

Demetris H.

I am 6 years post surgery on my L5 S1. I feel great! Dr. Bartie gave me the ability to walk freely again with no lapses. I was at the point where my back would lock up and I could not move another step. My spine had what he referred to as a “floatie”. There was a broken piece floating around my spine and when that piece decided to “land”, I lost my ability to move. I was scheduled with Dr. Bartie and within 3 minutes of looking at my MRI results, after many unsuccessful pain med injections, he said “We need to get rid of the floatie”. He went in, took it out, and 5 hours later, I walked very comfortably out of the hospital! He is AMAZING!

August 8, 2019

Eloise J.

I’m 19 and I had chronic pain from my scoliosis for two years in my legs and lower back. 8 weeks ago I finally got my spinal fusion surgery done by Dr. Bartie and since then, I have had no leg pain at all, my back is already feeling much better and I am on little to no painkillers. I started PT last week and I’m feeling very confident in being able to return to my regular exercise routine before the summer is over. I was nervous before my surgery that I would be missing out on most of my summer, but I’ve been able to go out to the beach and carnivals without that much extra pain. While there are things like impact activities that I can no longer do, I have found that there are many more things that I can do than cannot and I am very grateful that I was able to receive this surgery.

June 28, 2019

Matt S.

Approximately five years ago I injured my neck, bulging a disc between C-5/6. It was a type of excruciating pain that would not be relieved. At the time, I chose to forgo surgery and did years of PT, chiropractic treatments, steroid spinal injections and isolated muscular therapy. These treatments helped but the lost feeling in my left arm and fingers, along with relapses of severe pain in the neck/back, caused me to reconsider the surgical options. It was impacting my quality of life and I could no longer pick up my grandchildren. So I decided to reconsider surgery. After meeting with Dr. Bartie at TCO, I decided to undergo a discectomy. He shared with me that I was a candidate for this surgery versus a typical fusion. As he described the difference, it made the most sense for me. This was great news since I had a colleague undergo neck fusion six months prior who shared that her recovery took 3 months and her neck mobility was still limited after a year. My surgery took place and after waking from the anesthesia, I realized all feeling had returned in my hand and arm. I also no longer had pain associated with the bulging disc. Two days after surgery, I was off all pain medicines and felt vastly improved from the surgical procedure. I returned to work within 2 weeks with full mobility. It’s foreign to be without pain but I consider it to be a miracle. Forever grateful to God, Dr. Bartie, and his team.

January 4, 2019

Charles H.

After 8 years of treating Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma, my lymphoma seemed under control. Just after Christmas of 2016, my lower back began to ache. I went in for my routine Lymphoma check-up in early January 2017. The CT scan showed a lymph node that had not changed size in 8 years was greatly enlarged and was occupying about 25% of my L5 vertebrae. I received 8 days of radiation treatment in February to kill the cancer cells in my spin. My oncologist noted that the cancer was eliminated from my spine, but the cancer and radiation had damaged about 25% of my L5 vertebrae. I was advised that the damage may repair itself or may get worse. One month later, in March, I felt my L5 begin to crumble.

Over the next few months I saw numerous doctors about what to do. The pain and my ability to walk kept getting worse and I finally was scheduled for an MRI in September. After the MRI showed my L5 was crumbling, I was referred to and approved to see Dr. Bartie in October. At my first appointment with Dr. Bartie, he reviewed my MRI and had me do a few simple exercises. At the end of the exam he told me I would soon lose the use of my right leg if I did not have surgery. My spinal cord was almost pinched off at this time. My spinal cord was squeezed down to about a 1mm in diameter by the L5 bone chips. He also said the surgery was typically 100% successful if the patient had not had lymphoma and radiation treatment. For me he said the chances for success are about 50-50. My L5 was “a bag of bone chips” in Dr. Bartie’s words. In short, 50-50 chance of keeping the use of my legs with surgery, 100% chance of losing the use of my legs without surgery.

Dr. Bartie scheduled me for surgery November 14, 2017. He estimated the surgery would take 4 hours. The surgery took 7 hours, and I lost a liter of blood. In Dr. Bartie’s words to my wife “it was a beast of a surgery”. The day after surgery I could walk without any of the pain I previously had. My spinal cord now had a 15mm channel instead of a 1mm channel. I had pain from the surgery but that was nothing compared to the pain before surgery. I stayed in the hospital for 3 days then went home. Dr. Bartie advised me on what physical activity was appropriate next year. For 6 weeks, I stayed home doing essentially nothing. After that I start doing some light workouts at the gym, only doing exercises Dr. Bartie recommended. For 6 months, I was not to lift anything over 10 pounds. I went back to work after 6 weeks, no lifting involved with my job. After 6 months, I worked my way up to exercising with up to 50 pounds on weight machines recommended by Dr. Bartie. Today I exercise regularly at the gym, can walk at least 1 mile with no pain and am looking forward to fly fishing and scuba diving again.

December 11, 2018

Kristine S.

I had a 2 level disc replacement in my cervical spine in July 2018 to replace the worn and collapsed discs that were causing me a substantial amount of pain. I noticed results immediately after awakening from surgery. The nerve pain that I had going down both my arms was gone! I am very happy with my results and I am glad to keep full mobility in my neck. Dr. Bartie and his team are very professional and a joy to work with. I would highly recommend him for anyone considering this type of surgery.

November 19, 2018

Judi A.

4-5 years ago I was in severe pain even after trying multiple treatments. Consulting another Ortho group, I was offered a tri-level fusion, L3, 4, 5, and S1. Although the pain was incessant to the point of changing my personality, I just did not feel right about the surgery and came to Dr. Bartie for a second opinion. He did not recommend the surgery and instead referred me to another treatment. I decided to try one last thing. I have now had my third Radio Frequency Ablation. My back will never be perfect but this treatment got me out of pain and able to conduct my life fairly normally. I am grateful to Dr. Bartie and the staff at TCO for their knowledge and treatment of my ailment. Dr. Bartie was not eager to perform surgery before other options were tried. It worked! Very happy with experience.

November 6, 2018

Dave P.

I would like to thank Dr. Bartie and his staff for the excellent care and treatment. I had C5/6 Microdiscetomy surgery in September and I am absolutely pain free today! I cannot say enough about the excellent care I received from Dr. Bartie and his staff, the Lakeview Hospital staff and all people that were involved in my surgery. The care and outcome of my surgery are a testimony that these people are outstanding in their profession.

December 5, 2017

Mark L.

I am personally grateful for the help I have received from Dr. Bartie. I had horrible lower back pain extending into my legs. At times the pain was unbearable. Dr. Bartie preformed a Lumbar Fusion at L5-S1 and I was feeling better right away.  His professionalism during office visits and follow ups are impressive and personal. I’m thankful for the specialist that Dr. Bartie is and that is he available in this area. Thank you!

December 8, 2016

Sandy E.

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My 20 year old daughter has been a patient of Dr. Bartie since the age of 13.  She had surgery in May 2016 because of the severity of the scoliosis.  Dr. Bartie is amazing and I would highly recommend him.  He has a wonderful bed side manner, answered all the questions we had before and after surgery, extremely knowledgeable in his field.

July 22, 2016

Nancy R.

Thank you Dr. Bartie for getting the bone stimulator for me. I really appreciate it! And all the years and times that you have put me back together again. I wouldn’t be where I am if it weren’t for you. You are the best!

July 20, 2016

Dan A.

I spent almost 3 years visiting various medical professionals attempting to properly diagnose my issue. Neurologists performed 2 MRI’s and 1 EMG and were still unable to identify the issue or provide any helpful guidance moving forward. I was beginning to feel very helpless and frustrated. Dr. Bartie was able to take a scientific approach, analyze all of my symptoms as well as passed incidents, provide evidence to his finding, and give me a proper diagnosis. He was able to scan through my MRI scans and prove his theory correct. I am grateful to have found such an experienced, educated, caring doctor when other doctors have pushed me out of their office doors while attempting to convince me it’s all in my head. I can finally move forward and begin therapy.

June 15, 2016

Deb L.

Ten years ago, June 7, 2006, Dr. Bartie performed a spinal fusion on me. I am so grateful, as ten years later I remain pain-free. I will never forget what he told me. “Take care of your spine, do the correct exercises, stay healthy, and you will get ten plus years out of this fusion.” I remember telling him, “I am going to get twenty plus, if not life, out of this fusion!” I exercise daily and my spine and health couldn’t be better!

People tell me I am a strong woman. My husband, Larry, of 31 years died of ALS June 22, 2014. Symptoms started in 2010. Four years of watching the love of my life slowly die were the four most difficult years of my life. Spine surgery was a breeze compared to the ALS. Without Dr. Bartie being the best spine surgeon, I know I wouldn’t have been strong enough to take care of my husband and support him living with ALS. So thank you. I am forever grateful and truly blessed.

June 9, 2016

Ron D.

Dr. Bartie is an incredible doctor and wonderful man! Extremely knowledgeable, highly skilled, good listener, good communicator – very direct, but compassionate and caring and always takes the time to patiently address all issues and questions. He’s done 2 spinal fusions (daughter and myself) and treated 4 other back issues within the family – each experience has been very positive and resulted in highly improved quality of life!

February 20, 2016

Jill H.

Dr. Bartie performed an anterior/posterior LS stabilization surgery on me in October of 2006 and while the ordeal in and of itself was something else, Dr. Bartie and his staff cared for me throughout the entire recovery and I’d recommend them based on that experience alone, much less my latest experience. Dr. Bartie completed a cervical posterior micro-disectomy at C6-C7 on the 4th of February and AGAIN he and his team knocked it out of the park. I very much felt that the team addressed all of my concerns as well as those of my family. Given my experiences with Dr. Bartie and his staff; I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend, have recommended and continue to recommend them. I feel very blessed to have been taken such good care of by an amazingly talented surgeon. I’m 46 years old and want to continue to enjoy an active lifestyle and Dr. Bartie has given me that opportunity. Thank you!

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