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David Gesensway, MD

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Orthopedic Surgery, Board Certified Hand & Upper Extremity Fellowship Hand Surgery Subspecialty Certification

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Areas of Focus

Hand & Wrist Care
Pediatric Care
Sports Medicine
Shoulder & Elbow Care

Practice Overview

For over 20 years, I have enjoyed practicing specialized, patient-centered care. We help people of all ages understand their hand, wrist, forearm or elbow conditions, and assist them in choosing personalized treatment. I strive to understand which issues are important to you. In some instances, though you might have an abnormal test or X-ray, that doesn’t necessarily mean that you need surgery. We help patients with surgical and non-surgical specialty care, including hand therapy, exercises, medications, injections, splinting, and casting.

Distal radius wrist fracture treatment and research is a special area of surgical expertise. While at the University of Minnesota, I invented, patented and developed the internal fixation plate and techniques for volar plating of the distal radius with Matthew Putnam, MD, and Charles Jennings, MD. Newer versions of our original plate are now commonly used by most hand surgeons in the USA to treat these common injuries.

I have enjoyed teaching the beautiful intricacies of hand surgery to young doctors and hand therapists for over 20 years in the USA and abroad. As a founding board member of the Twin Cities Orthopedic Foundation, I am an active volunteer locally and in Nicaragua. I started the International Orthopedic Scholar Program with Kurt Anderson, MD, in 2015. As president of the Abbott-affiliated subgroup for over 10 years, and as a Twin Cities Orthopedics board member for 10 years, I am proud of my leadership efforts that helped build TCO into one of the world’s largest orthopedic group practices.

Originally from Philadelphia, I married my wife, Katie, who is a Minnesotan and a busy pediatrician at Central Pediatrics in Woodbury. We’ve lived in the Twin Cities since 1988 and raised three children here. I enjoy travel, golf, fly-fishing, photography, scuba, carpentry and cycling.

Clinical Interest

Elbow Care, including Joint Replacement, Tendon Transfers, Arthritis, and Tennis Elbow

Hand Care, including Mini-Open Carpal Tunnel Release, Arthritis, Tendon Repairs, and Fractures

Pediatric Care, including Injuries, Trigger Thumbs, Cysts, and Congenital Differences

Sports Medicine, including Wrist and Elbow Arthroscopy, and Ligament Reconstructions

Wrist Care, including Fractures, Arthritis, Rheumatoid, Ligament Injuries, and Ganglions

Education

Certification
Board Certified, American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery
Subspecialty Certification in Hand Surgery

Fellowship
Hand and Upper Extremity Fellowship at University of Minnesota

Residency
University of Minnesota Department of Orthopedic Surgery

Medical Degree
University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine

Additional
Certificate Program in Management for Physicians, University of St. Thomas

Hospital & Surgery Center Affiliations

Abbott Northwestern Hospital
Children’s Hospital
Crosstown Surgery Center
Eagan Orthopedic Surgery Center
Fairview Southdale Hospital
WestHealth Surgery Center

Professional Affiliations

Fellow, American Society for Surgery of the Hand
Fellow, American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
American Medical Association
Minnesota Orthopaedic Society

Achievements and Awards

Top Doctor, Hand Surgery, Mpls.St.Paul Magazine (2007)
Co-Developer and Inventor, SCS Distal Radius Plating System

US Patent No. 5,586,985
US Patent No. 6,755,831

Special Interest

Teaching

Clinical Instructor:

University of Minnesota Department of Orthopaedic Surgery (1996 – 2009)

Course Co-Director and Speaker:

Practical Orthopedics for Primary Care, TCO (2006 – 2013)

Recent Lectures:

Orthopedic Options for Primary Care, Allina (2013)
Doctors Demystify Upper Extremity Wound Care (2016)
Orthopedic and Trauma Conference, Hennepin County Medical Center (2015)

Volunteer Service
Click here to learn more about my volunteer service
Twin Cities Orthopedics Foundation:

Founding Board Member and Treasurer (2007 – Present)

Overseas Orthopedic Surgery and Teaching:

Port-au-Prince, Haiti (2011)
Leon, Nicaraugua (April 2013)
Leon, Nicaraugua (January 2014)
Leon, Nicaraugua (April 2015)
Leon and Matagalapa, Nicaragua (April 2016)

International Orthopedic Scholar Program, TCOF:

Dr. Marlen Taleno and Dr. Carlos Paiz 2(015)

Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF):

Minndakota Chapter Board Member (2000 – 2006)
Imagine Award Recipient (2007)

JDRF Walk to Cure Diabetes:

Volunteer and Logistics Coordinator (1993 – Present)
Event Co-Chair (2001, 2002)

Leadership
Twin Cities Orthopedics, Board Member and Chair (2003 – 2013)
Twin Cities Orthopedics Abbott-Affiliated Division, President (2001 – 2013)
Twin Cities Orthopedics Foundation, Founding Board Member and Treasurer (2007 – Present)
Minneapolis Bone & Joint Institute, Founding Member and Board Chair (1999 – 2004)
Abbott Northwestern Hospital PHO, Board Member (1999 – 2003)
Twin Cities Orthopedic Society, Co-President (1996 – 1997)
Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, Board Member (2000 – 2006)

Research
Design and Biomechanics of a Plate for the Distal Radius
Biomechanics of Dorsal Plating of the Distal Radius
Distal Radial Metaphyseal Forces in an Extrinsic Grip Model: Implications for Postfracture Rehabilitation
Co-Developer and Inventor, SCS/D and SCS/V Distal Radius Plating System

US Patent No. 5,586,985 – Method and apparatus for fixation of distal radius fractures
US Patent No. 6,755,831 – A fixation plate kit for fixation of distal radius fractures

Staff

Julie Stauffer, OTR/L, CHT
Certified Hand Therapist

Laurie Humiston, OTR/L, CHT
Certified Hand Therapist

Sarah J.
Care Coordinator

Patient Testimonials

September 5, 2018

Cathy P.

I was in a car accident this past May that put me in the emergency room. I was found to have a broken scaphoid bone in my left hand (of course my dominant hand). The first opinion was “immediate surgery.” I sought a second opinion from Dr. Gesensway; he examined my x-rays and CT scan of my hand very carefully and discovered that the bones in my hand had auto-fused. Because the bones had auto-fused, the scaphoid was stabilized and could heal with assistance of a new ultra-sound device that would trigger blood flow to the bone to accelerate healing without surgery. I chose to use the device as instructed and IT WAS SUCCESSFUL. The bone has healed without surgery!

October 26, 2017

Brenda C.

I have seen Dr. Gesensway for several years. I have diabetes which has brought on pain and stiffness in my hands due to trigger fingers. With each surgery performed, he has brought back normal function to my hands. He is so amazing. His technique, knowledge, bedside manner, and genuine concern is outstanding. I am truly blessed to have him in my life.

November 15, 2016

Joan A.

Dr. Gesensway is an outstanding orthopedic hand surgeon.  I had been experiencing pain in my hands and numbness in my arms, becoming progressively worse.  He spent time with me prior to surgery, evaluating my symptoms and determining the need for not only the carpal tunnel release, but also the lacertus fibrosus release (specifically for the arm numbness and thumb weakness).  I had both surgeries performed (4 months apart) and received IMMEDIATE POSTOPERATIVE RELIEF (in the OR) of the numbness and weakness. Dr. Gesensway is an outstanding physician, highly skilled and knowledgeable, with great bedside manner.  I would recommend his care highly.

October 18, 2016

Keith H.

Couldn’t be more satisfied with him. Very personable, friendly, and keeps you at ease while explaining everything completely. I would recommend him to anyone needing a surgeon in his field.

*Keith is a patient of Dr. Gesensway

January 5, 2015

Goddie I.

I cannot express how good of a physician Dr. Gesensway is. He is very compassionate and understanding. He puts you at ease and explains the procedure thoroughly. I would highly recommend him. He is truly an outstanding surgeon. The staff was also kind and outstanding. I felt so safe in their hands. 

March 7, 2012

Thomas O.

David Gesensway, MD (pictured on left) treated Thomas O. (pictured in middle) for Dupuytren’s contracture, which was affecting the middle finger on his right hand. “I am very pleased with my total experience from my date of surgery to my completion of physical therapy,” said Thomas. “Dr. Gesensway is a real professional,” he said.

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