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Scott R. McGarvey, MD

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Orthopedic Surgery, Board Certified Foot & Ankle Surgery Fellowship Foot & Ankle Surgery Subspecialty Certification

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Areas of Focus

Foot & Ankle Care
Pediatric Care
Sports Medicine

Practice Overview

Scott R. McGarvey, MD, is a fellowship-trained orthopedic surgeon specializing in disorders of the foot and ankle, including trauma, arthritis, total ankle joint replacement and sports medicine. Dr. McGarvey has performed over 8,000 bunion surgical procedures.

In addition to his practice, Dr. McGarvey has served as editor to the Foot and Ankle International Journal, Director of the Minnesota Orthopaedic Society, and Clinical Associate Professor of the University of Minnesota.

Clinical Interest

Ankle Care, including Ankle Joint Revision, Ankle Joint Replacement and Total Ankle Replacement

Foot Care, including Hallux Valgus (Bunion)

Pediatric Care

Sports Medicine

Education

Certification
Board Certified, American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery

Fellowship
Advanced Foot & Ankle Surgery Fellowship at Mayo Clinic
Advanced Foot & Ankle Surgery Fellowship at Cleveland Clinic

Residency
Mayo Clinic Graduate School of Medicine

Medical Degree
Mayo Clinic

Hospital & Surgery Center Affiliations

Abbott Center for Outpatient Care
Abbott Northwestern Hospital
Crosstown Surgery Center
Fairview Ridges Hospital
Fairview Southdale Hospital
Regions Hospital
University of Minnesota Medical Center – Fairview

Professional Affiliations

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
American Medical Association
American Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle Society
Doctors Mayo Society
Foot and Ankle International (1990 – 2001), Associate Editor
Mayo Alumni Association
Minnesota Medical Association
Minnesota Orthopedic Foot and Ankle Center Fairview (1989 – 2000), Medical Director
Minnesota Orthopaedic Society
Minnesota Orthopaedic Society (1996 – 2001), Board of Directors
University of Minnesota Department of Orthopedic Surgery (1990 – 1998), Clinical Assistant Professor

Achievements and Awards

Best Orthopedic Surgeon: Sun Newspapers Readers Choice Award (2015)
Top Doctor: Voted a Top Orthopedic Surgeon by his peers in Mpls.St.Paul Magazine
(2000-2005, 2009 – 2018)

Sports Affiliations

Edina Girls Hockey Association (1999 – 2011), Founder and Director

Research & Publications

Patient Power: How one woman became an informed medical consumer — and why she chose the surgeon she did

Staff

Rhodora L.
Care Coordinator

Patient Testimonials

October 30, 2018

Joan E.

Dr. McGarvey – A year ago you fused my big right toe. I wanted to let you know that it has healed really well. 99% of the time I forget I had surgery! I can wear all my old shoes and haven’t had any pain. Thank you to you and your staff for the care I received and making my foot pain-free!

October 30, 2018

Pat Z.

Dr. McGarvey – Thank you for your kindness and care during the time of my foot surgery. You were so patient with me. So glad to have met you and I now walk with no pain in the right foot. You are a wonderful doctor.

October 30, 2018

Kate J.

Dr. McGarvey – Thanks so much for fixing my feet! Walking the Masters course last Tuesday was a breeze…and now I’m ready for Africa! Please also thank Rhodora for her calm and excellent service.

October 30, 2018

Sheelagh R.

You have been very kind, considerate, and patient with me for so many years; thank you! Thank you also for so artfully and beautifully repairing my foot. It feels better every day, and I have started doing my yoga and Pilates and it’s handling the activity very well! Hurray! Dr. McGarvey, you have been a blessing in my life and I am so grateful for you, Rhodora, and Laura. Please remain well!

October 30, 2018

Sandy W.

Dr. McGarvey – Thank you so much for accepting me as a patient. Your expert, professional care aided in my complete healing. I am also very grateful for your compassionate care!

October 30, 2018

Cathy R.

Dr. McGarvey – After all these years, Tom thought I could join him on the anniversary of his recovery! We have lost sight of how blessed we are to have found excellent care. You are the center of that and we remain so grateful. I have not forgotten you coming on a weekend to personally wrap Tom’s feet after surgery. We have tried each day to take our blessings and pass it forward. We hope you and your family are blessed with love and support.

October 30, 2018

Tom P.

Dear Dr. McGarvey,

I know you are anxiously awaiting the annual medical report from your “double calcanesis success story!!” I am happy to report that the feet (heels) are doing great. I have had absolutely no issues. If I am on my feet all day, they are a bit sore and stiff at night. In the morning, after walking around a little – they are like new again! The screws from Menards are not seeming to be loose. You must have used an impact drill and really tightened them down. At age 75, I still downhill ski, but my golf game has not really improved – user error! Cath and I continue to be blessed with good health – neither of us taking any prescription meds. Therefore we are “paying it forward” by kid sitting for young couples and volunteering to help neighbors with projects. When the snow flies, Cath runs the snow blower and cleans out four or five neighbors. She really runs a mean snow blower. We hope this letter finds you, happy, healthy, and enjoying life outside surgery!

October 30, 2018

Julia J.

Dr. McGarvey – I so appreciate what you have done to fix my feet. Not only do they look and feel better, but I’m pretty sure you saved me from becoming disabled. I never expected such a good outcome. Thank you!

October 30, 2018

Scott K.

Dr. McGarvey – Almost to our one-year anniversary of my ankle replacement completed in November of 2016. Wanted to thank you for restoring my ankle to a “near” normal state. Am able to do most activities I choose with or no pain. Range of motion good and swelling minimal. Appreciated the great care, professionalism, courtesy and concern for me and family while deciding to do the procedure. Know expectations are not always met with all patients but wanted you to know I am very happy with my decision and the positive results. Please relay to your staff!

October 30, 2018

Susan E.

Dr. McGarvey – Thank you for my new feet! I never knew how hard I was working at walking around on my deformed feet! I promise to take good care of them! When I saw you last, I mentioned that I had learned to tat some years ago. Tatting is a form of lace making that uses a knot similar to what fishermen use to make nets. It was most popular in the Victorian era (late 1800s). Tatting uses a series of knots and loops to create details. Then, when it is connected and held in tension with itself, it creates the design and form. To me, it is a nice image of how we work together in relationships and as a team. When we are held together, something even greater than the sum of its parts happens. Thanks for what you do!

October 30, 2018

Mary A.

Dr. McGarvey,

Thank you so much for taking on my second ankle surgery. You are the reason for my successful recovery.

October 30, 2018

Diane B.

Dr. McGarvey – Thank you all so much for the incredible care I have received from your team! You are all awesome and I have been so blessed!

September 28, 2018

Karen C.

I highly recommend Dr. McGarvey if you are considering foot surgery. I had severe arthritis in my left foot. Today I am pain free for the first time in five years thanks to Dr. McGarvey. Thank you so much!

December 30, 2017

Karen E.

Dr. McGarvey – You have been such a blessing to us in 2017. It means more than you will ever know to now be able to walk pain-free for the first time in 15+ years. I feel very fortunate to have found such a caring, gifted doctor with an exceptionally helpful P.A. Wishing you a very Merry Christmas!

May 29, 2017

Liz V.

In September of 1990, I shattered my right ankle while seven months pregnant with my first son. Dr. McGarvey was the orthopedic surgeon on call at Fairview Ridges ER. He was very reassuring and confident that he could rebuild my ankle and I’d be good-to-go by my December 26th delivery date. Between my pregnancy and penicillin allergy, medication choices were slim and I would not be able to be completely put out. The anesthesiologist & anesthetist were so kind and attentive throughout the 3+ hour surgery. Dr. McGarvey basically rebuilt my ankle with a 5 or 6″ plate & screws on the right side and a pin on the left. My cast went from my toes to my knee and I could not put any weight on my ankle – not easy when 7-8 months pregnant and living in a two-story. It all would have made for a great reality show! The physical therapy center even had a a pool going for my delivery date … and the sex of the baby. And, on Christmas night, Jack was born. Almost 27 pain-free years later, I am very thankful for the surgeon on call in Burnsville’s ER.

April 10, 2015

Colleen P.

Thank you Dr. McGarvey!  Approximately 10 years ago you repaired my badly fractured left ankle, the rod is still with me, and I have NOT had a single problem.  I remember your advice to keep my ankle higher than my heart for two months in order to avoid arthritis in the future. I did my best and I guess it worked. 

March 26, 2015

Sheila M.

I got Rheumatoid Arthritis when I was 19 years old.  Years later while walking one of my toe joints broke due to deterioration; I “got a bunion over lunch hour”. I was lucky enough to meet this amazing and wonderful doctor. Within a couple of months, three joints dissolved.

Bunion removed, and the joints on the toes removed and fused. NO MORE pain. Dr. McGarvey is my hero. There is no better and he is worth the wait.  I have sent many people to him.

October 17, 2014

Kristi L.

It is with the highest regard and gratitude that I write this testimonial on behalf of the incredible Dr. Scott McGarvey and his remarkable staff at Twin Cities Orthopedics. I was thrown from a horse November 1, 2013. As I sat in a field and looked at my ankle which was at 90 degrees, I knew I would need to see Dr. McGarvey – the only doctor I would consider – he had taken amazing care of my Mother for many years. My ankle was so severely broken that Dr. McGarvey was concerned that I’d even be able to walk properly. His expert surgical skills have allowed me not only to walk but to also run again! During the recovery period, Rhodora encouraged me to text or call her on her personal cell phone – unbelievable personal attention and care! I will be forever grateful to Dr. Scott McGarvey and his staff for getting me back on my feet again! I will be running in the Twin Cities 10 Mile Race and also skiing the Birkie thanks to you!

October 26, 2012

Theresa W.

Theresa W. is an active mother of two who was slowed by a foot injury. After a difficult and painful year, she met with Scott McGarvey, MD to discuss treatment options. Dr. McGarvey took the time to listen to Theresa’s story and how her situation affected her life. “Dr. McGarvey genuinely cared and really wanted to help me,” said Theresa. He “wanted more time and more information to evaluate my problem,” which put Teresa at ease about what needed to be done and who she wanted to do the work. With young children waiting patiently for the return of an active mom, Theresa said that she is “motivated to continue what I need to do to reach that full recovery from surgery.” She is pleased to have met Dr. McGarvey and thankful to have received his care. “He is a skilled surgeon with a caring heart,” said Theresa.

October 11, 2012

Kristin S.

Kristin S. had persistent foot pain for over 23 years, which made walking long distances difficult. Pictured in Israel, she was grateful to be able to appreciate her second trip to the country pain-free, unlike her first. “After having surgery on my feet [with Scott McGarvey, MD], I was able to enjoy the trip so much more,” she said. Being able to keep up with the group and focus on all there was to see and learn, rather than being distracted by her foot pain helped make the trip a great experience, she said. “I am able to walk without pain for the first time in 23 year years. Dr. McGarvey was wonderful to work with and his work on my feet has changed my life,” said Kristin.

October 11, 2012

Gordon R.

For many years Gordon R. suffered from extreme pain in his ankle caused by osteoarthritis. After researching foot and ankle surgeons and getting a recommendation from a friend, he met with Scott McGarvey, MD. With a round trip to the clinic of 400 miles, it was important for Gordon to schedule an appointment that he could drive to and back from on the same day. “I was always able to get into see him on time with little or no waiting,” he said. Gordon described the examination he received from Dr. McGarvey as very thorough. “He took time to listen to the concerns both my wife and I had. He was honest and articulated all my options in an understandable manner,” he said. After discussing treatment options with Dr. McGarvey, Gordon opted to proceed with a total ankle replacement and couldn’t be happier with the results. “Dr. McGarvey’s follow-up after the surgery was second to none. He is truly a patient advocate. He took special care to make sure my recovery was going well; calling to check on my progress,” said Gordon. “Dr. McGarvey surrounds himself with a competent, professional, and friendly staff,” he said. “I do not hesitate to recommend him to anyone with issues of the foot and ankle.”

October 11, 2012

Diana T.

In addition to living with Rheumatoid Arthritis for over 30 years, Diana T. dealt with an ankle that would suddenly “give out” for several years. She feared falling as a result of the ankle issues, which could have resulted in a more serious injury. Her Rheumatologist recommended a total ankle replacement – an option Diana didn’t know existed. After being referred to Scott McGarvey, MD, she traveled over 300 miles to consult with him. Prior to the ankle replacement procedure, Dr. McGarvey performed reconstructive surgery on both of Diana’s feet. A year later, she had her ankle replaced. After following Dr. McGarvey’s post-operative instructions and completing physical therapy, Diana explained that she is extremely pleased with the results. “I thank Dr. McGarvey and his staff for their fine treatment,” she said. Diana said that she “was treated with professional, kindness, respect, and even some humor,” and knows that is the standard for patients of Dr. McGarvey.

February 28, 2012

Nika W.

Recently, Twin Cities television stations have been airing a series of four 15-second commercials designed to increase awareness of the health care services provided by Twin Cities Orthopedics (TCO). In January, when Nika, a junior at Edina High School, participated in filming one of the spots, she had no way of knowing she would soon need the services of a TCO physician. Nika was chosen for the hockey-themed commercial shoot at Burnsville Ice Arena partly because she has played the game since age six, and also because of her two previous experiences as a TCO patient. At age 12, she broke her wrist in a New Year’s hockey tournament and was treated at Twin Cities Orthopedics’ Edina clinic (one of her youth hockey coaches was Scott McGarvey, MD, a TCO physician). Four days later she was back on the ice. Last year, Nika was treated at the Edina clinic for a somewhat more problematic injury. In the process of taking a slap shot, she strained ligaments in her right thumb and index finger. Nika was fitted for a brace, and after several weeks of reparative physical therapy, she was cleared to return to the ice in the U-19 Girls state hockey tourney. Nika’s most recent injury was not hockey-related. A few weeks before shooting the TCO commercial she was rehearsing for a high school presentation of the drama “Bang, Bang You’re Dead.” Nika spent eight hours rehearsing while wearing a pair of four-inch heels, which caused a painful, sprained Achilles tendon and big-toe ligament. After treatment at Twin Cities Orthopedics’ Edina After Hours Acute Injury Walk-in Clinic, she wore a supportive boot for a week, and then performed in the weekend production. Nika didn’t do any speaking in the 15-second commercial, in which she skates toward the camera. But she would be a natural for a testimonial. “I’ve always felt in good hands at Twin Cities Orthopedics; it’s a really welcoming place,” says Nika.With her injuries behind her, Nika isn’t playing hockey this year, preferring to focus on her studies, and theater, at Edina High School. Her future plans include hopes for a lacrosse scholarship at one of the colleges where lacrosse is offered on an intercollegiate level, possibly on the East coast. Wherever her future takes her, she also hopes to remain injury-free.

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