My approach to treating patients

I am pleased to introduce myself and my staff. I am a board certified orthopaedic surgeon. Although I am trained in all types of orthopaedic surgery, I have chosen to limit my practice to the treatment of the shoulder and elbow. I do most of my surgeries with an arthroscope. Sometimes it is not possible to do so, such as with large rotator cuff tear repairs, shoulder replacements or certain types of reconstructions of the shoulder.

The shoulder joint forms the foundation for the upper extremity (arm, elbow and hand). It is different from any other joint in the body. It is a complex joint and can be very painful when injured or impaired.

We have been fixing shoulders for over 25 years. This has included thousands of every type of injury. While there are no guarantees, based on our past experience the odds that we can give you a better shoulder are 95%. The odds that we can give you a good or excellent shoulder are 90%.

Our mission is to fix your shoulder problem or to get you to someone who can. Except under unusual circumstances , you will always see Dr. Gieringer, not an assistant. It is our intention to avoid unnecessary problems or mistakes. In most cases, Dr. Gieringer does not require an assistant surgeon; that decreases surgery fees by as much as 20%.

We have an excellent staff: Cheryl, Kathy and Nancy. Each is dedicated and trained to give you the best and most expedient care. We have been together for over 20 years. Staying on top of current developments in the treatment of shoulder conditions requires that my staff and I take extra effort but we feel that it is a very important aspect to providing expert orthopaedic care.

What does arthroscopic surgery mean? It means that the surgery is done through a small telescope that is placed into the shoulder joint. This allows the surgeon to do complex surgery with small incisions while viewing inside the joint with a picture on a TV monitor. These are the same surgeries that 20 or more years ago that were done through open surgery. Arthroscopic surgery accomplishes the same result but allows much more comfortable recovery and creates less scarring and surgical injury to the joint. The recovery period is not decreased but is easier for the patient. Stiff shoulders, which used to be common following open surgeries, are less common using the arthroscopic techniques.

Another advantage of the surgery is that the patient receives a video record of the actual surgery being done. I usually narrate the recording as I perform the procedure to explain what is actually happening.

Even though the surgery seems simple because of the small incisions, it is still as complex as surgery we did 20 or 30 years ago so it is important that you, as a patient, follow our instructions so as not to create a re-injury of the shoulder during the healing period. Most surgeries take a month and a half to heal and then four to six weeks following that to gain range of motion and strength and return to normal.

Thank you for visiting our web site. If you have questions regarding our practice or just shoulders in general, please feel free to e-mail us at Shoulderdoc@prodigy.net.

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Elbow, Shoulder


Arthroscopic Surgery, Joint Replacement, Sports Medicine

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Robert E. Gieringer, MD APC 2751 DeBarr Road, Suite 320 Anchorage, AK USA 99508 View map Phone 907.563.3232

Other staff in my practice

Office Nurse - Nancy A. Salois, LPN

Accounts/Billing Manager - Kathy D. Hammett, RMA, CPC

Administrative Assistant - Cheryl Grover, JOAT

My Staff and I have been together for over 20 years. We are a team-driven practice and support each other to ensure that our patients receive the best orthopaedic care available.

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