Straight from the Surgeon: Timothy Hiesterman, Orthopedic Trauma Surgeon


Watch this brief video with Dr. Hiesterman—Orthopedic Trauma Surgeon—to hear about the wide range of orthopedic patients that our clinic can help. He talks about why he is so passionate about his work, and why he feels personalized patient care is so critical to healing fractures and other trauma injuries the right way. Read on below to learn about his work in orthopedic trauma care at St. Cloud Orthopedics.



1) Common symptoms or conditions that patients who need specialty trauma care might be experiencing? 

If you have a fracture (broken bone) or think you might have a fracture, then look no further. As an Orthopedic Traumatologist, I completed additional fellowship training to specialize in the management of the most complex fractures that occur in both adults and children. This includes all fractures (except skull and spine) as well as the management of complex complications that can occur in fractures such as nonunions, malunions, and infections.

2) First thing you’d do for them when they come in?

It sounds simple. I will sit down with you and listen. I’m a believer that if you listen to your patient, they will tell you what you need to know. I want to hear your questions and concerns. This helps me understand you and your situation better.
3) Surgery vs Non-operative care – how do you decide what’s best for the patient?

My philosophy of care is that I don’t treat x-rays, I treat people. What that means is that everyone I meet is treated with an individualized approach to his or her fracture management. There is no “cookie-cutter” approach when managing complex fractures. It is a shared decision-making process between surgeon and patient that weighs the risks and benefits of all things factored, in a holistic approach. Whether we treat your fracture with surgery or with non-operative care, it will be a plan that will be created for your unique fracture and situation. My patients receive the highest quality of operative and non-operative orthopedic fracture care available.

4) Who else within the clinic might your patients interact with?

It is typical for you to interact with a number of staff from our clinic during your visit. Our team includes nurses, medical assistants, orthopedic technicians, and radiology technicians. You might also meet my physician assistant, Brian Lee, PA-C. We all work in unison to provide you a streamlined visit from start to finish. Depending on your injury, you might get new x-rays during your appointment, or if necessary, more advanced imaging such as MRI or CT scans may be ordered.

5) What’s one specific advantage St. Cloud Orthopedics can offer trauma patients?

My practice remains on the front edge of new technological advancements in fracture management and orthopedic surgery. This includes cutting edge implants, computer-navigated surgery, and minimally-invasive surgical techniques. Your surgery will be performed with the highest accuracy, in the least invasive manner possible. For you, this means a faster recovery with better outcomes.

6) Your favorite thing about working at St. Cloud Orthopedics?

St. Cloud Orthopedics is a one-stop, full-service, multi-specialty orthopedic clinic that has been providing service to Central Minnesota since 1955. We have built an experienced team of 21 strong surgeons, and our group is capable of managing any musculoskeletal-related problem that comes through our doors. We work together to provide the highest quality of orthopedic care in the state.

7) What measures do you take to ensure the most optimal recovery experience for patients?

The groundwork to establish the path to optimal recovery begins before your surgery ever starts. Once your unique surgical plan is formulated, it is carried out in a coordinated effort between surgeon and hospital staff. Your team of providers will work together to provide the highest quality of care before, during, and after your surgery. Your surgery will always be carried out in the most minimally-invasive manner possible, emphasizing and maximizing your safety all along the way. Postoperatively, you will receive a clear, individualized plan and this might include seeing one of our physical or occupational therapists.

8) Total number of surgical procedures you’ve recently performed? 

728 surgical procedures were performed in 2015 alone.

9) Number 1 tip for keeping your bones strong and healthy?

I am an advocate to maximize your bone health, and I understand that this requires a multi-directional approach to keep your bones strong and healthy as we age. If you want just one tip, it would be to maintain an active lifestyle with regular exercise. Exercise not only changes your body, it changes your mind, your attitude, and your mood.

Dr. Hiesterman received his medical degree from the Midwestern University in Glendale, AZ and then went on to complete an Orthopedic Trauma Fellowship at Regions Hospital/University of Minnesota, St. Paul, MN. He joined St. Cloud Orthopedics in 2011.