Dr. Richard S. Bartholomew,
Orthopedic Shoulder and Knee Surgeon Specialist
Specialties: shoulder joint replacement, knee joint replacement, reverse shoulder arthroplasty, minimally invasive shoulder and knee procedures, rotator cuff repair, arthroscopic surgery and reconstruction techniques.
Dr. Richard Bartholomew, shoulder and knee surgeon is a graduate of Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine. He completed his training in Orthopedic Surgery at St. John Oakland Hospital where he served as chief resident. Dr. Bartholomew is currently an associate clinic professor of orthopedic surgery at Michigan State University, and associate director of the orthopedic residency program. Dr. Bartholomew has lectured extensively on reconstructive techniques and has had several articles published. He is a shoulder specialist and knee specialist focusing on shoulder and knee replacement and reconstruction, including minimally invasive procedures, arthroscopic surgery, and joint replacement of the shoulder and knee.
According to researchers at the University of Washington , 75% of shoulder replacement surgeries are performed by a surgeon who does only one or two of these procedures per year. They conclude that patients may be better served by a surgeon who sees a large volume of shoulder surgery cases, because the number of times a surgical procedure is performed may have a bearing on how well it is done. In addition, specialization has been shown to be beneficial because there is value in repetition for surgeons who perform a particular procedure. Practice is the repetition of an action to improve its quality.
Why would you see a shoulder or knee surgeon specialist?
The field of orthopedic surgery is constantly changing as new information and techniques are discovered. Though orthopaedic surgery is itself a specialty field, many orthopedists choose to complete additional training to subspecialize after their general training. Orthopedic subspecialty fields can include musculoskeletal trauma, sports medicine, shoulder, knee, hip, foot and ankle. Each of these subspecialty groups produces its own expanding body of knowledge, making it difficult if not impossible for an orthopaedist to stay current in multiple fields.
You can trust Dr. Bartholomew to make the correct diagnosis of your shoulder or knee injury and offer the best treatment options for you. He bring years of experience as an expert orthopedic shoulder and knee surgeon specialist. That includes training from the leading medical centers of the world, practical knowledge from thousands of shoulder and knee surgeries performed, evidence from the latest medical research and technologies, and innovation with cutting edge shoulder and knee replacement techniques including Rotator Cuff Repair. His approach to orthopedic and sports medicine problems has a perspective that is truly world-class.
As a renowned orthopedic surgeon, Dr. Bartholomew can show you what the latest advancements in shoulder replacement technology, knee replacement technology and custom-fit procedures can do for you.
Dr. Bartholomew's approach to specializing in shoulder and knee surgery and replacement techniques including Rotator cuff
"My orthopedic practice focuses entirely on treatment of the shoulder and knee. I believe limiting my as an expert a shoulder and knee surgeon, allows me to provide the highest level of orthopedic care. Technology continues to evolve at a rapid pace and I spend a great deal of time on continuing medical education vis a vis literature, resident education, lectures, and collaboration with my renowned colleagues throughout the country. Always using the latest technological procedures and carefully addressing each patient's needs, I am able to provide my patients with the best outcomes. Each patient is a priority to both me and to my staff. We work together to help each individual reach their maximum potential and return to their active lifestyle as quickly as possible. If surgery is necessary, I utilize a minimally invasive shoulder and knee replacement approach which affords the patient a less painful postoperative course. This in conjunction with a customized physical therapy program with my highly skilled physical therapists allows the most rapid recovery possible."
Dr. Bartholomew uses state-of-the-art surgery techniques to help his patients experience joint pain relief and improved motion, including:
- Shoulder Arthroscopy
- Shoulder Resurfacing
- Rotator Cuff Repair
- Reverse Shoulder Arthroplasty
- Total Shoulder Replacement- Minimally Invasive Shoulder Surgery
- Arthroscopic Shoulder Instability Repair
- Total Knee Replacement Surgery- Minimally Invasive Knee Surgery
- Partial Knee Replacement
- Custom Knee Replacement
Whether it is the need for a shoulder joint replacement or a procedure to fix a torn ACL in your knee to restore your active lifestyle, or a highly complicated problem, we use experience, skill, and compassion to find the best solution for your particular problem. We take your particular goals into consideration and share your options for treatment. When surgery is needed, Dr. Bartholomew 's wonderful surgical skills are then uniquely combined with a caring bedside manner, a high level of personalized care, and genuine compassion that will allow you to recover quickly and fully.
Shoulder Surgeon VideosWatch shoulder surgical procedures performed by Dr. Bartholomew here.
Shoulder Replacement Technique Podcasts
Dr. Bartholomew, Shoulder Surgeon - Minimally Invasive Shoulder Replacement
Dr. Bartholomew, Shoulder Specialist - Reverse Shoulder Surgery
1. Hasan SS, Leith JM, Smith KL, and Matsen FA, 3rd. The distribution of shoulder replacement among surgeons and hospitals is significantly different than that of hip or knee replacement. J Shoulder Elbow Surg 12: 164-169, 2003.
Shoulder Surgeon Specialist in Waterford, MI, dedicated to keeping people active and excellence in Arthroscopic Shoulder Surgery.