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Dr. Daniel Polatsch, MD

Orthopedic Hand Surgery ·  Male · Age 48

Dr. Polatsch

New York Hand and Wrist Center

210 E 64th St Fl 5 New York, NY 10065

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Dr. Daniel Polatsch, MD is an orthopedic hand surgery specialist in New York, NY and has been practicing for 16 years. He graduated from New York University School Of Medicine in 1997 and specializes in orthopedic hand surgery and orthopedic surgery.


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Three weeks ago my 18 year old son had a severe injury that required emergency attention. My wife, my son and I could not be more thankful that Dr Polatsch made time for us on short notice. Time was of the essence and we were all very emotional and scared. Immediately we knew we were in the right place and being cared for by one of the very best doctors in the world. Dr Polatsch is an amazing hand/wrist specialist, but an even better person. He has followed up with us many times outside of office visits, including while on vacation. He has been honest, transparent and most of all encouraging to my son during this difficult process. You immediately know that he cares deeply about his patients and wants the very best for them. He inspires confidence and you know that he will do anything possible to ensure the best outcome for his patients. Dr Polatsch has also surrounded himself with a great team. He is a world class physician, surgeon and person. He is the very best.
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Dr. Polatsch is one of the most incredible doctors I have ever encountered and is clearly the best of the best. I was not pleased to learn I needed surgery (distal radius fracture) but after moving past that, Dr. Polatsch told me I could see a full recovery in 3-4 months if I stuck with my rehab. He reiterated that if I was rigorous in my rehab, keep my fingers moving post surgery and my hand active after the cast came off that I could speed up the recovery even further. I took his advice to
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I was sent to him by three people but he terrified me when he told me that I needed an operation on four fingers or I would be “crippled” and he couldnt then help me. He made me a splint so uncomfortable that my hand, which didn’t hurt when I went to see him, began hurting terribly. I also asked to get a referral to pt but he said no. I got a second opinion from a more seasoned hand surgeon who told me that I am not nearly at the point of requiring surgery and that they were many Other options.
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Dr. Polatsch is not the best hand doctor/surgeon. He is the BEST of the best! Period. I had "trigger finger" symptoms and went to one of the best NYU Langone hand doctors whom I visited twice but my fingers continue to worsen. I decided to visit Dr. Polatsch and he did exactly the same procedure (injections) as the doctor at NYU Langone but slightly differently in terms of which spots of the fingers were injected. I took note of that and the difference with the NYU Langone treatment. Withi
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Dr. Polatsch and his staff were amazing. I broke my wrist in a lot of pieces. He was able to see me urgently and operate on me rather quickly. I am getting therapy now and I see how much better I am doing than some of the other patients at my therapist office who has surgery before me by other docs. I am so happy my internist recommended Dr. Polatsch. I highly recommend him for ANY wrist problem.
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Staff, in particular PA and officer manager were rude.
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After having pain and being in splints on and off with both hands, I now have full use of both hands and am completely splint free. Dr. Polatsch first operated on me two years ago for a tennis elbow on left arm. This past June he operated on my right hand and elbow for three trigger fingers, a nerve pressing on the elbow and tennis elbow. I am so grateful to him for his kindness, professionalism, and for being such a fantastic surgeon. It is great to be pain free.
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What a sweetie! I have had several minor hand surgeries, which went smoothly. I absolutely trust him and his staff. People with hand problems would be crazy to see anyone else.
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I had a very good experience. Dr. Polatsch examined my finger and gave me information to make a decision between an injection or surgery. . He listened and answered all of my questions. He is knowledgeable and professional. He was patient and gave me time to make a decision. Someone from his office called me the day after surgery to see how I was feeliing and shortly after I responded, Dr. Polatsch called me to discuss. He has a very nice bedside manner and his staff is friendly and courteous.
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About Me

Dr. Polatsch is a board certified, fellowship trained hand and upper extremity surgeon. He truly is a conservative hand surgeon who will always try non-operative treatment as the first option whenever possible. He is highly committed to teaching and research and has published extensively on various disorders of the hand and upper-extremity.

Specialties

  • Orthopedic Hand Surgery
  • Orthopedic Surgery

Board Certifications

  • Hand Surgery
  • Orthopedic Surgery

Education

2003
Brigham and Womens Hospital
Fellowship Hospital
2003
Childrens Hospital Medical Center
Fellowship Hospital
2003
Harvard Hand and Upper Extremity Fellowship
Fellowship Hospital
2003
Massachusetts General Hospital
Fellowship Hospital
2002
Hospital For Joint Diseases Orthopaedic Institute
Residency Hospital
2002
New York University Medical Center
Residency Hospital
1998
New York University Medical Center-Tisch Hospital
Internship Hospital
1997
New York University School Of Medicine
Medical School
1993
University Of Michigan / Ann Arbor
Undergraduate School
2003
2003
2003
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2002
2002
1998
1997
1993

Languages

  • Spanish
  • English

Awards

  • Healthgrades Honor Roll
  • New York Times Best Doctors, 2011
  • New York Top Doctors (Castle Connolly Medical Ltd), 2012
  • New York Times Best Doctors, 2012
  • New York Times Best Doctors, 2010

Media & Publications

  • Capitellar Fractures: A BiomechanicalEvaluation of Three Fixation Methods., 2002
  • Chronic exertional compartment syndrome:diagnosis and management., 2005
  • Severe Ulnar Neuropathy Following Anterior Subcutaneous Transposition of the Ulnar Nerve in a Collegiate Tennis Player, 2003
  • An Unusual Rupture of the Flexor CarpiRadialis Tendon: A Case Report., 2006
  • Ulnar Nerve Anatomy, 8/2007
  • Comparison of two headless screwdesigns for fixation of capitellum fractures., 2003
  • Posterior capsulorrhaphy for treatment of recurrent posterior glenohumeral instability., 2005
  • Basal Joint Arthritis: Evaluation and Treatment., 2006

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(212) 434-4263

Dr. Polatsch accepts the following insurance:

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Blue Cross Blue Shield
Blue Card PPO
Cigna
Cigna PPO
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GHI PPO
Oxford Health Plans
Freedom Plan
UnitedHealthCare
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Options PPO
Oxford Liberty

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No malpractice claims found for New York
No disciplinary actions found for the years we collect data
No board actions found for the years we collect data
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Dr. Polatsch's Top Procedures and Conditions

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Ganglion Cyst
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Treatment Frequency

Dr. Polatsch treats Ganglion Cyst more than 98% of his peers

Dr. Polatsch treats this condition more than 98% of his peers

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
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very high

Treatment Frequency

Dr. Polatsch treats Carpal Tunnel Syndrome more than 97% of his peers

Dr. Polatsch treats this condition more than 97% of his peers

Neuroplasty
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very high

Treatment Frequency

Dr. Polatsch performs Neuroplasty more than 95% of his peers

Dr. Polatsch performs this procedure more than 95% of his peers

Dr. Polatsch's conditions and procedures:

  • Arthritic Hand Reconstruction
  • Arthritis
  • Arthritis of the Elbow
  • Arthritis of the Wrist
  • Arthroscopic Wrist Surgery
  • Autoimmune Diseases
  • Avulsion Fracture
  • Back Pain
  • Bennett's Fracture
  • Bone Cancer
  • Bone Disorders
  • Bursitis
  • Cancer
  • Carpal Fractures
  • Carpal Tunnel Release
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Cervical Spine Myelopathy
  • Chondrocalcinosis
  • Colles' Fracture
  • Complex Fractures
  • Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS)
  • Congenital Diseases
  • Congenital Hand Surgery
  • Contracture
  • De Quervain's Disease
  • De Quervain's Release
  • Degenerative Disc Disease
  • Distal Radius Fracture
  • Dupuytren's Contracture
  • Dupuytren's Contracture Injection
  • Elbow Arthroscopy
  • Elbow Bursitis
  • Elbow Disorders
  • Elbow Fracture
  • Elbow Injuries
  • Elbow Sprain
  • Elbow Tenotomy
  • Excision of Humerus
  • Excision of Metacarpal and Carpal
  • Excision of Radius or Ulna
  • Extra-Articular Fracture
  • Fracture
  • Fracture and-or Dislocation Treatment
  • Fracture Care
  • Fracture of Hand (incl. Fingers)
  • Fracture Open Reduction and Internal Fixation (ORIF)
  • Gait Abnormality
  • Ganglion Cyst
  • Golfer's Elbow (Medial Epicondylitis)
  • Gout
  • Hand and Wrist Fracture and Dislocation Treatment
  • Hand and Wrist Fracture Treatment, Closed
  • Hand and Wrist Fracture Treatment, Open
  • Hand and Wrist Fusion
  • Hand Conditions
  • Hand Fracture
  • Hand Injury
  • Hand Ligament Rupture
  • Hand or Wrist Tendon Transfer
  • Hand Pain
  • Hand Reconstruction
  • Hand Surgery
  • Hand Tendon Repair
  • Intervertebral Disc Disease
  • Joint Drainage
  • Joint Fracture
  • Joint Pain
  • Lateral and Medial Epicondylitis (Tennis and Golf Elbow)
  • Limb Pain
  • Lupus
  • Malunion of Fracture
  • Microsurgical Procedure
  • Myelopathy
  • Nerve Conduction Disorders
  • Nerve Injury
  • Nerve Root Injury and Plexus Disorders (incl. Pinched Nerve)
  • Neurological Injuries
  • Neuroplasty
  • Non-Unions and Malunions of Fractures
  • Numbness
  • Orthopedic Trauma
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Osteoarthritis of Ankle and Foot
  • Osteoarthritis of Elbow
  • Osteoarthritis of Finger Joint
  • Osteoarthritis of Hand or Wrist
  • Osteoarthritis of Hands
  • Osteoarthritis of Shoulder
  • Osteoarthritis of Wrist
  • Osteopenia
  • Pathologic Fracture
  • Pediatric Fractures
  • Peripheral Nerve Disorders
  • Pseudoarthrosis
  • Reiter's Syndrome (Reactive Arthritis)
  • Resection or Ablation of Bone Tumor, Partial or Complete Resection of Bone, Debridement of Bone
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • Scaphoid Fractures
  • Shoulder Tendinitis and Tenosynovitis
  • Simple Fracture Care and Casting
  • Spinal Stenosis
  • Spondylosis
  • Sports Injuries
  • Sprains and Strains (incl. Muscle Tear)
  • Steroid Injection
  • Systemic Sclerosis
  • Tendon Injuries
  • Tendonitis
  • Tennis Elbow (Lateral Epicondylitis)
  • Torn Cartilage
  • Trigger Finger
  • Trigger Finger Release
  • Tumor
  • Upper Extremity Fracture
  • Wrist Disorders
  • Wrist Fracture
  • Wrist Fusion
  • Wrist Ligament Reconstruction
  • Wrist Pain
  • Wrist Reconstruction
  • Wrist Surgery

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70% Patient experience rating, 1% higher than the national average

  • America's 100 Best Hospitals Award™ (2019, 2018, 2017)
  • America's 250 Best Hospitals Award™ (2019, 2018, 2017)