Dr. David Kolessar, MD

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Dr. David Kolessar, MD
Dr. David Kolessar, MD is an orthopedic surgery doctor who practices in Wilkes Barre, PA. He is 55 years old and has been practicing for 30 years. Dr. Kolessar is affiliated with Geisinger Wyoming Valley Medical Center.

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    4.3
    based on 34 total reviews (9 with comments)
    Dr. Kolessar's Performance
    • Trustworthiness
      EXCELLENT
    • Explains condition(s) well
      EXCELLENT
    • Answers Questions
      EXCELLENT
    • Time well spent
      EXCELLENT
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    • Average wait time
      10 to 15 minutes
    Patient Comments (9)
    in Carbondale, PA |
    I had hip pain for several years and a family member who is also in the health field recommended Dr. Kolessar. After acquiring all the test results needed Dr. Kolessar explained what was wrong and what his recommendations were. His office made all arrangements with the hospital, and my surgery took place on 2/8/2017. My hip is now all healed and I am very pleased. I trust him, his medical knowledge and his judgement completely. I highly recommend Dr. Kolessar, his staff and Geisinger Health.
    in Kingston, PA |
    It was a total knee replacement - and one of the most positive medical experiences I have ever had. The physician and his staff helped to keep me informed of every step of the procedure and every step I needed to take before and after to reach complete recovery. I can't say enough good things.
    Philadelphia, PA |
    Knowledgeable, personable, excellent surgeon
    plains,pa |
    Dr Kolessar was not only an exceptional surgeon,his bedside manner was one of compassion and understanding.I had an accident 2 yrs ago which left me unable to work and at times walk,this was my last journey to regaining my life.He not only went above and beyond, he understood and worked with my fear and anxiety,not just as a doctor but as someone from type of family values that we both grew up with and never hesitated to explain things I didn't understand. He is A plus in my experience.
    in Pittston, PA |
    This was my first visit to Dr. Kolessar. He took time to study my knee and explain his findings. He made me feel as though nothing was more important to him than my knee. Grateful to be his patient!
    Scranton, PA |
    Recently had knee replacement doctor kolessar is terrific explains everything very caring so glad ?? I picked the best
    in Scott Twp, Pa |
    I visited Dr. Kolessar due to an ongoing rt hip problem following a hip replacement. The surgeon who performed the surgery left me in the dark as to why after almost a year I was still having severe pain and numbness. Dr Kolessar , after reviewing my records and scans took a great deal of effort to explain everything and the reasons behind the pain. He is an excellent choice and wish I had replace my hip
    in Mountain Top, PA |
    Dr K did my shoulder surgery 15 years ago. he then decided to focus on knees and hips. when I started having problems I set up an appointment. going by my symptoms and a exam he performed, he said I had a torn meniscus. he sketched the tear and explained what he wanted to do. I scheduled surgery and after he showed me pictures with the exact tear he had sketched. He answered all my questions and told me what to expect and he was right on the money. He and his team are fantastic and helpful
    in white haven, pa |
    Eight months ago I commented on the outstanding job Dr. Kolessar did on my hip revision surgery. I am now 7 weeks post surgery from a total knee replacement which I had Dr. Kolessar perform also. As with the hip revision the surgery is a complete success. I am having no pain at all and am now walking about 90% normal and expect to be 100% within another week or two. If you need hip or knee replacement surgery I would highly recommend Dr. Kolessar. Millard Davis
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    •  Specializes in Orthopedic Surgery
    •  Board certified in Orthopedic Surgery
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    • Orthopedic Surgery

    Conditions Treated

    • Achilles Tendinitis
    • Adhesive Capsulitis
    • Ankle Fracture
    • Ankle Sprain and Achilles Tendon Sprain or Rupture
    • Ankle Sprains and Strains
    • Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) or Posterior Cruciate Ligament (PCL) Tear
    • Arthritis
    • Ataxia
    • Autoimmune Diseases
    • Back Pain
    • Baker’s Cyst
    • Bone Disorders
    • Broken Arm
    • Broken Neck
    • Bunion
    • Bursitis
    • Cancer
    • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
    • Cervical Spine Myelopathy
    • Chondrocalcinosis
    • Chronic Neck Pain
    • Chronic Pelvic Pain
    • Clavicle Fracture
    • Coccyx or Sacrum Fracture
    • Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS)
    • Complications of Joint Prosthesis
    • De Quervain's Disease
    • Degenerative Disc Disease
    • Difficulty With Walking
    • Dupuytren's Contracture
    • Elbow Bursitis
    • Elbow Disorders
    • Elbow Injuries
    • Elbow Sprain
    • Enthesopathy of Hip (incl. Trochanteric Bursitis)
    • Enthesopathy of Knee (incl. Bursitis of Knee)
    • Femur Fracture
    • Foot Conditions
    • Foot Fracture
    • Fracture
    • Fracture of Hand (incl. Fingers)
    • Gait Abnormality
    • Ganglion Cyst
    • Glenoid Labrum Tear
    • Gout
    • Hammer Toe
    • Hand Conditions
    • Hand Fracture
    • Herniated Disc
    • Hip Fracture
    • Hip Sprain
    • Internal Derangement of Knee
    • Intervertebral Disc Disease
    • Joint Pain
    • Knee Dislocation
    • Knee Disorders
    • Knee Fracture
    • Knee Injuries
    • Knee Sprain
    • Lateral and Medial Epicondylitis (Tennis and Golf Elbow)
    • Leg Fracture Above Knee (incl. Hip)
    • Leg Fracture Below Knee (incl. Ankle)
    • Limb Pain
    • Low Back Pain
    • Lumbar Spine Fracture
    • Lupus
    • Medial Collateral Ligament (MCL) Sprain
    • Muscular Dystrophy (MD)
    • Myelopathy
    • Nerve Root Injury and Plexus Disorders (incl. Pinched Nerve)
    • Non-Traumatic Rupture of Achilles Tendon
    • Non-Unions and Malunions of Fractures
    • Osteoarthritis
    • Osteoarthritis of Ankle and Foot
    • Osteoarthritis of Hand or Wrist
    • Osteoarthritis of Hands
    • Osteoarthritis of Hip
    • Osteoarthritis of Hip and Thigh
    • Osteoarthritis of Knee
    • Osteoarthritis of Shoulder
    • Osteoarthritis of Spine
    • Osteopenia
    • Osteosarcoma
    • Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome or Knee Pain
    • Pathological Spine Fracture
    • Pelvic Fracture
    • Peripheral Nerve Disorders
    • Plantar Fasciitis
    • Post-Laminectomy Syndrome
    • Pseudoarthrosis
    • Pyogenic Arthritis
    • Radiculopathy (Not Due to Disc Displacement)
    • Rheumatoid Arthritis
    • Rib Fracture
    • Rotator Cuff Tear
    • Runner's Knee
    • Sacrum Disorders
    • Scapular Fracture
    • Sciatica (Not Due to Disc Displacement)
    • Scoliosis
    • Shoulder Dislocation
    • Shoulder Disorders
    • Shoulder Impingement Syndrome
    • Shoulder Tendinitis and Tenosynovitis
    • Spinal Stenosis
    • Spine Deformities
    • Spine Disorders
    • Spine Fractures, Traumatic
    • Spondylitis
    • Spondylolisthesis
    • Sports Injuries
    • Sprains and Strains (incl. Muscle Tear)
    • Sternum Fracture
    • Still's Disease
    • Systemic Chondromalacia
    • Thoracic Spine Fracture
    • Tibia and Fibula Fractures
    • Tibia or Fibula Stress Fracture
    • Trigger Finger
    • Wrist Fracture

    Education

    • Medical School
      Temple University School of Medicine

      Graduated in 1987

    • Internship Hospital
      Albert Einstein Medical Center

      Completed in 1988

    • Residency Hospital
      Albert Einstein Med Center

      Completed in 1993

    • Fellowship Hospital
      Mayo Clinic-Rochester

      Completed in 1994

      Mayo Medical School

      Completed in 1994

    • Undergraduate School
      University Of Scranton

      Graduated in 1983

    Languages Spoken

    • English

    Memberships &
    Professional Affiliations

    • International Congress for Joint Reconstruction, Member

    Specialties

    • Orthopedic Surgery

    Procedures Performed

    • Arm Surgery
    • Arthroscopic Surgery
    • Carpal Tunnel Release
    • De Quervain's Release
    • Dressing and-or Debridement of Wound, Infection, or Burn (incl. Negative Pressure Wound Therapy)
    • Elbow Fracture and Dislocation Treatment
    • Elbow Fracture and-or Dislocation Treatment, Closed
    • Elbow Fracture and-or Dislocation Treatment, Open
    • Elbow Replacement
    • Epidural Block, Facet Blocks
    • Excision of Femur or Knee
    • Excision of Radius or Ulna
    • Excision of Scapula, Clavicle, Rib, or Sternum
    • Excision of Tarsal or Metatarsal
    • Foot and Ankle Fracture Treatment, Closed
    • Foot and Ankle Fracture Treatment, Open
    • Foot and Ankle Fracture and Dislocation Treatment
    • Fracture Care
    • Fracture and-or Dislocation Treatment
    • Hand Surgery
    • Hand and Wrist Fracture Treatment, Closed
    • Hand and Wrist Fracture Treatment, Open
    • Hand and Wrist Fracture and Dislocation Treatment
    • Hand or Wrist Tendon Transfer
    • Hip Fracture and Dislocation Treatment
    • Hip Fracture and-or Dislocation Treatment, Closed
    • Hip Fracture and-or Dislocation Treatment, Open
    • Hip Replacement
    • Hip Replacement Revision
    • Hip Resurfacing
    • Joint Drainage
    • Joint Revision Surgery
    • Knee Arthroscopy
    • Knee Replacement
    • Knee Replacement Revision
    • Knee Surgery
    • Knee and Leg Fracture and Dislocation Treatment
    • Knee and Lower Leg Fracture Treatment, Closed
    • Knee and Lower Leg Fracture Treatment, Open
    • Myofascial Trigger Point Injection
    • Nerve Block, Somatic
    • Neuroplasty
    • Peripheral Nerve Block
    • Resection or Ablation of Bone Tumor, Partial or Complete Resection of Bone, Debridement of Bone
    • Revision of Failed Total Joint Replacement
    • Shoulder Fracture Treatment
    • Shoulder Fracture and Dislocation Treatment
    • Spinal Nerve Block
    • Steroid Injection
    • Synovial Biopsy
    • Total Hip Replacement
    • Total Knee Replacement
    • Total Shoulder Replacement
    • Trigger Finger Release
    • Trigger Point Injection
    • Viscosupplementation With Hyaluronate
    • Wrist Surgery