Dr. Ekkehard Bonatz, MD

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Dr. Ekkehard Bonatz, MD

Orthopedic Hand Surgery | Male

Southlake Orthopaedics 4517 Southlake Pkwy, Hoover, AL 35244 Get Directions
(205) 985-4111

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Dr. Ekkehard Bonatz, MD says

The customer is always right, as they say. Otherwise you lose business.

Are patients customers too? Patients consume health care. In the eyes of hospitals, administrators, and even the government, this qualifies them as customers. 

Like Amazon reviews a doctor's visit can be rated based on how long someone sat in the waiting room or what he thought of the doctor's bedside manner. This does not necessarily reflect on quality of care. 

Many people report only on extremes of experiences. When they don't get what they want they are more apt to complain. It takes an even higher number of positive vibes to encourage a survey. Most visits fall somewhere in between. 

Patients may desire certain things, but it they are not necessarily evidence-based or in line with the best care. Health is not comparable to a sweater or a bowl of soup. A patient deserves to be treated not as a customer but as a whole person. Opening up a dialogue between the doctor and the patient, rather than a survey, is what makes the real difference.

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in Bessemer, AL |
The Greatest Hand Doctor in the free world! I truly felt like he saved my life, the surgery was quick, painless, and I healed in about a week. He did both hands and a trigger finger. He is AWESOMENESS!
in Trussville, AL |
I had to have a right radial head (elbow) replacement. Dr Bonatz is an excellent surgeon, top notch in his field... and in my book. It has been a month since I had the surgery, the incision has healed very nicely, hardly a scar.... and although he is not too sympathetic with pain management... fortunately I have a high tolerance to pain... he will always be my first choice. He also performed a repair of an avulsion fracture ( my right ring finger) about two years ago and did a fantastic job!
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Specialties

  • Orthopedic Hand Surgery
  • Orthopedic Surgery

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  • Hand Surgery
  • Orthopedic Surgery

Conditions Treated

  • Birth Defects
  • Bone Disorders
  • Broken Arm
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS)
  • Complications of Joint Prosthesis
  • Congenital Diseases
  • Contracture
  • De Quervain's Disease
  • Dislocated Joint
  • Dupuytren's Contracture
  • Elbow Injuries
  • Elbow Sprain
  • Fracture
  • Fracture of Hand (incl. Fingers)
  • Ganglion Cyst
  • Hand Conditions
  • Hand Fracture
  • Hand Pain
  • Joint Pain
  • Lateral and Medial Epicondylitis (Tennis and Golf Elbow)
  • Ligament Sprain
  • Limb Pain
  • Nerve Injury
  • Neurological Injuries
  • Non-Unions and Malunions of Fractures
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Osteoarthritis of Hand or Wrist
  • Osteoarthritis of Hands
  • Peripheral Nerve Disorders
  • Prosthetic Joint Mechanical Failure
  • Pseudoarthrosis
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • Sports Injuries
  • Sprains and Strains (incl. Muscle Tear)
  • Stress Fracture
  • Tendon Injuries
  • Tendonitis
  • Tennis Elbow (Lateral Epicondylitis)
  • Trigger Finger
  • Wrist Disorders
  • Wrist Fracture

Procedures Performed

  • Adult Joint Reconstruction
  • Arm Surgery
  • Arthroscopic Joint Reconstruction
  • Arthroscopic Wrist Surgery
  • Articular Cartilage Repair
  • Bone and Joint Repair
  • Bone and Joint Replacement
  • Bone Grafting
  • Carpal Tunnel Release
  • Carpal Tunnel Release Surgery, Endoscopic
  • De Quervain's Release
  • Dressing and-or Debridement of Wound, Infection, or Burn (incl. Negative Pressure Wound Therapy)
  • Dupuytren's Contracture Injection
  • Elbow Arthroscopy
  • Elbow Fracture and Dislocation Treatment
  • Elbow Fracture and-or Dislocation Treatment, Open
  • Elbow Replacement
  • Elbow Tenotomy
  • Endoscopic Hand Surgery
  • Endoscopic Wrist Surgery
  • Excision of Metacarpal and Carpal
  • Excision of Radius or Ulna
  • Fracture Care
  • Hand and Wrist Fracture and Dislocation Treatment
  • Hand and Wrist Fracture Treatment, Closed
  • Hand and Wrist Fracture Treatment, Open
  • Hand or Wrist Tendon Transfer
  • Hand Surgery
  • Hand Tendon Repair
  • Joint Drainage
  • Joint Replacement Surgery
  • Joint Surgery
  • Microsurgical Procedure
  • Nerve Reconstruction
  • Neuroplasty
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Resection or Ablation of Bone Tumor, Partial or Complete Resection of Bone, Debridement of Bone
  • Tendon Surgery
  • Trigger Finger Release
  • Wrist and Forearm Tenotomy
  • Wrist Fusion
  • Wrist Ligament Reconstruction
  • Wrist Replacement

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    Sanctions

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    Board Actions

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Education

  • Medical School
    Medizinische Hochschule Hannover

    Graduated in 1982

  • Internship Hospital
    Trinity Medical Center

    Completed in 1984

  • Residency Hospital
    Baptist Health System Inc
    University of Alabama Hospital

    Completed in 1988

  • Fellowship Hospital
    University of Alabama Hospital

    Completed in 1989

  • Other Education
    UAB

    Completed in 2002

Awards & Recognition

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Languages Spoken

  • English
  • German

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  • Based on total number of patients treated over the last 12 months
  • Specializes in Orthopedic Hand Surgery
  • Board certified in Hand Surgery and Orthopedic Surgery
  • Malpractice claims in Alabama not available
  • No sanctions found
  • No board actions found
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Dr. Bonatz's Care Philosophy

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Dr. Bonatz says...

The customer is always right, as they say. Otherwise you lose business.

Are patients customers too? Patients consume health care. In the eyes of hospitals, administrators, and even the government, this qualifies them as customers. 

Like Amazon reviews a doctor's visit can be rated based on how long someone sat in the waiting room or what he thought of the doctor's bedside manner. This does not necessarily reflect on quality of care. 

Many people report only on extremes of experiences. When they don't get what they want they are more apt to complain. It takes an even higher number of positive vibes to encourage a survey. Most visits fall somewhere in between. 

Patients may desire certain things, but it they are not necessarily evidence-based or in line with the best care. Health is not comparable to a sweater or a bowl of soup. A patient deserves to be treated not as a customer but as a whole person. Opening up a dialogue between the doctor and the patient, rather than a survey, is what makes the real difference.

And we rate patients too.