Dr. Eric Potthoff, DO

Dr. Eric Potthoff, DO

Orthopedic Surgery  |  
Male  |  
Age 58
Insurances AcceptedSave
Dr. Eric Potthoff, DO is an orthopedic surgery doctor who practices in Mason City, IA. He is 58 years old and has been practicing for 19 years.

250 S Crescent Dr

Mason City, IA 50401

Contact Information

(641) 494-5210

Insurance Accepted

  • Aetna
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Cigna
  • First Health (Coventry Health Care)
  • Wellmark Blue Cross and Blue Shield

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Joint Pain
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  • Orthopedic Surgery

Board Certifications

  • Orthopedic Surgery
    Accredited by: American Osteopathic Board of 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 of the Elbow
  • Ataxia
  • Autoimmune Diseases
  • Bone Disorders
  • Broken Arm
  • Bursitis
  • Cancer
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Cervical Spine Myelopathy
  • Clavicle Fracture
  • Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS)
  • Difficulty With Walking
  • Elbow Bursitis
  • Elbow Injuries
  • Elbow Sprain
  • Enthesopathy of Hip (incl. Trochanteric Bursitis)
  • Femur Fracture
  • Foot Conditions
  • Foot Fracture
  • Fracture
  • Ganglion Cyst
  • Glenoid Labrum Tear
  • Hand Conditions
  • Hip Fracture
  • Hip Pointer Injuries
  • Hip Sprain
  • Internal Derangement of Knee
  • Intervertebral Disc Disease
  • Joint Pain
  • Knee Dislocation
  • Knee Disorders
  • Knee Fracture
  • Knee Sprain
  • Lateral and Medial Epicondylitis (Tennis and Golf Elbow)
  • Leg Fracture Above Knee (incl. Hip)
  • Leg Fracture Below Knee (incl. Ankle)
  • Limb Pain
  • Non-Unions and Malunions of Fractures
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Osteoarthritis of Ankle and Foot
  • Osteoarthritis of Hip
  • Osteoarthritis of Hip and Thigh
  • Osteoarthritis of Knee
  • Osteoarthritis of Shoulder
  • Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome or Knee Pain
  • Pelvic Fracture
  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Rib Fracture
  • Rotator Cuff Tear
  • Runner's Knee
  • Sacrum Disorders
  • Scapular Fracture
  • Shoulder Dislocation
  • Shoulder Disorders
  • Shoulder Impingement Syndrome
  • Sjögren's Syndrome
  • Spine Disorders
  • Spondylolisthesis
  • Sprains and Strains (incl. Muscle Tear)
  • Sternum Fracture
  • Systemic Chondromalacia
  • Tibia and Fibula Fractures
  • Trigger Finger


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  • ACL Surgery
  • Arm Surgery
  • Arthroscopic Shoulder Surgery
  • Carpal Tunnel 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
  • Excision of Scapula, Clavicle, Rib, or Sternum
  • Excision of Tibia or Fibula
  • Foot and Ankle Dislocation Treatment, Closed
  • Foot and Ankle DislocationTreatment, Open
  • Foot and Ankle Fracture Treatment, Closed
  • Foot and Ankle Fracture Treatment, Open
  • Foot and Ankle Fracture and Dislocation Treatment
  • Foot and Ankle Ligament and Tendon Repair
  • Fracture Care
  • 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
  • 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
  • Resection or Ablation of Bone Tumor, Partial or Complete Resection of Bone, Debridement of Bone
  • Rotator Cuff Surgery
  • Separated Femoral Epiphysis Treatment
  • Shoulder Fracture Treatment
  • Shoulder Fracture and Dislocation Treatment
  • Steroid Injection
  • Synovial Biopsy
  • Trigger Finger Release
  • Trigger Point Injection


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Background Check

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0 Sanctions

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  • University Of Colorado, Boulder, Co
    Undergraduate School | Graduated 1982
  • At Still University Health Sciences/Kirksville College Of Osteopathic Medicine
    Medical School | Graduated 1998
  • Genseys Regional Medical Center, Grand Blanc, Mi
    Internship Hospital | Completed 1999
  • Doctors Hospital Of Stark County, Massillon, Oh
    Residency Hospital | Completed 2003

Awards & Recognition

Awards & Honors
  • Healthgrades Honor Roll
Media & Publications

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Languages Spoken

  • English

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Dr. Potthoff's Reviews

Likelihood of recommending Dr. Potthoff to family and friends
based on 75 total reviews (19 with comments)
Dr. Potthoff's Performance
  • Trustworthiness
  • Explains condition(s) well
  • Answers Questions
  • Time well spent
Office & Staff Performance
  • Scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Average wait time
    Under 10 minutes
Patient Comments (19)
Follow ups after rotator cuff surgery, he was very unpleasant when inquiring about my medical needs. He never examined surgical site at either follow up appointment (still wondering why it’s bruised 6 weeks after surgery). Released to return to work the day sling removed, without and before physical therapy has been set up. The pain in my arm is unbelievable! I would not recommend this physician based on my personal experiences with him. Pay attention to the feedback, there is a reason for it!
Didn't have a long wait time at all. Dr answered all my concerns.
This was last visit after 8 months of healing from a broken kneecap. Added PT helped greatly, and I was released.
Very firm and straightforward explaining the problem very well as well as showing me the X-ray and showing me the problem thank you Dr.Potthoff Looking forward to seeing you for my hip shot ! ! ! GOD BLESS ! ! ! Terry Northrup
It was great.
I am very satisfied with my surgery.
found out that my lt. hip and both knees are in good shape next visit in 4 or 5 years
Timely, no waiting. Great experience. Doctor Potthoff was knowledgeable, confident, and thorough. Provided diagnosis and options. Well done.
It was a "year after surgery checkup). A x-ray had been ordered and a visit with Dr. Potoff. All went well. Dr. Potoff reported x-ray and the hip looked good.
Very good, informative. It was good the dr explained everything in terms I understood.
I felt comfortable and confident about my procedure. Everyone did a great job with me.
Excellent, Eric was clear, informed, had a solution, and listened to my concerns.
in Hubbard, IA |
He was to clean up an abscess on residual amputation stump. Explained need of getting all infection if it got into the bone, there would have to be a revision and there was only so much bone that could be removed. He cleaned it up and Infection came back. He went in a 2nd time and without permission, did a revision with explanation he "didn't like the way the last surgeon left it". He cut too much bone, left to much mass below. Having problems getting a working prosthesis because of this.
I did not have to wait long in the waiting room or in the exam room. Dr Potthoff did a good job with the cortisone shot, it was not painful. The cortisone seems to be helping with the pain in my shoulder. Overall, I got some pain relief and it was a positive experience.
I appreciated my appointment with Dr. Potthoff very much. I had such a good experience with him when he did my shoulder surgery so I was glad to consider having him do my knee surgery and my appointment with him made me feel confident about him doing that surgery also.
Dr. seemed cool and busy. Listened and gave me the steroid shot I had hoped to receive. Gave me a reference to Dr. Gibbons who does much shoulder replacement. Right now shoulder is better and hope relief lasts a long time.
A shoulder injection--well done and helpful. RM Powell, MD
Staff was very helpful. Dr. Potthoff helped to explain what was going on. N.C. did not get the answer he wanted, and Dr. Potthoff could tell, but Dr. Potthoff remained professional which was very nice to see.
Dr Potthoff and his staff were very friendly. Everything was explained to me so I understood, and questions were answered. I didn't feel rushed, very satisfied.
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Dr. Potthoff accepts 5 insurance carriers
  • Aetna
    Choice Plus POS II
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
    Blue Card PPO
  • Cigna
    Cigna PPO
    Open Access Plus
  • First Health (Coventry Health Care)
    First Health (Coventry Health Care) PPO
  • Wellmark Blue Cross and Blue Shield
    Alliance Select

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Mercy Medical Center North Iowa
1000 4th St SW
Mason City, IA 50401
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Floyd County Memorial Hospital
800 11th St
Charles City, IA 50616
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Mercy Medical Center - New Hampton
308 N Maple Ave
New Hampton, IA 50659
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