Dr. Frank R. Heckl, MD

Dr. Frank R. Heckl, MD


Orthopedic Surgery | Male | 66 years old

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Dr. Frank Heckl is an orthopedic surgeon who specializes in sports medicine and arthroscopy at New Mexico Orthopaedics. Before joining...Read more

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Sandia Park, NM |
Dr Heckl met with me regarding a knee injury. He immediately x-rayed and schedule and MRI after hearing about the injury and taking time to watch/fell the movement of my knee. He mentioned he suspected an ACL tear and fully explained next steps including the MRI for confirmation of soft tissue damage, PT, focus exercise that was limited to closed chain movement and PT. If surgery is needed, he explained the ways the surgery could be done and his suggestions for a woman my age and activity level.
Stanton, CA |
What a waste of time. He is not going to help you. I have a problem with my ACL ongoing for 6 years now. He is not even willing to fix me. More rude than I've ever experienced in medicine. Told me to lose weight. I lost 24 pounds in a month of hard work and determination and he didn't even bat an eye.
NM |
Great dr. Will not just tell you what you want to hear, but will give you his unvarnished opinion. He is responsible in prescribing medication and exhausts non-operative alternatives first. He also does not write off those over 40 who want to remain very active in high impact sports but helps resolve the underlying issues. Dr. Heckyl will spend as much time as you want explaining and answering questions.
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Dr. Frank Heckl is an orthopedic surgeon who specializes in sports medicine and arthroscopy at New Mexico Orthopaedics. Before joining New Mexico Orthopaedics in 1986, Dr. Heckl practiced with Albuquerque Orthopaedic Associates.  As an elite athlete in swimming,Dr. Heckl first gained respect for the field as a result of being treated by various orthopedists throughout the years.  The science proved to be increasingly fascinating to him and resulted in a lifelong career choice.  He has found special interest in arthroscopic procedures of the knee to the point where he has super specialized in reconstructions of the ACL.

Dr. Heckl has a focused partnership with each of his patients in which he pledges to deliver the quality care that every one deserves in return for an active participation in each individual's return to an active and healthy life. He is also a faculty member of the New Mexico Orthopaedics Arthroscopy and Sports Medicine Fellowship.

Dr. Heckl donated his time as a physician volunteer at the Summer Olympic Games in 1984. He has also served as a team physician for the USA National Swimming Team at the Drug Offensive International Swimming Championships in Australia and for the USA Swim Team at the Goodwill Games in Seattle and he served on the New Mexico Governor's Council on Physical Fitness from 1988 to 1991.

In his free-time, Dr. Heckl is an avid golfer and enjoys spending time in Bible study.  He can also claim the unique privilege and once-in-a-lifetime experience of once having operated on a cheetah at the Rio Grande Zoo in Albuquerque.

Dr. Heckl's experience matches your search based on the following criteria:

  •  Based on total number of patients treated over the last 12 months
  •  Specializes in Orthopedic Surgery
  •  Board certified in Orthopedic Surgery
  •  Malpractice claims in New Mexico not available
  •  No sanctions found
  •  No board actions found

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  • Orthopedic Surgery

Conditions Treated

  • Ankle Fracture
  • Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) or Posterior Cruciate Ligament (PCL) Tear
  • Autoimmune Diseases
  • Bone Disorders
  • Broken Arm
  • Chronic Pelvic Pain
  • Clavicle Fracture
  • Fracture
  • Gait Abnormality
  • Hand Conditions
  • Internal Derangement of Knee
  • Joint Pain
  • Knee Dislocation
  • Knee Disorders
  • Knee Sprain
  • Leg Fracture Below Knee (incl. Ankle)
  • Low Back Pain
  • Medial Collateral Ligament (MCL) Sprain
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Osteoarthritis of Knee
  • Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome or Knee Pain
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • Shoulder Impingement Syndrome
  • Spine Disorders
  • Sprains and Strains (incl. Muscle Tear)
  • Systemic Chondromalacia


  • Medical School
    Keck School Of Medicine Of The Univ Of Southern California

    Graduated in 1976

  • Internship Hospital
    University Calif Irvine Med Center

    Completed in 1977

  • Residency Hospital
    University Calif Irvine Med Center

    Completed in 1981

  • Fellowship Hospital
    University Nm Med Center

    Completed in 1982

  • Undergraduate School
    University Of Southern California

    Graduated in 1973

Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Spanish

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  • Orthopedic Surgery
  • Sports Medicine

Procedures Performed

  • ACL Surgery
  • Hand and Wrist Fracture and Dislocation Treatment
  • Joint Drainage
  • Knee Arthroscopy
  • Steroid Injection
  • Viscosupplementation With Hyaluronate