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Dr. Joel Virkler, DO

Orthopedic Surgery ·  Male · Age 36

Dr. Virkler

Lafayette Orthopaedic Clinic

1411 S Creasy Ln Ste 120 Lafayette, IN 47905

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Dr. Joel Virkler, DO is an orthopedic surgery specialist in Lafayette, IN and has been practicing for 4 years. He graduated from A T Sill U Hlth Sci Kirksville Coll Osteo Med in 2009 and specializes in orthopedic surgery, hip & knee orthopedics, and more.


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Dr. Virkler's Top Procedures and Conditions

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Shoulder Disorders
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Dr. Virkler treats Shoulder Disorders more than 99% of his peers

Dr. Virkler treats this condition more than 99% of his peers

Sprains and Strains (incl. Muscle Tear)
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very high

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Dr. Virkler treats Sprains and Strains (incl. Muscle Tear) more than 99% of his peers

Dr. Virkler treats this condition more than 99% of his peers

Fracture
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Treatment Frequency

Dr. Virkler treats Fracture more than 99% of his peers

Dr. Virkler treats this condition more than 99% of his peers

Rating Includes other areas of care:

  • Avulsion Fracture
  • Bennett's Fracture
  • Carpal Fractures
  • Clavicle Fracture
  • Colles' Fracture
  • Complex Fracture of Acetabulum
  • Complex Fractures
  • Complex Fractures of the Periarticular Region
  • Complex Long-Bone Fracture
  • Compound Fracture
  • Compression Fracture
  • Displaced Growth Plate Fracture
  • Distal Radius Fracture
  • Elbow Fracture
  • Extra-Articular Fracture
  • Fracture of Arm (incl. Elbow and Shoulder)
  • Fracture of Facial Bone
  • Fracture of Hand (incl. Wrist and Fingers)
  • Fracture of Leg Above Knee (incl. Hip)
  • Insufficiency Fracture
  • Intra-Articular Fracture
  • Jaw Fracture
  • Joint Fracture
  • Orbital Fracture
  • Osteoporosis-Like Fracture of the Hip
  • Osteoporotic Spine Fractures
  • Osteoporotic Vertebral Fracture
  • Pathologic Fracture
  • Pathological Spine Fracture
  • Pediatric Ankle Fractures
  • Pediatric Fractures
  • Pelvic Fracture
  • Postoperative Hip Fracture
  • Rib Fracture
  • Scaphoid Fractures
  • Scapular Fracture
  • Simple Fractures
  • Skull Fracture
  • Spinal Compression Fracture
  • Spine Fractures, Traumatic
  • Sternum Fracture
  • Stress Fracture
  • Upper Extremity Fracture
  • Vertebral Compression Fractures
  • Vertebral Fracture
  • Wrist Fracture

Dr. Virkler's conditions and procedures:

  • Achilles Tendinitis
  • ACL Surgery
  • Adhesive Capsulitis
  • All Shoulder or Elbow Replacement Procedures
  • Ankle and Foot Instability or Derangement
  • Ankle Fracture
  • Ankle Sprain and Achilles Tendon Sprain or Rupture
  • Ankle Sprains and Strains
  • Anterior Approach Total Hip Replacement
  • Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) or Posterior Cruciate Ligament (PCL) Tear
  • Arm Surgery
  • Arthritis of the Shoulder
  • Arthroscopic Shoulder Surgery
  • Baker’s Cyst
  • Bone Cancer
  • Bone Disorders
  • Brachial Plexus Palsy
  • Broken Arm
  • Broken Neck
  • Bursitis
  • Carpal Tunnel Release
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Chondrocalcinosis
  • Clavicle Fracture
  • Coccygeal Pain
  • Complications of Joint Prosthesis
  • Computer-Assisted Total Knee Replacement
  • De Quervain's Disease
  • De Quervain's Release
  • Difficulty With Walking
  • Elbow Bursitis
  • Elbow Fracture and Dislocation Treatment
  • Elbow Fracture and-or Dislocation Treatment, Closed
  • Elbow Fracture and-or Dislocation Treatment, Open
  • Elbow Injuries
  • Elbow Sprain
  • Enthesopathy of Hip (incl. Trochanteric Bursitis)
  • Enthesopathy of Knee (incl. Bursitis of Knee)
  • Excision of Scapula, Clavicle, Rib, or Sternum
  • Female Sports Injuries
  • Femur Fracture
  • Foot and Ankle DislocationTreatment, Open
  • Foot and Ankle Fracture and Dislocation Treatment
  • Foot and Ankle Fracture Treatment, Closed
  • Foot and Ankle Fracture Treatment, Open
  • Foot and Ankle Ligament and Tendon Repair
  • Foot Fracture
  • Foot Sprain
  • Fracture
  • Fracture Care
  • Fracture of Hand (incl. Fingers)
  • Gait Abnormality
  • Ganglion Cyst
  • Glenoid Labrum Tear
  • Gout
  • Hand and Wrist Fracture and Dislocation Treatment
  • Hand and Wrist Fracture Treatment, Closed
  • Hand and Wrist Fracture Treatment, Open
  • Hand Conditions
  • Hand Fracture
  • Hand or Wrist Tendon Transfer
  • Herniated Disc
  • Herniated Disc Surgery
  • Hip Arthritis
  • Hip Fracture
  • Hip Fracture and Dislocation Treatment
  • Hip Fracture and-or Dislocation Treatment, Closed
  • Hip Fracture and-or Dislocation Treatment, Open
  • Hip Pointer Injuries
  • Hip Replacement
  • Hip Replacement Revision
  • Hip Resurfacing
  • Hip Sprain
  • Internal Derangement of Knee
  • Joint Drainage
  • Joint Pain
  • Joint Replacement Surgery
  • Joint Replacement, Cementless
  • Knee and Leg Fracture and Dislocation Treatment
  • Knee and Lower Leg Fracture Treatment, Closed
  • Knee and Lower Leg Fracture Treatment, Open
  • Knee Arthritis
  • Knee Arthroscopy
  • Knee Cartilage Repair
  • Knee Dislocation
  • Knee Disorders
  • Knee Fracture
  • Knee Ligament Reconstruction
  • Knee Replacement
  • Knee Replacement Revision
  • Knee Sprain
  • Knee Surgery
  • Knee Tendon Repair
  • Lateral and Medial Epicondylitis (Tennis and Golf Elbow)
  • Lateral Collateral Ligament (LCL) Sprain
  • Leg Fracture Above Knee (incl. Hip)
  • Leg Fracture Below Knee (incl. Ankle)
  • Limb Pain
  • Lupus
  • Medial Collateral Ligament (MCL) Sprain
  • Minimally Invasive Anterior Approach to the Hip
  • Minimally Invasive Knee Replacement
  • Muscular Dystrophy (MD)
  • Myelopathy
  • Myofascial Trigger Point Injection
  • Neck Muscle Strain
  • Nerve Root Injury and Plexus Disorders (incl. Pinched Nerve)
  • Non-Traumatic Rupture of Achilles Tendon
  • Non-Unions and Malunions of Fractures
  • Orthopedic Sports Injuries
  • Osgood Schlatter Disease
  • 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
  • Osteochondritis Dissecans
  • Osteopenia
  • Osteosarcoma
  • Partial Knee Replacement
  • Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome or Knee Pain
  • Pediatric Sports Injuries
  • Peripheral Nerve Disorders
  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Resection or Ablation of Bone Tumor, Partial or Complete Resection of Bone, Debridement of Bone
  • Reverse Total Shoulder and Total Shoulder Replacement
  • Revision of Failed Total Joint Replacement
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • Rotator Cuff Surgery
  • Rotator Cuff Tear
  • Runner's Knee
  • Sacrum Disorders
  • Separated Femoral Epiphysis Treatment
  • Sever's Disease
  • Shoulder Dislocation
  • Shoulder Dislocation Treatment
  • Shoulder Disorders
  • Shoulder Fracture and Dislocation Treatment
  • Shoulder Fracture Treatment
  • Shoulder Impingement Syndrome
  • Shoulder Reconstruction
  • Shoulder Replacement
  • Shoulder Stabilizations
  • Shoulder Surgery
  • Shoulder Tendinitis and Tenosynovitis
  • Spinal Fusion
  • Spine Fractures, Traumatic
  • Sports Injuries
  • Sports Injuries of the Foot
  • Sports Injuries of the Knee
  • Sprains and Strains (incl. Muscle Tear)
  • Steroid Injection
  • Stress Fracture of Foot
  • Systemic Chondromalacia
  • Tibia and Fibula Fractures
  • Tibia or Fibula Stress Fracture
  • Total Hip Replacement
  • Total Joint Replacement
  • Total Joint Replacement and Revision
  • Total Knee Replacement
  • Total Knee Replacement Revision
  • Total Shoulder Replacement
  • Trigger Finger
  • Trigger Finger Release
  • Uni-Compartmental Knee Replacement
  • Viscosupplementation With Hyaluronate
  • Wrist Fracture

About Me

As an osteopathic physician, my goal is to treat you like my own family and empower you to make educated decisions regarding your care. I truly mean that and look forward to walking through the healing process with you. I love seeing people return to...

Specialties

  • Orthopedic Surgery
  • Hip & Knee Orthopedics
  • Orthopedic Shoulder & Elbow Surgery
  • Orthopedic Sports Medicine

Board Certifications

Education

2015
Triangle Orthopaedic Associates, P.A.
Fellowship Hospital
2014
Botsford General Hospital
Residency Hospital
2010
Botsford General Hospital
Internship Hospital
2009
A T Sill U Hlth Sci Kirksville Coll Osteo Med
Medical School
2005
Purdue University / Main Campus
Undergraduate School
2015
2014
2010
2009
2005

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My husband had total hip replacement surgery October 23, 2018. Dr Virkler came highly recommended by our chiropractor and former patients. At our first meeting, Dr. Virkler was very thorough in explaining his options based on examination of the xray. He was also very patient answering questions. He prayed with him right before surgery which was a real blessing. His bedside manner was excellent. Dr Virkler is a gifted surgeon and a credit to his profession. I highly recommend him!
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After a couple years of periodic steroid injections, I had both my knees replaced by Dr. Virkler. Post-op, I was in the hospital for 3 days, inpatient rehab for 4, walking without assistive device by day 7, driving in 2 weeks, back to work in 1 month. Dr. Virkler did a great job, had an excellent bedside manner - didn't seem rushed, impatient, or like he was talking down to a patient. At first, I wasn't sure about doing both knees at once, but after discussion with him, I felt that was the best
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Dr. Virkler was amazing. He performed bilateral anterior hip replacement in May. I was riding my bike in August. No hip pain anymore. Hip, hip hooray!
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Dr. Virkler is the greatest! I had total hip replacement and he recommended anterior surgery. Explained everything throughly, answered all my concerns. Recovery time ....Awesome! Highly Recommend! Staff is exceptional also!
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Dr. Virkler did a bilateral knee replacement for me in Jan. 2018. Three months later I am back to riding my bicycle pain free and am able to resume all of my activities without the pain that I experienced on a daily basis before the surgery. Dr. Virkler was very attentive to my personal needs. I was prescribed therapy before and after surgery to facilitate full healing. I would recommend Dr. Virkler to anyone who would need his services.
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Dr. Virkler recently replaced my hip and I can't express how wonderful he and the entire staff has been. I would highly recommend Him.
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For all those who find themselves in need of a total hip replacement; I highly recommend Dr. Joel Virkler at Lafayette Orthopedics, Unity surgical center. Dr. Virkler, who uses the anterior surgical approach, allows for much shorter recooperation with less physical therapy. At six weeks, I was released with wonderful results. My pilot guide is the Lord, I disovered he is Dr. Virklers as well. He prayed for me, and himself just before surgery. I am so grateful, and thankful for this.
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I spent 2.5 years with knee pain that had curtailed my activity. I saw Dr. Virkler for evaluation for a total knee replacement. He was very patient and took his time explaining my condition and recommending a total knee replacement. He answered all my questions and concerns about the procedure. I felt he was genuinely concerned about me. On the day of surgery, he asked if he could pray with me before the procedure, and that was very comforting. I highly recommend Dr. Virkler.
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Replaced both knees im finally pain free and I can do things again that I couldn't do for a long time because of my two bad knees. He guinunie cares, we prayed before each surgery that brought about a peace and calmness to me better than any pre opp medication. I did my knees 90 days apart and it worked out great for me. Thank you Doctor Virkler for giving my life back now I can go for walks again with my wife we are both so happy and also your nurse is just Awesome she made things easier too.
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I suffered a rupture of my Achilles in August. Dr. Virkler handled my case from the beginning and was terrific. He was available at all hours to provide advice/coordinate care in emergent situations leading up to the surgery. He provided a correct assessment of the tear and recommended immediate surgery. His office handled all of the insurance issues in a quick and efficient manner which allowed me to have the surgery without delay. The surgery was successful and my recovery has been moving
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I had 15 years of hip pain and was referred to Dr. Virkler. He recommended anterior hip surgery. Upon completion of surgery, I was told there would be 8 weeks recovery time and 12 weeks to full recovery. At the end of the 3rd week of surgery, I was able to mow yard with a push mower (carefully). At 4 weeks I was walking 3 plus miles a day. At the end of 8 weeks I was walking 5 miles with minimal issues. I was totally released at 12 weeks with zero pain issues with the repaired hip.
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Dr. Virkler performed the surgery for my total knee replacement. At my initial appointment He spent time educating me about the procedure, recovery, and answering my questions. After a successful surgery, I went home the next day, but not before he talked with me about pain level, general overall feelings, medical devices to assist in recovery, and physical therapy. Throughout the process, Dr. Virkler treated me as if I was the most important patient. He was compassionate & caring.
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Dr. Virkler performed a hip replacement for me. Everything went well and I was back to work sooner than expected. I would recommend Dr. Virkler for anyone needing hip replacement surgery.
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Dr. Virkler did a partial knee replacement on my right knee he did a fantastic job!!!! Less then 4 weeks I am back to work. My recovery was fast and pain very minimal. All my office visits were great his nurse was very caring along with all the office personnel.
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I Would highly recommend Dr. Virkler. He is compassionate, caring, knowledgeable, empathetic, professional and a great listener. He is God fearing and always wants the best for his patients. We really appreciate your prayers and kindness!!
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Surgery and recovery were excellent with the only problem being my body's tolerance to some pain medications. My pain level was very low and pain medication probably could have been too. Minimal scar and I can walk pain free again after my right hip joint replacement. Jeanette
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Dr. Virkler was always very attentive and listened to what I had to say. Was very concerned and even checked on me over the weekend.
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Excellent doctor in skills, compassion, and bedside manner. Goes the extra mile for the patient no matter what. (He even delivered a McD's diet coke to me in recovery!) Dr. Virkler is first class.
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Dr. Virkler performed my hip surgery using anterior approach replacement. This approach spares cutting of the muscles in the hip area, shortens the recovery process and requires no restrictions on the movement of the hip during recovery. My hospital stay was approximately 48 hours. I was able to return to work 3 weeks post-surgery and am now 6 weeks post-surgery and have completed my physical therapy regimen. He is a caring, compassionate, skilled surgeon that I would highly recommend to all.
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My husband had a bad break, Dr Virkler was caring, and encouraging. Surgery was scheduled quickly, praying with us was comforting and surgery went well. Couldn't have found a better surgeon or care. Highly recommended Thank you.
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