Dr. Joel Virkler, DO

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Orthopedic Surgery | Male

Lafayette Orthopaedic Clinic 1411 S Creasy Ln Ste 120 Lafayette, IN 47905 Get Directions
Dr. Joel Virkler, DO
Thank you for your interest and taking the time to learn about my practice. I am an Orthopedic Surgeon at Lafayette Orthopaedic Clinic, a Unity Healthcare partner. I grew up in Remington, Indiana, and I practice in both Lafayette and Rensselaer. I truly enjoy staying connected with the people and community in which I was raised. As an undergraduate student at Purdue University in Biomedical Engineering, studying the complex nature of the musculoskeletal system led to a natural interest in Orthopedic Surgery. To provide you with expert care, I pursued specialized fellowship training in sports medicine combined with primary and revision joint replacement surgery at Triangle Orthopaedic Associates, P.A. in Durham, North Carolina.

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Dr. Virkler's Care Philosophy

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 their sport, job, or hobbies as they get their body back in motion. My approach is holistic: I not only consider a specific complaint, xray finding or lab value, but always factor your activity and lifestyle goals into a treatment plan. Back pathology can cause hip or knee pain and vice versa. Therefore, it is imperative that I look beyond the obvious to find the source of your pain, and that is my commitment to you!

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Dr. Virkler Says:

I hope you find these Patient Survey scores helpful. Thank you to my patients who took the time to describe their experience and share with others who are looking for a specialist who listens to their concerns.

If you received excellent care, please share with your family and friends. The best compliment I can receive is the opportunity to care for those who are closest to you.

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Dr. Virkler's Performance
  • Trustworthiness
    EXCELLENT
  • Explains condition(s) well
    EXCELLENT
  • Answers Questions
    EXCELLENT
  • Time well spent
    EXCELLENT
Office & Staff Performance
  • Scheduling
    EXCELLENT
  • Office environment
    EXCELLENT
  • Staff friendliness
    EXCELLENT
  • Average wait time
    Under 10 minutes
Patient Comments (9)
West Lafayette, IN |
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.
in Lafayette, IN |
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.
in Frankfort, IN |
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.
in West Lafayette, IN |
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!!
in Francesville, IN |
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
in Crawfordsville, IN |
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.
in West Lafayette IN |
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.
in Lafayette, IN |
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.
in West Lafayette, IN |
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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Dr. Virkler says...

Thank you for your interest and taking the time to learn about my practice. I am an Orthopedic Surgeon at Lafayette Orthopaedic Clinic, a Unity Healthcare partner.

I grew up in Remington, Indiana, and I practice in both Lafayette and Rensselaer. I truly enjoy staying connected with the people and community in which I was raised.

As an undergraduate student at Purdue University in Biomedical Engineering, studying the complex nature of the musculoskeletal system led to a natural interest in Orthopedic Surgery.

To provide you with expert care, I pursued specialized fellowship training in sports medicine combined with primary and revision joint replacement surgery at Triangle Orthopaedic Associates, P.A. in Durham, North Carolina.

Dr. Virkler's Care Philosophy

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 their sport, job, or hobbies as they get their body back in motion.

My approach is holistic: I not only consider a specific complaint, xray finding or lab value, but always factor your activity and lifestyle goals into a treatment plan. Back pathology can cause hip or knee pain and vice versa. Therefore, it is imperative that I look beyond the obvious to find the source of your pain, and that is my commitment to you!

Dr. Virkler says...

Although I enjoy the variety in orthopedic surgery, the focus of my practice is on joint replacements and sports medicine. With fellowship training, I look forward to offering you more specialized care with procedures such as:

Minimally Invasive Anterior Total Hip Replacement

Multiple ACL reconstruction options such as Bone Tendon Bone and Hamstring Tendon Reconstructions with the latest anatomic techniques

Partial Knee Replacement with a Tissue Guided System

Revision Hip and Knee Replacements for patients with continued pain or complications after a hip or knee replacement

Total and Reverse Shoulder Replacement

Dr. Virkler says...

I hope you find these Patient Survey scores helpful. Thank you to my patients who took the time to describe their experience and share with others who are looking for a specialist who listens to their concerns.

If you received excellent care, please share with your family and friends. The best compliment I can receive is the opportunity to care for those who are closest to you.

If you received poor care from myself or my staff, we would like to know about it as soon as possible to make things right.

If you have a question, concern, or would like to make an appointment, please call my office at Lafayette Orthopaedic Clinic:

(765) 447-4165

Thank you!

Joel Virkler, DO

Dr. Virkler'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
  •  No board certification on record with Healthgrades
  •  Malpractice claims in Indiana not available
  •  No sanctions found
  •  No board actions found

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Conditions Treated

  • Ankle Fracture
  • Ankle Sprain and Achilles Tendon Sprain or Rupture
  • Ankle Sprains and Strains
  • Bone Disorders
  • Broken Arm
  • Bursitis
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Elbow Injuries
  • Foot Fracture
  • Fracture
  • Fracture of Hand (incl. Fingers)
  • Ganglion Cyst
  • Hand Conditions
  • Hand Fracture
  • Hip Fracture
  • Internal Derangement of Knee
  • Joint Pain
  • Knee Dislocation
  • Knee Disorders
  • Knee Sprain
  • Leg Fracture Above Knee (incl. Hip)
  • Leg Fracture Below Knee (incl. Ankle)
  • Limb Pain
  • Non-Unions and Malunions of Fractures
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Osteoarthritis of Hip
  • Osteoarthritis of Knee
  • Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome or Knee Pain
  • Peripheral Nerve Disorders
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • Rotator Cuff Tear
  • Runner's Knee
  • Shoulder Dislocation
  • Shoulder Disorders
  • Shoulder Impingement Syndrome
  • Sprains and Strains (incl. Muscle Tear)

Education

  • Medical School
    A T Sill U Hlth Sci Kirksville Coll Osteo Med

    Graduated in 2009

  • Internship Hospital
    Botsford General Hospital

    Completed in 2010

  • Residency Hospital
    Botsford General Hospital

    Completed in 2014

  • Fellowship Hospital
    Triangle Orthopaedic Associates, P.A.

    Completed in 2015

  • Undergraduate School
    Purdue University / Main Campus

    Graduated in 2005

Languages Spoken

  • English

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Specialties

  • Orthopedic Surgery
  • Adult Reconstructive Orthopedic Surgery
  • Joint Replacement & Reconstruction Orthopedics
  • Minimally Invasive Orthopedic Surgery
  • Orthopedic Arthroscopy
  • Orthopedic Fracture Care
  • Orthopedic Hip Surgery
  • Orthopedic Knee Surgery
  • Orthopedic Shoulder & Elbow Surgery
  • Orthopedic Sports Medicine
  • Sports Medicine Orthopedic Joint Reconstruction

Procedures Performed

  • Arthroscopic Shoulder Surgery
  • Carpal Tunnel Release
  • Dressing and-or Debridement of Wound, Infection, or Burn (incl. Negative Pressure Wound Therapy)
  • Fracture Care
  • Hip Fracture and Dislocation Treatment
  • Hip Fracture and-or Dislocation Treatment, Open
  • Hip Replacement
  • 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, Open
  • Neuroplasty
  • Revision of Failed Total Joint Replacement
  • Rotator Cuff Surgery
  • Shoulder Dislocation Treatment
  • Shoulder Fracture and Dislocation Treatment
  • Steroid Injection
  • Total Joint Replacement and Revision
  • Total Shoulder Replacement
  • Viscosupplementation With Hyaluronate