Dr. Michelle Ritter, MD

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Orthopedic Hand Surgery | Female

Center For Hand Surgery 385 Bert Kouns Industrial Loop Shreveport, LA 71106 Get Directions
Dr. Michelle Ritter, MD
Dr. Ritter graduated with degrees in Math and Philosophy, but decided to become a hand surgeon after a traumatic thumb injury during medical research. The hand surgeon restored her thumb's form and function. She graduated from Wake Forest University School of Medicine in North Carolina and did her 5-year Orhtopaedic Residency at LSU Hospital in Shreveport. Dr. Ritter returned to North Carolina for her Hand Fellowship and achieved the Certificate of Added Qualification in Surgery of the Hand. (CAQSH) She has trained with world renown surgeons on the cutting edge of hand surgery. Dr. Ritter's goal is to return her patients to the best possible outcome for their problem or injury. After all, our hands are rarely idle so we need them to function at the highest level possible.

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Dr. Ritter's Care Philosophy

My practice philosophy revolves around the patient, not just their hand problem. I believe the more patients understand about their hand, and the more input they have into their treatment, the better the outcome.

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Dr. Ritter's Performance
  • Trustworthiness
    EXCELLENT
  • Explains condition(s) well
    EXCELLENT
  • Answers Questions
    EXCELLENT
  • Time well spent
    EXCELLENT
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  • Scheduling
    EXCELLENT
  • Office environment
    EXCELLENT
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  • Average wait time
    10 to 15 minutes
Patient Comments (7)
in Shreveport, LA |
Dr. Ritter and Staff are very well educated people. Answered all questions I needed and always nice and polite. Would recommend Dr. Ritter for sure.
in Texas |
The base of my thumb had been hurting for some time when I finally decided to get an appointment with Dr. Ritter. She quickly diagnosed my problem and clearly explained to me what was causing the pain. She gave me a shot in the base of the thumb, showed me an exercise to help with the thumb's flexibility, and showed me a thumb support which I purchased from the manufacturer. Dr. Ritter was professional, efficient, and extremely knowledgeable on what needed to be done to relieve the pain.
in Shreveport, LA |
I went in with a fractured wrist. She was the greatest. She took the time to listen and discuss any problems you had. No rushing. I would recommend her to all.
in Shreveport, LA |
Two years ago I fell and broke 2 fingers on my left hand. Being an emergency situation I was so grateful that she was able to work me in to her schedule. I have had not one regret. She is an excellent caring and knowledgeable doctor. She did my surgery and worked with me to get well. I highly recommend her to anyone.
Livingston, TX |
She is a excellent doctor. She stopped the pain in my hands completely.
in Haughton , LA |
She has operated on my hands three times. Each was great she is the best that's why I gave her 5 stars. Wouldn't think of going anywhere else
in Monahans, TX |
Dominant right hand disabled. Very disappointed in outcome of surgery and treatment. Should have done an MRI to see tendons. Should have referred me to a more qualified hand surgeon. Finger steady getting worse.
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Dr. Ritter graduated with degrees in Math and Philosophy, but decided to become a hand surgeon after a traumatic thumb injury during medical research. The hand surgeon restored her thumb's form and function. She graduated from Wake Forest University School of Medicine in North Carolina and did her 5-year Orhtopaedic Residency at LSU Hospital in Shreveport.

Dr. Ritter returned to North Carolina for her Hand Fellowship and achieved the Certificate of Added Qualification in Surgery of the Hand. (CAQSH)  She has trained with world renown surgeons on the cutting edge of hand surgery.

Dr. Ritter's goal is to return her patients to the best possible outcome for their problem or injury. After all, our hands are rarely idle so we need them to function at the highest level possible.

Dr. Ritter's Care Philosophy

My practice philosophy revolves around the patient, not just their hand problem. I believe the more patients understand about their hand, and the more input they have into their treatment, the better the outcome.

Dr. Ritter says...

Dr. Ritter treats patients with trigger finger, sometimes referred to as a clicking or locking of the finger joints. If diagnosed early enough, the condition can often be treated with a simple injection. Dr. Ritter's method of treating trigger finger is less painful and she has over 90% success rate with injections, so surgery is rarely required. One patient with locking middle fingers on both hands was treated with two injections more than a decade ago and has not had a recurrence.

Dr. Ritter says...

After specialized training in the non-surgical treatment of Dupuytren's Contracture,  Dr. Ritter is one of two hand surgeons in Shreveport who regularly performs it. She also has performed over 1000 arthroscopic wrist procedures resulting in minimal scarring and faster healing.

Dr. Ritter'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 Hand Surgery
  •  Board certified in Hand Surgery and Orthopedic Surgery
  •  Malpractice claims in Louisiana not available
  •  No sanctions found
  •  No board actions found

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  • Hand Surgery
  • Orthopedic Surgery

Conditions Treated

  • Autoimmune Diseases
  • Back Pain
  • Bone Disorders
  • Cancer
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Chronic Neck Pain
  • Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS)
  • De Quervain's Disease
  • Dupuytren's Contracture
  • Elbow Injuries
  • Fracture
  • Fracture of Hand (incl. Fingers)
  • Ganglion Cyst
  • Hand Conditions
  • Hand Fracture
  • Joint Pain
  • Lateral and Medial Epicondylitis (Tennis and Golf Elbow)
  • Limb Pain
  • Low Back Pain
  • Nerve Root Injury and Plexus Disorders (incl. Pinched Nerve)
  • Non-Unions and Malunions of Fractures
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Osteoarthritis of Hand or Wrist
  • Osteoarthritis of Hands
  • Osteopenia
  • Peripheral Nerve Disorders
  • Pseudoarthrosis
  • Radiculopathy (Not Due to Disc Displacement)
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • Shoulder Tendinitis and Tenosynovitis
  • Spine Disorders
  • Sprains and Strains (incl. Muscle Tear)
  • Trigger Finger

Education

  • Medical School
    Bowman Gray School of Medicine

    Graduated in 1992

  • Internship Hospital
    NC Baptist Hospital
  • Residency Hospital
    LSU Shreveport

    Completed in 1999

  • Fellowship Hospital
    Wake Forest University School Of Med

    Completed in 1999

Languages Spoken

  • English

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Specialties

  • Orthopedic Hand Surgery

Procedures Performed

  • Carpal Tunnel Release
  • Dressing and-or Debridement of Wound, Infection, or Burn (incl. Negative Pressure Wound Therapy)
  • Hand and Wrist Fracture and Dislocation Treatment
  • Joint Drainage
  • Myofascial Trigger Point Injection
  • Neuroplasty
  • Steroid Injection
  • Trigger Finger Release