Dr. Scott Ruhlman, MD

Orthopedic SurgeryMaleAge 44

Orthopedic Surgery

Dr. Scott Ruhlman, MD is a Orthopedic Surgery Specialist in Seattle, WA. Dr. Ruhlman has extensive experience in Hand & Wrist Surgery. He is affiliated with medical facilities Swedish First Hill Campus and UW Medical Center - Northwest. His office accepts new patients.

Dr. Scott Ruhlman, MD

Orthopedic Specialists of Seattle

2409 N 45th St Seattle, WA 98103
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I truly apologize for everybody that have had nothing but a great experience with this particular person. I wish that i could say this myself... He is amazing with post-op (though i was on some heavy medication for i had a fractured radial head) and actually everything from which i encountered. Except for one major and crucial interaction.... After my surgery was finished, i had this "last" interaction with Ruhlman. When i was basically unable to move my left wrist, as well as the elbow itself (i had no idea where to go from here). Ruhlman chatted with me in private and i asked him what to do now, as far as physical therapy or the next step? (These next few words were his, Dr. Scott Ruhlman's) He told me, "well, what i tell my sports patience is. No pain, no gain!" This is what i was told, after being on 2 oxycodone every 2-3 hours, which would be for the next two months of a blur of an existence. I am not sure exactly why he said this...Was the reason that i had a specific kind of
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Benjamin Cleppe – Dec 27, 2020
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I went to see Dr. Ruhlman because he did a great job fixing my son's fractured scaphoid bone. I had a minor problem by comparison, but it bothered me a lot. I had trigger thumb. He explained the treatment options in great detail, left if up to me, and I had an injection in the office. It wasn't fun, but it totally cleared up the trigger finger. If the problem ever comes back, I wouldn't hesitate to have him fix it surgically. Two happy thumbs up!
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wh – Apr 29, 2020
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This doctor made us wait twice for one hour each time. We left both times. He has no respect for our time.
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sally J BJORNSEN – Aug 28, 2019
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After 2 less than informative appointments, I came in for a discussion of an MRI for my broken ankle. I waited 1.5 hours in the office. Yes really. When Dr Ruhlman finally came in and asked how my KNEE was. It was downhill from then on. I would like to give negative stars. No specific information. After insisting he see my knee, the only answer to all my questions was that I had a sprain. No treatment recommended.
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  • Difficult to schedule appointment
  • Office environment
  • Staff wasn't friendly
  • Long wait times
  • Appointment was rushed
  • Didn't listen or answer questions
  • Didn't explain conditions well
  • Didn't trust the provider's decisions
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Linda in Seattlr – Jan 12, 2019
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Dr. Ruhlman is careless. I was L & I patient, and his negligence in ignoring the ED MD notes and the ED radiologist's recommendation led to the permanent damage to my thumb joint. Despite having seen me only one time, he signed off on me being maximum medically improved. The office never checked in, despite the legal requirement after seeing an L& I client. Be very cautious, and keep in mind that this MD does not have your best interests in mind.
What went well
  • Office environment
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  • Staff wasn't friendly
  • Appointment was rushed
  • Didn't listen or answer questions
  • Didn't explain conditions well
  • Didn't trust the provider's decisions
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Claire Page in CT, WA – Jun 28, 2018
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I suffered from a bimalleolar fracture of my right ankle and needed surgery (hiking injury). I really lucked out getting Dr. Ruhlman. His somewhat aggressive approach to recovery was exactly what I needed to get back to my active/outdoorsy lifestyle. His advice of "the longer you baby it, the longer it will take to heal" ran through my head constantly, and ultimately is what propelled me to have the fastest recovery that my physical therapist has ever seen.
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Wait times
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
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No results
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Holly Johnson in Seattle, WA – Apr 19, 2017
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He was very professional and personable. Once we got back to the room things moved quickly. There was a bit of a wait in the waiting room though. But he was a great Doctor.
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
  • Long wait times
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Jody in Wood – Mar 26, 2017
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I had surgery for a ruptured bicep and Dr. Ruhlman was an excellent choice. He's very patient, attentive and skilled.
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Wait times
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
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Hal in Bainbridge Island, WA – Aug 13, 2016
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Dr. Scott Ruhlman, MD is a Orthopedic Surgery Specialist in Seattle, WA. Dr. Ruhlman has extensive experience in Hand & Wrist Surgery. He is affiliated...Read more

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  • Orthopedic Surgery

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Dr. Ruhlman's office is located at 2409 N 45th St, Seattle, WA 98103. Find other locations and directions on Healthgrades.

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Frequently Treated by Dr. Ruhlman

Based on treatment records, we have identified the following as areas of care that Dr. Ruhlman treats more often than their peers. If you are unsure whether Dr. Ruhlman treats other conditions, please contact the office at (206) 633-8100.

Hand & Wrist Surgery

Hand and wrist conditions including arthritis, carpal tunnel syndrome, Dupuytren's contracture, and fractures or sprains, with treatment options such as surgery or physical therapy.Compare with other Hand & Wrist Surgery specialists.

Dr. Ruhlman is experienced in the area of Hand & Wrist Surgery. See the graph below to learn more about his experience.

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Ganglion Cyst
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
Osteoarthritis of Hand or Wrist
Fracture of Hand (incl. Fingers)
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Dr. Ruhlman's conditions and procedures:

  • ACL Surgery
  • 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
  • Avascular Necrosis
  • Broken Arm
  • Bunion
  • Carpal Tunnel Release
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Coccygeal Pain
  • Complications of Joint Prosthesis
  • De Quervain's Disease
  • Degenerative Disc Disease
  • Difficulty With Walking
  • Dupuytren's Contracture
  • Elbow Fracture and Dislocation Treatment
  • Elbow Fracture and-or Dislocation Treatment, Open
  • Elbow Sprain
  • Excision of Humerus
  • Excision of Radius or Ulna
  • Excision of Scapula, Clavicle, Rib, or Sternum
  • Femur Fracture
  • Foot and Ankle Dislocation Treatment, Closed
  • Foot and Ankle DislocationTreatment, Open
  • Foot and Ankle Fracture and Dislocation Treatment
  • Foot and Ankle Fracture Treatment, Open
  • Foot Fracture
  • Fracture of Hand (incl. Fingers)
  • Gait Abnormality
  • Ganglion Cyst
  • Gout
  • Hammer Toe
  • Hammer Toe Repair
  • Hand and Wrist Fracture and Dislocation Treatment
  • Hand and Wrist Fracture Treatment, Open
  • Hand Fracture
  • Hand or Wrist Tendon Transfer
  • Hand Tendon Repair
  • Hip Fracture
  • Hip Pointer Injuries
  • Hip Replacement
  • Humerus Fracture
  • Internal Derangement of Knee
  • Intervertebral Disc Disease
  • Joint Drainage
  • Joint Pain
  • Knee and Leg Fracture and Dislocation Treatment
  • Knee and Lower Leg Fracture Treatment, Open
  • Knee Arthroscopy
  • Knee Dislocation
  • Knee Sprain
  • Lateral and Medial Epicondylitis (Tennis and Golf Elbow)
  • Leg Fracture Above Knee (incl. Hip)
  • Leg Fracture Below Knee (incl. Ankle)
  • Limb Pain
  • Lupus
  • Meniscus Surgery
  • Morton's Neuroma
  • Musculoskeletal Function Test
  • Myofascial Trigger Point Injection
  • Nerve Block, Somatic
  • Neuroplasty
  • Non-Unions and Malunions of Fractures
  • 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
  • Osteoarthritis of Spine
  • Osteopenia
  • Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome or Knee Pain
  • Pelvic Fracture
  • Peripheral Nerve Block
  • Resection or Ablation of Bone Tumor, Partial or Complete Resection of Bone, Debridement of Bone
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • Rotator Cuff Surgery
  • Rotator Cuff Tear
  • Runner's Knee
  • Sacrum Disorders
  • Separated Femoral Epiphysis Treatment
  • Shoulder Arthroscopy
  • Shoulder Dislocation
  • Shoulder Dislocation Treatment
  • Shoulder Fracture and Dislocation Treatment
  • Shoulder Fracture Treatment
  • Shoulder Impingement Syndrome
  • Shoulder Tendinitis and Tenosynovitis
  • Sprains and Strains (incl. Muscle Tear)
  • Steroid Injection
  • Systemic Chondromalacia
  • Tibia and Fibula Fractures
  • Trigger Finger
  • Trigger Finger Release
  • Unicompartmental Hip Surgery
  • Wrist Fracture

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