Dr. Stephen L. Helgemo Jr., MD

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Dr. Stephen L. Helgemo Jr., MD

Orthopedic Hand Surgery | Male

Florida Hand Center 13710 Metropolis Ave Ste 103, Fort Myers, FL 33912 Get Directions
(239) 424-8910

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  • How well provider explains medical condition(s)
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  • How well provider listens and answers questions
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  • Spends appropriate amount of time with patients
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  • Ease of scheduling urgent appointments
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  • Office environment, cleanliness, comfort, etc.
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  • Staff friendliness and courteousness
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  • Total wait time (waiting & exam rooms)
    10 – 15 minutes (32)
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in Cape Coral, FL |
This doctor is top shelf. Great personality and AN EXCELLENT SURGEON. ANY HAND PROBLEMS THAT YOU MAY HAVE, GO SEE HIM FIRST. I've done the homework for you. Look no further. He is the best. Friendly office ladies make your visit very pleasant. Thank you Shanna and Briony. ????? Five star doctor. Can't say enough good things about this doctor.
in Punta Gorda, FL |
I wouldn't recommend seeing this doctor. I've got a small cyst on my wrist, & extreme pain since October 9, 2015. I've been wearing a brace since I went to the ER 4 days after I injured it. I keep it off for about 5 hours every Saturday morning, & it hurts to do anything. This doctor declares he's stumped, & doesn't know what to do. All he did was look, listen, talk, & may me pay a fee. All he said to for it is therapy which I do at home with exercise videos online. I'm very upset with this!
in Cape Coral, FL |
Sent to Dr Helgemo-workers comp. injury. After surgery snapped That's impossible when I tried to tell him finger wouldn't bend. Ignored 2 PT recommendations=needed silver ring splint. Refused= unnecessary ins. expense. After YEAR of suffering w/finger not bending, & writing my attorney, I was ordered to return to him. He 'suddenly' found that slight pressure at the base of finger = allow me to consistently bend it. He said I should buy myself a ring. Now have partial use of finger.
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Specialties

  • Orthopedic Hand Surgery

Board Certifications

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  • Hand Surgery
  • Orthopedic Surgery

Conditions Treated

Dr. Helgemo Jr. says..

I am a recognized expert in minimally-invasive treatments for common hand conditions including nerve problems, tendon conditions, and arthritis. These include endoscopic carpal tunnel surgery and needle aponeurotomy (for Dupuytrens contractures). Many conditions are treated in one visit (frequently non-surgical) and efficient and cost-effective office surgery is also available (since 2004). I have performed more than 6000 endoscopic carpal tunnel surgeries and over a 1000 needle aponeurotomy procedures.

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  • Arthritis
  • Arthritis of the Wrist
  • Autoimmune Diseases
  • Bone Disorders
  • Broken Arm
  • Bursitis
  • Cancer
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS)
  • Complications of Joint Prosthesis
  • Contracture
  • De Quervain's Disease
  • Dupuytren's Contracture
  • Elbow Bursitis
  • Elbow Injuries
  • Elbow Sprain
  • Fracture
  • Fracture of Hand (incl. Fingers)
  • Ganglion Cyst
  • Gout
  • Hand Conditions
  • Hand Fracture
  • Hand Injury
  • Hand Pain
  • Joint Pain
  • Limb Pain
  • Non-Unions and Malunions of Fractures
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Osteoarthritis of Hand or Wrist
  • Osteoarthritis of Hands
  • Pseudoarthrosis
  • Pyogenic Arthritis
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • Sprains and Strains (incl. Muscle Tear)
  • Tendonitis
  • Trigger Finger
  • Wrist Disorders
  • Wrist Fracture
  • Wrist Pain

Procedures Performed

  • All Shoulder or Elbow Replacement Procedures
  • Arm Surgery
  • Carpal Tunnel Release
  • Carpal Tunnel Release Surgery, Endoscopic
  • De Quervain's Release
  • Dressing and-or Debridement of Wound, Infection, or Burn (incl. Negative Pressure Wound Therapy)
  • Elbow Fracture and Dislocation Treatment
  • Elbow Fracture and-or Dislocation Treatment, Open
  • Fracture and-or Dislocation Treatment
  • Fracture Care
  • Hand and Wrist Fracture and Dislocation Treatment
  • Hand and Wrist Fracture Treatment, Open
  • Hand or Wrist Tendon Transfer
  • Hand Surgery
  • Joint Drainage
  • Needle Aponeurotomy
  • Neuroplasty
  • Resection or Ablation of Bone Tumor, Partial or Complete Resection of Bone, Debridement of Bone
  • Steroid Injection
  • Trigger Finger Release
  • Wrist Replacement

Background Check

  • 0
    Malpractice Claims

    No malpractice history found for Florida.

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  • 0
    Sanctions

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  • 2
    Board Actions

    Dr. Helgemo Jr. has 2 board actions

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    • Wrong-site surgery  (2/18/2013)
    • Action Taken: Release from Prior Order
    • Summary: Dr. Stephen Leif Helgemo, Jr.; License # ME72747; Case # 2010-15366; NATURE OF COMPLAINT: The physician previously on 02-16-2012 entered into a Settlement Agreement with the Florida Board of Medicine. ACTION TAKEN-Obligations Satisfied
    • State: Florida
    • Wrong-site surgery  (2/16/2012)
    • Action Taken: Agreed Order with Terms and Conditions
    • Summary: Please reference the following Document
    • State: Florida
    • Documentation: Download here (PDF)
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Education

  • Medical School
    Johns Hopkins University / School Of Medicine

    Graduated in 1991

  • Internship Hospital
    Johns Hopkins Hospital

    Completed in 1992

  • Residency Hospital
    Johns Hopkins Hospital

    Completed in 1996

  • Fellowship Hospital
    Union Memorial Hospital

    Completed in 1997

  • Undergraduate School
    The Florida State University

    Graduated in 1986

Awards & Recognition

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  • Media & Publications

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Languages Spoken

  • English

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  • Specializes in Orthopedic Hand Surgery
  • Board certified in Hand Surgery and Orthopedic Surgery
  • No malpractice claims found
  • No sanctions found
  • Board actions found
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Dr. Helgemo Jr.'s Office & Staff

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Dr. Helgemo Jr.'s Care Philosophy

cost-effective, state-of-the-art, minimally-invasive, and compassionate care

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Dr. Helgemo Jr. says...

I am a recognized expert in minimally-invasive treatments for common hand conditions including nerve problems, tendon conditions, and arthritis. These include endoscopic carpal tunnel surgery and needle aponeurotomy (for Dupuytrens contractures). Many conditions are treated in one visit (frequently non-surgical) and efficient and cost-effective office surgery is also available (since 2004). I have performed more than 6000 endoscopic carpal tunnel surgeries and over a 1000 needle aponeurotomy procedures.