Dr. Thomas J. Fessler, MD

Dr. Thomas J. Fessler, MD

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Orthopedic Surgery | Male | 61 years old

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Care Philosophy

When I was trained at Georgetown University, completed my internship at Washington Hospital Center and my residency at the University of Massachusetts, I learned more than just about the anatomy of the human body. My training focused on the bedside manner of the doctor. How a patient feels about his or her ailment or how a patient handles the anticipation of a surgery impacts the healing process. My goal is to make sure each of my patients understands his or her options for care, and is most comfortable with the choices we make together. If a patient needs surgery, I have operating privileges at Saint Vincent Health Center, Saint Vincent Surgery Center, UPMC Hamot, UPMC Surgery Center and the Village SurgiCenter. To make an appointment to discuss your orthopaedic needs, call my office at 814-454-8287. I look forward to seeing you. Sincerely, Dr. Tom FesslerRead more

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Dr. Fessler's Reviews

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based on 38 total surveys (9 with reviews)
Dr. Fessler Says:

Thank you for taking the time to post a review.

If you are a satisfied patient, please refer me to your family and friends by calling my office at 814-454-8287.  New patients are always welcome.  If you are displeased with your care, please let me or my staff know.  

My goal is make sure that each patient receives the best care possible

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Dr. Fessler'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
    10 to 15 minutes
Patient Reviews (9)
in Erie, PA |
Dr Fessler is experienced, knowledgeable, professional and kind.
Erie Pa |
Excellent. Very professional
in Erie PA |
I and my kids have gone to Dr Fessler over the years whenever an accident occured. Tom was always helpful, very patient, and always always always put the interest of the patient first. When i was young the go-to doctor was Doc Rahner.....Doc Rahner went out of his way to help out the patient (and thier family). To me, Tom Fessler is the modern day Doc.Rahner.
in Erie, PA |
Dr Fessler has been an asset to our community and has treated myself as well as family members with great results for years. He is very experienced and knowledgeable along with the caring and compassion that is lacking in a lot of physicians. I would highly recommend him to anyone in need of orthopedic care.
Very patient with you. Listens to your concerns. Asks good questions. Lays out your options and then gives his recommendation. Great bedside manners.
in Erie, PA |
Best 'bedside' manners a doctor can have. Does not rush patients thru like an assembly line.
in Erie, PA |
Dr. Fessler's wealth of knowledge in the orthopedic field is Outstanding. His respect and care for the patient is first rate. My son broke his collar bone in November and Dr. Fessler has taken great care of him. My son is very anxious to get back in the gym to work out , although Dr. Fessler understands his frustrations, he make it clear that if Mike goes too soon, he will injurer his shoulder.Dr. Fessler cares long term about his patients and not just fix them and ship them out.
in Erie, PA |
Dr. Fessler just treated my hip and shoulder which have been bothering me for several months. I was concerned that I would need to have surgeries on both the hip and shoulder and I would miss work. Nevertheless, I was willing to proceed with surgery by Dr. Fessler, if needed, because he previously performed knee surgery a few years ago and I had great success. As it turns out, he provided quick relief of my problems by an injection and medication. Outstanding Physician. 5+++.
in Erie, PA |
Excellent doctor. Very caring and did a great job explaining my injury so that I could make an informed decision as to my treatment. Highly recommend him to anyone.
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Dr. Fessler's Care Philosophy

When I was trained at Georgetown University, completed my internship at Washington Hospital Center and my residency at the University of Massachusetts, I learned more than just about the anatomy of the human body.

My training focused on the bedside manner of the doctor.  How a patient feels about his or her ailment or how a patient handles the anticipation of a surgery impacts the healing process.  

My goal is to make sure each of my patients understands his or her options for care, and is most comfortable with the choices we make together.

If a patient needs surgery, I have operating privileges at Saint Vincent Health Center, Saint Vincent Surgery Center, UPMC Hamot, UPMC Surgery Center and the Village SurgiCenter.

To make an appointment to discuss your orthopaedic needs, call my office at 814-454-8287.  I look forward to seeing you.

Sincerely, Dr. Tom Fessler

Dr. Fessler says...

As the team physician for the athletes of Edinboro University and Cathedral Prep, I can diagnose sports related injuries on the spot.

Also, many of my patients are enjoying their retirement years and are in need of hip and knee replacements.

My patients range in age and in orthopaedic needs.  To see if I can help you, please make an appointment by calling 814-454-8287.

Sincerely, Dr. Tom Fessler

Dr. Fessler says...

As an orthopaedic surgeon, I can assist you with acute injuries or chronic problems.

My specialties include:

Arthroscopic Surgery

Hip replacement

Knee replacement

Joint replacement

Sports Medicine

Orthopeadic trauma

Foot and ankle

and other orthopeadic needs

Sincerely, Dr. Tom Fessler

Dr. Fessler says...

Thank you for taking the time to post a review.

If you are a satisfied patient, please refer me to your family and friends by calling my office at 814-454-8287.  New patients are always welcome.  If you are displeased with your care, please let me or my staff know.  

My goal is make sure that each patient receives the best care possible and is on the road to recovery quickly.  

Sincerely, Dr. Tom Fessler

Dr. Fessler'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
  •  Board certified in Orthopedic Surgery
  •  Malpractice claims in Pennsylvania not available
  •  No sanctions found
  •  No board actions found

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  • Awards & Honors
    • Healthgrades Honor Roll
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Board Certifications

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  • Orthopedic Surgery

Conditions Treated

  • Achilles Tendinitis
  • Adhesive Capsulitis
  • Ankle Fracture
  • Ankle Sprain and Achilles Tendon Sprain or Rupture
  • Ankle Sprains and Strains
  • Ankle and Foot Instability or Derangement
  • Ankylosing Spondylitis
  • Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) or Posterior Cruciate Ligament (PCL) Tear
  • Arthritis of the Elbow
  • Back Pain
  • Baker’s Cyst
  • Bone Disorders
  • Broken Arm
  • Bursitis
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Cervical Spine Myelopathy
  • Chondrocalcinosis
  • Clavicle Fracture
  • Complications of Joint Prosthesis
  • Degenerative Disc Disease
  • Difficulty With Walking
  • Dupuytren's Contracture
  • Elbow Bursitis
  • Elbow Injuries
  • Elbow Sprain
  • Enthesopathy of Hip (incl. Trochanteric Bursitis)
  • Enthesopathy of Knee (incl. Bursitis of Knee)
  • Femur Fracture
  • Foot Conditions
  • Foot Fracture
  • Foot Sprain
  • Fracture
  • Fracture of Hand (incl. Fingers)
  • Ganglion Cyst
  • Gout
  • Hand Fracture
  • Hip Fracture
  • Hip Pointer Injuries
  • Hip Sprain
  • Internal Derangement of Knee
  • Joint Pain
  • Knee Dislocation
  • Knee Disorders
  • Knee Fracture
  • Knee Sprain
  • Lateral Collateral Ligament (LCL) Sprain
  • Lateral and Medial Epicondylitis (Tennis and Golf Elbow)
  • Leg Fracture Above Knee (incl. Hip)
  • Leg Fracture Below Knee (incl. Ankle)
  • Limb Cramp
  • Limb Pain
  • Low Back Pain
  • Medial Collateral Ligament (MCL) Sprain
  • Non-Unions and Malunions of Fractures
  • 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
  • Osteopenia
  • Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome or Knee Pain
  • Peripheral Nerve Disorders
  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Pyogenic Arthritis
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • Rotator Cuff Tear
  • Runner's Knee
  • Scapular Fracture
  • Sciatica (Not Due to Disc Displacement)
  • Shoulder Dislocation
  • Shoulder Disorders
  • Shoulder Impingement Syndrome
  • Shoulder Tendinitis and Tenosynovitis
  • Spinal Stenosis
  • Sprains and Strains (incl. Muscle Tear)
  • Stress Fracture of Foot
  • Systemic Chondromalacia
  • Tibia and Fibula Fractures
  • Tibia or Fibula Stress Fracture
  • Trigger Finger
  • Wrist Fracture

Education

  • Medical School
    Georgetown University

    Graduated in 1981

  • Internship Hospital
    Washington Hospital Center

    Completed in 1982

  • Residency Hospital
    University Of Massachusetts Medical Center

    Completed in 1986

  • Undergraduate School
    Georgetown University

    Graduated in 1977

  • Other Education
    Us Navy

    Completed in 1989

Languages Spoken

  • English

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Specialties

  • Orthopedic Surgery

Procedures Performed

  • ACL Surgery
  • All Shoulder or Elbow Replacement Procedures
  • Arm Surgery
  • Carpal Tunnel 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, Closed
  • Excision of Femur or Knee
  • Excision of Scapula, Clavicle, Rib, or Sternum
  • Excision of Tibia or Fibula
  • Foot and Ankle Fracture Treatment, Closed
  • Foot and Ankle Fracture Treatment, Open
  • Foot and Ankle Fracture and Dislocation Treatment
  • Fracture Care
  • Hand and Wrist Fracture Treatment, Closed
  • Hand and Wrist Fracture Treatment, Open
  • Hand and Wrist Fracture and Dislocation Treatment
  • Hip Fracture and Dislocation Treatment
  • Hip Fracture and-or Dislocation Treatment, Closed
  • Hip Fracture and-or Dislocation Treatment, Open
  • Hip Replacement
  • Hip Replacement Revision
  • 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, Closed
  • Knee and Lower Leg Fracture Treatment, Open
  • Rotator Cuff Surgery
  • Shoulder Fracture Treatment
  • Shoulder Fracture and Dislocation Treatment
  • Steroid Injection
  • Trigger Finger Release
  • Trigger Point Injection
  • Viscosupplementation With Hyaluronate