Dr. Thomas Fessler, MD

Dr. Thomas Fessler, MD

Orthopedic Surgery  |  
Male  |  
Age 62
(38)
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Dr. Thomas Fessler, MD is an orthopedic surgery doctor who practices in Erie, PA. He is 62 years old and has been practicing for 36 years.

100 Peach St Ste 400

Erie, PA 16507

Contact Information

(814) 454-8287

Insurance Accepted

  • Aetna
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Cigna
  • Commercial Insurance Company
  • CoreSource
  • Coventry Health Care
  • First Health (Coventry Health Care)
  • Government Employees Health Association (GEHA)
  • Health Net
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Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome or Knee Pain
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more than 99% of peers
Osteoarthritis of Knee
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more than 99% of peers
Osteoarthritis
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Care Philosophy

This content was provided by Dr. Fessler "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"

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Specialties

  • Orthopedic Surgery
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Board Certifications

  • Orthopedic Surgery
    Accredited by: American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery*
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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
  • Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS)
  • 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
  • Pathological Spine Fracture
  • 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
  • Thoracic Spine Myelopathy
  • Tibia and Fibula Fractures
  • Tibia or Fibula Stress Fracture
  • Trigger Finger
  • Wrist Fracture

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Procedures

  • ACL Surgery
  • All Shoulder or Elbow Replacement Procedures
  • Arm Surgery
  • Arthroscopic Shoulder 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
  • Separated Femoral Epiphysis Treatment
  • Shoulder Fracture Treatment
  • Shoulder Fracture and Dislocation Treatment
  • Steroid Injection
  • Synovial Biopsy
  • Trigger Finger Release
  • Trigger Point Injection
  • Viscosupplementation With Hyaluronate

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Background Check

Malpractice Claims not available

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0 Sanctions

No sanctions history found for the years that Healthgrades collects data.

0 Board Actions

No board actions found for the years that Healthgrades collects data.

Education

  • Georgetown University
    Undergraduate School | Graduated 1977
  • Georgetown University
    Medical School | Graduated 1981
  • Washington Hospital Center
    Internship Hospital | Completed 1982
  • University Of Massachusetts Medical Center
    Residency Hospital | Completed 1986
  • Us Navy
    Other Education | Completed 1989

Awards & Recognition

Awards & Honors
  • Healthgrades Honor Roll
Media & Publications

Dr. Fessler has no media or publications listed.

Languages Spoken

  • English

Memberships & Professional Affiliations

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Dr. Fessler's Reviews

Likelihood of recommending Dr. Fessler to family and friends
4.8
based on 38 total reviews (10 with comments)
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 Comments (10)
in Erie, PA |
Dr. Fessler did both of my total knee replacements. One was 7 years ago and the other was 3 years ago. I have been eternally grateful that he did them and I have not had one problem with them. My meetings with Dr. Fessler were always great and he took as much time with me as I needed. I would recommend him to anybody who needs his area of expertise.
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 accepts 17 insurance carriers
  • Aetna
    Aetna HMO
    Choice Plus POS II
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
    Blue Card PPO
  • Cigna
    Cigna HMO
    Cigna PPO
    Great West Healthcare-Cigna PPO
    Open Access Plus
  • Commercial Insurance Company
  • CoreSource
  • Coventry Health Care
    Coventry Health America PPO
  • First Health (Coventry Health Care)
    First Health (Coventry Health Care) PPO
  • Government Employees Health Association (GEHA)
    GEHA
  • Health Net
    Medicare Advantage PFFS
  • Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield
    Community Blue PPO
  • Medicaid
  • Priority Health
  • Tricare
  • UnitedHealthCare
    Choice Plus POS
    Navigate HMO
    Navigate POS
    Options PPO
    United Healthcare
  • Universal American
  • UPMC
    UPMC PPO
  • UPMC Health Plan

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Hospitals where Dr. Fessler has admitting privileges

Upmc Hamot
201 State Street
Erie, PA 16550
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Saint Vincent Health Center
232 West 25th Street
Erie, PA 16544
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