Dr. Walter Frueh, MD

Orthopedic Surgery •  Male • Age 47
  
Dr. Frueh
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EmergeOrtho, Wilmington, NC

3787 Shipyard Blvd Wilmington, NC 28403

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Dr. Walter Frueh, MD is a Orthopedic Surgery Specialist in Wilmington, NC. Dr. Frueh has more experience with Hip/Pelvic Bones and Knee/Lower Limbs than other specialists in his area. He is affiliated with medical facilities New Hanover Regional Medical Center and NHRMC Orthopedic Hospital. He is accepting new patients. Be sure to call ahead with Dr. Frueh to book an appointment.


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Dr. Frueh accepts the following insurance:

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Frequently Treated by Dr. Frueh

Based on treatment records, we have identified the following as areas of care that Dr. Frueh treats more often than their peers. If you are unsure whether Dr. Frueh treats other conditions, please contact the office at (910) 332-3800.

Hip/Pelvic Bones

Hip surgery includes arthroscopy, fracture repair, resurfacing, and replacment to treat conditions affecting the hip, such as arthritis, dysplasia, and injuries.Compare with other Hip/Pelvic Bones specialists.

Dr. Frueh typically treats 75% more often than similar doctors

Based on claims data for 7 conditions and procedures

Treatments
Osteoarthritis of Hip
Hip Replacement
Hip Resurfacing
Enthesopathy of Hip (incl. Trochanteric Bursitis)
Normal Frequency
High Frequency
Very High Frequency
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Knee/Lower Limbs

Knee and lower limb surgeons perform procedures such as total knee replacement, partial knee replacement, and tendor repair, to treat conditions including arthritis, ligament tears, or bone fractures.Compare with other Knee/Lower Limbs specialists.

Dr. Frueh typically treats 68% more often than similar doctors

Based on claims data for 10 conditions and procedures

Treatments
Knee Disorders
Knee Surgery
Osteoarthritis of Knee
Knee Replacement
Normal Frequency
High Frequency
Very High Frequency
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Dr. Frueh's conditions and procedures:

  • Ankle Sprains and Strains
  • Arthritis of the Elbow
  • Bone Cancer
  • Bursitis
  • Chronic Pelvic Pain
  • Coccyx or Sacrum Fracture
  • Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS)
  • Complications of Joint Prosthesis
  • Difficulty With Walking
  • Enthesopathy of Hip (incl. Trochanteric Bursitis)
  • Enthesopathy of Knee (incl. Bursitis of Knee)
  • Epidural Block, Facet Blocks
  • Excision of Femur or Knee
  • Femur Fracture
  • Fracture
  • Fracture Care
  • Gait Abnormality
  • Hip Fracture
  • Hip Fracture and Dislocation Treatment
  • Hip Fracture and-or Dislocation Treatment, Closed
  • Hip Fracture and-or Dislocation Treatment, Open
  • Hip Pointer Injuries
  • Hip Replacement
  • Hip Replacement Revision
  • Hip Resurfacing
  • Hip Sprain
  • Internal Derangement of Knee
  • Joint Pain
  • Knee and Leg Fracture and Dislocation Treatment
  • Knee and Lower Leg Fracture Treatment, Closed
  • Knee and Lower Leg Fracture Treatment, Open
  • Knee Arthroscopy
  • Knee Dislocation
  • Knee Disorders
  • Knee Fracture
  • Knee Replacement
  • Knee Replacement Revision
  • Knee Sprain
  • Knee Surgery
  • Lateral and Medial Epicondylitis (Tennis and Golf Elbow)
  • Leg Fracture Above Knee (incl. Hip)
  • Limb Cramp
  • Limb Pain
  • Marfan Syndrome
  • Medial Collateral Ligament (MCL) Sprain
  • Myelopathy
  • Neck Strain (incl. Whiplash Injury)
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Osteoarthritis of Ankle and Foot
  • Osteoarthritis of Hip
  • Osteoarthritis of Hip and Thigh
  • Osteoarthritis of Knee
  • Osteoarthritis of Spine
  • Pelvic Fracture
  • Radiculopathy (Not Due to Disc Displacement)
  • Resection or Ablation of Bone Tumor, Partial or Complete Resection of Bone, Debridement of Bone
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • Runner's Knee
  • Separated Femoral Epiphysis Treatment
  • Spinal Nerve Block
  • Sprains and Strains (incl. Muscle Tear)
  • Steroid Injection
  • Synovial Biopsy
  • Thoracic Spine Myelopathy
  • Tibia and Fibula Fractures

Dr. Frueh's Reviews

Likelihood to recommend Dr. Frueh

4.6

Based on 51 ratings

5 Stars
86.27450980392157%
(44)
4 Stars
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3 Stars
1.9607843137254901%
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2 Stars
1.9607843137254901%
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1 Star
7.8431372549019605%
(4)
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I’ve had the pleasure of Dr. Frueh’s expertise before. He was instrumental in making my hip replacement a wonderful success. I am now trusting him to do a knee replacement. He is so skilled and nice I send family and friends to him. No one has ever been unhappy about their experience. I’d give him more stars if I were able.
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Sandra Strobel – Nov 20, 2020
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Dr. Frueh listened to all of my symptoms and was ready to help me, after having a previous right hip replacement that didn’t go so well by another doctor. Dr. Frueh was prompt in treating me with left hip replacement, and very compassionate during his visits to me in the hospital afterwards. He’s a wonderful orthopedic doctor. I’m so glad someone referred him to me.
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  • Appointment wasn't rushed
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Edwina Mclamb – Nov 18, 2020
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Dr Frueh is professional, friendly, and thorough. He explained the diagnosis and made appropriate recommendations for treatment. He answered all my questions without making me feel rushed.
What went well
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  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
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  • Explained conditions well
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Nov 11, 2020
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Absolutely! Dr Frueh did my right knee 10 years ago, then my left knee 2 years later. I was bone on bone suffering for several years before surgery due to pain. Best Healthcare move I have made! I have worked out every week day without pain or lack of flexibility. Dr. Frueh continues the care if I overdo and have any problems! My knees are so strong now that I sometimes get carried away with exercise.
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
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MJ Bond – Nov 11, 2020
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I had two hip replacements by Dr Freugh 3 years ago he is magnificent,no scar tissue or issues after my surgeries at different times,Thank you!
What went well
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  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
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  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
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Nov 03, 2020
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I like Dr. Freuh. He has replaced both my hips and did a fabulous job. He really knows what he's doing and I wouldn't hesitate to go back to him (he also does knees) if I ever need more surgery.
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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Kitty Solomita – Oct 31, 2020
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Good visit, listened well and gave a good opinion. Nurse made out a referral order, but listed the wrong knee. Should be PT for my left knee, not my right knee
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Greg Conner – Oct 25, 2020
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Dr Fruehe helped me at 60 years old and a history of many hip issues. For the first time in 30 years he has relieved my chronic pain. The staff at emurge ortho is very professional and very kind. As long as I live in Wilmington he will be my orthopedic surgeon He is helping me get back to a life I haven't known for many years
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
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Donna Pellerin – Oct 09, 2020
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Excellent in every way. Provides great care. Listens and communicates.
What went well
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  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
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Oct 08, 2020
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Would give Dr Frueh 10 stars if available ... two hips. Three months ... out of pain .... back to work quickly .... incredibly responsive.
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
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Julie Rogers – Oct 04, 2020
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Dr Frueh is a great listener. He asked questions so he clearly understood my medical situation and my expectations going forward. He is an excellent communicator. He provided a simple clear understandable explanation of his anterior hip replacement procedure in plain English without medical jargon or abbreviations. He is a down to earth friendly doctor. But it is clear that he is up to date on all aspects and new developments of the anterior hip replacement surgery that is his specialty. He also patiently answered all my questions.
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
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Bob Maher – Sep 30, 2020
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Dr. Frueh you did a total hip replacement on me in June 2020. Thank you with all my heart for giving me back my quality of life! From the first visit to your office with Andy Culbreth till the day after surgery when I went home I couldn’t have asked for a better experience! I’ll highly recommend you to anyone I meet that needs an Orthopedic Surgeon. God bless you always. Sincerely, Denise Mare
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
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Denise Mare – Aug 25, 2020
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Dr. Freuh is a fantastic orthopedic surgeon. He did my hip-replacement surgery and it is very successful. I am only a month out from the surgery and I can go on moderately long walks, can mow my lawn and am back driving the car. I am off all pain medications and have minimal discomfort. He told me that should disappear in six to eight weeks. Not everyone will have as quick a recovery as I have had but I think it is miraculous for a 78 year old. I cannot recommend Dr. Freuh highly enough.
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John Myers – Jun 14, 2020
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Dr.Frueh has followed my arthritic knee and hip for several years. He has recommended PT and my continued yoga routine along with a topical for the knee. He hears my reluctance for cortisone injections and backs off. He willingly discusses procedures and options. I also know a number of his surgery patients. None of them have complaints!
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Gloria Degnan – Jun 03, 2020
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Dr Frueh is a member of the elite group of orthopedic surgeons who are justifiably confident yet never arrogant. He’s not put off by questions and takes time to answer all of them. He replaced my hip 12 years ago after I sought recommendations from people in the medical community. While I no longer live in the Wilmington area, I recently decided to to return to have him replace the other hip. It was the right decision.
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May 28, 2020
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WARNING..WARNING Dr Freud Did my hip and destroyed me. I’m Handicapped Now because of his work. He left me with muscle and nerve damage. When I confronted him, he said “I should be thankful as one of his patents died” For your sake, do not use him. At your own risk! - NO STAR REVIEW -
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May 21, 2020
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Excellent! Dr Frueh-emergortho- was highly recommended to me By a friend. He was friendly, professional and understanding. I was diagnosed with severe osteoarthritis in both knees and Dr Frueh-emergortho provided a thorough explanation of my options going forward, including knee replacement surgery, but encouraged me to wait until absolutely necessary. I appreciated that he did not rush me to surgery and encouraged me to continue my current exercise activities.
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Terry – May 15, 2020
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Absolutely THE Best! Highly trained at the #1 Orthopedic Residency and Fellowship program (Thomas Jefferson). 15+ years experience. I had both knees replaced in 2019 (7 months apart.) My experience was returning to 125+ degree range of motion in both knees. Very satisfied. Dr Frueh has always been extremely thorough in his pre & post surgery exams. He has a phenomenal team that supports him. His passion for his profession is ever present. His explanation of the procedure, projected outcomes have always be thorough and complete. He always displayed the utmost patience with my numerous questions and always strived to ensure I understood. Dr Frueh exceeded my expectations and I have the utmost confidence in him. He has my strongest recommendation!!!
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Wayne K Kruger, Captain, USN, (Ret). – Apr 01, 2020
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Complete RT Hip Arthroplasty
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Feb 21, 2020
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Dr. Frueh came highly recommended to me and I understand why. He’s a good listener and exudes confidence, professionalism, and knowledge. He made me feel very comfortable with our path forward for care and gave me options to consider first while explaining the pros and cons of the options. His staff was very professional, friendly and helpful too.
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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About Me

Care Philosophy

Our doctors have remained North Carolina's compassionate experts in providing experienced treatment for bone, joint, and muscle injuries and conditions....Read more

Biography

Dr. Walter Frueh is a board certified orthopedic surgeon and fellowship trained in adult hip and knee joint reconstruction. He completed his medical degree...Read more

Specialties

  • Orthopedic Surgery
  • Hip & Knee Orthopedics
  • Reconstructive Orthopedic Surgery

Board Certifications

Education

2005
Thomas Jefferson University Hospital
Fellowship Hospital
2004
Thomas Jefferson University Hospital
Residency Hospital
2000
Thomas Jefferson University Hospital
Internship Hospital
1995
Colgate University
Undergraduate School

Languages

  • English
  • Spanish

Awards

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Locations

EmergeOrtho, Wilmington, NC

EmergeOrtho - Wilmington/Shipyard3787 Shipyard Blvd Wilmington, NC 28403
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EmergeOrtho - Leland/Brunswick Forest1168 E Cutlar Crossing Leland, NC 28451
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EmergeOrtho - Wilmington/Porters Neck8115 Market St Ste 108 Wilmington, NC 28411
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OrthoWilmington, Wilmington, NC

EmergeOrtho3787 Shipyard Blvd Wilmington, NC 28403
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    • Fri: 8:00am - 5:30pm
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New Hanover Regional Medical Center

Wilmington, NC

75% Patient experience rating, 6% higher than the national average

  • Outstanding Patient Experience Award™ (2019, 2018)

NHRMC Orthopedic Hospital

Wilmington, NC
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