Dr. Fritz Boettner is a specialist in joint-preserving arthroscopic surgery and minimally invasive total joint replacements of the knee and hip.
His practice concentrates on the nonsurgical and surgical treatment of early arthritis. As part of a patient-centered individual approach, he performs arthroscopic cartilage surgery and joint preserving osteotomies, as well as minimally invasive total joint replacements and resurfacings.
“Minimal invasive surgery reduces surgical trauma, resulting in advantages for early rehabilitation," he says. "In addition, patients love their cosmetically appealing incision.”
Dr. Boettner (www.drboettner.com) has been in practice at HSS since 2006. As one of a few experts in New York he performs both anterior and posterior total hip replacements as well as resurfacing. This allows him to discuss with his patients the pros and cons of each approach and pick the best treatment option for the patients individual situation. “There is no right or wrong decision. Instead, we carefully tailor our approach to the patients individual needs. While a resurfacing might be the right option for a 45 year old policeman, an anterior hip replacement is the better choice for a 55-year-old woman that would like to return to yoga.” In a similar fashion he approaches patients with arthritis and cartilage damage of the knee and offers treatments ranging from arthroscopic surgery, to partial and minimal invasive total knee replacement.
For his dedication to his patients he has received the Patients' Choice Award from vitals.com since 2008.
Born in Germany, Dr. Boettner studied at the top international centers for his specialty, completing fellowships in three sub-areas, as well as additional training in minimal invasive joint reconstruction surgery in Germany, Switzerland and the United States. He has authored an orthopedic textbook, as well as numerous scientific publications.
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Attending Orthopedic Surgeon, Hospital for Special Surgery
Professor of Clinical Orthopedic Surgery, Weill Cornell Medical College
Attending Orthopedic Surgeon, NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital
Orthopaedic Research Society (ORS)
German Orthopaedic and Traumatology Society (GOOC)
Arthroscopy Association of North America (AANA)
International Society of Arthroscopy, Knee Surgery and Orthopaedic Sports Medicine (ISAKOS)
German Board of Orthopaedic Surgery
Board Certified American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery
Travelling Fellowship, American Orthopaedic Association
OrthoBiotech OREF Award for Excellence in Blood Management
MD, Rostock University Medical School, Rostock, Germany
MD, Stellenbosch University Medical School, Capetown, South Africa
MD, New York University Medical School, New York
MD, Tulane University Medical School, New Orleans
Muenster University Hospital, Dept. of Orthopaedics, Muenster, Germany, 1998
Muenster University Hospital, Dept. of Orthopaedics, Muenster, Germany, 2003
Research Fellowship: Surgical Arthritis, Hospital for Special Surgery, New York, 1999
Adult Reconstruction Fellowship specializing in hip and knee replacement and joint preservation surgery, Hospital for Special Surgery, New York, 2004
Sports Medicine Fellowship specializing in complex arthroscopic shoulder surgery, shoulder replacement, and reverse total shoulder arthroplasty with the renowned Dr. Richard Hawkins, Steadman Hawkins Clinic, Spartanburg, 2005
Hip Arthroscopy Fellowship with Dr. Marc Philippon, Steadman Hawkins Clinic, Vail, 2006
English, German, Russian
My office is located at The Pavilion, 541 East 71st St. The main entrance to The Pavilion is on the north side of 71st Street underneath the sky bridge that connects the main hospital to the Belaire Building.
- From the Main Hospital (535 East 70th St):
Enter the Hospital lobby and take the West elevators to the 2nd Floor. Upon exiting the elevator, turn right and continue down the hallway and over the sky bridge. Once across the sky bridge, you will see a set of elevators on your left. Take the elevator to my office.
- From the Belaire Building Main Entrance (525 East 71st St):
Enter the Belaire lobby and take the front elevators to the 2nd Floor. Upon exiting the elevator, turn left and follow the hallway around until you see another set of elevators on your right. Take the elevator to my office.
- From the Belaire Building 72nd Street Entrance (524 East 72nd St):
Enter the Belaire building and walk down the stairs. Follow the hallway around, past the first set of elevators on your left. Continue down the hall and past the windows until you see another set of elevators on your right. Take the elevator to my office.
Dr. Boettner utilizes an online patient portal. Using secure technology you can access your records, review test results, request or change appointments, print statements or make payments. To use this option, please enter the patient portal.
Dr. Boettner specializes in minimally invasive anterior and posterior total hip replacement. He will advise you which approach is best suited for your condition. There are different precautions after each of these procedures!Anterior MIS Total Hip Replacement
Please meet my team:
Leslie Ann has been my office manager since the beginning of my practice in 2006. She is the soul of my practice and her caring personality will ensure that you feel comfortable during your treatment with us. She oversees the practice operation and is personally involved with many aspects of your care, including scheduling your surgical procedure and arranging preoperative testing. Leslie will handle all insurance related issues and can answer questions you might have regarding coverage or bill.
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Michelle Sabsels Lyons is a Physician Assistant. She joined my practice in 2012. While I am directly involved in any aspect of your care she has greatly helped me free up time for my patients. She serves as an extension of my care. She will be the first person you meet when coming to your appointment in the office and will be with you by helping me during your pre-operative evaluations, by assisting me in surgery, and by rounding with me in the hospital and providing post-operative care. Michelle has extensive knowledge on all aspects of surgical and nonsurgical care and can answer many of your questions when I am not immediately available.
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Liliya Dvorkina joined my practice’s as medical secretary in 2013 to help Leslie manage the growing practice. Liliya will be answering many of your phone calls. She will schedule your surgery and work on authorizations with your insurance. She is also in charge of many billing related questions. Liliya speaks fluent Russian.
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Erin Larson joined us in 2012 to help us reduce our patients wait time on the phone and make sure that you can always reach the practice. She will schedule your appointments and refer your clinical questions to me. Erin also coordinates the office days and handles x-ray orders.
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Dr. Boettner is the author of an orthopedic textbook, as well as numerous scientific publications and book chapters.
Boettner F, Sculco TP. Total Hip Arthroplasty: Minimizing Complication in the Elderly Woman. Careful Preoperative Screening May be Most Important. Womans Health Orthopedic Edition 2001; 4(4): 117-124.
Boettner F, Zawasky M, Su EP, Bostrom M, Palm L, Ryd L, Sculco TP. The Influence of the Weight Bearing Protocol on Implant Migration after Cementless Total Hip Arthroplasty. A Radiostereometric Analysis. Clin Orthop 2005; 436: 132-137.
Boettner F, TP Sculco. Minimal-Invasive –Posterolateral Approach. Sem Arthropl 2005; 16 (3): 172-178.
Boettner F, Delgado S, Sculco TP. Mini-Incision Total Hip Replacement – The Posterolateral Approach. Am J Orthop 2006; 35: 218-224.
Sculco TP, Boettner F. The Posterolateral Mini-incision Total Hip Arthroplasty. Instr Course Lect 2006; 55: 205-214.
Boettner F, Sculco TP. Complication of Mini Incision Total Hip Arthroplasty in “The Adult Hip,” JJ Callhaghan, AG Rosenberg, HE Rubash; 2nd Ed 2007, Philadelphia; pages 1562-1569.
Boettner F, Altneu E, Sculco TP. Chapter 21: Mini-Posterior Total Hip Arthroplasty "Arthritis and Arthroplasty: The Hip", edited by Drs. Brown, Cui, Mihalko, and Saleh. 2009.
For more publications, please see the PubMed listing.
Boettner F. Labral Pathology: Resection or Repair. 2nd Interdisciplinary Joint Symposium. Friburg, Germany, November, 2008.
Boettner F. Hip Resurfacing: The Ideal Treatment for the Young and Active Patient. 2nd Interdisciplinary Joint Symposium. Friburg, Germany, November, 2008.
Boettner F. Hip Resurfacing: Instructional Video. 2nd Interdisciplinary Joint Symposium. Friburg, Germany, November, 2008.
Boettner F. Hip Arthroscopy: Labral Repair Instructional Video. 2nd Interdisciplinary Joint Symposium. Friburg, Germany, November, 2008.
Boettner F. Partial Knee Replacement. 20th Annual Holiday Knee Course. New York, USA, December, 2008.
Boettner F. Partial Knee Replacement. 11th Annual Symposium – Current Advances in Surgery. Cancun, Mexico, December, 2008.
Dr. Boettner is actively involved in clinical and basic science research, including a clinical study comparing outcomes for uni-, bicompartmental-, and total knee replacements. He is also quite interested in joint preserving surgeries around the hip, as well as hip resurfacing.
Radiostereometric Analysis for Total Joint Arthroplasty
Early Arthritis and Developmental Dysplasia of the Hip
Partial Knee Replacement and MIS Knee Replacement
Hip Arthroscopy vs. Hip Resurfacing
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