Dr. Robert Thorsness’ clinical expertise focuses on shoulder and elbow surgery, and sports medicine with an emphasis on shoulder and elbow reconstruction and replacement. Most commonly, he treats patients for rotator cuff disorders, shoulder dislocations and instability, labral tears, arthritis, fractures and sports injuries, using minimally invasive arthroscopic techniques.
For management of shoulder arthritis, he utilizes anatomic total shoulder and reverse total shoulder replacement using the most modern, bone-preserving techniques. He believes in a team-oriented approach to treatment, which often involves physical and occupational therapists to maximize functional outcomes for his patients.
Dr. Thorsness earned his medical degree from Washington University in St. Louis, followed by residency training in orthopedic surgery at University of Rochester, Rochester, NY. Dr. Thorsness went on to complete a fellowship in shoulder and elbow surgery at Rush University in Chicago.