Dr. Adam Kessler says Army Tours were Trauma Training Ground
Joplin, MO – Patients presenting in an emergency room can sometimes look like they been through a battle. But Dr. Adam Kessler, Freeman Health System Orthopaedic Traumatologist, is used to taking care of combat victims.
“In the Army, trauma became second nature,” Dr. Kessler says. “Nothing really surprises me anymore. Because I’ve seen lots of horrific injuries in combat and some in fellowship, I always have an idea of how I can take care of it. I’ve been very lucky to work with Dr. David Seligson, the orthopaedic trauma fellowship director at the University of Louisville, Kentucky. We used implants and tools that Dr. Seligson actually designed and created.”
An orthopaedic trauma surgeon, Dr. Kessler will work closely with the Freeman Emergency Department to help patients with articular fractures, pelvis and hip socket injuries.
In non-trauma cases, patients with joint issues can take part in the surgery planning process. “The most important aspect of a doctor-patient relationship is trust,” Dr. Kessler says. “I listen to the patient. My job is to give options and help patients reach their goals by outlining a specific procedure plan. Whether it is a total joint replacement or a surgery to correct carpal tunnel, patient input is important.”
Dr. Kessler’s personal experiences with a broken ankle, dislocated finger and broken collar bone drove his interest in orthopaedic medicine. “I was interested to see how the orthopedic surgeon could fix things.” His interest was nurtured by his mom, an operating room nurse. “We went to open houses and saw equipment.”
Dr. Kessler and his wife of 20 years and have five children between the ages of 13 and 20. They enjoy movies, hiking and swimming, and they look forward to exploring the lakes and rivers around Joplin.
Locally owned, not-for-profit and nationally recognized, Freeman Health System includes Freeman Hospital West, Freeman Hospital East, Freeman Neosho Hospital and Ozark Center – the area’s largest provider of behavioral health services – as well as two urgent care clinics, dozens of physician clinics and a variety of specialty services. In 2019, Freeman earned dozens of individual awards for medical excellence and patient safety from CareChex®, a quality rating system that helps consumers evaluate healthcare providers. U.S. News & World Report named Freeman Health System the Best Hospital in Southwest Missouri for 2019. With more than 300 physicians on staff representing more than 70 specialties, Freeman provides cancer care, heart care, neurology and neurosurgery, orthopaedics, children’s services and women’s services. Additionally, Freeman is the only Children’s Miracle Network Hospital in a 70-mile radius. For more information, visit freemanhealth.com.