Arm, Elbow, Hand and Wrist


Arthritis, Arthroscopic Surgery, Deformity, Joint Replacement, Rehabilitation, Sports Medicine, Trauma/Fractures, Tumor/Oncology

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My approach to treating patients

I specialize in surgery of the hand, wrist, forearm, elbow and distal humerus. I work closely with highly qualified hand therapists, making possible improved outcomes following your treatment with us. I am an experienced physician with specialization in hand surgery. I am board-certified in orthopaedic surgery and hold the coveted certificate of added qualification in surgery of the hand (CAQ).

We now offer endoscopic cubital tunnel release surgery (nerve compression at the elbow).

Plasma Rich Platelet injections (PRP) is an option in the treament of tennis elbow, which we offer also.

Available is an alternative surgical treatment for Dupuytren's disease: Percutaneous Needle Aponeurectomy. Non-surgical treatment options, including collagenase injections (Auxilium, Xiaflex), are also available.

Please schedule an appointment to discuss these minimally invasive options for nerve and contracture problems of the hand, fingers, and elbow.

We also have a structured program for the treatment of writer's cramp or hand dystonia.

For our established patients we offer the opportunity to communicate with us via e-mail, thus saving you valuable time and expense over traditional return office visits.

Our mission at Southlake Orthopaedics is to provide competent and comprehensive orthopaedic care for patients of all ages. Professional patient care is our primary responsibility. We strive to ensure that all patients treated at our facilities receive appropriate, efficient, and timely care. Our treatment methods are subjected to continuous performance improvement practices.

In my life away from the office, I enjoy a rich family life, listen to classical music, run an occasional marathon, and pursue other outdoor activities. These endeavors help me to understand the difficult challenges professionals and hobbyists may face in these areas.

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Contact Information

Southlake Orthopaedics 513 Brookwood Blvd. Brookwood Medical Plaza, Suite 402 Birmingham, AL 35209 View map Phone 205-503-4062

Other staff in my practice

Additional specialty physicians in my practice include Drs. Michael Blum, C.J. Talbert, William Krauss, William Sudduth, Michael Ellerbush, and William Craig.

Candace Mothershead, PA-C, is Dr. Bonatz' physician assistant, who can also answer many of your questions. Susan Brown, OTR/L, Nicki Harris, OTR/L, CHT, and Cathy Dollar, OTR/L, are highly trained hand therapists, who stand ready to participate in providing you with the highest quality of care.

Helpful patient billing specialists and other office staff are also available to answer your questions and schedule appointments.

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