Orthopedic Surgeon Specialist

Andrew Kersten, MD -  - Orthopedic Surgery

Andrew Kersten, MD

Orthopedic Surgery located in Asheville, NC

Andrew Kersten, MD, is a board-certified orthopedic surgeon who specializes in elbow, shoulder, and knee surgery, including arthroscopic procedures and joint replacements. He provides individualized treatment for patients of all ages at his private practice in Asheville, North Carolina. If you’re looking for a highly skilled orthopedic surgeon, call Dr. Kersten’s office or book an appointment online today.

Orthopedic Surgeon Q & A

What conditions does an orthopedic surgeon treat?

Orthopedic surgery is a medical specialty that focuses on treating injuries and diseases that affect your musculoskeletal system. This includes your bones, joints, muscles, tendons, ligaments, and nerves.

Dr. Kersten is a board-certified orthopedic surgeon who specializes in sports medicine, minimally invasive arthroscopy, and open surgery. He has a particular interest in disorders of the shoulder, elbow, and knee, but provides comprehensive care for the full spectrum of orthopedic issues.

Why would I need to see an orthopedic surgeon?

Your joints are complex structures that are susceptible to numerous injuries and conditions that cause pain. Dr. Kersten not only determines the underlying cause of your pain, but he also provides effective treatment and teaches you how to prevent or reduce future problems.  

What should I expect from an orthopedic visit?

At your first visit, Dr. Kersten performs a thorough physical exam and asks about your medical history and activity level. He may also take diagnostic tests, like an X-ray or blood tests.

Then, he discusses your diagnosis and works with you to create an individualized treatment plan that restores you to your normal activities as quickly and safely as possible. Dr. Kersten’s dual certification in orthopedic surgery and sports medicine combined with your desire to return to sports or activities help to formulate the most effective plan for you.

Depending on your needs, Dr. Kersten may recommend one or more of the following treatments:

Nonsurgical treatment

Seeing an orthopedic surgeon doesn’t mean you need surgery. Dr. Kersten helps many patients recover without surgical intervention. Your condition may improve with a combination of nonsurgical treatments, including:

  • Physical therapy
  • Medications
  • Wearing a splint or brace
  • Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy

If your pain and symptoms continue to limit your activities despite treatment, Dr. Kersten may recommend surgery.

Surgical treatment

Dr. Kersten performs a wide range of surgical procedures, including arthroscopy, open surgery, and joint replacement procedures. Common surgical treatments include:

  • Arthroscopic rotator cuff repair
  • Shoulder replacement (arthroplasty)
  • Arthroscopic meniscus repair
  • Anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) reconstruction
  • Arthroscopic elbow surgery
  • Oxford® Partial Knee replacement
  • Total knee replacement

If you’re looking for the most advanced treatment for a musculoskeletal injury or disease, call the office of Andrew Kersten, MD, or book an appointment online today.