Dr. Jon Norberg is a hand surgeon practicing in Maple Grove, MN. Dr. Norberg specializes in caring for hand, wrist and forearm problems from carpal tunnel to complex hand and wrist injuries. He also specializes in arthritis surgeries of the hand and wrist designed to restore or preserve function and relieve pain.
Education and Training
Univ Of Nd Sch Of Med- Grand Forks Nd MD 1996
University of North Dakota - Grand Forks, ND BS 1992
Orthopaedic SurgeryAmerican Board of Orthopaedic SurgeryABOS- 2014
Dr. Jon D. Norberg, M.D.'s Expert Contributions
Short answer - no. Most of the time we can numb the area we are working on or the entire arm so that a patient does not need to be "put under" - you still need a driver home. (unless it is done under straight local without sedation - often called WALANT). READ MORE
Ugly scars on the dorsum of the hand can often be removed and traded for smaller less obvious scars. It really depends on the condition of the tissue surrounding the scars and if there is enough "good" tissue to cover the area after the scar is removed. Less frequently skin grafts from another area can be used but it is hard to get that tissue to match the skin of the hand. READ MORE
It depends on the size and location of the burns. Burns on the backs of the hands are more likely to be able to be removed. Again it depends on the size and location of the burns as well as the condition of the surrounding tissue. READ MORE
For people with rheumatoid arthritis, it is imperative that they work closely with their rheumatologist to maximize the medical management of their disease and opt for surgery only if those treatments fail. READ MORE
It is not uncommon with the location of your injury for things to get "stuck down" during the healing phase. Now that things are healed it may be worth while to go back in and free things up (tenolysis and neurolysis). Frequently after doing those procedures people see a dramatic improvement in their function and decrease in pain. If you still have numbness and weakness, unfortunately that is not likely to improve. READ MORE
Not likely a surgical problem. See your primary care provider and have them check your Calcium, potassium and magnesium. READ MORE
YES - a few sessions to show you what to do then you need to be good about doing the therapy on your own at home from then on. READ MORE
Yes you should have it looked at by a hand specialist, especially if you have a history of a bad wrist sprain at any time in your past. They can examine you and check x-rays and sometimes an MRI to look for ligament problems, problems with the wrist bones or a ganglion. READ MORE
Results of carpal tunnel surgery are excellent if done for the right reasons. See a hand specialist to be sure you have the right diagnosis first. While carpal tunnel is a relatively easy surgery, it won't help if they don't have the right diagnosis, what you describe may be a different condition. READ MORE
Most patients benefit from hand therapy. Sometimes patients need to come in frequently to be seen by therapy, but often therapists can teach patients what to do at home and see them periodically to provide services that patients can't or won't do on their own. READ MORE
Yes, hand surgeons are often able to help correct crooked fingers. Most of the time the reason to fix them is because they are so crooked that they don't work or they are painful. I would suggest leaving a finger alone if it is not painful and works well. READ MORE
There is a bone growth on my index finger. Can it be operated and removed? What are the chances that it will regrow?
You should have it looked at and x-rayed by a hand specialist to see exactly what you have going on. Benign growths can often be removed with a low risk of coming back. Bone spurs from arthritis are a little harder to address. An x-ray and exam is the best place to start. READ MORE
See a hand specialist to have them diagnose the problem and make suggestions. Surgery is not always necessary. READ MORE
Yes it is still quite safe as long as his sugars are well controlled. Often surgeons will not operate if a patients hemoglobin A1c is elevated. Different surgeons have different thresholds so ask your surgeon. READ MORE
People that have a trigger finger for less than a year will often respond well to an injection and not need surgery. If the symptoms fail to get better with a steroid injection or if it has been going on for more than a year, surgery can be performed. Don't worry, it can be done through a small incision, with 2 stitches, with minimal down time. Often this can be done under local anesthetic in a procedure room without sedation so you can drive yourself home. READ MORE
Often, unsightly scars on the back of the hand can be removed with surgery. A scar from the surgery will still be there, but is usually less noticeable than a scar from trauma or a burn. Scars on the palm side are much more difficult to improve. You are correct that plastic surgery hand surgeons are more adept at addressing this concern than most orthopedic hand surgeons. READ MORE
Many hand surgery procedures can be performed under local anesthetic. The use of sedation is often up to the preference of the patient. As long as a patient is comfortable sedation is frequently not required. If a patient is anxious, sedation may be appreciated by both the patient and the staff. READ MORE
If you are getting a nerve block for hand surgery, the block is typically performed by administering an injection into the armpit near the nerves to the arm (an auxilliary block) or above the collar bone (a supraclavicular block). Both blocks allow for several hours of numbness for the procedure and afterwards. READ MORE
The recovery after finger surgery depends on several factors. The nature of the injury or problem is the most significant determinant of the outcome followed by the compliance with therapy (diligent therapy but not overdoing it) and lastly the quality of the procedure performed. I typically tell people it's 40% what I do at surgery and 60% what they do in therapy that gets them the best possible result. Be sure you have a qualified hand therapist - typically they will have a Certificate in Hand Therapy in addition to being an Occupational Therapist. READ MORE
Hand surgery for arthritis is often very helpful at reducing pain thus improving function. It depends on which joints are involved and how bad the arthritis, but in general it is predictably helpful. There are some non-surgical options as well, depending on the arthritis. Frequently steroid or Platelet Rich Plasma injections can be helpful. READ MORE
Areas of expertise and specialization
Faculty Titles & Positions
- Lead Surgeon Department of Hand Surgery Sanford Health System 2015 - Present
- Clinical Instructor Sanford Health System Orthopedic Residency 2018 - Present
- Clinical Instructor University of North Dakota School of Medicine 2014 - Present
- American Association for Surgery of the Hand
- American Association of Orthopedic Surgeons
- University of Pittsburgh Medical Center Hand and Upper Extremity Surgery 2002
Charities and Philanthropic Endeavors
- HERO- Health Equipment Recycling Organization - Board Member
- Platelet rich plasma, steroid injections, finger joint replacement,
- University of Pittsburgh Medical Center - Hand and Upper Extremity Fellowship2001-2002
Professional Society Memberships
- American Association for Hand SurgeryAmerican Association of Orthopedic Surgery
Articles and Publications
- Clinical Scaphoid Fractures in Children Andrea Evenski, MD; Mark Adamczyk, MD; Alonna Norberg, MD; Jon Norberg, MD; Patrick Riley, MD, Pediatrics/Spine, 1/1/2007Arthroscopic Subacromial Decompression: Lateral Approach Chapter in Surgical Techniques for the Shoulder and Elbow Jon D. Norberg, Robert H. Bell, and Russ AEditors: Barber FA, Fischer SP.Thieme Medical Publishers2003Safe Pumpkin Carving Jon Norberg, Mediahttps://www.valleynewslive.com/content/news/Healthier-Me-Pumpkin-carving-safety--450528183.htmlFargo - 10/18/2018
What do you attribute your success to?
- Dedication to being my best and doing my best for others, treating others how I would want to be treated.
Areas of research
- Platelet Rich Plasma for treatment of hand and wrist arthritis and lateral epicondylitis.
Teaching and speaking
- "Common problems of the Hand and Arm" Hjemkomst Center, Moorhead, MN - 1/1/2010"Injuries of the Hand and Carpus." Marriot Garden Inn, Moorhead, MN - 1/1/2008"Evaluation and Treatment of Upper Extremity Complaints." Holiday Inn, Fargo, ND - 1/1/2006
Areas of research
Platelet rich plasma.
Finger joint replacement
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Get to know Hand Surgeon Dr. Jon D. Norberg, who serves patients in Fargo, North Dakota.
Dr. Norberg is a board-certified and fellowship-trained hand surgeon, who specializes in orthopedic surgery, particularly hand, wrist, and elbow conditions. Some of the conditions that he treats include carpal tunnel, trigger finger, fractures, arthritis, tendon injuries, dislocations, and cysts.
The doctor sees patients at Sanford Orthopedics and Sport Medicine Walk-In Clinic in Fargo, North Dakota. His approach is to handle each patient’s individual needs with care, compassion, and proficiency. In doing so, he combines cutting-edge techniques with proven traditional methods to get the best possible outcomes.
After earning his Bachelor of Science degree from the University of North Dakota in Grand Forks in 1992, Dr. Norberg went on to obtain his medical degree from the University of North Dakota School of Medicine and Health Sciences in 1996. He completed his residency in orthopedic surgery at Summa Health System in Akron, Ohio, followed by his fellowship in hand surgery at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center and his fellowship in upper extremity at Western Pennsylvania Hand & Trauma Center in Pittsburg, Pennsylvania.
A member of the American Association for Surgery of the Hand and the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons, he is board-certified in orthopedic surgery by the American Board of Orthopedic Surgery (ABOS). The ABOS is an organization with the goal of establishing educational and professional standards for orthopedic residents and surgeons, as well as evaluating the qualifications and competence of orthopedic surgeons. It is a member of the American Board of Medical Specialties.
Hand surgery deals with both surgical and non-surgical treatment of conditions and problems that may take place in the hand or upper extremity, commonly from the tip of the hand to the shoulder, including injury and infection. Hand surgeons typically deal with the diagnosis and treatment of chronic and acute injuries or deformities of the upper extremities. This includes shoulder, upper arm, forearm, the hand itself, all fingers, and thumb surgery.
On a more personal note, Dr. Norberg has three children. He enjoys traveling, scuba diving, hunting, as well as playing racquetball and soccer.
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