Whether you are a professional athlete or you only play sports
only on the weekends, Dr. Michael Hartman can help heal your injury and help
you get back in the game. Board-certified in orthopaedic surgery and
fellowship-trained in Sports Medicine, he has dedicated his life to helping
both athletes and novices who suffer from injuries related to sports and other
types of physical exercise.
For more than 15 years, Dr. Hartman has treated all types of
sports injuries. "There are so many different types of musculoskeletal injuries
related to physical activity and sports, he explains. "There are muscle sprains
and strains, ligament and tendon tears, dislocated joints and fractured bones.
As orthopaedic doctors, we help maintain the health of the musculoskeletal
structure, ensuring that broken bones and other injuries heal correctly and in
a timely fashion. When necessary, we will intervene in the healing process
through surgical and medical procedures to ensure that the bodys skeleton and
muscles can function as they were originally intended.
Dr. Hartman is the assistant team orthopaedic surgeon for the
New Orleans Saints. In addition, he leads the sports medicine division of the
LSU Healthcare Network and serves as associate professor and residency program
director of orthopaedic surgery at the LSU School of Medicine.
"As one of the team doctors, you need to be familiar with
players and their medical histories, Dr. Hartman says. "We need to be
knowledgeable about how the body responds to the demands and the required
skills of playing each type of sport, and to prevent, diagnose and manage all
sport injuries as well as disorders, dysfunctions and disease processes.
Dr. Hartman earned his medical doctorate at the Louisiana State
University Health Sciences Center in Shreveport. After completing his residency
training at the world-renowned Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., he continued
with a fellowship in orthopaedic sports medicine at the prestigious American
Sports Medicine Institute in Birmingham, Ala.
In addition to sports medicine, Dr. Hartman performs general
orthopaedic surgery, arthroscopic surgery, trauma/fracture surgery, rotator
cuff repair, shoulder instability, knee ligament (ACL) reconstruction and
cartilage injuries. "My goal is to provide the best orthopaedic surgical care
possible through the utilization of leading edge techniques and proven traditional
methods, he says.
"Arthroscopic surgery has been around for years, but, with newer
technology and increasing minimally invasive techniques, patients are bouncing
back from surgery quicker. I love orthopeadics and cannot imagine myself doing
anything else, whether its surgery, clinicals or training new doctors in the
On what made him want to become a doctor: A former three-sport
athlete, Dr. Hartman was first interested in becoming a doctor when he entered
college. Witnessing fellow athletes sustain injuries, he was intrigued with the
medical aspect involved in getting athletes back to playing sports. Orthopaedic
surgery was an eventual natural fit, allowing him to combine his love of
medicine and sports into everyday practice.
His best advice for patients: "Orthopaedic and sports injuries
are very common, he says. "Patients often initially seek care in emergency
rooms and urgent care centers. After appropriate stabilization, many patients
do not seek the advice of a sports medicine expert. As the initial pain
subsides, some athletes may get back to playing sports without proper care and
management, risking further injury to their body. Proper treatment is critical
for these types of injuries.
On patient education: Dr. Hartman believes in educating each
patient and involving them in their treatment plans to ensure that their
orthopaedic and sports injuries are successfully resolved. "Athlete or not,
everybody wants to get back to their daily routine in a hurry. So if we can
teach them how not to re-injure themselves, we are on the right track to full
Michael W. Hartman, MD
LSU Healthcare Network
Department of Orthopaedic Surgery
200 West Esplanade, Suite 500
Kenner, LA 70065
Medical School: LSU School of Medicine
Residency: Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN
Fellowship: American Sports Medicine Institute, Birmingham, AL