Professional Affiliation Orthopaedic Surgeon at Affiliated Community Medical Centers in Willmar MN

Areas of Interest: Orthopedic disorders/injuries of the hand and upper extremity. Overtraining in the athlete.

Brief biography: I grew up in Michigan and went to Michigan State where I was a wrestler. I then went on to medical school at Michigan State followed by an Orthopedic Surgery residency at the University of Minnesota. I followed this with a fellowship in hand and upper extremity surgery at the University of Minnesota. I continued to train internationally with team USA as a Greco Roman wrestler throughout those years, through 2016. Having spent many years dividing my time between medicine and wrestling, I now would like to use what I have learned in both to help improve the sport of wrestling. I have specific interests in upper extremity injuries as well as over-reaching/overtraining in the athlete. Publications:

Proximal Tibial Morphology and Its Correlation with Osteochondritis Dissecans of the Knee. Wechter J, Sikka R, Alwan M, Nelson B, Tompkins M. Knee Surg Sports Traumatol Arthrosc. 2014 Sept 25. [Epub ahead of print]

Part II: The 50°/60° fibular tunnel trajectory for posterolateral corner reconstruction in a cadaver model. Wechter JF, Bohm KC, Macalena JA, Sikka RS, Tompkins M. Knee Surg Sports Traumatol Arthrosc. 2014 Jun 4. [Epub ahead of print]

Improved Survival of uncemented versus cemented femoral stems in patients aged <70 years in a community total joint registry. Wechter J, Comfort T, Tatman P, Mehle S, Gioe TJ. Clin Orthop Relat Res. 2013 Nov; 471(11) 3588-95.

Allopurinol Protection in Patients Undergoing Coronary Artery Bypass Graft Surgery

Wechter J, Phillips LJ, Toledo AH, Anaya-Prado R, Toledo-Pereyra LH..

J Invest Surg. 2010 Oct;23(5):285-93.

Anatomic Variations of the First Extensor Compartment and Abductor Pollicis Longus in Trapeziometacarpal Arthritis. Opreanu RC, Wechter J, Tabbaa H, Kepros JP, Baulch M, Xie Y, Lackey W, Katranji A.. Hand (N Y). 2010 Jun;5(2):184-9.