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Dr. James Helgager Orthopedic Surgeon

Dr. James Helgager
“I enjoy joint reconstructive and arthroscopic surgery because they can improve the quality of life for so many of my patients. And as one of the few physicians performing the clinically proven Birmingham Hip Resurfacing procedure in San Diego, I’ve been impressed with how much it has helped my more active patients.”

Education

  • Pre-Medical - Augustana College, Sioux Falls, South Dakota
  • 1968
    Bachelor of Arts Degree/Biology Major
  • 1972
    Medical School- Northwestern University
  • 1972 - 1973
    Internship - University of California at Davis
  • 1974 - 1978
    Residency - Orthopaedic Surgery, Northwestern University
  • 1978
    Fellowship - Hand Surgery, Northwestern University, July/August

Certifications and Affiliations

  • American Association of Hip and Knee Surgery
  • American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery
  • American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
  • Advanced Trauma Support
  • Western Orthopaedic Association
  • American Medical Association
  • San Diego County Medical Association
  • American College of Sports Medicine
  • Arthroscopy Association of North America
  • American Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle Society
  • Qualified Medical Examiner-State of California

Hospital Staff

  • Tri-City Medical Center, Oceanside, California
  • North Coast Surgery Center, Oceanside, California
  • Orthopedic Surgery Center of La Jolla
  • Carlsbad Surgery Center, Carlsbad Ca.
  • Scripps Encinitas Hospital, Encinitas Ca

Practice

Tri-City Orthopaedic Surgery Medical Group, Inc.
3905 Waring Road, Oceanside, CA 92056
(760) 724-9000 Fax (760) 724-3686
Nine Physician Orthopaedic practice

Office and Committee Membership

  • Various hospital committees, including Chief of Physical Medicine Committee.
  • Chief of Division of Orthopaedic Surgery, Tri City Medical Center 1984-1986, 1995-1996; 2001- 2003, 2008-2011
  • Secretary/Treasurer, Western Orthopaedic Association, San Diego Chapter 1992.
  • President Elect, Western Orthopaedic Association, San Diego Chapter, 1992.
  • President, Western Orthopaedic Association, San Diego Chapter 1993.

Publications

  • "Avoiding Anatomic Pitfalls Helps Minimize Shoulder Scope Problems", Orthopaedics Today, January 1992, Volume 12, No 1.
  • "Arthroscopic Subacromial Decompression: Results according to the degree of rotator cuff tear" Esch, Ozerkis, Helgager, Kane and Lilliott. Journal of Arthroscopic and Related Surgery, 4 (4): 241- 249.
  • "Achilles Tendon Rupture" Beal, Bachman and Helgager. Illinois
    Medical Journal, 150:427-428. October 1976
  • "Photo Synthetic Adaptations in Arctic and Alpine, Populations of Deschampsia caespitosa" Tiezen and Helgager. Nature, 219:1066-68. September 1968.
  • "Complications in Shoulder Arthroscopy", Orthopaedics Today, December 1991, Volume 11, No. 12

Teaching Assignments

  • Guest lecturer North County Medical Meeting, Park City, Utah, March, 1983.
  • Laboratory instructor, Second Annual San Diego Arthroscopic Surgery Course, May, 1985.
  • Moderator and laboratory instructor, Third Annual San Diego Arthroscopic Surgery Course, April 1986.
  • Instructional lectures to physicians, nurses and therapist at Tri-City Medical Center.
  • Moderator and laboratory instructor, Fourth Annual San Diego Arthroscopic Surgery Course, May 8-9, 1987.
  • Poster exhibit, American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, San Francisco, California, January 22-27, 1987.
  • Moderator and laboratory instructor, Fifth Annual Arthroscopic Surgery Course, La Jolla, California, April 15-17, 1988.
  • Poster exhibit, American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, Atlanta, Georgia, February 4-8, 1988.
  • Poster exhibit, American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, Las Vegas, Nevada, February 19-24, 1989.
  • Moderator and laboratory instructor, Fifth Annual Arthroscopic Surgery Course, La Jolla, California, April 15-17, 1988.
  • Laboratory instructor and moderator Sixth Annual Arthroscopic Surgery of the Shoulder Course, La Jolla, California, May 18-20, 1989.
  • Laboratory instructor and moderator Seventh Annual Arthroscopic Surgery of the Shoulder Course, La Jolla, California, June 21-23, 1990.
  • Guest lecturer North County Medical Meeting, Whistler, Canada, February 26-March 2, 1990.
  • Program Chairman, Western Orthopaedic Association Spring Retreat, Lake Arrowhead, California, May 31-June 3, 1990.
  • Guest lecturer, laboratory instructor and moderator, Arthroscopic Surgery of the Shoulder, Eighth Annual San Diego Meeting, July 25 to July 27, 1991
  • Moderator Ninth Annual Malcolm B. Coutts, Western Orthopaedic San Diego Visiting Professorship. January 17-18, 1992.
  • Guest lecturer Winter Medical Seminar, Snowmass, Colorado, February 24-28, 1992.
  • Laboratory director and moderator, Arthroscopic Surgery of the Shoulder, Ninth Annual San Diego Meeting, June 25 to June 27, 1992.
  • Guest lecturer and moderator, American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons Meeting, Advanced Arthroscopy: Upper Extremity and Ankle, Rancho Mirage, California, October 22-24, 1992.
  • Laboratory instructor, Arthroscopy Association of North America, Fall Course, Monterey, California, November 19-22, 1992.
  • Laboratory instructor and moderator, Arthroscopic Surgery of the Shoulder, Tenth Annual San Diego Meeting, June 16-19, 1993.
  • Laboratory instructor and moderator, Arthroscopic Surgery of the Shoulder, Eleventh Annual San Diego Meeting, June 15-18, 1994.
  • Laboratory instructor and moderator, Arthroscopic Surgery of the Shoulder, Twelfth Annual San Diego Meeting, June 14-17, 1995.
  • Laboratory instructor and moderator, Arthroscopic Surgery of the Shoulder, Thirteenth Annual San Diego Meeting, June 26-29, 1996.
  • Guest lecturer, Arthritis Foundation, Tri City Medical Center Oceanside, California, May 27, 1997.
  • Laboratory instructor and moderator, Arthroscopic Surgery of the Shoulder, Fourteenth Annual San Diego Meeting, June 18-21, 1997.
  • Laboratory instructor, Arthroscopy Association of North America, Fall Course, Nashville, Tennessee, November 5-9, 1997.
  • Guest lecturer, Arthritis Foundation, Tri City Medical Center Oceanside, California, May 1998.
  • Laboratory instructor and moderator, Arthroscopic Surgery of the Shoulder, Fifteenth Annual San Diego Meeting, June 24-27, 1998.
  • Laboratory instructor and moderator, Arthroscopic Surgery of the Shoulder, Sixteenth Annual San Diego Meeting, June 22-25, 1999.
  • Laboratory instructor and moderator, Arthroscopic Surgery of the Shoulder, Seventeenth Annual San Diego Meeting, June 14-17, 2000.
  • Laboratory instructor and moderator, Arthroscopic Surgery of the Shoulder, Eighteenth Annual San Diego Meeting, June 20-23, 2001.
  • Laboratory instructor and moderator, Arthroscopic Surgery of the Shoulder, Nineteenth Annual San Diego Meeting, June 22, 2002.
  • Laboratory instructor and moderator, Arthroscopic Surgery of the Shoulder, Twentieth Annual San Diego Meeting, June 27, 2003.
  • Laboratory instructor and moderator, Arthroscopic Surgery of the Shoulder, Twenty-First Annual San Diego Meeting, July 7-10, 2004.
  • Laboratory instructor and moderator, Arthroscopic Surgery of the Shoulder, Twenty-Second Annual San Diego Meeting, June 22-24, 2005.
  • Various community educational lectures.

Family

Married to Dagmar.
Children: Jeffrey, Kirsten, Nicholas.

Hobbies

Tennis; skiing; cycling.

Educational Experience

  • Continuing Education Course in Intradiscal Therapy
    Los Angeles, California
    February 9, 1983
  • American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
    Annual Meeting
    Anaheim, California
    March 10-15, 1983
  • Complications in Total Joint Replacement
    Phoenix, Arizona
    October 27-29, 1983
  • The Foot and Ankle - Trauma, Sports and Reconstructive Procedures
    Santa Monica, California
    November 28-30, 1983
  • American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
    Annual Meeting
    Atlanta, Georgia
    February 9-14, 1984
  • Arthroscopy Association of North America
    Annual Meeting
    New Orleans, Louisiana
    March 29-April 1, 1984
  • Advanced Trauma Life Support (ATLS) Course
    San Diego, California
    September 8-9, 1984
  • American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
    Summer Instructor
    San Diego, California
    September 10-14, 1984
  • Total Hip and Knee Arthroplasty
    Long Beach, California
    October 22-29, 1984
  • Winter Sports Injuries
    Snow Mass, Colorado
    January 24-27, 1985
  • American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
    Annual Meeting
    Las Vegas, Nevada
    January 24-29, 1985
  • Cruciate Ligament Course
    Long Beach, California
    October 19-20, 1985
  • American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
    Advanced Concepts of Operative Arthroscopy
    San Diego, California
    November 21-23, 1985
  • California International Medical-Dental Meeting
    Snowbird, Utah
    December 11-15, 1985
  • Malcolm B. Coutts
    Western Orthopaedic Visiting Professorship
    San Diego, California
    January 10-11, 1986
  • Arthroscopy Association of North America
    Annual Meeting
    San Francisco, California
    March 20-23, 1986
  • Shoulder and Elbow Arthroscopy Course
    San Diego, California
    April 25-26, 1986
  • Total Hip and Knee Meeting
    Jackson Hole, Wyoming
    September, 1986
  • American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
    Annual Meeting
    San Francisco, California
    January 22-27, 1987
  • Malcolm B. Coutts
    Western Orthopaedic Visiting Professorship
    San Diego, California
    January, 1987
  • Shoulder and Elbow Arthroscopy Meeting
    San Diego, California
    May 8-9, 1987
  • Shoulder Surgery, Current Techniques
    Beverly Hills, California
    September 28-30, 1987
  • Acetabular and Femoral Reconstruction in Primary Revision
    Total Hip Arthroplasty
    Manhattan Beach, California
    October 23-24, 1987
  • American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeon
    Summer Institute
    San Diego, California
    September 7-11, 1988
  • American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
    Annual Meeting
    Las Vegas, Nevada
    February 9-14, 1989
  • Winter Medical Seminar
    February 25-29, 1989
    Aspen, Colorado
  • The Athlete's Knee
    Chicago, Illinois
    June 8-10, 1989
  • Western Orthopaedic Association
    Spring Retreat
    Lake Arrowhead, California
    May 31-June 3, 1989
  • Winter Medical Seminar
    Whistler, Canada
    February 26-March 1, 1990
  • Total Joint Replacement
    Park City, Utah
    March 14-18, 1990
  • Western Orthopaedic Association
    Spring Retreat
    Lake Arrowhead, California
    May 31-June 3, 1990
  • Wilderness Medicine, University of California San Diego San Diego,
    California
    August 12-17, 1990
  • Twelfth International Seminar on Operative Arthroscopy
    Kauai, Hawaii
    October 20-27, 1990
  • Advances in Hip and Knee Arthroplasty
    San Francisco, California
    October 4-6, 1990
  • Malcolm B. Coutts
    Western Orthopaedic Association
    San Diego, California
    January 24-26, 1991
  • American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
    Anaheim, California
    March 7-12, 1991
  • Arthroscopy Association of North America
    Anaheim, California
    March 10, 1991
  • American Orthopaedic Society for Sports
    Anaheim, California
    March 10, 1991
  • Arthroscopy Association of North America
    San Diego, California
    April 24-27, 1991
  • Malcolm B. Coutts
    Western Orthopaedic Association
    January 17-18, 1992
  • Winter Medical Seminar
    Snowmass, Colorado
    February 24-28, 1992
  • Malcolm B. Coutts
    Western Orthopaedic Association
    January 20-21, 1993
  • State of the Art Total Hip and Knee Replacement
    Vail, Colorado
    January 24-27, 1993
  • State of the Art Total Hip Replacement
    Vail, Colorado
    January 23-25, 1994
  • State of the Art Total Knee Replacement
    Vail, Colorado
    January 26-28, 1994
  • North County Medical Seminar
    Telluride, Colorado
    February 28-March 4, 1994
  • Arthroscopic Association of North America
    Palm Desert, California
    December 1-4, 1994
  • State of the Art Total Hip Replacement
    Vail, Colorado
    January 22-24, 1995
  • State of the Art Total Knee Replacement
    Vail, Colorado
    January 25-27, 1995
  • North County Winter Medical Seminar
    Whistler, Canada
    February 24, 1996 - March 2, 1996
  • Trauma Update
    Vail, Colorado
    January 24-26, 1997
  • State of the Art Total Hip Replacement
    Vail, Colorado
    January 26-28, 1997
  • State of the Art Total Knee Replacement
    Vail, Colorado
    January 29-31, 1997
  • 64th Annual American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
    February 13-17, 1997
    San Francisco, CA
  • Arthroscopy Association of North America
    April 23-26, 1997
    San Diego, CA
  • State of the Art-Total Knee and Hip Replacement
    Controversies and Solutions
    Vail, Colorado
    January 24-30, 1998
  • 66th Annual American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
    Anaheim, California
    February 4-9, 1999.
  • Outcomes in Orthopaedic Surgery
    Vail, Colorado
    March 17-21, 1999
  • Arthroscopy Association of North America
    Knee lecture & laboratory
    November 6-7, 1999

Recent Educational Experience

  • Arthroscopy Association of North America
    Annual Fall Meeting
    Palm Desert, CA
    November 16-19, 2000
  • 17th International Symposium
    Bone Growth Factors and Substitutes
    Vail, Colorado
    December 9-10, 2000
  • Seventeenth Annual San Diego Shoulder Course
    San Diego, CA
    June 14-17, 2000
  • American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons Meeting
    San Francisco
    February 28- March 4, 2001
  • State of the Art in Orthopedics
    Whistler, British Columbia
    March 18-22, 2001
  • Eighteenth Annual San Diego Shoulder Course
    San Diego, CA
    June 20-23, 2001
  • 16th Annual Vail Orthopedic Symposium Trauma Update
    Vail, Colorado
    January 22-24, 2002
  • State of the Art Total Hip and Knee Replacement
    Controversies and Solutions
    January 27- February 2, 2002
    Vail, Colorado
  • Nineteenth Annual San Diego Shoulder Course
    San Diego, California
    June 19-22, 2002
  • The International Federation of Foot and Ankle Societies' Triennial Scientific Meeting
    San Francisco, California
    September 12-14, 2003
  • Hip, Knee & Shoulder Symposium
    Park City, Utah
    March 4-8, 2003
  • Twentieth Annual San Diego Shoulder Course
    San Diego, California
    June 25-28, 2003
  • Twentieth Annual San Diego Shoulder Course-Model Lab
    San Diego, California
    June 25, 2003
  • Twentieth Annual San Diego Shoulder Course-Model Lab
    San Diego, California
    June 27, 2003
  • Arthroscopy Association of North America Knee Lecture and Laboratory
    New Orleans
    November 13, 2003
  • 18h Annual Vail Orthopaedic Symposium State of the Art Total Hip and knee Replacement Controversies and Solutions
    Vail, Colorado
    January 25-30, 2004
  • American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons, 71st Annual Meeting
    San Francisco, California
    March 10-14, 2004
  • Arthroscopy Association of North America Specialty Day
    San Francisco, California
    March 13, 2004
  • Livingstone-Lopez Consulting Qualified Medical Evaluator Continuing Education
    July 6, 2004
  • Twenty-First Annual San Diego Shoulder Course
    San Diego, California
    July 7-10, 2004
  • Twenty-Second Annual San Diego Shoulder Course
    San Diego, California
    June 22-25, 2005
  • Twenty-Second Annual San Diego Shoulder Course Cadaver Arthroscopic Surgery Lab
    San Diego, California
    June 24, 2005
  • 20th Annual Vail Orthopaedic Symposium: Total hip and Knee Arthroplasty
    Vail, Colorado
    January 20-22, 2006
  • American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, 2006 Annual Meeting
    Chicago, Illinois
    March 22-26, 2006
  • The Arthroscopy Association of North American Specialty Day Program
    Chicago, Illinois
    March 25, 2006

Other Pertinent Educational Courses

  • Operative treatment of Fractures and Non-unions
    (A-D Course)
    April 23-28, 1978
  • Lower Extremity and Spine Orthotics
    For Physicians and Surgeons
    Northwestern University, Chicago Rehabilitation Center
    Chicago, Illinois
    May 1-5, 1978
  • Midas Rex Psychomotor Skills Conference
    Los Angeles, California
    October 12-14, 1981

Dr. Helgager's Reviews

Dr Helgeiger just preformed a partial knee replacement on me. He is a very talented Dr. an expert in his field; I have minimal pain and have been walking the day of my surgery. I would highly recommend Dr Helgeiger and is staff

~ Carolyn Johnson ~

Did Helgager did an excellent work on my knee!!! 19 days i was back to work and i had no complications with the surgery!!! I highly recommend him

~ Gloria Warner ~

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