Patient Success Stories

My heartfelt gratitude for the care and skill that were afforded me during my surgery. For me it was a smooth and caring experience. Kevin and the rest of your team have my highest praise. I feel blessed to have been under your care.
Patient of Dr. Bollinger's
Every year I enjoy the company of my son, now 29 years old. Thank you for being one of the dedicated specially skilled physicians who helped him survive and recover from his accident in 2011. I appreciate being able to see, hug and spend time with him every year and every day. Thank you!!
Patient of Dr. Bollinger's
It has been a year! Thanks again for restoring my quality of life back to 100%. I could not have done it without you.
Patient of Dr. Bollinger's
I wanted to thank you for patching up my “rocky” knee in November.  I’ve been going to the gym and generally being more active.  So far I’ve lost 50 pounds and best of all my ALC went from 7.7 to 5.8, yay!  It is so nice to be able to move without constant pain.  Thank you again for all you did.
Patient of Dr. Bollinger's
This is a note of great thankfulness for your most capable hands, verbal aids, and everyone’s caring manner during my recent “hip-op” surgery and post-op…My walker aid is now a memory; my cane keeps getting lost in the house; I can actually stand noticeably straight; my bruise colors are fading daily; my swelling on leg is reduced daily…I can truthfully say if I’d ever need another part replaced, I’d be back to see you.
Patient of Dr. Bollinger's
Thank you from the bottom of my heart for your wonderful services.  I am very grateful for my new knee.  The staff is amazingly kind and helpful and Dr. Bollinger is a very artful and skilled surgeon.
Patient of Dr. Bollinger's
Thank you for helping me with my knee surgery.  You are a good doctor.  I hope all goes well with my healing and I don’t have to come in with a “cranky” knee every few weeks!
Patient of Dr. Bollinger's
Thank you for a job well done.  No more pain.  I take long walks again.
Patient of Dr. Bollinger's
I wanted to thank you for patching up my “rocky” knee in November.  I’ve been going to the gym and generally being more active.  So far I’ve lost 50 pounds and best of all my ALC went from 7.7 to 5.8, yay!  It is so nice to be able to move without constant pain.  Thank you again for all you did.
Patient of Dr. Bollinger's

Expertise in Hips, Upper Extremities and Joint Replacement

Raised in the East Bay, Michael Bollinger completed his undergraduate degree at Occidental College in Los Angeles. He then served as a paramedic/EMT  in San Francisco for several  years, before entering the University of Southern California medical program.  After graduating from medical school in 1996, Dr. Bollinger completed his internship and residency at USC Medical Center.  In 2002, Dr. Bollinger completed the prestigious Boyes Hand Surgery Fellowship, where he trained with notable orthopaedic surgeons, Dr. John Itamura, Dr. Melon Stivanovic and Dr. James Tiboni.  While in fellowship, Dr. Bollinger learned techniques used in plastic surgery designed to reduce trauma to a patient’s soft tissue (a leading cause of post-surgical infection).  This meticulous approach to his work, emphasizing quality over quantity, is a fundamental part of Dr. Bollinger’s surgical philosophy.

Early on, Dr. Bollinger also embraced innovative minimally-invasive procedures, such as anterior approach hip replacement and hip arthroscopy, that are designed to reduce recovery time and accelerate a patient’s ability to move post-surgery.  Dr. Bollinger is an expert in both procedures and attributes this, along with his soft-tissue technique and post-operative protocols, to his patients’ high rate of success.  To date, his incidence of post-surgery blood clots and Deep Vein Thrombosis rate is well below the national and regional average.  Infection rates among his patients are also extremely low.

Dr. Bollinger specializes in upper extremities (including shoulders, elbows, arms, wrists, and hands), joint replacement (of the hip, knee, and shoulder) and sports medicine.  Rather than sub-specializing on one specific area, he understands that musculoskeletal systems interact with one another – that problems in the shoulder can affect a patient’s hand, and problems in the shoulder and hand can affect a patient’s hip.  This understanding helps him treat the whole patient, rather than just focusing on a specific body part.

Dr. Bollinger is Board Certified in Orthopaedic Surgery.  He is also a member of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgery, and the Southern California Graduate Orthopaedic Society. He is affiliated with Palm Drive Hospital and Sutter Medical Center of Santa Rosa.

Dr. Bollinger and his wife live in Sebastopol with their four children. When not working, he enjoys skiing, ice hockey, mountain biking and cycling.

Contact our office today to make an appointment to see Dr. Bollinger.

Hip Replacement

Dr. Bollinger is an expert in the anterior hip replacement procedure.  He switched to this method from the posterior procedure in 2006 because it preserves more of a patient’s normal anatomy, resulting in fewer medications and shorter hospital stays. Dr. Bollinger was an early adopter of the technique and remains a regional expert.

Read an article in our blog about this state-of-the-art procedure >