Abdul Foad, MD is a Board Certified Orthopedic Surgeon and Fellowship-trained in Sports Medicine and Arthroscopy. He received his medical degree from Penn State University and completed his residency in Orthopedic Surgery at the University of Texas Medical Branch. He also completed his fellowship in Sports Medicine and Arthroscopy from Ulleval Hospital at the International Olympic Trauma and Research Center in Oslo, Norway where he had the opportunity to work on Olympic and professional athletes.
Dr. Foad publishes and gives presentations on the national and international level. He recently published a simpler and less invasive technique in shoulder surgery with a successful two-year outcome study. He continues to publish several peer-reviewed, evidence-based research papers regarding knees and shoulders. He advocates service with science and specializes in Sports Medicine.
Dr. Foad practices at Mercy Specialty Clinic – Clinton in Clinton, Iowa and at the Sunderbruch Building in Davenport, Iowa. His policy is to see injured patients in a very timely fashion, usually the next day if possible. Office appointments can be made by calling 563.244.5900.
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As a college tennis player, one of the most important things to me is to be able to stay healthy in order to compete. When I started experiencing pain in my right shoulder, I was referred to Dr. Foad. With use of expert knowledge and a thorough clinical evaluation, Dr. Foad diagnosed me with a superior labrum anterior-posterior tear. Dr. Foad took the time to explain the surgical options for repair and also how I would be able to finish my senior high school tennis season, something that was very important to me. He also expertly and clearly explained the aspects and steps of surgery, recovery, and rehabilitation that came with a SLAP tear. While I finished my season, Dr. Foad recommended therapy in order to strengthen surgery, an aspect that would also benefit the recovery of the surgery post-op. The physical therapist, Brad Harper, provided tremendous help as well and displayed the great resources Dr. Foad has at his disposal. Because of Dr. Foad’s insight, I was able to finish my tennis season before having the surgery. After finishing my season, Dr. Foad performed my shoulder repair. Before the surgery, Dr. Foad came over and made sure I was doing all right and once again explained how the shoulder would be repaired. After surgery, Dr. Foad explained and showed to me how he repaired my labrum and then explained what was to be done next in order to make a full recovery. One of the big worries for me was losing the mobility of my shoulder, something necessary for a tennis player. I have not experienced any problems with my shoulder and its mobility has returned to completely normal. I could not be more thankful for Dr. Foad’s expertise within the operating room as he has helped me get back onto the tennis court in a timely fashion. Throughout my rehabilitation and therapy, Dr. Foad stayed in contact to make sure the healing process was going smoothly. Dr. Foad exhibits an immense level of caring for his patients and will doing anything to make sure their experience with him is enjoyable. As the son of two doctors, it is comforting to know that you are in the hands of an orthopedic surgeon that both parents have a great deal of respect for. As a former college athlete as well, Dr. Foad was able to understand my desire to heal quickly and return to the court. I cannot thank Dr. Foad enough for being the perfect doctor for my operation. I would highly recommend Dr. Foad to everyone for their orthopaedic care.
For many years, I competed in road races and triathlons including completing the Louisville Ironman. Soon after that event, I transitioned into Crossfit and began competing. The years of strenuous activity took a toll on my body resulting in tears of the rotator cuff and labrum in both shoulders. As a mother of three young boys and a competitive middle aged athlete, it was important for me to maintain an active lifestyle. Dr. Foad performed back to back shoulder surgeries, six months apart. I am now back to my active and competitive self, feeling as strong as ever. Dr. Foad has been a combination surgeon, counselor, and friend through the whole process. Without hesitation, I would highly recommend him for your orthopaedic care.
I had injured by shoulder playing volleyball and knew it was torn, but didn't quite know how bad. After graduating from college and starting a family, I put surgery on the back burner. Then as my children got a bit older and as I was able to devote more time to fitness again, I realized that I wanted (and deserved) a healthy and functional shoulder, and began my search for the perfect shoulder surgeon - one who had lot's of experience with current and former athletes who desire to make fitness a part of their lives, forever. After asking around, Dr. Foad's name kept coming up! Now I know why!
As soon as I met him, I liked him. He is a wonderful listener with lots of experience, and did a great job of answering my questions, asking me about my goals, and making me feel comfortable. My right labrum was completely torn, and he was able to repair it so well that I have more strength in that shoulder than ever before, and I am able to do anything I want! Even CrossFit! Granted, I worked very hard to rehab that shoulder with the help of an awesome Physical Therapist who Dr. Foad recommended. They both helped me stay positive and focused throughout the rehab process, and without them, I wouldn't have the quality of life that I have today.
Dr. Foad is a true professional and one of the best physicians in his field. I feel so lucky to have him as my surgeon, and friend, and would recommend him to anyone and everyone! I am living proof that a serious injury does not have to prevent you from having the lifestyle that you want. With a great surgeon, physical therapist, and a lot of hard work, you can be pain free and as active as you want to be.
Thank you, Dr. Foad, for giving me my life back!
Ten years ago I had carpel tunnel release surgery at ORA. The surgery was a success, but the procedure required a 3" incision and recovery was long. I was in pain for at least one week following the procedure and required rehab for several more weeks before I regained function of my hand. Overall it was a six week recovery.
Not to long ago, my wife saw Dr. Foad for problems with her hand and wrist. She also required carpel tunnel release surgery. Dr. Foad explained that he uses a minimal invasive procedure that greatly reduces recovery time. She had the surgery and I was amazed at how quickly she was back to normal, the next day she was doing things with her hand I could not have attempted for 6 weeks.
Recently I developed similar problems with my other hand, so I went to Dr. Foad and he performed the same minimal invasive procedure that my wife had. I now had a basis for comparison. After the surgery I suffered no pain, soreness or stiffness. Within a few days I was totally back to normal with my hand and I was able to do all of my hobbies without hand pain. The incision was less than 1/2".
Dr. Foad has also helped me greatly overcome knee joint problems. For orthopedic health related issues, there is nobody else our family would ever think to see. He is a compassionate doctor that makes you feel like your problem is his only focus. When you call his office he get you an appointment almost immediately. He spends time explaining option and recommendations. I believe we are very fortunate to have him here in the quad cities delivering orthopedic care and performing the latest procedure that typically would only be available in big cities.
He has shown my daughter compassion and understanding while being thorough and direct in her diagnosis and post-operative care, especially in what it will take to get back to soccer in the future.
He took the time to help my daughter anticipate the upcoming physical and emotional stages of her recovery, which has helped her recover quicker and more fully. He helped to take a lot of the fear out of the whole ordeal for my daughter, which really helped the whole family.
He is accessible and truly offers great care for his young patients, because that is exactly how he would want his own children treated. I recommend Dr. Foad to everyone.
I first met Dr. Foad in 2004. At that time I was a serious bodybuilder who suffered a traumatic injury to my shoulder three years earlier. The shoulder was repaired by another surgeon, and continued to cause me problems. I was struggling to find a doctor in the area who understood not only the nature of my injury, but the mindset and goals I had. Dr. Foad had a very clear understanding of this, having been an athlete himself. After meeting with more than one surgeon, Dr. Foad seemed to be the only one who talked to me about new methods and procedures being done by other doctors he studied and worked with all over the country. He could site many specific examples to me of different scenarios he had been a part of, and how they might apply to my treatment. He was very upfront with me in letting me know what realistic expectations I could have post surgery, and that my shoulder would likely require more attention as I aged. Since then, he has continued to care for and monitor my progress.
It was very apparent by follow-up appointments after surgery that Dr. Foad's number one concern is his patients' proper recovery and success. I have never consulted with another doctor, in any field, who has shown the level of passion I feel Dr. Foad has for his job, and the well being of his patients. He has spoken to me of the ongoing education and cooperative procedures he continues to pursue to further progress in his field. Always taking the time to answer questions, I have never felt rushed or insignificant in his care. I have recommended his service to multiple friends and acquaintances, who have all been very happy with their results, and grateful for the introduction. I would highly recommend Dr. Foad to anyone in need of an orthopaedic surgeon, or a second opinion from someone you can trust.