Joshua G. Bales, M.D. Kadlec Employed Provider

Orthopedic Surgeon and Hand Surgeon
Languages: English
Accepting New Patients
Professional Statement
Dr. Bales is a fellowship trained orthopaedic surgeon who specializes in hand, wrist, and elbow surgery. While training at UCLA, he cared for a broad spectrum of patients from UCLA athletes to children at the Shriners' hospital. He continued his training in Cincinnati with Dr. Peter Stern concentrating on all aspects of hand, wrist, and elbow surgery, including arthroscopy and microsurgery in patients of all ages. Dr. Bales enjoys seeing each patient’s quality of life improve with treatment, both with conservative treatment and with surgery when necessary.
Education
Institution
Type
Field of Study
Tulane University School Of Medicine
Medical School
UCLA School Of Medicine
Residency
Mary Stern Hand Fellowship
Fellowship
Hand Surgery
Board Certifications
  • American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery, Surgery of the Hand
  • American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery, Orthopaedic Surgery
Clinical Interests
  • Arthritis Of Hand
  • Arthritis Of Wrist
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Dupuytren's Contracture
  • Elbow Dislocation
  • Elbow Fracture
  • Elbow Injury
  • Elbow Sprain
  • Fracture
  • Fracture Of Wrist
  • Joint Surgery Of Hand
  • Joint Surgery Of The Wrist
  • Trigger Thumb
  • Ulnar Nerve At/In Wrist Or Hand
  • Wrist Sprain
PATIENT RATINGS AND COMMENTS

The Patient Rating score is based on responses given during the CAHPS Patient Experience Survey.Responses are measured on a 10 - point scale, with 10 being the best score. These scores are then translated to a 5 - point scale in order to display results in a 5 - star rating.Comments are also gathered from the same survey and displayed in their entirety with the exception of any language that may be considered slander, libel or contain private health information, which will be removed prior to publishing the comments.

4.8 out of 5 (251 Ratings, 95 Comments)


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07/28/2019
About a three month waiting time to schedule an appointment.
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07/27/2019
Dr. Bales was caring and direct. Offered to answer all questions that I had.
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07/24/2019
I can't say enough about Dr. Bales. he is caring, and patient, and takes his time to listen. he's a wonderful surgeon , the office staff is always helpful and friendly. Dr. Bales has done 3 surgeries on my hands in the last year and he is the same Everytime! highly recommend him to anyone!
90

07/23/2019
very positive experience
100

07/21/2019
The overall level of care I have received thus far has been nothing sort of spectacular, from the wonderful staff that handles check-in, the nurses, and of course the providers. I can honestly say that being in the care of the Kadlec team, my overall outlook on life has been positively impacted.
100

07/17/2019
Dr. Bales was very professional and handled my case seamlessly.
100

07/17/2019
god visit
100

07/17/2019
All interactions with Dr. Bales and his staff was good and encouraging.
90

07/03/2019
everyone in office professional and courteous
100

07/03/2019
My experience with Dr. Bales was excellent.
100

06/30/2019
it was the best timely care I have gotten and the surgery was pleasant
100

06/28/2019
great experience, great service Thank you
100

06/26/2019
I have total confidence in my care provider.
100

06/26/2019
Dr Bales and staff were excellent! Kind, personable, understanding, knowledgeable and caring. it was a great experience!
100

06/21/2019
very good
70

06/20/2019
Since I am not considering surgery immediately, I will search for another orthopedic healthcare professional for future treatment.
100

06/18/2019
a great bedside manor which is so important to me and Dr. Bales was great.
100

06/18/2019
great surgeon. easy to understand.
70

06/17/2019
I was greeted by Dr in a personal and friendly manner. From prior visit I was prepared for an experience that felt like he had pulled over on a freeway and paused with me before jetting off again. This visit, I felt like he actually SAW and HEARD me. He took xrays and explained them as well as the procedure he recommended. I'll go forward with his recommendation.
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06/11/2019
I have every confidence in Dr. Bales' care, and also also appreciate that he is very personable.
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06/06/2019
Dr. Bales is an excellent doctor. I am very grateful for the care and attention I received.
100

05/30/2019
I really like the professionalism with how Dr. Bales and his team treated me. I have already given his information to a co worker.
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05/28/2019
all good
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05/22/2019
Dr. Bales is thoughtful, compassionate and provides me the help I need. I wouldn't even consider another orthopedic surgeon for my hands and wrists. He is the best. I like his conservative approach to my thumb and wrist pain.
100

05/21/2019
Dr. Bales is exceptional. felt I was in expert hands. Everyone In his office and surgery room was so caring and friendly. wonderful doctor and staff.
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05/21/2019
Dr. Bales is the Orthopedic Surgeon who I will seek out for my hand issues. I really appreciate his expertise and kindness.
100

05/21/2019
Thank you for the excellent care.
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05/20/2019
good
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05/17/2019
Dr.. Bales was highly recommended to me and I understand why. He is outstanding and I recommend him highly to those I know with hand or wrist problems.
100

05/15/2019
I have the utmost respect for all of the providers I see at what used to be Northwest Sports Medicines. They always answer all questions I have and I'm treated with respect.
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05/15/2019
he was very professional and easy to talk with.
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05/14/2019
very good experience
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05/12/2019
Dr. Bales, extremely knowledgeable and helpful. He is hard to get into see. I waited over 2 months
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04/30/2019
it was a great visit , very professional
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04/30/2019
excellent doctor
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04/21/2019
New Dr. too many months wait, to get an appointment.
80

04/18/2019
All personnel that I saw were very pleasant and helpful.
100

04/17/2019
Dr Bales is a great Dr. He is very personable and seems to care about his patients.
100

04/16/2019
The only problems I had were: 1) the clerk helping set up the surgery appointment was rude and seem angry. she did not treat me with courtesy or respect. 2) the surgery appointment was set up at 10:30 but then got moved to 12:00 but at that time they only prepared me for surgery I didn't have surgery until 2:00pm meaning I was fasting for about 18hours. I would have preferred to have had surgery in the early morning to reduce the time I was fasting. other than that, Dr. Bales and all the nurses at the surgery center were super sweet and they all listen to my concerns and took great care of me before, during and after surgery.
80

04/15/2019
Doctor was great. Drs. assistant was rough in handling my daughters broken hand. She did not introduce herself or explain/warm my daughter that she would be removing splint. She was rough and caused my child increased pain and anxiety.
90

04/15/2019
I went to this provider for a second opinion after being misdiagnosed by another provider, who had recommended a completely unnecessary procedure. I'm very glad I went to see Dr. Bales. the only down side is that it is very difficult to get in to see him, and there were no follow up notes about the appointment in KChart or doctor's notes aside from what is automatically generated, so the misdiagnosis remains unchallenged in my medical records
100

04/09/2019
Dr.Bales was very attentive and great bedside manner. Would recommend to any family member or friend.
100

04/07/2019
My experience was exceptional and I high recommend Dr Bales AND Dr [...], my anesthesiologist!!!
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04/02/2019
very good
100

04/02/2019
The Dr. was wonderful and I felt like he really listened to me.
100

04/02/2019
Dr. Bales has seen my wife and done 2 successful surgeries on her hand. He did surgery on mine also. I would recommend him to anyone looking for a hand Doctor. He explained everything so no surprises, listened to my concerns, was complete and thorough. I felt I was in the best hands possible.
100

03/26/2019
Dr. Bales is knowledgeable, caring and very helpful. Highly recommend him.
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03/26/2019
The staff and doctor were awesome. Highly recommend this clinic to my family and friends :)
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03/25/2019
Wonderful experience with Dr. Bales! Highly recommend him as a consultant surgery/ortho physician.
90

03/20/2019
So far I am very pleased with this provider
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03/19/2019
Ive had excellent service and care when attending the office of Dr. Bales. His Nurses are always so nice and the check in and out team are just as chipper. I will definitely recommend this office to everyone.
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03/19/2019
Dr. Bales is top notch. He takes his time with you and sees to it you are getting exactly the treatment needed.
100

03/17/2019
he did great
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03/13/2019
Clear , concise, described 3 courses of action , and left the current action up to me.
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03/12/2019
Satisfied with my experience
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03/12/2019
The office staff were very friendly and welcoming. The Provider was very nice and seemed genuinly concerned about my issue.
100

03/10/2019
i am very pleased with my decision to have surgery on ny right thumb. I had surgery on the left thumb last year and it was very successful
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03/06/2019
Dr. Bales is knowledgeable and very competent. Add to that he is kind and listened to me, the patient. I left feeling confident about the course for my treatment.
100

03/03/2019
Dr. Bales was very personable, very knowledgeable, with excellent bedside manners.
90

03/02/2019
Dr. Bales is the most personal doctor there ever was, he makes you feel like his your best friend and he truly cares about you and everything about you.
100

02/27/2019
Love having K chart to ask non-urgent questions.
100

02/27/2019
I saw Dr. Bales for pain in my left thumb. Xrays were taken which showed deterioration of the joint at the base of my thumb. Dr. Bales showed me the Xrays and explained them to me. He gave me three options to treat this. I chose going to the Physical Therapy associated with the clinic and was able to get an appointment the next day. I am pleased with the service I received by Dr. Bales and the PT clinic.
100

02/26/2019
Dr. Bales is an excellent surgeon. Additionally, he explains everything clearly and has a very kind and caring temperament. He definitely goes the extra mile to provide quality care and reassurance.
100

02/26/2019
very helpful, friendly and listens
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02/25/2019
Dr. Bales is a caring practitioner.
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02/21/2019
Very good communicator
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02/19/2019
all good
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02/19/2019
great person and surgeon
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02/19/2019
Good Experience
100

02/19/2019
Very Good
100

02/19/2019
I am 71 years old and have never felt more comfortable with a medical professional in the past.
100

02/19/2019
Dr Bails, is the best Dr, I have worked with in 40 years. he does an amazing job and is always compassionate. I wish all Drs, had Dr, Bails abilities [...]
100

02/19/2019
Dr Bales and his team are all very professional and a pleasure to be a patient of theirs.
100

02/19/2019
I was thoroughly impressed by the Spaulding Campus Surgery Center personnel and Dr. Bales! He was so thorough and easily understood and I thought I was in excellent hands
100

02/19/2019
great care!
100

02/10/2019
Dr Bales is amazing as is [...], my OT...
80

02/05/2019
Dr. Bales was able to provide diagnoses and treatment during the visit. He was very professional and knowledgeable.
100

02/05/2019
He listens and provides options and was very understanding.
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01/22/2019
very pleased with care
100

12/30/2018
I've already told five people how great Dr. Bales is and I'm sure there will be more.
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12/26/2018
it was my first time to see Dr. Bale. He clearly understood my injury and what we should do for my injury
100

12/19/2018
One of the best drs. out there.
100

11/27/2018
Compassionate, knowledgeable, reassuring, competent
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11/18/2018
very good
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11/17/2018
great!
100

11/07/2018
This care provider, Dr Bales, always is pleasant and inquires about me and how I am recovering with sincere concern. I have incurred some very bad trauma and Dr and staff are always concerned with my wellbeing.
100

11/05/2018
Dr. Bales was adept at communicating with my son as well as me. You could tell he is a dad.
100

10/23/2018
very professional; very detailed and has a lot of knowledge and confidence in his field of work.
100

10/21/2018
Dr. Bales is one of, if not the, best medical person I have ever had the pleasure of seeing. He was funny, personable, caring. Though the surgery itself was much more complicated then expected, he explained (I was awake during surgery) what was happening and how he had to proceed. I have to say I never had one qualm about putting my surgery in his competent hands and am pleased with the entire experience.
100

10/16/2018
Really liked Dr. Bales. He provided excellent service and explained things very well. Took plenty of time with me to address my needs. I would recommend him to anyone.
100

09/30/2018
Dr Bales is the best and makes you feel you matter and explains the how the operation will be done.
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09/23/2018
Dr. Bales always listens to me and provides potential solutions to my problems. These solutions are quickly acted upon and any necessary tests (MRI) are ordered immediately.
100

09/18/2018
Dr. Bales is the best!. He was very friendly and empathetic and explained everything about my problem. He made me feel very much at ease.
100

09/13/2018
Excellent
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08/28/2018
This was my first visit with Dr. Bales. He was very courteous and friendly. He made quick and informed decisions. Good surgery experience.
 
Northwest Orthopaedic and Sports Medicine
1351 Fowler Street
Richland, WA 99352
Affiliated Facilities
Kadlec Regional Medical Center