R. Stephen Otte, M.D.

Shoulder & Elbow Specialist

    Project Description

    R. Stephen Otte, M.D.

    Shoulder & Elbow Specialist


    Orthopedic Surgeon


    Shoulder and Elbow Specialist


    Office Locations

    Pointe West and Lakewood Ranch


    Dr. R. Stephen Otte is a fellowship-trained orthopedic surgeon who specializes in shoulder and elbow.  He completed his Bachelor of Science degree and received his Doctorate of Medicine at the University of Nebraska before completing his Orthopedic Surgery Residency at Spectrum Health through Michigan State University.  Following residency, he went on to complete a fellowship in shoulder and elbow surgery at the prestigious Midwest Orthopaedics at RUSH in Chicago, Illinois. 

    With a focus on shoulder and elbow pathology, Dr. Otte sees patients of all ages, treating conditions such as rotator cuff injuries, arthritis of the shoulder and elbow, rotator cuff tear arthropathy, shoulder instability, labral tears, biceps tendonitis, medial/lateral epicondylitis, as well as fractures of the shoulder and elbow. Dr. Otte has a specific interest in complex rotator cuff management and joint replacement of the shoulder.

    Dr. Otte has written several book chapters covering topics such as rotator cuff tears, reverse shoulder replacement, and shoulder reconstruction. He has also published papers in several peer-reviewed journals, including the prestigious Journal of Shoulder and Elbow Surgery, and his research has been presented at numerous national and international meetings. While in fellowship, he helped take care of several professional Chicago sports teams such as the Chicago White Sox, Chicago Bulls, and Chicago Fire.

    Outside of work, he enjoys spending time with his wife and daughter, playing golf, traveling, and following his beloved Nebraska Cornhuskers.




    Doctor of Medicine:

    University of Nebraska College of Medicine 2013


    Spectrum Health/Michigan State University 2018


    Midwest Orthopaedics at RUSH 2019

    Board Eligible

    Dr. Otte is also a popular and well-known presenter at various prestigious orthopedic conferences and meetings across the U.S. Some of the topics he’s presented are:

    • Prospective Randomized Trial of Biologic Augmentation with Mesenchymal Stem Cells in Patients Undergoing Arthroscopic Rotator Cuff Repair
    • Current Concepts in Management of Rotator Cuff Tears
    • Conservative and Operative Management of Shoulder Arthritis
    • Treatment of Proximal Humerus Fractures.
    • Single Vs. Double Row Repairs of Rotator Cuff Tears
    • Osteology, Anatomy, and Radiology Review of the Elbow
    • Repair Versus Reconstruction of the Medial Collateral Ligament in the Multi-Ligamentous Injured Knee
    • Repair Versus Reconstruction of the Medial Collateral Ligament

    Member of the Manatee County Medical Society

    Member of American Shoulder and Elbow Surgeons 

    Member of the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons 

    Member of the American Orthopedic Society of Sports Medicine 

    Member of the Arthroscopy Association of North America 






    Arthroplasty – Primary & Revision:
    • Total Shoulder Replacement
    • Reverse Total Shoulder Replacement
    • Total Elbow Replacement
    Fractures – Repair Treatment:
    • Shoulder
    • Humerus
    • Elbow
    • Radial Head
    • Olecranon
    • Radial Head
    Shoulder Arthroscopy:
    • Rotator cuff repair
    • Excision of calcium deposits
    • Subacromial decompression
    • SLAP repair
    • Shoulder instability/labral repair/latarjet procedure
    • Biceps tenodesis
    • Superior capsular reconstruction
    • Distal clavicle resection
    Elbow arthroscopy:
    • Loose body removal
    • Arthritis
    Other procedures:
    • Ulnar collateral ligament reconstruction (Tommy John surgery)
    • Tennis elbow/lateral epicondylitis repair
    • Distal biceps repair
    • Triceps repair
    • PRP/Stem cell injections

    I had ORIF surgery on my right shoulder two weeks ago by Dr. Otte. What a skilled and professional Dr with an awesome bedside manner. He is kind and compassionate and answered all my questions without my feeling rushed. I am very pleased with this entire practice and Janelle Scott, his assistant always returns phone calls promptly and is a pleasure to work with too. It was unfortunate for me to have required this surgery after a work-related fall but I am thankful Dr. Otte came to my rescue and working with me to regain shoulder function. I was fortunate to have surgery at LWR medical center where I received the best care also. I can’t thank Dr. Otte enough!

    Jeanne F., Google.com

    My experiences at Coastal have been outstanding! Dr. Otte was a wonderful, caring, and personal Physician. His explanations of the damage, surgery and recovery to both me and my family were very much appreciated and he was very open to our questions and concerns and took time to be sure we understood. I would definitely recommend him to others.

    Kayline L.

    When I was told I needed a shoulder replacement and that my surgeon was Dr. Otte I asked, “how soon can we do this?” With Janelle Scott’s hyper-speed response, Dr. Otte’s assistant, and the fabulous staff at Lakewood Ranch Medical facility my successful surgery was completed within 10 days.
    Dr. Otte is a world-class surgeon with a world-class smile. I am one lucky lady to have had he and his entire staff behind me. Thank you!!!

    Hollis S.

    I was assigned to Dr. Otte in late October after breaking my humerus and dislocating my right shoulder. After reviewing an x-ray and CT he determined that I did not require surgery but he would like to invest in PT with me in a slow healing process. On January 18th I will be 12 weeks from my incident, moving, lifting, pulling and pushing! Not 100% but probably 75-80! I have not missed a day of work and have so enjoyed PT with Coastal Orthopedics with Justin, Maria, Mike, Faith, Kelsey, and Sierra! Dr. Otte is careful, cautious and a tremendous leader in my healing process! I am THRILLED to have not had surgery and so happy with my progress. I knew Coastal Orthopedics was the best place for me to land. I am so thankful each day for their amazing gifts and talents!

    Sara B., Facebook.com
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