Dr. Christopher M. Bates

Dr. Christopher M. Bates

Dr. Bates is a Board-Certified Orthopedic Surgeon with hand, wrist, forearm, and elbow fellowship training.

He sub-specialized at the esteemed Stern UC Hand & Upper Extremity Fellowship and completed his Orthopedic Surgery Residency at JPS.

He and his lovely wife Layla made Fort Worth their home after loving the people and culture. They are excited to raise their family here!

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What patients are saying about Dr. Bates...

Dr Bates was outstanding.             A really great first experience!             Office operated efficiently.             Very professional.             Dr. Bates is very empathetic and compassionate. There is immediate confidence in his prognosis and plan of treatment. I am very impressed with him as a doctor.             Thank you for your courtesy, professionalism and caring.             Very impressed with the prompt nature in which I was seen by Dr. Bates. I had a referral placed from my primary care physician and was seen the same day by Dr. Bates. He was patient and very knowledgeable. Great care was provided by every member of the treatment team.             The staff was extremely pleasant, prompt and courteous!!!             The first impression at a doctor's office is the receptionist. Typically they're always crabby this is the first doctor's office in years where I've encountered a friendly receptionist. Thank you so much. The med tech who took out my stitches was awesome as well. Dr. Bates did phenomenon work on my wrist surgery and at this visit clearly explained the updated xrays. I am thankful for Dr. Bates and his staff. Sincerely!             Dr Bates provided examples to explain technical terms. Great educational opportunity about my specific health needs. Very helpful.             Dr Bates was extremely knowledgeable and has a great personality. He was very professional and treated me like he had been my doctor for years.             Your receptionist was amazing. They helped me out. Every question was answered properly. The PA was wonderful. She was a great with my son and the doctor was amazing. He made us feel welcomed and warm and I will absolutely come back to him every time we need to.             Dr. Bates was wonderful. He listened to my concerns and addressed them to my satisfaction. He made me feel comfortable and he seemed to really care about me. I trusted him. Such a great bedside manner. Great sense of humor as well. I would definitely recommend him to everyone I know. The office staff was great. Not a long wait time to be seen by the physician. I am very pleased with this office.

Get to Know Dr. Bates

Dr. Christopher M. Bates's daughter

Dr. Bates is married to his lovely wife Layla and they have a young daughter and 2 dogs. During their five years in Fort Worth, he and his wife found true friends in genuine, honest, caring people, and decided they had to raise their family here.

Dr. Bates grew up in in southern California until high school when he moved to a Washington town called Walla Walla. Transitioning from Orange County to a farming-based rural community in Washington State taught him the value of hard work, discipline, honesty, and being genuine. 

Dr. Christopher M. Bates' dog

His educational journey has taken him all across the country, from undergraduate at Washington State University, obtaining degrees in both Physics and Biochemistry, to medical school at Wake Forest School of Medicine in North Carolina, to Orthopedic Surgery residency at John Peter Smith in Fort Worth, Texas, and finally to Hand Surgery fellowship in Cincinnati, Ohio with Dr Peter J. Stern. 

His surgical practice focuses on patients with ailments of the upper extremity, especially in treatment of the hand, wrist, forearm, and elbow.

Meet Dr. Christopher M. Bates

Dr. Christopher M. Bates is an orthopedic surgeon with subspecialty training in hand and upper extremity surgery. He grew up doing construction work before discovering his passion for orthopedics. He is driven by his love of helping others.

Dr. Bates - Conditions Treated These are just a few examples

Dr. Bates specializes in treatment of virtually all conditions affecting any region from the elbow to the fingertips: symptoms can include discomfort, numbness, tingling, burning, pain, or difficulty using the arm and hand. He has a special interest in osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, nerve compression syndromes, sports or athletic-related ailments, WALANT surgery, and traumatic injuries
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Carpal tunnel syndrome can cause serious hand and finger numbness, tingling, discomfort, and persistent nighttime symptoms. We have several treatment options including splinting, injections, and open or endoscopic surgery. Leaving this untreated can result in permanent damage.
Trigger Finger (or Thumb)

Trigger Finger (or Thumb)

The medical term for this is stenosing tenosynovitis, but patients more commonly refer to it as trigger finger. Triggering is when a finger 'pops' back and forth when opening/closing a fist. The finger can sometimes become 'stuck' temporarily as well. Treatment depends on duration and severity, but includes medications, activity modification, injections, and surgical treatment.

Ganglion Cysts

Ganglion Cysts

This is a collection of normal joint fluid in an abnormal spot, which causes a bump under the skin that can grow and shrink with time. Treatment is really decided by you, the patient. We can monitor, aspirate, or remove surgically. 

Thumb Arthritis

Thumb Arthritis

This is an extremely common location for arthritis and chronic pain. Many patients describe achiness or soreness at the base of the thumb that moves up and down. Dr. Bates focuses on techniques that improve recovery time for the patient so you can get back to life quicker. 

Wrist Arthritis

Wrist Arthritis

Patients often report pain, soreness, swelling, and decreased motion in the wrist. This can occur from several different causes: from trauma, systemic disease, infection, etc. 

Distal radius fractures

Distal radius fractures

These are an incredibly common injury, especially the older we get. Dr. Bates is well-versed in treating these fractures in patients of all ages. Common treatment methods include splinting, casting, and several different types of surgery. I work with you to help us choose the best treatment for you. 

Hand Fractures

Hand Fractures

These are extremely common and treatment varies widely based on several factors. I will help guide you through the options, the data, and the expected outcomes of each to choose the best method for you. 

Cubital Tunnel Syndrome

Cubital Tunnel Syndrome

This is less common than carpal tunnel syndrome, but can cause similar symptoms of hand numbness and weakness. I focus on techniques that get you back to activity and normal living as quickly and safely as possible. 


Orthopedic Hand & Upper Extremity Fellowship: University of Cincinnati Mary S. Stern Fellowship

Orthopedic Surgery Residency: John Peter Smith Hospital, Fort Worth, Texas

Medical School: Wake Forest School of Medicine, MD

Undergraduate: Bachelors of Science x2, Physics and Biochemistry, Minors in Spanish & Math, Washington State University


Orthopedic In-Training Exam: Scored in the top 0.5% nationally (100th percentile) during final 2 years of residency

Orthopedic Intern of the Year

UNT Research Day Poster Presentation Winner, 1st Place

John Peter Smith Professionalism Award (voted on by OR, Clinic, Floor Staff)

John Peter Smith Resident Teaching Award (voted on by medical students)

Invited Speaker for Fort Worth Physical Therapy / Certified Hand Therapists

Invited Lecturer for Doctors Demystify Course on Orthopedic Hand Surgery, 2017, 2019

Texas Orthopedic Association Conference Podium Presentation Resident Winner Contributor

Gold Humanism Honor Society Inductee

Honors College Thesis Pass with Distinction, Stephenson Scholar (Highest recognition)

Paraprofessional (Resident Advisor) of the Year (Highest recognition)

Washington State University Distinguished Regents Scholarship (Full merit-based scholarship)


P. Ross, C.M. Bates, R. Matar, A. Swenson, Dorsal Bridge Plates: Outcomes and Complications, in progress

W.F. Pientka II, C.M. Bates, A. Pientka, Effect of Changing Hydrocodone to Schedule II on Prescriber Habits and ED Visits for Postoperative Pain, in progress

R.A. Wagner, C.M. Bates, H.B. Sanchez, Prepatellar Fat to Patella Ratio Helps Predict Complication Rate after Total Knee Arthroplasty, J Arthroplasty, 2018, Jul 33(7):2251-2255

W.F. Pientka II, C.M. Bates, B.G. Webb, Asymptomatic Migration of a Kirschner Wire from the Proximal Aspect of the Humerus to the Thoracic Cavity, 2016, JBJS Case Connector, Vol 6, Issue 3

J.F. Plate, C.M. Bates, C.J. Tuohy, et al, Age-related degenerative functional, radiographic, and histological changes of the shoulder in nonhuman primates, 2013, J Shoulder Elbow Surg, S1058-2746(12)

C.M. Bates, F. Stevens, S. C. Langford, and J. T. Dickinson, Motion and Dissolution of Drops of Sparingly Soluble Alcohols on Water, 2008, Langmuir, Volume 24, Issue 14, Pages 7193-7199

C.M. Bates, F. Stevens, S. C. Langford, and J. T. Dickinson, Nanoscale craters in poly(methyl methacrylate) formed by exposure to condensing solvent vapor, 2007, Journal of Materials Research, Volume 22, Number 12, Pages 3360-3370


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Dr. Christopher M. Bates with a patient
Hand to Shoulder team in the surgical suite

The Hand to Shoulder Center

At The Hand to Shoulder Center in Fort Worth, TX, our team of fellowship-trained hand, elbow, and shoulder surgeons treat any and all conditions from the shoulder to the fingertip. Our surgeons perform both elective and reconstructive procedures, including:

  • Joint Replacement
  • Traumatic Injury Surgery
  • Arthroscopic Surgery
  • Microsurgery
  • Minimally Invasive Surgery
  • Wide Awake Local Anesthesia Only Surgery

Our physicians are associated with the American Society for Surgery of the Hand and the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery. For more information or to request an appointment, please contact us online or call (817) 420-9238.

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