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Walter W. Frueh, MD

Walter W. Frueh, MD

Hip & Knee, Joint Replacement

American Board of Orthopedic Surgery, Board Certified in Orthopedic Surgery, Hip and Knee Replacement Specialist

Wilmington Region

Wilmington - Shipyard
Wilmington - Porters Neck
Leland – Brunswick Forest

Dr. Walter Frueh practices at our 3787 Shipyard Boulevard in Wilmington, in Porters Neck at 8115 Market Street and at our newest location in Brunswick Forest at 1168 East Cutlar Crossing. He is a board certified orthopedic surgeon and fellowship trained in adult hip and knee joint reconstruction. He completed his medical degree at Jefferson Medical College in Philadelphia. He finished his residency in orthopedic surgery at The Rothman Institute at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital where he also completed a surgical fellowship in complex hip and knee reconstruction and revision.

Dr. Frueh’s particular interests are in muscle-sparing total hip arthroplasty, minimally invasive direct anterior hip replacement, outpatient knee replacement, rapid recovery hip and knee replacement, and multi-modal pain management after joint replacement.

He is a member of The American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons and the American Association of Hip and Knee Surgeons. Dr. Frueh routinely lectures and teaches throughout the United States and has educated hundreds of surgeons on minimally invasive hip replacement.

Dr. Frueh is affiliated and performs inpatient and outpatient surgery at the New Hanover Regional Medical Center Orthopedic Hospital. He is an owner in the Brunswick Surgery Center, LLC where he performs outpatient surgery. 

Dr. Frueh enjoys travel, boating, SCUBA, and fishing. He and his wife, Megan, live in Wilmington with their four children.

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  • Undergraduate: Colgate University
  • Medical School: Jefferson Medical College, Philadelphia
  • Residency: Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, Philadelphia
  • Fellowship: The Rothman Institute at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in Philadelphia


  • Board-certified by the American Board of Orthopedic Surgery


  • American Association of Hip and Knee Surgeons (AAHKS)
  • American Association / Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons (AAOS)
  • Eastern Orthopedic Association (EOA)
  • Southern Orthopedic Association (SOA)
  • North Carolina Orthopedic Association (NCOA)


Northern Brunswick Forest Office Offers Fourteen Specialists and Exceptional Services

Northern Brunswick Forest Office Offers Fourteen Specialists and Exceptional Services

Wilmington Region

EmergeOrtho has Brunswick County’s orthopedic needs covered, from head to toe. We now have 14 highly trained specialists who see patients at our newest office at 1168 East Cutlar Crossing, and they cover a wide range of orthopedic specialties: from neck and spine to foot and ankle, as well as practically every bone and muscle...

Dr. Frueh is my surgeon for a new replacement surgery. I just had a follow up visit and he was so informative and the surgery itself went great and I'm still healing and he is still caring for me. I recommend EmergeOrtho and Dr. Frueh as a great surgeon. Possibly the best in the state.

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I can't be more pleased with Dr. Walter Frueh. I will have my right knee totally replaced in January 2020. Dr. Frueh has already replaced my left knee and right hip with outstanding results. He and his team are totally professional and genuinely care. I would recommend him with enthusiasm to anyone that needs knee or hip replacement.

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