Dr. Daniel Hanson, MD

Dr. Daniel Hanson, MD

Minimally Invasive Orthopedic Spine Surgery  ·  
Male  ·  
Age 48
Dr. Daniel Hanson, MD is a minimally invasive orthopedic spine surgery specialist in Maple Grove, MN and has been practicing for 14 years. He graduated from University Of Minnesota Medical School in 1998 and specializes in minimally invasive orthopedic spine surgery, orthopedic spine reconstructive surgery, and more.Read his story

9325 Upland Ln N Ste 205

Maple Grove, MN 55369

Contact Information

(612) 670-4971

Insurance Accepted

  • Aetna
  • American Republic
  • Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Assurant Health
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of Minnesota
  • Cigna
  • Commercial Insurance Company
  • Coventry Health Care
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Neck Muscle Strain
very high
more than 99% of peers
Lamina Procedures (incl. Laminectomy, Laminoplasty, Laminotomy)
very high
more than 99% of peers
Resection or Ablation of Bone Tumor, Partial or Complete Resection of Bone, Debridement of Bone
very high
more than 98% of peers

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Dr. Hanson's bio

This content was provided by Dr. Hanson "Education Spine Surgery Fellowship: Indiana Spine Group, Indianapolis, IN. 2/2004-7/2004 Spine Surgery, PSC, Louisville, KY 8/2003-1/2004 Residency: Indiana University, Indianapolis, IN. Orthopedic Surgery, 7/1998-8/2004 Medical School: University of Minnesota Medical School, Minneapolis, MN. 9/1993-6/1998 Alpha Omega Alpha Medical School Honor Society B.A. University of Minnesota, Physiology, 7/1987-6/1992 Experience • Orthopedic Spine Surgeon: Minnesota Spine Institute, 1/2017 to present • Orthopedic Spine Surgeon: Midwest Spine and Brain Institute, 6/1/2010 to 12/31/2016 • Medical Director and CEO: Maple Grove Center for Restorative Surgery, 2013 to present • Chief of Orthopedics, Unity Hospital, 2011 to 2012 • St. Croix Orthopaedics: Executive Committee 2007 to 2010 • Orthopedic Spine Surgeon: St. Croix Orthopaedics, 8/2004 to 3/2010 Licensing Minnesota: March 2004 to present Wisconsin: December 2005 to present Kentucky: March 2003 Indiana: July 1998 Awards 2017 Mpls/St. Paul Magazine "Top Doctor Award" Orthopedic Surgery-publication date June/July 2017 2016 Mpls/St. Paul Magazine "Top Doctor Award" Orthopedic Surgery 2015 Mpls/St. Paul Magazine "Top Doctor Award" Orthopedic Surgery 8/2014 Minnesota Monthly Top Doctor Award 2014 2008 Emmy for Internet Broadcast: Live Lumbar Microdiskectomy Medical School: Honors: Alpha Omega Alpha 1997 Minnesota Medical Foundation Research Grant: "Split Flexor Pollicus Longus Tendon Transfer for Stabilization of Thumb Interphalangeal Joint: A Cadaveric and Clinical Study Outstanding Physiology Paper: Medical School Medical School: Partial Scholarship Publications • Unstable thoracolumbar burst fractures: anterior-only versus short-segment posterior fixation. • Split Flexor Pollicus Longus Tendon Transfer For Stabilization of Thumb Interphalangeal Joint: A cadaveric and clinical study. • Intrinsic Balancing in Reconstruction of the Tetraplegic Hand. Teaching Experience • Gross Anatomy Teaching Assistant, Medical School • Numerous medical students, physician assistants and residents. Professional Development Courses • Spine Endoscopy: Joimax • Spine Endoscopy: Wolf • Cervical Disk Replacement: Mobi-c, Medtronic, Synthes • Lumbar Disk Replacement: Charite, Synthes • XLIF • CSRS Affiliations/Memberships • Recertification: American Board of Orthopedic Surgery 4/2016 • North American Spine Society 2008 • Norwegian American Orthopedic Society • International Spine Intervention Society 2006-2007 • Board Certification: Orthopedic Surgery 2006 Interests Hiking, Camping, Travel, Biking, Catamaran Sailing, Endoscopic Spine Surgery Recent Seminars/Presentations 9/7/2016 Willmar Affiliated Community Medical Centers Presentation: Cervical Arthroplasty 5/26/2016 CDI/Chiropractor Lunch and Learn Meeting: "Advances in Cervical Motion Preservation vs Cervical Fusion" Winter 2015/16 Dorothy Day Shoes for Homeless Volunteer: Foot exam/Toe Trimming/Foot Ulcer and Wart Debridement 5/12/2015 Fairview Princeton Medical Staff Bi-annual meeting presentation: "Advances in Cervical Motion Preservation vs Cervical Fusion" 4/2015 Maple Grove Magazine article, "How I Got My Life Back" 9/9/2014 Princeton Chiropractor Presentation: Spine Surgery Basics 4/2014 Recertification: American Board of Orthopedic Surgery 3/26/2012 Fairview Princeton Medical Provider Quarterly Staff Meeting Joint Presentation: Interventional Pain Management for Spine Patients 8/2012 September Sun article: What you need to know about back and neck pain from Dr. Daniel Hanson 6/8/2012 Fairview Lakes Pre and Post-op Tutorial on perioperative spine patient care 4/6/2012 Stillwater Medical Group Lunch and Learn, "Lumbar and Cervical Radiculopathy 9/2011 Healthcare News Article: Treating Spine Related Pain 9/11/2010 Blaine Wellness Day. Co-presenter, "Get Back your Active Life""
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Care Philosophy

This content was provided by Dr. Hanson "My goal is to find the simplest way to give you better quality of life and a quicker recovery.  I have found that procedures such as cervical disk replacement, endoscopic spine surgery, and non-fusion techniques often provide better outcomes with a quicker recovery.

I also specialize in complex, revision, and minimally invasive spine surgery.  A fusion procedure is not always required.  What is required is getting an accurate diagnosis of the problem before proceeding with surgery.  

I have been in practice for over 13 years.  I have tried to create Minnesota Spine Institute as a location for patients to get the care they need for their spine problems that focused on them.  I will make sure that you get individualized treatment that provides the best outcomes.  

If you have been recommended a fusion then consider asking me for a second opinion to see if there is a easier, simpler way of solving your spine problem with a faster recovery and less discomfort."

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3  Specialties

  • Minimally Invasive Orthopedic Spine Surgery
  • Minimally Invasive Neurological Spine Surgery
  • Orthopedic Spine Reconstructive Surgery

1  Board Certifications

  • Orthopedic Surgery
    Accredited by: American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery*

43  Conditions Treated

  • Arthritis of the Elbow
  • Back Pain
  • Baker’s Cyst
  • Broken Neck
  • Cervical Spine Myelopathy
  • Chronic Neck Pain
  • Coccygeal Pain
  • Degenerative Disc Disease
  • Difficulty With Walking
  • Dupuytren's Contracture
  • Elbow Injuries
  • Foot Conditions
  • Fracture
  • Herniated Disc
  • Internal Derangement of Knee
  • Intervertebral Disc Disease
  • Knee Dislocation
  • Limb Pain
  • Low Back Pain
  • Lumbar Spine Fracture
  • Myelopathy
  • Neck Muscle Strain
  • Nerve Root Injury and Plexus Disorders (incl. Pinched Nerve)
  • Pathological Spine Fracture
  • Pseudoarthrosis
  • Pyogenic Arthritis
  • Radiculopathy (Not Due to Disc Displacement)
  • Runner's Knee
  • Sacrum Disorders
  • Sciatica (Not Due to Disc Displacement)
  • Shoulder Disorders
  • Shoulder Impingement Syndrome
  • Spina Bifida
  • Spinal Cord Injury
  • Spinal Stenosis
  • Spine Deformities
  • Spine Disorders
  • Spine Fractures, Traumatic
  • Spondylitis
  • Spondylolisthesis
  • Spondylosis
  • Thoracic Spine Fracture
  • Thoracic Spine Myelopathy
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11  Procedures

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  • University Of Mn
    Undergraduate School | Graduated 1987
  • University Of Minnesota Medical School
    Medical School | Graduated 1998
  • Indiana University Medical Center
    Residency Hospital | Completed 2003
  • Indiana Spine Group
    Fellowship Hospital | Completed 2004
  • Spine Surg Psc
    Fellowship Hospital | Completed 2004
  • Spine Surgery Psc
    Residency Hospital | Completed

Awards & Recognition

Awards & Honors
  • Healthgrades Honor Roll
Media & Publications

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Languages Spoken

  • English

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What People Say About Dr. Daniel Hanson, MD
Dr. Hanson recommended Anterior Cervical Discectomy and Fusion of C7-T1.. Dr. Hanson has been extremely responsive and reached out to me the night before surgery to let me know he was available if I had any questions. He also called me the day after surgery answering any questions had at that time....Read More
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Sandy D in Forest Lake – Nov 26, 2017
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I suffered for over 4 months with lower back pain, left leg pain. Seen a Chiropractor with no relief. Dr. Hanson is awesome! His staff is amazing! I had L5/L4 Endoscopic Surgery yesterday and today I feel good, just a little stiff but I have NO BACK PAIN!!! Thank You so much Dr. Hanson
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Shawnette Wasmund in Big Lake, MN – Nov 15, 2017
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I had lumbar spinal surgery to remove bone spurs and other material pressing on nerves. I had been in constant pain when standing or walking. Another orthopedic surgeon said I had to have spinal fusion surgery to stabilize my back, involving a huge incision, long recovery. I wanted a second...Read More
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KGK in Brooklyn Park – Aug 14, 2017
Thanks for your comments. My goal is the outcome...Read More
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I will be having my spine surgery in a week. I started seeing him at Midwest spine and he left to start his own. I was so impressed with everything leading up to this I followed him to Minnesota spine institute.. From what I understand, he is starting his own practice under this name. He cares, ...Read More
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Dave in Coon Rapids, MN – Jan 29, 2017
Thanks Dave. I think you've summed up my...Read More
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Thanks Darla!!
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