Dr. Michael Tjarksen, MD

Dr. Michael Tjarksen, MD

Orthopedic Surgery  |  
Male  |  
Age 54
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Dr. Michael Tjarksen, MD is an orthopedic surgery doctor who practices in Pewaukee, WI. He is 54 years old and has been practicing for 26 years. Read his story

N15W28300 Golf Rd

Pewaukee, WI 53072

Contact Information

(262) 303-5055

Insurance Accepted

  • Aetna
  • Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Cigna
  • First Health (Coventry Health Care)
  • Humana
  • MultiPlan

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Sciatica (Not Due to Disc Displacement)
very high
more than 99% of peers
Back Pain
very high
more than 98% of peers
Chronic Neck Pain
very high
more than 94% of peers

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Dr. Tjarksen's bio

This content was provided by Dr. Tjarksen "Michael Tjarksen, MD Orthopaedic Associates of Wisconsin N15W28300 Golf Road Pewaukee, WI 53072 Certification: 2000, 2006, 2013 Board Certified – American Board of Orthopaedic Surgeons Professional: 1998 – Present Practicing Orthpaedic Surgeon – 90% Spine Education: 1997 – 1998 Rocky Mountain Spine Clinic (1 year) Aurora, Colorado John A. Odom, Jr, MD & Erick Jamrich, MD Spine Fellowship 1997 Eastwood Orthopaedic Clinic (6 months) Auckland, New Zealand Dr. Barry Titjens Knee fellowship 1996 Central Hospital (3 months) Augsburg, Germany AO Internal Trauma Fellowship 1996 Johns Hopkins Hospital Baltimore, Maryland General Surgery Internship & Orthopaedic Surgery Residency 95th Percentile Boards 1991 University of Michigan Medical School Ann Arbor, Michigan Doctor of Medicine Alpha Omega Alpha 1986 Yale University New Haven, Connecticut Bachelor of Arts, Psychobiology Cum Laude 1982 North Muskegon High School North Muskegon, Michigan Valedictorian Staff Appointments Waukesha Memorial Hospital Oconomowoc Memorial Hospital Research, Publications and Presentations Trauma Journal "Unreamed Tibial Nail" 2000 AO International Zentralklinikum Augsburg, Augsburg, Germany: Prof. A. Ruter November 1997 BAK Limitations/Indications Poster presentation - Spine Fellow Conference New Orleans Knee Fellowship Eastwood Orthopaedic Clinic: Osteochondritis Dissecans of the Knee Dr. Barry Tietjens September 1997 New Zealand Orthopaedic Association – presentation October 1997 Asian Orthopaedic Association – presentation 1997 Advanced Surgical Recall, Orthopaedic Review Chapter, Williams and Wilkins, Dr. Michael Tjarksen, Dr. Michael Mont 1996 Reliability and Reproducibility of Adductor moment at Knee Johns Hopkins Sports Medicine, Bennett Institute Gait Lab: Dr. Chao K. Campbell Presented at Johns Hopkins Research Conference 1990 "Patella Infera in Allograft versus Autograft Anterior Cruciate Ligament Reconstruction" University of Michigan, Medsport Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Sports Medicine Section Dr. Wojtys and Dr. L. Stein 1989 In Vitro Photodynamic Therapy of Human Lung Cancer: Investigation of Dose-Rate Effects. Cancer Res 1989 April 1:49 (7): 1718-21 Dr. H. Pass and Dr. S. Evans Professional Societies American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (Board Certified) American Medical Association North American Spine Society Milwaukee Orthpaedic Society Waukesha County Medical Society"


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Care Philosophy

This content was provided by Dr. Tjarksen "Providing the highest quality of care for my patients using minimally Invasive Surgical Techniques"


  • Orthopedic Surgery
  • Orthopedic Spine Surgery

Board Certifications

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

Conditions Treated

  • Adhesive Capsulitis
  • Ankle Fracture
  • Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) or Posterior Cruciate Ligament (PCL) Tear
  • Arthritis of the Elbow
  • Ataxia
  • Autoimmune Diseases
  • Back Pain
  • Baker’s Cyst
  • Bone Cancer
  • Bone Disorders
  • Broken Arm
  • Broken Neck
  • Bursitis
  • Cancer
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Cervical Spine Myelopathy
  • Chondrocalcinosis
  • Chronic Neck Pain
  • Chronic Pelvic Pain
  • Clavicle Fracture
  • Coccygeal Pain
  • Coccyx or Sacrum Fracture
  • Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS)
  • Complications of Joint Prosthesis
  • Degenerative Disc Disease
  • Difficulty With Walking
  • Elbow Injuries
  • Enthesopathy of Hip (incl. Trochanteric Bursitis)
  • Femur Fracture
  • Foot Conditions
  • Foot Fracture
  • Fracture
  • Fracture of Hand (incl. Fingers)
  • Gait Abnormality
  • Ganglion Cyst
  • Gout
  • Hand Conditions
  • Hand Fracture
  • Herniated Disc
  • Hip Fracture
  • Hip Sprain
  • Internal Derangement of Knee
  • Intervertebral Disc Disease
  • Joint Pain
  • Knee Dislocation
  • Knee Disorders
  • Knee Fracture
  • Knee Sprain
  • Lateral and Medial Epicondylitis (Tennis and Golf Elbow)
  • Leg Fracture Above Knee (incl. Hip)
  • Leg Fracture Below Knee (incl. Ankle)
  • Limb Cramp
  • Limb Pain
  • Low Back Pain
  • Lumbar Spine Fracture
  • Lupus
  • Medial Collateral Ligament (MCL) Sprain
  • Myelopathy
  • Non-Unions and Malunions of Fractures
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Osteoarthritis of Ankle and Foot
  • Osteoarthritis of Hand or Wrist
  • Osteoarthritis of Hands
  • Osteoarthritis of Hip
  • Osteoarthritis of Hip and Thigh
  • Osteoarthritis of Knee
  • Osteoarthritis of Shoulder
  • Osteopenia
  • Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome or Knee Pain
  • Pathological Spine Fracture
  • Peripheral Nerve Disorders
  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Post-Laminectomy Syndrome
  • Pseudoarthrosis
  • Pyogenic Arthritis
  • Radiculopathy (Not Due to Disc Displacement)
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • Rotator Cuff Tear
  • Runner's Knee
  • Sacrum Disorders
  • Scapular Fracture
  • Sciatica (Not Due to Disc Displacement)
  • Scoliosis
  • Shoulder Dislocation
  • Shoulder Disorders
  • Shoulder Impingement Syndrome
  • Shoulder Tendinitis and Tenosynovitis
  • Spina Bifida
  • Spinal Stenosis
  • Spine Deformities
  • Spine Disorders
  • Spine Fractures, Traumatic
  • Spondylitis
  • Spondylolisthesis
  • Spondylosis
  • Sprains and Strains (incl. Muscle Tear)
  • Systemic Chondromalacia
  • Systemic Sclerosis
  • Thoracic Spine Fracture
  • Tibia and Fibula Fractures
  • Wrist Fracture


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  • Arm Surgery
  • Arthroscopic Shoulder Surgery
  • Carpal Tunnel Release
  • Dural Repair or Other Spinal Cord Repair
  • Elbow Fracture and Dislocation Treatment
  • Elbow Fracture and-or Dislocation Treatment, Open
  • Foot and Ankle Fracture Treatment, Open
  • Foot and Ankle Fracture and Dislocation Treatment
  • Fracture Care
  • Hand and Wrist Fracture Treatment, Open
  • Hand and Wrist Fracture and Dislocation Treatment
  • Herniated Disc Surgery
  • Hip Fracture and Dislocation Treatment
  • Hip Fracture and-or Dislocation Treatment, Closed
  • Hip Fracture and-or Dislocation Treatment, Open
  • Hip Replacement
  • Hip Replacement Revision
  • Hip Resurfacing
  • Joint Drainage
  • Knee Arthroscopy
  • Knee Replacement
  • Knee Replacement Revision
  • Knee Surgery
  • Knee and Leg Fracture and Dislocation Treatment
  • Knee and Lower Leg Fracture Treatment, Closed
  • Knee and Lower Leg Fracture Treatment, Open
  • Kyphoplasty, Percutaneous
  • Lamina Procedures (incl. Laminectomy, Laminoplasty, Laminotomy)
  • Neuroplasty
  • Percutaneous Vertebroplasty
  • Separated Femoral Epiphysis Treatment
  • Shoulder Fracture and Dislocation Treatment
  • Spinal Compression Fracture Repair
  • Spinal Fusion
  • Spinal Reconstructive Surgery for Deformities
  • Steroid Injection
  • Trigger Point Injection


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Background Check

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0 Sanctions

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0 Board Actions

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  • Yale University
    Undergraduate School | Graduated 1986
  • University Of Michigan Medical School
    Medical School | Graduated 1991
  • Johns Hopkins University / School Of Medicine
    Internship Hospital | Completed 1996
  • Johns Hopkins University / School Of Medicine
    Residency Hospital | Completed 1996
  • Central Hospital
    Fellowship Hospital | Completed 1996
  • Eastwood Orthopaedic Clinic
    Fellowship Hospital | Completed 1997
  • Rocky Mountain Spine Clinic
    Fellowship Hospital | Completed 1998

Awards & Recognition

Awards & Honors
  • Healthgrades Honor Roll
Media & Publications

Dr. Tjarksen has no media or publications listed.

Languages Spoken

  • English

Memberships & Professional Affiliations

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Dr. Tjarksen's Reviews

Likelihood of recommending Dr. Tjarksen to family and friends
based on 25 total reviews (5 with comments)
Dr. Tjarksen's Performance
  • Trustworthiness
  • Explains condition(s) well
  • Answers Questions
  • Time well spent
Office & Staff Performance
  • Scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Average wait time
    10 to 15 minutes
Patient Comments (5)
in Milwaukee, WI |
When I first saw some of Dr Tjarksen’s reviews I was concerned and I already had an appointment with him.. I called my Dr and my sister called hers and both said the same thing “He’s an excellent surgeon “: My sisters Dr even said that he refers his family members to him. This put my mind at ease. Dr Tjarksen is a very caring doctor! I had an extensive surgery on my spine and I would recommend him to anyone.
Wales, WI |
Very kind, very knowledgeable doctor. Busy, but takes time to answer your questions. Excellent surgeon. Always in a good mood and smiling.
in Delafield, Wi |
One year ago I had 4 lumbar vertibrae fused including 4 laminectomys. Dr Tjarksen was an excellent surgeon and his PA was a perfect addition to the experience. He was conservative in his treatment but ultimately major surgery was the solution to decades of back pain. He came highly recommended by my general physician along with inquiries of many others. I would highly recommend him.
Mukwonago, WI |
personable, knowledgeable, to the point. I'm more than happy with this Dr.
Waukesha, WI |
Very knowledgeable and kind. Advice: he is an extremely busy doctor, just like all modern doctors. Be careful to get to the point immediately if you want your questions answered or he may jump to conclusions about what you are going to say.
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Dr. Tjarksen accepts 7 insurance carriers
  • Aetna
    Choice Plus POS II
  • Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield
    Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO
    Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield PPO
    Blue Preferred Plus POS
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
    Blue Card PPO
  • Cigna
    Cigna HMO
    Cigna PPO
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  • First Health (Coventry Health Care)
    First Health (Coventry Health Care) PPO
  • Humana
    Choice Care PPO
    Preferred PPO
  • MultiPlan
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Hospitals where Dr. Tjarksen has admitting privileges

Oconomowoc Memorial Hospital
791 East Summit Avenue
Oconomowoc, WI 53066
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Waukesha Memorial Hospital
725 American Ave
Waukesha, WI 53188
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