Dr. Ryan Carlson, MD

Colorectal SurgeryMaleAge 42

Dr. Carlson
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Healthpartners Vascular/Gen Sgy

401 Phalen Blvd Saint Paul, MN 55130

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Dr. Ryan Carlson, MD is a Colorectal Surgery Specialist in Saint Paul, MN and has over 12 years of experience in the medical field. He graduated from UNIVERSITY OF CHICAGO HOSPITAL / ROOSEVELT UNIVERSITY medical school in 2009. He is affiliated with Regions Hospital. He is accepting new patients. Be sure to call ahead with Dr. Carlson to book an appointment.

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I had a complicated rectal cancer that required a multi-faceted approach. Many health professionals felt it was unlikely that I would avoid a permanent colostomy due to the location of the tumor. Dr. Carlson felt confident that he could avoid this outcome and performed the lengthy surgery with great skill. Not only did he avoid a permanent colostomy, but he removed all traces of the tumor and later performed my temporary ileostomy takedown surgery. It has been 4 months since my surgeries and I'm riding my bike, running and enjoying life again. My wounds healed up quickly and well and my bowel function was preserved. I am forever grateful to Dr. Carlson and recommend him highly.
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SRC – Jun 10, 2020
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Do NOT use Dr. Carlson. Our dad went in for what should have been a routine surgery to remove a small section of colon that had cancer cells. Dr. Carlson told us that there would be only a 1-3% chance of a hole happening during/after surgery. Unfortunately, a hole was discovered in his intestine 7 days after surgery when dad went into septic shock. He never did well post surgery and nobody could discover why. He was in SICU for 25 days. Dr. Carlson admitted that he caused the hole in the first surgery. In a subsequent emergency surgery to 'clean out the abdomen' he poked another hole, which was promptly fixed. Dr. Carlson said that dad was his biggest failure of 2019. Unfortunately this mistake is costing DAD'S LIFE. We hardly saw Dr. Carlson over the following 5 months when dad was in Regions Hospital due to COMPLICATIONS from his surgeries. He showed little compassion or comprehension to us for how much this has affected not only dad, but our entire families lives.
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Pam – May 17, 2020
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My father went in to Regions for what should have been a 5 day stay after surgery, but ended up being about 5 months due to a puncture to his small intestine. An emergency follow up surgery to correct the first one also resulted in another puncture that needed to be corrected, along with another surgery to attempt to correct issues. After going through all this HELL, my father has about a 2% chance of making it, and most likely won't make it. He had lots of life and dreams he wanted to live still. I wish I could give a negative star review. I cannot recommend Ryan M. Carlson, MD.
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NEVER he ruined my friends life Life k boxmeyer
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K boxmeyer – Sep 27, 2019
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Never. He is so full of himself. His procedure has limited my mobility. He is not professional, calling himself the butt dr. He put a seton in me and it didn’t work. Wouldn’t remove it so now I am crippled. HP save us from this monster. I should have reported him to the state health board years ago. Please prevent him from maiming more women.
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Terrible bedside manner. Isn't courteous. Doesn't take time to answer patients questions. Doesn't listen to concerns of family members caring for the patient. Withholding important information in regards to possible causes and screening of the problem, until pressed to discuss it. I do not recommend this doctor.
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  • Didn't trust the provider's decisions
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Awful experience w/ Dr. Carlson beginning when he walked in & said "Hi, I'm the plumber." During the pre-procedure he left the door open, told me that I was 50% more likely than average to get colon cancer and scolded me for not coming in sooner (although I came as soon as my doctor recommended and insurance would pay) and during the procedure he said "the meds SHOULD kick in by the time we get to your colon" and inserted the scope. The meds did not kick in!!!! He made me feel like livestock.
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Biography

Dr. Ryan Carlson, MD is a Colorectal Surgery Specialist in Saint Paul, MN and has over 12 years of experience in the medical field. He graduated from...Read more

Specialties

  • Colorectal Surgery

Board Certifications

  • Colon & Rectal Surgery
  • General Surgery

Education

2009
UNIVERSITY OF CHICAGO HOSPITAL / ROOSEVELT UNIVERSITY
Medical School

Awards

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What are Dr. Ryan Carlson, MD's top areas of care?

Dr. Carlson frequently treats Colectomy, Abdominoplasty, and Fistulectomy or Fistulotomy, Anal. See all procedures and conditions Dr. Carlson treats.

Where is Dr. Ryan Carlson, MD's office located?

Dr. Carlson's office is located at 401 Phalen Blvd, Saint Paul, MN 55130. Find other locations and directions on Healthgrades.

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Dr. Carlson's Top Procedures and Conditions

Treatment Frequency
Colectomy
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Treatment Frequency

Dr. Carlson performs Colectomy more than 100% of his peers

Dr. Carlson performs this procedure more than 100% of his peers

Rating Includes other areas of care:

  • da Vinci® Colectomy
  • Hemicolectomy
  • Laparoscopic Colectomy
Abdominoplasty
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very high

Treatment Frequency

Dr. Carlson performs Abdominoplasty more than 98% of his peers

Dr. Carlson performs this procedure more than 98% of his peers

Fistulectomy or Fistulotomy, Anal
very high
very high

Treatment Frequency

Dr. Carlson performs Fistulectomy or Fistulotomy, Anal more than 97% of his peers

Dr. Carlson performs this procedure more than 97% of his peers

Dr. Carlson's conditions and procedures:

  • Abdominal Pain
  • Abdominoplasty
  • Abscess or Cyst Drainage or Aspiration
  • Abscess or Fluid Incision and Drainage
  • Adrenal Gland Cancer
  • Anal and Rectal Cancer
  • Anal Fissure
  • Anal Fistula
  • Anal or Rectal Pain
  • Anorectal Abscess
  • Anoscopy
  • Anoscopy With Removal of Anal Tumor
  • Appendectomy, Laparoscopic
  • Appendectomy, Open
  • Appendicitis
  • Barrett's Esophagus
  • Benign Neoplasm of the Digestive System
  • Bile Duct Cancer
  • Biliary Atresia
  • Bladder Surgery
  • Bone Cancer
  • Breast Cancer
  • Cholecystitis and Gallstones
  • Colectomy
  • Colectomy and Sigmoidectomy With Robotic Assistance
  • Collapsed Lung (Pneumothorax)
  • Colonoscopy, Proctosigmoidoscopy, and Sigmoidoscopy
  • Colorectal Cancer
  • Constipation
  • Crohn's Disease
  • Cyst Incision and Drainage
  • Cystectomy
  • Cystotomy
  • Destruction of Anal Tumor
  • Diaphragmatic and-or Hiatal Hernia
  • Dressing and-or Debridement of Wound, Infection, or Burn (incl. Negative Pressure Wound Therapy)
  • Duodenal Polypectomy
  • Enterostomy (Laparoscopic or Open)
  • Esophageal Varices
  • Excision of Rectal Tumor
  • Excision, Shaving, or Destruction of Skin and Subcutaneous Tissue (incl. Mohs Micrographic Surgery), Tissue Transfer
  • Fecal Impaction Removal
  • Fistulectomy or Fistulotomy, Anal
  • Flexible Sigmoidoscopy With Robotic Assistance
  • Gallbladder and Biliary Tract Cancer
  • Gallbladder Removal
  • Gallbladder Removal (Cholecystectomy), Laparoscopic
  • Gallbladder Removal (Cholecystectomy), Open
  • Gallstones
  • Gastric Ulcer
  • Gastrotomy
  • Gynecologic Cancer
  • Hemorrhoidectomy or Excision of Anal Tags
  • Hemorrhoids
  • Hernia Repair
  • Hiatal Hernia
  • Hidradenitis
  • Hyperparathyroidism
  • Ileus
  • Incision and Removal of Foreign Object
  • Incisional Hernia
  • Incisional Hernia Repair, Laparoscopic
  • Inflammatory Bowel Disease
  • Inguinal Hernia
  • Inguinal Hernia Repair, Laparoscopic
  • Inguinal Hernia Repair, Open
  • Intestinal Abscess
  • Intestinal Obstruction
  • Intestinal Transplant (incl. Enterectomy)
  • Ischemic Colitis
  • Laparoscopic Abdominoperineal Resection of the Rectum With Robotic Assistance
  • Laparoscopic Excision or Destruction of Ovary With Robotic Assistance
  • Laparotomy
  • Lipomas
  • Lung Cancer
  • Lymph Node Biopsy or Excision
  • Meckel's Diverticulum
  • Neoplasm of Gastrointestinal Tract
  • Neuroendocrine Tumors
  • Open Diaphragmatic and-or Paraesophageal Hiatal Hernia Repair
  • Open Incisional and-or Ventral Hernia Repair
  • Paraesophageal Hernia Repair, Laparoscopic
  • Parathyroid (Gland) Disease
  • Partial Lung Collapse
  • Pelvic Abscess
  • Peptic Ulcer
  • Peripheral Arterial Aneurysm
  • Peripheral Arterial Aneurysm and Dissection
  • Peripheral Vascular Disease (PAD, PVD)
  • Pleural Effusion
  • Port Placements or Replacements
  • Proctectomy, Open or Laparoscopic (incl. Swenson and Duhamel Procedures)
  • Proctosigmoidopexy With Robotic Assistance
  • Rectovaginal Fistula
  • Removal or Destruction of Rectal or Intestinal Tumor (incl. Colonoscopy, Proctosigmoidoscopy, Sigmoidoscopy and Control of Hemorrhage)
  • Repair of Anal and Rectal Defects (Anoplasty, Repair of Imperforate Anus, Sphincteroplasty, Rectal Graft)
  • Repair of Rectocele With Robotic Assistance
  • Ruptured Aortic Aneurysm
  • Secondary Malignancies
  • Small Intestine Cancer
  • Soft Tissue Sarcoma
  • Sphincterotomy
  • Stomach and Small Intestine Cancer
  • Thoracentesis
  • Thyroid Cancer
  • Tubo-Ovarian Abscess
  • Ulcerative Colitis
  • Umbilical Hernia
  • Umbilical or Ventral Hernia Repair, Laparoscopic
  • Vaginal Prolapse Surgery
  • Varicose Veins
  • Vascular Insufficiency of Intestines
  • Ventral Hernia
  • Vulvar Cancer
  • Wound Repair

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(651) 254-7980

Dr. Carlson accepts the following insurance:

Aetna
Choice Plus POS II
Anthem
Group Value Network (Select Network)-MN
National (BlueCard) PPO
Blue Cross Blue Shield
Blue Card PPO
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Minnesota
Blue Cross Accord
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HealthyBlue 2.0
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Locations

Healthpartners Vascular/Gen Sgy

Healthpartners Vascular/Gen Sgy401 Phalen Blvd Saint Paul, MN 55130
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Affiliated Hospitals

Dr. Carlson is affiliated with the following hospital. Select the hospital below to learn more.

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Regions Hospital

Saint Paul, MN

74% Patient experience rating, 5% higher than the national average

21 Awards Received