Dr. Walter Carlson, MD

Orthopedic Surgery •  Male • Age 69
  
Dr. Carlson
Accepting new patients

Orthopedic Institute, Sioux Falls, SD

810 E 23rd St Sioux Falls, SD 57105

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Dr. Walter Carlson, MD is a Orthopedic Surgery Specialist in Sioux Falls, SD. He is affiliated with medical facilities such as Avera McKennan Hospital and University Health Center and Brookings Health System. He is accepting new patients. Be sure to call ahead with Dr. Carlson to book an appointment.


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  • Explains Conditions Well
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Dr. Carlson's Top Procedures and Conditions

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Back Pain
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Treatment Frequency

Dr. Carlson treats Back Pain more than 99% of his peers

Dr. Carlson treats this condition more than 99% of his peers

Low Back Pain
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Treatment Frequency

Dr. Carlson treats Low Back Pain more than 99% of his peers

Dr. Carlson treats this condition more than 99% of his peers

Joint Pain
very high
very high

Treatment Frequency

Dr. Carlson treats Joint Pain more than 98% of his peers

Dr. Carlson treats this condition more than 98% of his peers

Dr. Carlson's conditions and procedures:

  • Abscess or Cyst Drainage or Aspiration
  • Abscess or Fluid Incision and Drainage
  • Achilles Tenotomy
  • Ankle Sprain and Achilles Tendon Sprain or Rupture
  • Ankle Sprains and Strains
  • Ankylosing Spondylitis
  • Ankylosing Vertebral Hyperostosis
  • Arthritis of the Elbow
  • Arthroscopic Joint Surgery
  • Arthroscopic Surgery
  • Autoimmune Diseases
  • Back Pain
  • Baker’s Cyst
  • Bone Cancer
  • Bone Disorders
  • Cancer
  • Cervical Spine Myelopathy
  • Coccygeal Pain
  • Coccyx or Sacrum Fracture
  • Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS)
  • Degenerative Disc Disease
  • Difficulty With Walking
  • Elbow Injuries
  • Elbow Sprain
  • Enthesopathy of Knee (incl. Bursitis of Knee)
  • Excision of Femur or Knee
  • Femur Fracture
  • Foot and Ankle Fracture Treatment, Closed
  • Foot and Ankle Fracture Treatment, Open
  • Foot and Ankle Ligament and Tendon Repair
  • Foot Conditions
  • Foot Fracture
  • Fracture
  • Fracture Care
  • Fracture of Hand (incl. Fingers)
  • Ganglion Cyst
  • Glenoid Labrum Tear
  • Hand Conditions
  • Heel Spur
  • Hernia
  • Hip Pain
  • Hip Pointer Injuries
  • Hip Sprain
  • Intervertebral Disc Disease
  • Joint Pain
  • Knee Disorders
  • Knee Pain
  • Knee Surgery
  • Lateral and Medial Epicondylitis (Tennis and Golf Elbow)
  • Limb Cramp
  • Limb Pain
  • Low Back Pain
  • Lupus
  • Medial Collateral Ligament (MCL) Sprain
  • Nerve Root Injury and Plexus Disorders (incl. Pinched Nerve)
  • Neurostimulation
  • Non-Unions and Malunions of Fractures
  • Osteoarthritis of Hands
  • Osteoarthritis of Spine
  • Osteoporosis
  • Pediatric Surgical Procedures
  • Pelvic Fracture
  • Platelet-Rich Plasma Injection (PRP)
  • Post-Laminectomy Syndrome
  • Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy
  • Runner's Knee
  • Sacrum Disorders
  • Scoliosis
  • Separated Femoral Epiphysis Treatment
  • Shoulder Disorders
  • Shoulder Fracture Treatment
  • Shoulder Tendinitis and Tenosynovitis
  • Spina Bifida
  • Spinal Cord Stimulation
  • Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA)
  • Spine Disorders
  • Spine Fracture Treatment
  • Sprains and Strains (incl. Muscle Tear)
  • Thoracic Spine Myelopathy
  • Tibia and Fibula Fractures
  • Total Hip Replacement
  • Total Knee Replacement
  • Trigger Finger Release

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Dr. Carlson's Reviews

Likelihood to recommend Dr. Carlson

4.3

Based on 66 ratings

5 Stars
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4 Stars
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2 Stars
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1 Star
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I have always appreciated Dr. Carlson. I am sorry to see him go.
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Dec 16, 2019
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Left knee pain. Dr. Carlson is a very attentive and caring Man
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Dr. Carlson did a spinal fusion and I was recovering nicely. I suddenly developed arm and leg weakness along with some other serious health problems. He admitted me to the hospital and he and his team of experts diagnosed a serious infection of the central nervous system (Guillaine Barre Syndrome). Without Dr. Carlson’s expertise and medical knowledge, i most likely would have landed in a nursing home. I am so thankful for Dr. Carlson’s medical expertise and care.
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Wait times
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
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Ruby Niklason in Bryant, SD – Jun 15, 2018
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I'm experiencing a somewhat complicated and rare issue and was hoping Dr. Carlson could help to identify the source of my pain and appropriate treatment. Nope. He only wanted to discuss surgical options, even during my first appointment. A follow-up to review my MRI was not a review- just more surgery discussion. I later found out, via my radiology report, that my MRI showed a bulged lumbar disc- Dr. Carlson hadn't even addressed it. I do NOT recommend him and frankly I consider him dangerous.
What went well
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  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
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  • Appointment was rushed
  • Didn't listen or answer questions
  • Didn't explain conditions well
  • Didn't trust the provider's decisions
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Sioux Falls, SD – Apr 26, 2018
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I can not say enough about the care I received from Dr. Carlson and the entire staff at OI. The Drs are very involved in their patients care and recovery! I feel like I got nothing but the best of the best care. I would recommend anyone looking for Orthopedic care to check out OI!
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Janet in Jackson, MN – Jul 20, 2017
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I have been treated with high respect as Dr. Carlson and his staff listen to my concerns, not just for surgery but for follow up care. They always ask if I have questions and are very good at explaining the procedure to take place and what I can expect after a procedure for pain, care and recovery. LISTENING is a big plus for me and they do that well. Always on the ball for scheduling follow up appointments as well. Very friendly staff. Thank you - could not ask for better!!!
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Karen G. in Lucan, MN – Jan 28, 2017
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had a fractured foot an was put in right away with dr carlson. was treated very well by dr carlson and all his staff. very professional office setting and personable. gave me all the information before i had a chance to ask any questions. very satisfied and very trusting of this physician.
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Jeanie M in Sioux Falls, SD – Jan 24, 2017
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Dr. Carlson is extremely knowledgeable and treated me with kindness and respect. He and his staff were over the top wonderful to work with!
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Valerie Fox in Sioux Falls, SD – Jan 12, 2017
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My back surgery was 2 months ago, and it seems to be going well. Before the surgery I was in pain most of the time. Happily I can say that is no longer a concern. Dr. Carlson did a wonderful job. You always hear about the not so good results, but I can honestly say I am very pleased. He kept me informed about what was going on and always pleasant and helpful. Recovery is a long process, but results are worth it. Thanks to all... Dr.Carlson, Carlson's PA, nurses and staff..
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Sonja Carlberg in Sioux Falls, SD – Jan 03, 2017
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He what you would expect from a doctor. I am well satisfied every thing.
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Ron emmett in Mitchell, SD – Jan 01, 2017
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I'm totally satisfied with how i was treated at OI. during my time in the Navy, i was required to relieve the watch and report for duty 15 minutes ahead of the hour. as a result, I usually arrive at least 15 minutes before any appointment, so waiting time is my fault. I don't mind. my treatment by the staff? perfect; like i'm part of the family; couldn't be better or more caring. i appreciate that. and both medical staff and office staff are most supportive and helpful. thank y'all for all that.
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Douglas Starr in Sioux Falls, SD – Oct 28, 2016
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Very thorough in his approach to my back surgery. Good explanations of the process on what to expect with a realistic approach. He wqs very cordial and answered any questions i had.
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Arlington, sd – Oct 28, 2016
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He was very friendly and had a cure for my ptoblem
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Robert Coy in Sioux Falls, SD – Jul 16, 2016
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A very professional and understanding orthopedic surgeon who will seek the counsel of places like Mayo. He is very current with his profession. Once you're his patient he's very willing to see you for any future needs. He has a staff and a great PA.
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Diana in Sioux Falls, SD – Jul 16, 2016
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Walt is a good surgeon...very competent. However he is not a great conversationalist and has a poor bedside manner. You generally wait a while to see him. That being said....He is better than anyone over at Sanford....
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Greg in Sioux Falls, SD – Jun 07, 2016
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My husband went to Dr Carlson for back pain. Dr Carlson noticed something unusual on the MRI and conferred with another specialist, who confirmed kidney cancer. Within a week, surgery was scheduled to remove it before spreading further. It was caught just in time. Dr Carlson's holistic attention to the MRI assessment, in addition to connecting us immediately to a kidney surgeon, helped save my husband's life. In other matters, Dr Carlson has proven to be timely, personable, competent.
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Biography

Dr. Walter Carlson, MD is a Orthopedic Surgery Specialist in Sioux Falls, SD. He is affiliated with medical facilities such as Avera McKennan Hospital...Read more

Specialties

  • Orthopedic Surgery
  • Bone & Joint Non-Surgical Orthopedics
  • Hip & Knee Orthopedics
  • Orthopedic Spine Surgery
  • Pediatric Orthopedic Surgery
  • Reconstructive Orthopedic Surgery

Education

1983
Tex Scottish Rite Hospital
Fellowship Hospital
1982
Mayo Grad School Med
Residency Hospital
1978
Hennepin County Medical Center
Internship Hospital

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Locations

Orthopedic Institute, Sioux Falls, SD

Orthopedic Institute, Sioux Falls, SD810 E 23rd St Sioux Falls, SD 57105
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Orthopedic Institute Mitchell1204 S Burr St Mitchell, SD 57301
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Orthopedic Instutute

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Spirit Lake, IA Outreach- Elite Health and Wellness2220 33rd St Spirit Lake, IA 51360
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Affiliated Hospitals

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Avera McKennan Hospital and University Health Center

Sioux Falls, SD

69% Patient experience rating, Equal to the national average

Brookings Health System

Brookings, SD

82% Patient experience rating, 13% higher than the national average

Osceola Community Hospital

Sibley, IA

81% Patient experience rating, 12% higher than the national average

Sanford USD Medical Center and Hospital

Sioux Falls, SD

77% Patient experience rating, 8% higher than the national average

  • America's 250 Best Hospitals Award™ (2019, 2018)

Sioux Falls Specialty Hospital

Sioux Falls, SD

87% Patient experience rating, 18% higher than the national average

  • America’s 100 Best Hospitals for Joint Replacement Award™ (2021, 2020, 2019)
  • Outstanding Patient Experience Award™ (2020, 2019, 2018)
  • Patient Safety Excellence Award™ (2020, 2019)
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