Dr. Walter Carlson, MD

Dr. Walter Carlson, MD

Orthopedic Surgery  |  
Male  |  
Age 66
Insurances AcceptedSave
Dr. Walter Carlson, MD is an orthopedic surgery doctor who practices in Sioux Falls, SD. He is 66 years old and has been practicing for 40 years.

810 E 23rd St

Sioux Falls, SD 57105

Contact Information

(888) 331-5890

Insurance Accepted

  • Accountable Health Plans of America
  • Aetna
  • Avera
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Cigna
  • CorVel
  • Coventry Health Care
  • HealthPartners
  • 17 More

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Limb Pain
very high
more than 99% of peers
Low Back Pain
very high
more than 99% of peers
Back Pain
very high
more than 99% of peers

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

Board Certifications

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

Conditions Treated

  • Ankylosing Spondylitis
  • Arthritis of the Elbow
  • 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)
  • Femur Fracture
  • Foot Conditions
  • Fracture
  • Ganglion Cyst
  • Hand Conditions
  • Hernia
  • Hip Pain
  • Hip Sprain
  • Intervertebral Disc Disease
  • Joint Pain
  • Knee Disorders
  • Knee Pain
  • Limb Cramp
  • Limb Pain
  • Low Back Pain
  • Lupus
  • Non-Unions and Malunions of Fractures
  • Osteoarthritis of Hands
  • Osteoporosis
  • Pelvic Fracture
  • Post-Laminectomy Syndrome
  • Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy
  • Runner's Knee
  • Sacrum Disorders
  • Scoliosis
  • Shoulder Disorders
  • Spina Bifida
  • Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA)
  • Spine Disorders
  • Sprains and Strains (incl. Muscle Tear)
  • Thoracic Spine Myelopathy
  • Tibia and Fibula Fractures


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  • Abscess or Cyst Drainage or Aspiration
  • Abscess or Fluid Incision and Drainage
  • Arthroscopic Joint Surgery
  • Arthroscopic Surgery
  • Excision of Femur or Knee
  • Foot and Ankle Fracture Treatment, Open
  • Foot and Ankle Ligament and Tendon Repair
  • Fracture Care
  • Knee Surgery
  • Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery
  • Neurostimulation
  • Pediatric Spine Surgery
  • Pediatric Surgical Procedures
  • Separated Femoral Epiphysis Treatment
  • Spinal Cord Stimulation
  • Spine Fracture Treatment
  • Spine Surgery
  • Spine and Back Procedures
  • Total Hip Replacement
  • Total Knee Replacement
  • Trigger Finger Release

Background Check

Malpractice Claims not available

Healthgrades does not collect malpractice information for South Dakota.

0 Sanctions

No sanctions history found for the years that Healthgrades collects data.

0 Board Actions

No board actions found for the years that Healthgrades collects data.


  • University Of Minnesota Medical School
    Medical School | Graduated 1977
  • Hennepin County Med Center
    Internship Hospital | Completed 1978
  • Mayo Medical School
    Residency Hospital | Completed 1982
  • Texas Scottish Rite Hospital For Children
    Fellowship Hospital | Completed 1983
  • Inst Low Back Care
    Other Education | Completed

Awards & Recognition

Awards & Honors
  • Healthgrades Honor Roll
Media & Publications

Dr. Carlson has no media or publications listed.

Languages Spoken

  • English

Memberships & Professional Affiliations

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Dr. Carlson's Reviews

Likelihood of recommending Dr. Carlson to family and friends
based on 62 total reviews (12 with comments)
Dr. Carlson'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 (12)
in Jackson, MN |
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!
in Lucan, MN |
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!!!
in Sioux Falls, SD |
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.
in Sioux Falls, SD |
Dr. Carlson is extremely knowledgeable and treated me with kindness and respect. He and his staff were over the top wonderful to work with!
in Sioux Falls, SD |
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..
in Mitchell, SD |
He what you would expect from a doctor. I am well satisfied every thing.
in Sioux Falls, SD |
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.
Arlington, sd |
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.
in Sioux Falls, SD |
He was very friendly and had a cure for my ptoblem
in Sioux Falls, SD |
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.
in Sioux Falls, SD |
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....
in Sioux Falls, SD |
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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Dr. Carlson accepts 26 insurance carriers
  • Accountable Health Plans of America
  • Aetna
  • Avera
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Cigna
  • CorVel
  • Coventry Health Care
  • HealthPartners
  • HealthSmart
  • HealthSmart - Interplan Health Group
    Interplan Health Group
  • Humana
  • Indian Health Service
  • Medica
  • Medicaid
  • Meritain Health
  • Midlands Choice
  • Mutual of Omaha
  • PreferredOne
  • Sanford Health Plan
  • Tricare
  • TriWest Champus
  • Ucare
  • Wausau Benefits
  • Wellmark Blue Cross and Blue Shield
    Wellmark Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Worker's Compensation
    Worker's Compensation WC

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Hospitals where Dr. Carlson has admitting privileges

Sioux Falls Specialty Hospital
910 E 20th St
Sioux Falls, SD 57105
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Avera McKennan Hospital and University Health Center
1325 S Cliff Ave
Sioux Falls, SD 57105
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Sanford USD Medical Center
1305 W 18th St
Sioux Falls, SD 57105
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