Dr. Walter Carlson, MD


Orthopedic Surgery | Male

Orthopedic Institute 810 E 23rd St Sioux Falls, SD 57105 Get Directions
Dr. Walter Carlson, MD
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. Dr. Carlson is affiliated with Sanford USD Medical Center, Sioux Falls Specialty Hospital and Avera McKennan Hospital and University Health Center.

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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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  •  Board certified in Orthopedic Surgery
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  • Orthopedic Surgery

Conditions Treated

  • Autoimmune Diseases
  • Back Pain
  • Baker’s Cyst
  • Bone Cancer
  • Bone Disorders
  • Cancer
  • Cervical Spine Myelopathy
  • Chondrocalcinosis
  • Coccygeal Pain
  • Coccyx or Sacrum Fracture
  • Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS)
  • Degenerative Disc Disease
  • Difficulty With Walking
  • Elbow Bursitis
  • Elbow Injuries
  • Enthesopathy of Knee (incl. Bursitis of Knee)
  • Femur Fracture
  • Foot Conditions
  • Foot Fracture
  • Fracture
  • Glenoid Labrum Tear
  • Hand Conditions
  • Hernia
  • Hip Pain
  • Hip Sprain
  • Intervertebral Disc Disease
  • Joint Pain
  • Knee Disorders
  • Knee Pain
  • Limb Cramp
  • Limb Pain
  • Low Back Pain
  • Non-Unions and Malunions of Fractures
  • Osteoporosis
  • Pelvic Fracture
  • Post-Laminectomy Syndrome
  • Pseudoarthrosis
  • Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy
  • Runner's Knee
  • Sacrum Disorders
  • Scoliosis
  • Shoulder Disorders
  • Shoulder Tendinitis and Tenosynovitis
  • Spina Bifida
  • Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA)
  • Spine Disorders
  • Sprains and Strains (incl. Muscle Tear)
  • Tibia and Fibula Fractures


  • Medical School
    University of Minnesota Medical School

    Graduated in 1977

  • Internship Hospital
    Hennepin County Med Center

    Completed in 1978

  • Residency Hospital
    Mayo Medical School

    Completed in 1982

  • Fellowship Hospital
    Texas Scottish Rite Hospital For Children

    Completed in 1983

  • Other Education
    Inst Low Back Care

Languages Spoken

  • English

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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

Procedures Performed

  • Arthroscopic Joint Surgery
  • Arthroscopic Surgery
  • Excision of Femur or Knee
  • Foot and Ankle Fracture Treatment, Closed
  • Foot and Ankle Fracture Treatment, Open
  • Fracture Care
  • Knee Surgery
  • Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery
  • Neurostimulation
  • Pediatric Spine Surgery
  • Pediatric Surgical Procedures
  • Spinal Cord Stimulation
  • Spine Fracture Treatment
  • Spine Surgery
  • Spine and Back Procedures
  • Total Hip Replacement
  • Total Knee Replacement
  • Trigger Finger Release