Adan Omar, MD, is a fellowship-trained orthopedic spine surgeon with a strong connection to the Twin Cities region. He completed his Orthopedic Surgery Residency at the University of Rochester. Dr. Omar’s desire to learn how to surgically treat the full spectrum of spinal disorders led him to complete his fellowship in minimally invasive and complex spinal disorders at the Mayo Clinic, in order to gain expertise in treating a wide range of spine pathology and performing a comprehensive array of surgical techniques, including anterior and posterior decompression, instrumentation, microsurgery, and minimally invasive surgery at all levels of the spine whenever appropriate. He performs motion-preserving surgeries, such as disc replacements, cervical laminoplasty and uses muscle-preserving surgical techniques.
Dr. Omar believes that each patient’s pain is uniquely different. While there are many issues that back and neck pain have in common, everyone has their own journey. He is passionate about getting to know each of his patients individually and developing a treatment plan together to get them back to doing the activities they love. Treatment options are tailored to each individual, using a multidisciplinary and collaborative approach including physical therapist and pain management physicians to provide personalized care to each patient. Prior to any considerations for surgery, Dr. Omar will explore all the options available to address your back pain, providing a thorough assessment and evaluation. The goal is to provide long-term improvement of your symptoms by minimizing your risks.
Learn More About Dr. Omar
Spine and neck care, including spine decompression, spine fusion, disc degeneration/spondylosis, disc herniation, fracture management, myelopathy, radiculopathy, spinal stenosis, spondylolisthesis, discectomy, and low back/lumbar
Cervical surgery, including anterior and posterior decompression of cervical stenosis and herniated disks, artificial disc replacement, cervical fusions, complex cervical surgery including cervical fractures, and revision surgery
Lumbar surgery, including minimally invasive spinal surgery for herniated disk and lumbar fusions, resection of synovial cyst, revision surgery of failed back surgical syndrome, open anterior and posterior lumbar fusions, surgery for all grades of spondylolisthesis, muscle spearing fusions for spondylosis and spondylolisthesis, and treatment of fractures of the lumbar and thoracic spine
Spinal deformity, including failed back surgical syndrome, flat back syndrome, and high grade spondylolisthesis
Fracture care, including operative and non-operative management of cervical, thoracic, and spine fractures, and operative and non-operative care of extremity fractures
Board Eligible, American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery
Mayo Clinic Spine Surgery Fellowship, Rochester, MN
Orthopedic Surgery Residency Program, University of Rochester Medical Center, Rochester, NY
Meharry Medical College, Nashville, TN
Hospital & Surgery Center Affiliations
Crosstown Surgery Center
Eagan Orthopedic Surgery Center
M Health Fairview Ridges
M Health Fairview Southdale
North American Spine Society (NASS)
Cervical Spine Research Society Candidate Membership
American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons
J. Robert Gladden Orthopaedic Society
Achievements & Awards
Resident Teacher Award- University of Rochester Orthopaedic Department (2019)
ACGME Chief Resident Travelling Award (2018)
URMC Resident leader (2018)
Ivy V. Polk Endowed Scholarship (2015)
Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society; Junior Inductee (2014)
Gold Humanism Honor Society (GHHS) (2014)
J. Robert Gladden Orthopedic Society Scholarship (2014)
The Sara L. Loveland Endowed Memorial Scholarship (2013)
Outstanding Student Award in Medical Biochemistry (2013)
The John H. Walls, MD Endowed Scholarship (2012)
Scholarship for Disadvantaged Medical Students (2011)
Dean’s List Scholar (2012 – 2015)
December 15, 2023
I could not have been happier with my surgery, recovery, and especially Dr. Omar. He thoroughly explained the entire procedure and put me at ease with having the surgery. His follow up every day that I was in the hospital was greatly appreciated. I’ve have completed my physical therapy and have absolutely no pain. I would highly recommend Dr. Omar.
March 14, 2023
My spinal surgery with Dr. Omar has been a very positive experience. He explains the process well, is conscientious and caring. I am glad he was referred to me.
February 22, 2023
I had severe pain in my back. I visited Twin Cities Orthopedics and was lucky to get a timely appointment with Dr. Omar. He was attentive, kind and caring. His diagnosis was to the point. Not too long after our meeting, he performed surgery on my back and I could not be happier. I am thankful to Dr. Omar and TCO for my health the wonderful surgery.
January 25, 2023
I feel like a new person! I started experiencing pain in my hip, which led to tingles and numbness down my left leg. The pain was often so severe I could hardly walk, use stairs, sit or stand for more than a minute or two. It turns out I had a herniated disc. Dr. Omar was the only surgeon I met with, and I was immediately impressed by his energy, knowledge on the issue, and what it would take to fix it. My surgery went very well with zero issues, and I experienced immediate relief. I can’t say enough good things about Dr. Omar and his team, including his assistant Julia who was very responsive and helpful with scheduling and insurance questions.
January 2, 2023
Roughly one year ago, in January 2022, my wife Martha broke her right leg in an accident at home. Dr. Omar was the on-call physician who was able to correct her right leg. Dr. Omar was very impressive and gave us confidence that he would be able to set the broken bone and that her recovery would be long, but she will be able to get back normal activities eventually.
Dr. Omar communicated exceptionally well and made us confident that, with good follow up and physical therapy, Martha would have a normal recovery. Martha is strong willed and determined to not be stopped by her condition. At every follow up visit, Dr. Omar continued to encourage her and explained in detail how well she was progressing. Patients need confidence and assurance that their condition will improve. Through his communication style, Dr. Omar made us believe and understand that all would be well. With PT and hard work, she is totally recovered in one year and doing great. Thanks Dr. Omar!
September 2, 2022
I have struggled with lower back pain for years. Two months ago, I developed severe sciatica to the point I couldn’t walk and numbness in my left foot. I left the ER with pain medications but no real answers (an x-ray was done rather than an MRI). My children and I have all seen physicians at TCO for various orthopedic care, so I called right away and got an appointment in just a few days. Dr. Omar knew exactly was the problem was and ordered an MRI to confirm that I had a herniated disc at L5 which was causing nerve impingement, the pain and numbness form my left lower back and down my left leg. When I had no improvement with an epidural, surgery was the next step. Julie, Dr. Omar’s care coordinator, is wonderful! She worked with me and I was able to get my surgery scheduled in less than two weeks! The hospital staff were fantastic, and Dr. Omar was reassuring both before and after my surgery. He always took the time to make sure my questions were answered and follow up care is scheduled ahead of time, in order to eliminate wait times in my treatment and recovery. I highly recommend Dr. Omar and his staff!
August 28, 2022
I was taken by ambulance and admitted to the Emergency Room with a bad wound to my right forearm due to a fall. I was very fortunate to have Dr. Omar as my surgeon. He explained everything to me in detail, then cleaned my wound and proceeded with doing a complex closure of my wound. My skin is extremely thin, and I was surprised he was able to close the wound with stitches. I saw Dr. Omar nine days later for my follow up appointment and was very pleased with the work he’d done on my arm. It’s going to take a long time to heal but it’s going in the right direction. My major concern was infection because it was so contaminated and so far, no infection. I had the best care possible from Dr. Omar. I am a very lucky lady because the wound was just about down to the tendon and bone in my arm and the stitches are looking good. I would highly recommend Dr. Omar, as he is an excellent surgeon!
April 25, 2022
In January 2022, I was in a motor vehicle accident that caused a C6 fracture in my neck. I was able to get in with Dr. Omar in a timely manner and was very impressed! He is a very friendly doctor and explained everything to us. He showed us my x-rays and explained things in a way that I understood. Thank you so much.