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Edward W. Szalapski, MD

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Orthopedic Surgery, Board Certified Area of Focus in Total Joint Replacement of the Hip, Knee & Shoulder Area of Focus in Reverse Total Shoulder Replacement

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Areas of Focus

Ankle Care
Elbow Care
Foot Care
Hand Care
Hip Care
Knee Care
Shoulder Care
Sports Medicine
Wrist Care

Practice Overview

Edward W. Szalapski, MD, is a general orthopedist who specializes in replacement of the hip, knee and shoulder; fracture care; knee arthroscopy; and arthroscopic open shoulder procedures.

Clinical Interest

Ankle Care, Fracture Care Only

Foot Care, Fracture Care Only

Elbow Care

Hand Care

Hip Care, including Hip Joint Replacement

Knee Care, including Knee Joint Replacement

Shoulder Care, including Shoulder Joint Replacement, Shoulder Joint Revision and Reverse Total Shoulder Replacement

Sports Medicine

Wrist Care


Board Certified, American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery

Harvard Medical School

Medical Degree
University of Minnesota Medical School

Hospital and Surgery Center Affiliations

Crosstown Surgery Center
Fairview Southdale Hospital
Mayo Clinic Health System – New Prague

Professional Affiliations

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
Board Member, Fairview Southwest Care Systems (2002 – Present)
Chair, Fairview Southdale Hospital Credentials Committee (2005 – Present)
Chair, Fairview Southdale Hospital Quality Committee (2003 – 2004)
Chief of Orthopedics, Fairview Southdale Hospital (2001 – 2003)
Chief of Orthopedics, Methodist Hospital (1999 – 2001)
Chief-Elect, Methodist Hospital Orthopedics (1997 – 1999)
Chief of Staff-Elect, Fairview Southdale Hospital (2003 – 2004)
Chief of Staff, Fairview Southdale Hospital (2004 – 2005)

Achievements and Awards

Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Student Honor Society (1983)
Top Doctor: Voted a top orthopedic surgeon by his peers in Mpls.St.Paul Magazine (2006, 2008, 2009)

Sports Affiliations

Team Coverage: Sports Medicine training with Dr. Bertram Zarins and Dr. Arthur Boland, team physicians for New England Patriots, Boston Bruins, and Harvard University Sports


Kathryn Wilson, PA-C
Certified Physician Assistant

Jessica G.
Care Coordinator

Patient Testimonials

February 27, 2018

Dorothy L.

My daughter is writing this for me, I’m 96 and fell and broke my hip. Dr Szalapski did a wonderful job. I’m back home now in my condo with no pain and healing really fast. The only bad part now is I have to use a cane now and then. I would send anyone to him.

February 27, 2018

Richard K.

I am a prime example of Dr. Szalapski’s excellent surgical skills, treatment and how well he replaced my right hip. He has also successfully surgically repaired my trigger index finger on my right hand. In addition, he is keeping my knee out of trouble because of arthritis. I am very happy with Dr. Szalapski and I give him and his staff the highest rating one can receive in his field of medicine.

July 13, 2017

David P.

Started having knee problems back in the 1990 spots related. First my ACL went out and then had a shim put in my knee later on, but after time the knee was shot and wasn’t able to do spots any more go up and down steps, ride a bike and do karate. It was time to have the knee fix and after having the knee surgery around 2005 wasn’t sure how I would do. I was given some pain killers for a short time and did all my therapy like the doctor told me to do. Was off of pain killers in about 3 to 5 weeks and took Advil instead if needed. Doing my exercise every day,2 to 3 times a day and doing what the doctor said. Yes it took effort on my part, but is was worth every ounce of sweet, after the doctor took me off of all restriction .. I go for a 6 mile bike ride or longer and not afraid to walk 6 miles , I have also returned to doing karate tournaments ,swimming and camping . Did I mention that both lags have acritical knees and it was the best think I could done. I have them for over 5 years and going strong. I feel that Dr. Edward Szalapski did a great job doing the knee replacement and his team that work in getting back to a normal life, I give him 10 stars. Remember no pain no gain.
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May 19, 2017

Gary W.

Dr. Szalapski has done numerous surgeries on me. I have had both my shoulders done by him. I had a knee replacement done by him, and I tore my left quad muscle off, which Dr.Szalapski reattached.  I would not have any other orthopedic surgeon do this for me.  He was wonderful. I love the fact  Dr. Szalapski is honest and very forthright with his advice on what I need to do to heal.  His assistant Joe has also been a huge part in all of my surgeries and in my healing. I cannot say enough about all of Dr. Szalapski’s staff.  Thank you to all of you.

February 23, 2017

Sandra J.

I am the Health Care Agent for my stepmother, Dorothy, who fell in her assisted living apartment fracturing her right hip.  Despite being in her 80s, this was her first fracture ever.  Dr. Szalapski provided her trauma care and performed surgery to do a partial hip replacement.  Dr. Szalapski made Dorothy and our whole family feel comfortable and confident of the outcomes.  A hip fracture in an elderly health-compromised individual can be serious, leading to other serious consequences.  Dorothy made a full recovery, exclaiming that her hip felt better than ever!  In addition to his clearly capable management of the medical and surgical elements, Dr. Szalapski’s demeanor and patient presence is excellent.  Thanks, Doc, for your support.

October 4, 2016

Colleen P.

After years of pain in my knees and difficulty walking very far, I had had enough and decided it was time to do something about my knees. A friend recommended Dr. Szalapski. I had both knees replaced (April and October) in 2013. I wish I had done it a lot earlier. I can walk for miles, and I do on our hiking and camping trips. I can kneel for a few minutes and I owe it all to the wonderful skills of Dr. Szalapski and Joe. Dr. Szalapski encouraged me to continue with exercises after I finished the therapy program. So very glad my friend recommended him after her knee surgery.

September 27, 2016

Joni P.

I had Dr. Szalapski perform a long overdue knee replacement approximately one year ago. It was a complete success, eliminating my pain, and through dedicated therapy and exercise, I have regained full mobility. He truly has changed my life.

September 1, 2016

Jean Z.

It’s not easy to say, “Yes, give me a new knee.”  However, after months of knee pain after a fall and a subsequent diagnosis of bone on bone and arthritis, I was ready.  Dr. Szalapski addressed my concerns and questions with patience and kindness and I was put at ease.  Thanks to him for my new knee and thanks to his staff, Jessica and Joe, for their timely responses to my calls and questions. I can’t say enough about the excellent after care of the nursing staff at Fairview Southdale Hospital. The entire experience with TCO was more than I could have hoped for.

July 25, 2016

Joyce L.

I have had five surgeries with Dr. Szalapski, all successful. He is a skilled physician as well as a caring person. His nurse and P.A. helped get me through some traumatic experiences related to a bad infection that attacked my knee. Dr. Szalapski was extremely thorough and cautious and after taking my knee out because of the infection, would not replace it until he was 100% sure that the infection was gone. As a result I now enjoy walking around the lake.

October 12, 2015

Ed N.

I have seen Dr. Szalapski for chronic pain in my shoulder, as well as ongoing monitoring of foot deformities caused by Charcot Foot syndrome. The shoulder was resolved with shot of cortisone (which I barely felt). Being severely diabetic, I believe I can say with honesty that without his recommendations and care, I would have lost one or both of my feet by now. Under Dr. Szalapski’s guidance, I have also seen several other providers in that same office for one surgery on a finger and two on a foot. One of the foot injuries could have been crippling, but healed wonderfully. I am a nurse by trade, so my standards are pretty exacting. I heartily recommend the entire staff there, and especially Dr. Szalapski.

February 28, 2012

Maureen S.

Maureen S., from Orono (pictured on left), has had numerous surgeries with Edward Szalapski, MD (pictured on right) of Twin Cities Orthopedics, including two total knee replacements, rotator cuff surgery, and wrist surgery. “I feel completely confident and blessed with Dr. Szalapski,” she said. Maureen explains that thanks to the compassionate staff members and thorough follow-up, her time with Twin Cities Orthopedics has “been without a doubt, the best medical experience ever.”

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