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Erik J. Peterson, MD

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Orthopedic Surgery, Board Certified

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Areas of Focus

Hip Care
Knee Care
Pediatric Care
Shoulder & Elbow Care
Sports Medicine
Trauma Care

Erik J. Peterson, MD

Practice Overview

Erik Peterson, MD, is an orthopedic surgeon who specializes in joint replacement and revision joint replacement, fracture management and sports medicine.

“My approach to patient care is simple – treat others as you’d like to be treated. I strive to make an accurate diagnosis, discuss patient goals and treatment options, then mutually determine a practical solution to achieve those goals.”

Clinical Interest

Hip care, including total hip replacement and revision total hip replacement, fracture management, and tendonitis

Knee care, including total knee replacement and revision total knee replacement, ACL reconstruction, cartilage injuries and restoration, meniscus tears, fracture management, and tendonitis

Pediatric care, including fracture management and tendonitis

Shoulder care, including anatomic and reverse total shoulder replacement, rotator cuff repair, and shoulder instability


Board Certified, American Board of Orthopedic Surgery

Orthopedic Surgery at the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, Minnesota

Medical Degree
Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Hospital & Surgery Center Affiliations

Blaine Orthopedic Surgery Center
Fairview Lakes Medical Center

Professional Affiliations

Minnesota Orthopaedic Society
American Board of Orthopedic Surgery

Achievements & Awards

Alpha Omega Alpha (2008)
Morris and Lee Zuckerman Award for Clinical Proficiency (2009)
Rising Star: Voted a Rising Star Surgeon by his peers in the Mpls.St.Paul Magazine (2017, 2018, 2019, 2022)

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Rochelle McNallan, PA-C
Certified Physician Assistant

Jenna S., CMA
Clinical Assistant

Christine M., CMA
Clinical Assistant

Patient Testimonials

April 1, 2024


Under Dr. Peterson’s care I received a total knee replacement in September of 2023.  Post-surgery I was able to go on an adventure trip to New Zealand — 24 days of travel, over 80 miles hiked with significant elevation changes. I also biked, swam in the ocean, and kayaked twice.  I experienced absolutely no trouble with my knee and needed no ice or pain relievers!  Thank you to Dr. Peterson for his care which enabled this trip of a lifetime to happen!

December 10, 2023

Thomas L.

I had a total knee replacement on my left knee in July 2023. Dr. Peterson and his care team are awesome. Jenna answered all of my pre-op questions and worked with my short-term disability provider to get all the paperwork filed for me. Thank you so much Jenna. On the day of my surgery, the staff at M-Health Wyoming were top notch in the care they provided, including the day I spent in the hospital after the surgery. Sending a big thank you to Sara, Nicole, April, Becca, Grace and Caitlin. You made my stay very comfortable.

Lastly, my knee replacement couldn’t have gone better. Dr. Peterson and his team have given me pain free mobility again. It is amazing to be able to walk, do stairs and even jog with absolutely no knee pain. I will say the rehab is difficult. I told my physical therapist, Curt, that I didn’t like him very much. But I now realize that by him pushing me during those sessions it has benefitted me immensely. If you are dealing with knee pain, please STOP. Give Dr. Peterson a call and let him and his staff do what they do best. I guarantee you will not regret the decision!

April 26, 2023

Diane F.

Dr. Peterson performed a total knee replacement for me in March 2023. Right away it was easier going up stairs than it was before surgery, although recovery was painful for the first three weeks. By the week two I was walking without a cane and by week six, I was going for walks outside and doing a little yard work. I’m so glad I had surgery. I’m back to my water exercise class at the YMCA. Thanks Dr. Peterson and staff. The staff at Fairview Wyoming was great too.

February 2, 2023

James D.

Dr. Peterson and the entire staff at TCO and the EXCEL Program were amazing. The experience itself was so well prepared and everything was communicated so effectively that I was completely confident in having the surgery. Dr. Peterson and staff were kind, friendly and available. From the process of getting everything in place for the surgery to the pre-op, surgery, overnight recovery and discharge was the very best. I also had follow up with Dr. Peterson, Kate and others from TCO and EXCEL to make sure things were going as expected. Thank you so much to everyone. Literally every person I came in contact with from TCO went above and beyond.

December 27, 2022

Sue M.

I had total shoulder replacement in May 2022. I highly, highly recommend Dr. Peterson for any type of orthopedic replacement/repair surgery! He’s an all-around great guy; super friendly, confident and very knowledgeable! I did really well after surgery, had wonderful care at TCO Wyoming, and follow-up was the best with Dr. Peterson and his fabulous team.

May 5, 2022

Bruce S.

I had my left knee done in February. I don’t think you could be treated any better! Dr. Peterson is a star and explained everything in a way a normal person could understand. Christine and Jenna in the office are the absolute nicest people you will ever meet. Molly the physician assistant is great too, I’m so glad I went to them! Christine is so well versed in her job. She is so thorough and dots every “I” and crosses every “T”. Thank you to the whole staff!

September 21, 2021

Liz F.

Dr. Peterson and his staff were amazing. I would highly recommend Dr. Peterson and the TCO EXCEL program. I had a bi-lateral knee replacement; my left knee in May 2021 and my right knee in August 2021. The care suites used after surgery was the best experience I have ever had. With each stay, there were 2 RN’s to 2 patients. If I needed assistance they responded in a matter of seconds. Dr. Peterson has an outstanding bedside manner. He listened to all of my needs, he is very caring, and kind. He made a very scary experience not so scary.

February 9, 2021

Colleen F.

I have battled with knee pain most of my life. At 15 years old, I tore my right ACL in a softball injury. Back in the 80’s, parents simply didn’t run their children into the doctor. And as a softball catcher, knee protectors were not what they are today. My parents had me treated with chiropractor care, which worked, but my knee was never the same. I had two arthroscopic procedures on my right knee for tears and unidentified floating objects, by a former orthopedic surgeon. In the summer of 2019, I had a pretty significant motorcycle accident and had a de-gloving injury to my left knee. It was very painful. I had one surgery that only temporarily relieved the pain.

In September of 2020, Dr. Peterson recommended a total knee replacement. I was nervous, but Dr. Peterson had done several of my parents’ orthopedic replacements and I knew how well they recovered, so I opted for the replacement. It’s been the best decision I’ve ever made. After 5 months, my left knee feels so good I sometimes forget it’s artificial. Dr. Peterson and his team are outstanding and are the best in their field. I am having my right knee replaced next month and I have no fears, worries, or anticipation of it not going just as well as the first replacement. I highly recommend Dr. Peterson and his whole team. I can’t thank them nearly enough for giving my pain free life back. I am 53 years old now.

January 29, 2020


From the 1st time I met with Dr. Peterson, I was impressed. He took the time to look at all the past history, the current x-rays and examined my knee. He informed me that I was a good candidate for total knee replacement. When I asked what was involved, he explained the procedure to me including any possible risks that could accompany the procedure. He assured me everything would be done to reduce any chance of the risks, and in doing so made me feel very comfortable about moving forward. Several weeks later I had the surgery and was home the next day. I was up and walking the 1st day following surgery and was able to walk without any assistance in just under two weeks. My 2 week follow up with Dr. Peterson’s P.A. was very pleasant and I was advised everything was going well. I returned to see Dr. Peterson at the 6 week post-op date and I was returned to work with no restrictions.

Dr. Peterson and his entire care team are outstanding in every aspect. When I had questions, and believe me I had plenty, I always received answers the very same day. I would recommend Dr. Peterson and his care team to anyone. They are “TOP NOTCH”. You won’t find anyone better.

December 24, 2019

Ann N. J.

I had to have my left hip replaced at only 52 years old. I was scared to do it but Dr. Peterson seemed to really have an understanding of what was needed and was able to put my mind at ease. The surgery went very well and everyone at the Fairview Hospital in Wyoming was fantastic. I needed to be able to get back to work in the gardens and on the tractor as soon as possible. The gardening took a little longer but I was able to get on the mower and tractor by weeks two and three (with a little help from my husband). My one year check-up was this past summer and it’s like I never even had hip trouble.

August 26, 2019

Terry N.

Highly recommend Dr. Peterson at Twin Cities Orthopedics at Fairview Wyoming. I am a 70 year old male and had surgery on Monday, July 1st 2019. I was up and walking in a walker the next day and was released that same day. Recovery was amazing. I was out of the walker and using a cane in week 2. By the 6th week, I was done with physical therapy and walking on my own. I was off pain meds within 2 weeks and my scar is minimal. Dr. Peterson was extremely personable and I’m extremely pleased with the results.

November 12, 2018

Molly A.

Dr. Erik Peterson and his team, Molly, Christine and Jenna are fantastic! They took wonderful care of me when I had my shoulder repaired 2 years ago. I had some post op pain issues and questions and they were always available to answer my questions and help me out day or night. Great experience! I would recommend the team to anyone!

August 27, 2018

Judy W.

Dr. Peterson had to remove hardware from a previous repair (from a fall last year), so my total hip replacement had some complexity. Dr. Peterson was confident that I would still have a good result. After my surgery on June 20, 2018, I had almost no pain, and I began the required therapy and PT. I was so satisfied with my progress each week, and within 3 weeks, I wasn’t even using my walker nor a cane! On August 24, I even went to the MN State Fair and walked for six hours without help. Dr. Peterson is a very talented surgeon, has a caring and compassionate demeanor, and answers all questions thoroughly. I am 76 years old, and I feel like I have my life back!

August 20, 2018

Steve R.

Dr. Erik Peterson is a skilled and caring surgeon and he did no less than give me my complete mobility back. I can’t say enough about how well I am doing and how quickly I recovered. Thanks to his and his team’s great care I was back to work in two weeks and now after 4 months have returned to many activities that I thought I would never again be able to do. Thanks again Dr. Peterson!!

May 9, 2018

Earlane J.

Dr. Peterson is a fabulous doctor. Caring and concern about recovery process and healing. I would recommend him to everyone needing surgery for knees and hips.

Thank you Dr. Peterson.

– Earlane J.

May 9, 2018

Kim O.

The day of my surgery, I got out of bed and knew right away I had a good strong knee. I can’t thank Dr. Peterson enough for giving me my active life back. Thank you for doing a great job on my new knee. Also his staff is very friendly and quick to get back to you with any questions or concerns.

May 1, 2018

Richard A.

I was referred to Dr. Peterson by the Department of Veteran affairs. The care provided by Dr. Peterson and his staff of professionals is of the highest quality. I was informed from the first appointment as to the complexity of the surgery and the expected outcome, Dr. Peterson and his staff provided therapy protocol that I could give to Minneapolis VA Medical Center under the Veterans Choice Program. The therapy was approved. I believe my outcome and eventual end result will be exactly what Dr. Peterson said to expect. Not like an original but near normal function without the pain.

February 12, 2018


Dr. Duncan and Dr. Peterson were thorough with my elderly mother.  She was thrilled with each appointment and they each explained the diagnosis that is causing her pain. While driving away from each appointment she would comment on how she appreciated their kindness and attention to her problem. Thank you both!

November 25, 2017


I am 57 years old and had my right knee replacement surgery on October 4th, 2017. I also had my left knee replaced just 2 years ago in September 2015.  Both surgeries were performed by Dr. Erik Peterson. He and his care team are rock stars. Dr. Peterson, Christine, Molly and Jenna have always gone above and beyond to ensure that my needs were met at each and every appointment. The pre-surgery and post-surgery care that I received from Dr. Peterson’s team was exceptional, always exceeding my expectations. In both instances, I started with steroid injections managing my knee pain which eventually led to recommendation for knee replacement surgery. My knee surgeries (2 years apart) were both at Fairview Wyoming Hospital, which was very well coordinated by Dr. Peterson’s care team. The nursing staff at Fairview was very attentive. Dr. Peterson’s team and Fairview Hospital were extremely helpful and cooperative when working with me on my goal to return home as quickly as possible. In both instances, I was able to return home with just 1 overnight stay in the hospital, with follow up physical therapy with Curt H. at Courage Kenny Sports & Physical Therapy for approximately 6-8 weeks. Remaining active and committed to a physical therapy regimen has been key to my recovery and has allowed me to return to work after 8 weeks. On a scale of 1 to 10 ranking of the care I have received by Dr. Peterson and his care team, I highly recommend them and give them a 10+ rating.

June 8, 2017

Steve S.

I had 2 knees replace about 4 months apart and Dr.Peterson’s team gave me the best care ever down to every detail from filling out paperwork, what to expect, surgery, hospital care and follow up visits. Dr. Peterson’s team is simple the best. I would recommend them to anyone and everyone. Thanks Dr. Peterson to you and your great team!

February 22, 2017

Marlene N.

When I was in need of an orthopedic surgeon a friend suggested Dr. Erik Peterson. Since then I have had Total Knee Replacement surgery on both knees, one in January of 2016 and the other in January of 2017, and am extremely happy with the results.  From my first appointment to my last follow up I have been impressed with Dr. Peterson.    He made me feel very comfortable, explained things thoroughly and, from the results of my surgeries, is a highly skilled surgeon. My recoveries went extremely well and I know Dr. Peterson’s surgery skills gave me a head start.   Dr. Peterson, his staff at Twin Cities Orthopedics and the staff at Fairview Lakes Hospital were all excellent.  After 10 plus years of pain, I am looking forward to a summer of bike rides, walks, gardening and all the fun things summer brings.  I recommend Dr. Erik Peterson to anyone who needs a great surgeon and have given his contact information to several people suffering like I had.  Thank you, Dr. Peterson for your skilled and exemplary care.

December 23, 2016

Bill H.

I just want to thank Dr.Erik Peterson and Fairview hospital for the services they provided. I can’t say enough about Dr.Peterson, he listened and explained everything I needed to know about the surgery and recovery time, and everything he said was right on. I was up and walked a few steps the day of surgery, used a walker for almost three weeks, and a cane for three weeks. The only real pain was laying on stitches. The services at Fairview hospital were excellent can’t say enough about the nurses. Thank you all.

August 30, 2016

Terry S.

I have been pain free since my surgery July 13, 2016.  It was scary but everyone was great.  Dr. Peterson always had such confidence. He was so sure of himself he got me to also believe in him.   I’m so glad I did aside from the immediate pain from the recovery process which was not fun. I would recommend Dr. Peterson and I would do it again.

I had arthritis on my hip and it wasn’t too annoying, but with my Parkinson’s I had two bad falls. My hip must have moved because I was bone on bone and it was extremely painful after that.  I tried shots and therapy, but after the last fall I couldn’t get the surgery done fast enough.  If you are considering this surgery don’t suffer, get it done and improve your quality of life.

May 6, 2016

Jacquelyn P.

January 22nd, 2014 I had my right hip replaced. Dr. Peterson did a perfect surgery. I healed fast and was up walking the same day! Went to PT and OT and they went great. All my visits with Dr. Peterson were great. I recovered perfectly and it is all because of the care I got from Dr. Peterson. He is a wonderful surgeon and he is totally devoted to his profession. He is one of the greatest surgeons I have ever known and I think the world of him. I had my yearly check up in February and all is well.

April 23, 2016

Jan S.

I had pain in my left knee for many years. Cortisone shots gave only temporary relief and then the pain would return. My total knee replacement was done on February 11, 2016, and now I am pain free. I was able to return to my exercise classes in approximately three weeks. At my follow up visit with Dr. Peterson, I was told my healing was way ahead of schedule. I found Dr. Peterson to be compassionate, comforting, and an excellent surgeon. He truly cared about my overall well-being. I would recommend him to anyone facing total joint replacement.

April 12, 2016

Ron P.

I had problems with my knee for some time. St. Croix Orthopedics provided knee care, keeping me as pain free as possible. I knew that knee replacement was going to necessary at some point. I am glad that I was under the care of Dr. Peterson when the time came to have my knee replaced. I was very pleased with the professional manner and the care I received while working with him. He took the time to make sure I was well prepared and understood the surgery procedure before my knee replacement. His nurse assistant was very helpful making sure we had all my other health issues addressed that were going on with my life at the time so the surgery could happen as scheduled. The surgery went very well. Dr. Peterson did an excellent job. My recovery was short, was back to work in six weeks, and golfing shortly after that. I have no pain in the knee and I am very pleased with the outcome. I would recommend Dr. Peterson to anyone who is having knee pain and requiring a doctor’s care.

March 30, 2016

John W.

I received a rotator cuff repair from Dr. Peterson in November, 2015. It was my second one on the left shoulder, and my eighth one total between both sides. I feel like this one was my most successful yet. My recovery time was the shortest of all of my other surgeries to this point, and my physical therapy was very abbreviated, due to the excellent job that Dr. Peterson performed on my shoulder. I would highly recommend him to anyone thinking of undergoing this procedure.

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