Shoulder & Elbow Care
Erik Peterson, MD, is an orthopedic surgeon who specializes in fracture care, minimally invasive joint replacement, 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.”
Hip Care, including Bursitis, Minimally Invasive Hip Joint Replacement, Fracture Management, Arthritis, Revision Joint Replacement, and Tendonitis
Knee Care, including ACL Reconstruction, Cartilage Injuries and Restoration, Fracture Management, Iliotibial Band Syndrome, Arthritis, Arthroscopy, Meniscectomy, Meniscus Tears, Revision Joint Replacement, Total Knee Joint Replacement, and Tendon Repair
Shoulder Care, including Bankart Repair, Bursitis, Fracture Management, Frozen Shoulder, Shoulder Replacement, Rotator Cuff Repair, Arthroscopy, Impingement, Instability, and Labral Tears
Board Certified, American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery
Orthopedic Surgery at the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, Minnesota
Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Hospital & Surgery Center Affiliations
Blaine Orthopedic Surgery Center
Fairview Lakes Medical Center
St. Croix Regional Medical Center
St. John’s Hospital
Woodwinds Health Campus
Other facilities throughout Eastern Minnesota and Western Wisconsin
Minnesota Orthopaedic Society
Achievements & Awards
Dr. Peterson has participated in important research under Jonathan Braman, MD, at the University of Minnesota, Jennifer MacArthur, MD, at Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin, and Michelle Brios, MD, at Hennepin County Medical Center in Minneapolis. He received the Morris and Lee Zuckerman Award for Clinical Proficiency in 2009 and was elected to Alpha Omega Alpha in 2008.
Rising Star: Voted a Rising Star Surgeon by his peers in the Mpls.St.Paul Magazine (2017, 2018, 2019, 2022)
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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 27, 2017
I’m 73 yrs of age and have reached that time in my life where going up and down stairs have made my life considerably difficult for me. One adjustment made was to move into a town house, where everything is on one level. That adjustment helped but many more decisions had to be made. My wife who was a patient at St Croix Ortho in Woodbury suggested making an appointment to be examined. She was completely satisfied with what they were able to do for her and believe me she had some serious issues. I called to make an appointment and was told that because of where I lived I should make an appointment Twin City Ortho in Wyoming and they gave me the number to make that contact. This was the best move I’ve made in solving my issues with hips and knees. I called and made an appointment to get checked out . I can’t say enough for the professionalism showed me from day one starting with the scheduling staff after a brief period filling out personal data I was introduce to Dr.Erik Peterson’s assistant Christine and Molly. They without a doubt made the up coming surgeries so much easier. Their show of concern had such a calming effect on me, which at this point I really needed. Then I met Dr. Erik Peterson. The professional manner in which things were explained to me and what to expected set me at ease right from the start. I had two surgeries first the hip which was a huge success, all because Dr. Peterson is an excellent surgeon who cares not only for the patient but for the family members involved, all praised him very highly… the hip was such a success I was ready to have a knee on the same side, which was in terrible condition and ready for a replacement. This also was handled in the same manner as the hip and nothing but praise for everyone. The hospital staff, and floor nurses especially who attended me made me feel as though I was the only person on the floor, a difficult job done made easy. Dr. Peterson made his rounds checking on me, the knee and the hip during his rounds. Once again he made sure the family were at ease with all of this. After a short hospital stay I started therapy, again this was at the Twin City Orthopedics , in Wyoming. This is where I met Nicole who moved me through some very difficult moments with ease , she too is very professional and made this job a lot more pleasant. I wish to thank Dr. Peterson, because of his skill as a surgeon for giving an old man a few more years of pain free moments He is a credit to his profession. Christine and Molly I can’t say to much for you both. A time when things were not so good you made a pleasure to come in for my visits. Thank you all very much, I’ll never forget you, I mean it, you left a lasting impression on me….To all of you don’t ever change the way you work with people Remember there is always someone like me out there who needs you….
June 8, 2017
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
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
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.
October 3, 2016
After several months with pain in my left knee, my doctor gave me the name of Dr. Erik Peterson. An X-ray showed arthritis with swelling around the knee area. Dr. Peterson performed a total knee replacement August 10, 2016 at Woodwinds Hospital. After 3 days of great care, I went to stay with my daughter for 12 days of post recovery. During that time, the nurses and physical therapists came to the house. Chad Faith PH.T. assisted me with stretches, bends, and pushes to make a “sick” knee well again. While continuing to do daily exercises I soon felt well enough to move back to my apartment. Chad soon had me walking the long halls. I was without walker, without cane, and without pain. One receptionist commented that she had not seen anyone who had knee surgery who was able to walk unassisted this quickly following surgery. The encouragement of many, the follow up by all the professional helpers, and the continued exercises with long walks give me hope that this new knee will serve me as long as my body needs it. I thank all the care givers and God for my fast recovery.
August 30, 2016
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
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
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
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
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.