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Robert B. Hartman, MD

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Orthopedic Surgery, Board Certified


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Areas of Focus

Hip Care
Knee Care
Shoulder & Elbow Care
Sports Medicine

Robert B. Hartman, MD

Practice Overview

Dr. Robert Hartman, MD, is committed to excellence by pledging to provide the highest quality of orthopedic care possible. Along with the treatment of immediate or chronic problems, Dr. Hartman strives to integrate the doctrine of prevention in all of his treatment plans as a way to alleviate possible future difficulties.

He is an innovative and progressive orthopedic surgeon and strives to incorporate the latest technology in his practice. He has integrated robotic joint replacement in his practice since 2015.

Clinical Interest

Hip Care, including Robotic Hip, Hip Joint Revision and Hip Joint Replacement

Knee Care, including Partial Knee, Total Knee Replacement, Knee Joint Revision and Knee Joint Replacement

Shoulder Care

Sports Medicine


Board Certified, American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery

Medical Degree
University of Minnesota Medical School

Professional Affiliations

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery
American Medical Association
Chairman of the Board, Minnesota Valley Surgery Center (2005 – Present)
Hennepin County Medical Society
Minnesota Orthopaedic Society
Minnesota Medical Association
Minnesota Medical Foundation


Benjamin Miller, PA-C

Benjamin Miller, PA-C
Certified Physician Assistant

Lisa N.
Care Coordinator

Erin H.
Clinical Assistant

Patient Testimonials

December 24, 2019

Kirsten M.

After months of pain from lifting a sofa while moving and hearing a “pop” and feeling immediate weakness in my shoulder, I sought out Dr. Hartman, who had done numerous shoulder surgeries on parents of students whom I teach (mainly torn rotator cuff). I suspected a rotator cuff injury, but Dr. Hartman ordered an MRI and diagnosed a labrum tear. He prescribed physical therapy and my PT was fantastic! I attended every appointment, faithfully did my exercises at home and worked through the pain (yes, there were tears, but I was motivated to have as much use of my shoulder as possible!). After I “graduated” from PT, I continued to lift very light weights and use stretchy bands that my PT suggested at LifeTime Fitness. Years later, I still have NO problems with my shoulder and it’s just as strong as my other one! I can work out, lift weights and do Pilates without any problem. I’ve also learned how to protect my shoulders by carrying heavy objects in a different way so this does not occur again. Dr. Hartman combines the expertise and knowledge of being board certified with a comfortable bedside manner and treated me with respect. He gave me straightforward answers and told me what I needed to do to avoid surgery. Everything he suggested worked and I have recommended him to others!

March 23, 2018

George C.

Better late than never? We’ll see. About 4 years ago you guys fixed me. My shoulder joint was trashed with arthritis. I couldn’t sleep or raise my arm above my shoulder. The procedure, recovery and final outcome went so smoothly, I can hardly believe it. Thank you, Dr. Hartman and PA Benjamin Miller for the hard work you must do every day. You don’t get results like mine without focused effort. You are the real deal.

Thanks again,

George C.
Savage, MN

June 2, 2016

Richard D. Olmsted, Ph. D. (Chemical Physics)

In 2012, I had my left shoulder replaced by Dr. Hartman (Type 1). I was diligent in physical therapy and I have 100% use of my shoulder. In 2014, I had my right shoulder replaced by Dr. Hartman (Type 1). It took a bit longer in recovery because it is my dominant shoulder, but diligence in physical therapy has given me 100% use of my shoulder. FANTASTIC!

Dr. Hartman is a graduate of St. Olaf. I am a graduate of Augsburg. I have extended to him my condolences!

May 13, 2015

Mike L.

Hartman - Mike L.My sincere thanks to Dr. Hartman and the entire staff at Twin Cities Orthopedic and the Minnesota Valley Surgery Center. My outpatient total hip replacement went so well that I was walking the stairs and out grooming my horse within a few hours of my surgery. Exactly 14 days after the replacement I was back riding my horse and haven’t looked back. Thank you all so much! From beginning to end, the staff at TCO has treated me as a valued patient. It is a real pleasure to have such wonderful support.

January 13, 2015

Robert P.

My name is Robert and I am 44 years old. I was experiencing pain in my right leg where the femur bone meets the hip socket. Before I was properly diagnosed I thought it might be my lower back or something in that area. I first went the route of the Chiropractor, Acupuncture, and back / hip injections. All of these procedures gave minor, temporary relief only. I am a Line Maintenance manager at Northwest Airlines and a member of the Minnesota Air National Guard. The first orthopedic doctor I went to see took X-rays, told me my Air Force career was over, tossed me a pamphlet on total hip replacement and said “Pick out a hip type you would like” and left the room. My wife and I just looked at each other, unbelievable! Here I am, 44 years old, with a bad hip and a pamphlet. My son Isaiah has a friend who had a knee and hip replacement performed by Dr. Hartman. Isaiah said his friend had negative results from previous surgeries and Dr. Hartman fixed him up and he was good to go. What did I have to lose? When you walk into Dr. Hartman’s office you are greeted warmly by professionals. I was taken to the X-ray room and some pictures were taken of my hip. My wife and I were then seated in the examination room, and waited to meet Dr. Hartman. The doctor walks in and I already feel at ease; his demeanor is wonderful. He asked me what I like to do for activities, I tell him, and he says “After the procedure is completed and I heal, I’ll be able to do all of these.” Big difference from the first doctor I was seen by! My x-rays were put on the computer screen, Dr. Hartman told me what was wrong, and what he could do to help me; he even had a prosthesis in the room to show me what it looks / feels like! I was very comfortable with the doctor’s explanations and made an appointment for surgery. Through the whole process from your initial visit until your last visit, you will have many questions. Lisa Nelson, Dr. Hartman’s assistant will be able to answer your questions and help you along the way. She is a total professional. On surgery day you will probably be in the operating room less than 2 hours. You will have the option to just stay overnight (which I did) or 3 days. My wife had a hospital bed sent to our home and it really helped in the initial days following the operation. You can raise / lower it to help get in and out of bed. I was walking 3 hours after the procedure with a walker. I walked down the hallway the next day without any aids and was discharged. It took me about a week to start feeling really good. Patients need to be diligent and do the exercises religiously. Now I have no pain at all and Dr. Hartman was right on the money with his initial comments, “You’ll be able to resume your normal life style.”

January 13, 2015

Kathy M.

For 2 years I suffered with chronic hip pain. I had gone through the usual MRI’s, physical therapy and other treatments and nothing helped. My diagnosis was a mystery to all doctors. I then ran into an old high school friend, we reconnected after 30 years and she told me about her brother Robert Hartman who was one of the top Twin Cities orthopedic surgeons. I made an appointment and met with him and mystery solved, my hip cartilage was gone, bone on bone along with bone spurs. In two years I had advanced arthritis and a total hip replacement was my only option to lead a pain free life. I knew immediately that Dr. Hartman would be my surgeon, he made me feel so comfortable and made my decision very easy. The staff at Twin Cities Orthopedics was fabulous as well, there was no doubt in my mind at almost 50 years old I wanted a better quality of life. The surgery was a success, the physical therapy was a fabulous experience for me, my coach gave me weekly self esteem boosts and gave me the confidence I needed to get my new hip where it needed to be. I am now over 3 months with my new hip and pain free, I’m now walking up to 3 miles a day and haven’t been able to take walks for 2 years. Having this hip replacement changed my life and I owe it all to Dr. Hartman and his team.

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