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Ryan R. Karlstad, MD

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Orthopaedic Surgery, Board Certified Hand & Microvascular Surgery Fellowship Hand & Sports Medicine Subspecialty Certifications

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Areas of Focus

Hand & Wrist Care
Pediatric Care
Shoulder & Elbow Care
Sports Medicine

Ryan R. Karlstad, MD

Practice Overview

Ryan R. Karlstad, MD, is a fellowship-trained, board certified orthopedic surgeon who specializes in injuries and conditions of the hand, wrist, and upper extremity. He is one of only a few dozen orthopedic surgeons in the country who holds subspecialty certificates in both hand surgery and sports medicine. Upon completion of an orthopedic surgery residency, Dr. Karlstad received fellowship training in hand and microvascular surgery.

Procedures Dr. Karlstad specializes in include endoscopic and open carpal tunnel release; fixation of finger, wrist, and elbow fractures; nerve and tendon repair; arthroscopic and open treatment of finger; wrist and elbow arthriti;, surgical and minimally invasive treatment of Dupuytren’s disease; and ligament reconstruction (including Tommy Johns surgery) at the elbow.

Dr. Karlstad received his subspecialty certification in Hand Surgery from the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery in 2006. He received his subspecialty certification in Orthopaedic Sports medicine from the American Board of Orthopedic Surgery in 2011.

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Clinical Interest

Hand and Wrist Care, including Carpal Tunnel Release (Open and Endoscopic), Tendon Repair, Nerve Repair, Finger Joint Replacement, Trigger Finger Release, Wrist Arthroscopy, Arthritis of the Wrist, Thumb, and Fingers, Dupuytren’s Disease, and Fractures

Pediatric Care

Shoulder and Elbow Care, including Elbow Joint Arthroscopy, Elbow Trauma, Elbow and Shoulder Joint Replacement, Rotator Cuff Repairs, and Shoulder Joint Arthroscopy


Board Certified, American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery
Subspecialty Certification in Surgery of the Hand
Subspecialty Certification in Sports Medicine

Hand and Microvascular Surgery, UCLA Medical Center, Los Angeles, California

Orthopaedic Surgery, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minnesota

Medical Degree
The Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, Baltimore, Maryland

Hospital & Surgery Center Affiliations

High Pointe Surgery Center
Lakeview Hospital
River Falls Area Medical Center
Other facilities throughout Eastern Minnesota and Western Wisconsin

Professional Affiliations

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
American Society for Surgery of the Hand
Mayo Clinic Alumni Association
Mayo Orthopedic Alumni Association

Achievements & Awards

Minnesota Monthly Top Doctor (2017)


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Robert M. Poutré MSPAS, PA-C
Certified Physician Assistant

Lisa L.
Clinical Assistant

Sandy G., OTC
Clinical Assistant

Patient Testimonials

July 2, 2019

Ted W.

Thank you. Thank you. Thank you.

After 30 plus years at 3M punching on a keyboard, my hands reacted. First, I could not open a pickle jar. Then, I had problems with manual dexterity with buttoning buttons but the killer was that slowly creeping pain in the fingers that wakes you up in the middle of the night and you are up until morning. Dr. Karlstad diagnosed carpal tunnel and did surgery on both wrists. 2 weeks later I have small cuts on my wrists that the doc says will fade into the creases in my wrists. I sleep through the night without pain. I can button a button and with my increasing grip, and pickle jars are quaking with fear.

Highly recommend Dr. Karlstad and TCO staff. Very professional and skilled.

June 28, 2019

Bill C.

Repair by Dr. Karlstad was done successfully and quickly at Lakeview Hospital. Wonderful outcome, thank you.

September 27, 2016

Julie B.

Dr. Karlstad and High Pointe staff,

I just wanted to take a moment to tell you how much I appreciate your talent as a hand surgeon and your awesome staff at High Pointe.

After years of dealing with carpal tunnel I was finally pushed to do something about it when I developed a trigger thumb in my left hand. I had my first surgery last December. I was so happy with the results that I knew the following year I would do my right. Over this summer I ended up with a trigger thumb in my right hand as well, so surgery was done a bit sooner than I anticipated. I am now 4 weeks post op and couldn’t be happier.

I can now:

  • Sleep through the night without waking up in pain
  • Sleep on either side of the bed (even the middle) as I no longer have to have my arm hanging over the edge of the bed
  • Eat an entire meal without having to hang my arm downwards to wake it up
  • Drink and eat without dropping glasses, cups or utensils
  • Curl and blow dry my hair
  • Read for hours holding the book in my hands, not propping it up on something
  • Drive my ATV
  • Drive my car with both hands
  • Carry bags without constantly switching hands

This list could go on and on, my point is that you restored things for me that I didn’t even realize I had adjusted to over the years.

So thank you, Dr. Karlstad and your awesome staff at High Pointe. It is amazing how efficient they are without ever making you feel you are being rushed. I always feel like me and my family are important when we are there.   

June 14, 2016

Doug A.

Dr. Karlstad, you probably don’t get feedback from most patients you see who have successful outcomes. Just wanted to send a quick note letting you know that I think the diagnosis of tendonitis in my wrist was spot on, and the cortisone shot worked amazingly well. It was a few days into it and I said to my wife, “I completely forgot about my sore wrist,” which was amazing. Prior to the treatment I couldn’t do anything without it reminding me that it was messed up. It was a major nuisance and pain.

So great job. Thanks for taking care of it.

February 4, 2016

Patricia M.

Dr. Karlstad has been unequaled in patience, expertise and care. I totally trust him and know that he will do anything he can to make you “new” again. He is an EXCELLENT surgeon.

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