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Samuel W. Carlson, MD

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Orthopedic Surgery, Board Eligible Adult Reconstruction Fellowship Area of Focus in Hip & Knee

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Hip Care
Knee Care
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Practice Overview

Samuel Carlson, MD, is a fellowship-trained hip and knee replacement surgeon who specializes in direct anterior total hip replacement and complex hip and knee revision surgery. Dr. Carlson completed his Orthopedic Surgery Residency at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN, where he had the privilege of working alongside world-renowned hip and knee arthroplasty leaders. He then completed a year of subspecialty training at Indiana University. In Indiana, he developed an expertise in rapid recovery protocols that facilitate outpatient hip and knee replacement while simultaneously expanding his training in revision surgery. Dr. Carlson participates in the TCO EXCEL Surgery and Recovery Program.

Dr. Carlson grew up in Sioux Falls, SD, and graduated summa cum laude from St. Olaf College in Northfield, MN. He then completed medical school at the University of Iowa where he was inducted into the Alpha Omega Alpha honor society. Outside of work, Dr. Carlson enjoys spending time with his wife Shelby, golfing, skiing, running, cycling, and pursuing all outdoor activities that life in Minnesota offers.

Clinical Interest

Hip Care, including direct anterior total hip replacement, revision total hip replacement, prosthetic joint infections, periprosthetic fracture care

Knee Care, including total knee replacements, robotic-assisted total knee replacements, partial knee replacements, revision total knee replacements, prosthetic joint infections, periprosthetic fracture care

Fracture Care, including treatment of common orthopedic fractures

Sports Medicine, including non-surgical and surgical treatment of a broad range of injuries in athletes of all ages

Pediatric Care, including treatment of upper and lower extremity sprains/strains, sports injuries and common fracture care


Board Eligible American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery

Hip and Knee Adult Reconstruction Fellowship, Indiana University, Indianapolis, IN
Fellowship Director: Michael Meneghini, MD

Orthopedic Surgery Residency, Mayo Clinic School of Medicine, Rochester, MN

Medical Degree
Doctor of Medicine, University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine, Iowa City, IA

Hospital & Surgery Center Affiliations

Crosstown Surgery Center
Eagan Orthopedic Surgery Center
M Health Fairview Southdale

Professional Affiliations

American Association of Hip and Knee Surgeons, Candidate Member
American Association of Orthopaedic Surgeons, Resident/Fellow member

Achievements & Awards

Alpha Omega Alpha (2017)


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Patient Testimonials

July 15, 2024

Linda N.

Dr. Samuel Carlson recently performed my right hip replacement surgery, and I am so thankful for his expert knowledge and surgical skill as I was up and walking with ease and comfort soon after. Dr. Carlson took the time to carefully listen to me, explain my treatment options and answer all my questions and concerns. I cannot convey enough thanks or positivity about Dr. Samuel Carlson’s outstanding care before, during, and after the hip replacement. It is great to walk about without struggling at each step. Thank you again Dr. Samuel Carlson and staff.

April 18, 2024

Faith B.

I couldn’t be more pleased with the fine care and surgery by Dr. Carlson. In only 17 days post-surgery. I am only using my cane sparingly and am totally pain free. He is a miracle worker. I highly recommend him and the team at TCO. Thank you, Dr. Carlson!

April 16, 2024

David N.

Dr. Carlson did a fantastic job on my hip replacement. Dr. Carlson put an end to my severe pain and allowed me to walk again after six months in a wheelchair! I most highly recommend TCO. Thanks a million! Kudos!

April 2, 2024

Karen J.

I had an excellent experience with Dr. Sam Carlson for my hip replacement. Dr. Carlson used the anterior approach, which allowed me to be up and moving without a cane after one week. The whole team was competent, and professional throughout. I was pleased by how responsive Dr. Carlson and his team were to answer questions and address any of my needs during the process.

December 28, 2023

Josie J.

After two years of chronic pain and a sedentary lifestyle, Dr. Carlson gave me a second chance at life. He planned my knee surgery from start to finish, thinking through the best possible recovery for me. He discussed and explained all treatment possibilities while making eye contact and making me feel heard. He followed up with me when he said he would and made sure that I felt good about the recovery plan. He discussed an active lifestyle post-op and I’ve have never been more grateful for a surgeon in my life. Dr. Carlson definitely gave me a second chance to live to the fullest!

December 28, 2023

Lindsey C.

Dr. Carlson and his team were so calm, which made the process much easier for me too. I would recommend them if you ever need to have surgery.

December 15, 2023

Thomas M.

I couldn’t be more satisfied. Dr. Carlson gave me exceptional care and made sure I was recovering well.

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