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Stephen L. Olmsted, MD

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Orthopedic Surgery, Board Certified Hand Surgery Fellowship Hand Surgery Subspecialty Certification

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Areas of Focus

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

Practice Overview

Stephen L. Olmsted, MD, specializes in hand, upper extremity and microvascular surgery as well as fracture care. He also has special interests in scaphoid fractures, carpal instability, nerve compression syndrome and arthritis reconstruction.  Dr. Olmsted also has an active Sports Medicine practice and takes care of hand and wrist injuries for collegiate and professional athletes.

Clinical Interest

Elbow Care, including Elbow Joint Revision, Elbow Joint Replacement, Elbow Arthroscopy and Fracture Care

Hand & Wrist Care

Pediatric Care, including Fractures of the Hand, Wrist and Elbow and Post-Traumatic Fracture Care

Sports Medicine

Dr. Olmsted’s areas of clinical interest also include Distal Radius Fractures, Scaphoid Fractures, Carpal Instability, Nerve Compression Syndrome and Arthritis Reconstruction.


Board Certified, American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery
Subspecailty Certification in Hand Surgery

Fellowship in Hand Surgery at the University of California, Davis

University of Minnesota Medical School

Medical Degree
University of Minnesota Medical School

Hospital & Surgery Center Affiliations

Crosstown Surgery Center
Eagan Orthopedic Surgery Center
Fairview Ridges Hospital
Minnesota Valley Surgery Center
Ridgeview Medical Center
St. Francis Regional Medical Center
University of Minnesota Medical Center – Fairview

Professional Affiliations

American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons (Fellow)
American Medical Association
American Society of Surgery of the Hand (Fellow)
Minnesota Medical Association

Achievements and Awards

Awarded first place for a presentation at the Midwest Medical Student Research Forum, Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society
Received a Minnesota Medical Foundation Research Grant in (1989)
Minnesota Monthly Top Doctor (2017)

Sports Affiliations

Orthopedic consultant for hand and wrist injuries to collegiate and professional athletes and teams.


Matthew Anderson, OTR/L
Occupational Therapist

Patient Testimonials

February 9, 2018

Frank R.

Hello Mr. Boosalis,

I just wanted to tell you my story. Back in December I came down with shingles and a few days later I fell and injured my wrist. Early on a Saturday morning it was so painful and swollen that I went to ER in Shakopee and was told it wasn’t broken and to go home and ice and elevate it. By Monday it was much worse so I went to my family doctor. She said because I had a screw in my wrist from an injury 17 years ago I needed to see an orthopedic doctor as soon as possible. It was late Monday afternoon and she recommended that I go to TCO Waconia urgent care as they were open until 8:00 PM. I saw a physician assistant and was told to go home and ice it and elevate it. When I asked to see an orthopedic physician I was told the earliest appointment would Friday afternoon. I felt I couldn’t wait 4 more days. We went home and the following morning we called TCO Burnsville and was given an appointment the next morning, Wednesday. By Wednesday morning my hand and wrist were so swollen and painful I thought the skin would burst on my hand. The doctor I saw looked at the x-rays and told me to ice it and elevate it. I told him he had to do something as I had been icing and elevating for over 4 days and it was getting worse. He said he would see if Dr. Olmsted would take a look at it. In came Dr. Olmsted, he looked at my hand and then the x-ray and said the screw that had been placed in my wrist 17 years ago had backed out and was no longer in place. Furthermore the wrist was now badly infected and he recommended surgery that same day. Finally some help! Now Dr. Olmsted may not walk on water but he’s close to it in my book!!! Not only is he a gifted surgeon but is also a compassionate and caring doctor. I feel very fortunate to have had him care for me. My wrist and hand are still healing and I still have a ways to go but I am now able to type again and wanted to share my story with you.

Everyone at TCO Burnsville from the girls at the reception desk to the people in the surgery center downstairs and especially Matt, Dr. Olmsted’s physician assistant have been terrific and I can’t say enough about them. Another thing is this place runs like a Swiss watch. Appointments are always on time if not early. TCO Burnsville is top notch in my book and I will recommend it to everyone!

Sincerely, Frank R.

April 21, 2017

Dennis B.

On 12-2-16 I had an ulnar transposition done by Dr. Olmsted. The results have been very good, but not really as good as Dr. Olmsted himself.  My experience with him and his care team has been wonderful in all ways possible. I can’t say enough for both their professional abilities and their personal matter. Simply outstanding!

July 18, 2016

Sue V.

Dr. Olmsted is the absolute best physician/surgeon I’ve had! I was in a car accident and shattered my wrist. It took 2 surgeries to correct the issue. I couldn’t even get into another facility for weeks and he squeezed me in the day I called! Great bedside manner! And to top it off his staff that works with him are top notch! Highly recommended.

May 31, 2016

Pennie K.

Outstanding bedside care. His staff is equally fantastic. I cannot say enough about my experience with Dr. Olmsted and the carpal tunnel release method he performed via endoscopy instead of open surgery on the hand/wrist. It literally changed my life! I suffered so badly from carpal tunnel that I could not sleep for even an hour straight in any position without numbing, tingling and pain in my hands and wrists. The very night of the surgery on just one hand, I slept like a baby and less than a week later had the other hand done and now I really sleep completely sound rarely waking up at all. The surgery instantly cured the numbing and pain. It is an amazing relief to a very painful condition, and bonus that it is a very easy recovery. I was able to use my hands same day even after surgery, however with caution on pressure and weight. I golfed 6 weeks later with no pain and no issues. If you are contemplating this surgery because of the same symptoms, Dr. Olmsted said to me, “The pain of surgery & recovery is so minimal, almost minute compared to the pain you have living with carpal tunnel.” I could not agree more, or recommend anyone more!

November 3, 2015

Dan L.

Now that I’m 9 weeks post surgery, I can confirm what I’ve thought all along; I was fortunate to have Dr. Stephen Olmsted as the Surgeon on call from Twin Cities Orthopedics on the night of my accident. Having regained nearly all of my range of motion from a shattered wrist and reconstruction, and reviewed current X-rays with him that reveal a great surgical outcome, I clearly benefited beyond any reasonable expectation from the skillful experience, art and common sense of Dr. Olmsted‘s surgery and care. Don’t shatter your wrist! But if you do, go to TCO and request Dr. Stephen Olmsted.

September 21, 2015

Heidi S.

The staff at TCO are wonderful! The front desk gals have been great, but the care that I’ve received from Dr. Olmstead has been exceptional. He has administered my wrist casts quickly and gently, while being very friendly and personable. At one point, one of my casts started to become uncomfortable, and Dr. Olmsted squeezed me in last minute and came up with a solution to help me out. I’m glad to choose to go to Twin Cities Orthopedics for my broken wrist. It’s been a very good experience.

January 9, 2015

Mary R.

Thank you to Dr. Olmsted and Team for your work on my VERY arthritic finger joint! At now just over four weeks, my joint replacement feels good, moves well and I am finally typing, crocheting and writing comfortably again! At 51 years old I wasn’t ready to give in to stiffness and pain and your work is exceptional. Best thing I did in 2014!! You guys rock.

March 7, 2012

Donna F.

When Donna F. (pictured on right) injured her hand, the TCO Access Walk-In clinic at Twin Cities Orthopedics immediately came to mind. “I requested to be brought directly to the TCO Edina office to avoid long wait times in an emergency room,” she said. “Staff made sure I was comfortable while they coordinated care with the appropriate physician.”Donna ended up seeing orthopedic surgeon Stephen Olmsted, MD (pictured in middle), who discussed treatment options with her and her family. She proceeded with surgery to repair her broken fingers and said that “the care has been excellent.” She explains that in addition to having a high-quality surgeon her physical therapist, Cortney Bohnen, MA OTR/L has helped in her recovery. “I am regaining strength and movement in my fingers due to Cortney’s excellent hand therapy program,” she said.

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