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Thomas N. Conner, MD

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Orthopedic Surgery, Board Certified Sports Medicine Subspecialty Certification

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Areas of Focus

Hip Care
Knee Care
Pediatric Care
Shoulder & Elbow Care
Sports Medicine
Foot & Ankle Care
Hand & Wrist Care

Thomas N. Conner, MD

Practice Overview

Experience matters! As an orthopedic surgeon for over 25 years, I have had the privilege of taking care of a wide variety of patients. My career has been shaped by seeing a full spectrum of orthopedic problems and injuries. My goal (in patient care) is to educate each individual to deliver the best plan of care they deserve. My areas of expertise are (total and partial) joint replacement of the knee, hip, and shoulder; having subspecialty certification in sports medicine. I also focus on arthroscopic treatment of the shoulder and knee (care), including rotator cuff and instability surgery, ACL reconstruction, and meniscal surgery. When not wearing scrubs or taking care of my patients, my passion is my family which includes four children, my wife and two dogs. Our family is involved in youth sports, music (I play the piano), and our church. My hobbies include skiing, sailing and boating, and conditioning with running, biking and swimming.

Our team has been together for nearly twenty years, and we look forward to meeting you and helping to provide the best orthopedic plan of care to reach your personal goals.

Clinical Interest

Shoulder Care, including Arthroscopy, Rotator Cuff and Instablitiy Surgery, Fracture Care and Joint Replacement Surgery

Knee Care, including Arthroscopy, ACL Reconstruction, Meniscus Surgery, Full and Partial Knee Replacements

Hip Care, including the Anterior Total Hip Replacement Surgery

Sports Medicine

Upper & Lower Extremity Fracture Care

Education

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

Residency
University of Minnesota’s Veterans Affairs Medical Center

Medical Degree
University of Minnesota Medical School

Undergraduate Degree 
Dartmouth College

 

Hospital & Surgery Center Affiliations

Children’s Hospital
Maple Grove Hospital
North Memorial Maple Grove Same Day Surgery Center
North Memorial Medical Center – Minnetonka Surgery Center
WestHealth Same Day Surgery Center

Professional Affiliations

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
Hennepin County Medical Society
Mid-America Orthopaedic Association
Minnesota Medical Association

Achievements & Awards

Top Doctor: Mpls.St.Paul Magazine
Top Doctor: Osseo/Maple Grove Press Newspaper
First Orthopedic Physician at Maple Grove Hospital

 

Staff

Vestisha McCrone, CST/CSFA

Vestisha McCrone, CST/CSFA
Surgical Assistant

Shawn H.
Care Coordinator

Patient Testimonials

May 1, 2019

Lynn S.

I am not a professional athlete but I have always tried to be fit. I played softball, hockey, volleyball, ran, backpacked, fished every year in Alaska, and participated in Team and Boot Camp Fitness and Pilates. In 2008 I was diagnosed with Stage III breast cancer. I had a bilateral mastectomy, chemotherapy and radiation. After the basic treatments were complete I was prescribed several adjuvant medications. In my opinion, those medications damaged my joints and connective tissue and in 2012, I stopped all medication but the damage was done.

In 2013, I had a full right hip replacement. The procedure was completed by Dr. Conner and Shawn, in her compassionate and no nonsense manner, got me through the trauma. Within one week of the surgery I was back in the gym for Pilates and modified weight training. In 2015 I had a fusion of my neck. In 2017, Dr. Conner replaced my left knee. Based on information provided to me by TCO prior to knee surgery, I doubled up on my workouts and focused on strengthening my legs. When I left the hospital the day after surgery, I was walking and doing stairs and driving without and assistive devices like canes, walker, etc. Again, Shawn worked with me to work through this trauma and to avoid depression. In 2018, Dr. Cammack basically rebuilt the arch in my right foot and removed several bone spurs. This surgery was painful and took a long time to heal but Dr. Cammack, Lisa and Krisi worked with me to avoid deep depression and to get back in the gym. In about two months I was back to my full workouts albeit I am no longer able to run. In 2019, I ruptured my anterior tibialis which is a major tendon on top of my foot. I have no idea how or when it happened, but it did. When I learned from Dr. Cammack that I would again require surgery and a long healing process, I was exceedingly down. The post surgery recuperation has been very difficult because the hard cast on my lower leg causes claustrophobia and panic attacks. However, Lisa and Krisi have worked with me to look past the cast to take one day at a time.

It seems every time I get back to my usual fitness activities, I am stopped in my tracks by another joint or connective tissue mishap. I am 66 years old and have worked out and exercised all my life. Now it seems keeping active is a struggle due to muscular skeletal issues developed during the cancer treatments. However, TCO and its staff have helped me immensely. Although I cannot walk without a scooter yet, I am doing Pilates and modified weight training.

My story is not as exciting as the full recovery of an elite athlete but it is important to me. If it wasn’t for the staff at TCO, I would probably have given up ever being active again. They never give up on me so I feel I owe it to them to try my hardest.

April 9, 2019

Luke P.

Luke’s TCO Comeback Story takes us back to June 26th, 2018. Most parents assume that at some point in their athletes’ career that there will be minor injuries along the way. Fortunately, most parents won’t have to experience a major injury suffered by their child. Unfortunately, for our son, Luke, he did suffer a major injury. Luke tore his ACL in his left knee while playing basketball. At first, we were all hopeful that it wasn’t anything too serious, maybe just a small meniscus tear, but after a trip to TCO Urgent Care and then a follow up a week later with Dr. Thomas Conner, we were unfortunately given the bad news.

We were told in our consultation with Dr. Conner that Luke would not be able to participate in any sports his junior year and that he would be out of sports for 9-12 months. A tough thing to hear for a young man who had a great sophomore year of basketball – being named MVP his sophomore year and chosen as a captain for his junior year – and very excited for the upcoming season.

On July 24, 2018 (2 days before Luke’s 17th birthday) he underwent his ACL surgery. Dr. Conner and his team were amazing and we were very pleased with the surgery results and the care he received. While the first few days of post-surgery were not fun or easy for Luke, he got through those days with visits, messages and phone calls from caring family, friends, teammates and coaches.

Luke met Tyler Douglass 6 days after surgery for his first physical therapy session. I could immediately tell that Luke was very comfortable with Tyler and that they would hit it off. Tyler explained and talked to Luke in a way that worked best for a 17-year-old. Tyler was very focused on Luke, his plan for Luke, and he pushed Luke to work hard, do his best and keep going. He explained to Luke that there would be challenging and frustrating times ahead, but to push through. As Luke’s mom, I appreciated the care and concern that Tyler gave Luke. Tyler has gone above and beyond. He has encouraged and supported Luke and we will be forever grateful for all he has done and continues to do, as Luke still checks in with Tyler periodically since he still has a few months left to go.

At Luke’s 3-month mark, he had an incredible opportunity (brought to us by Tyler) to go to the Training HAUS in Eagan to have his knee tested and see how PT was going for Luke and where his knee was at physically. We were so impressed with their wonderful staff who worked with Luke, especially Michael Kiely. Luke was put through some rigorous tests, using state of the art equipment, given so much support and some frank honesty from Michael about doing your PT, staying on track, getting stronger, holding yourself accountable and working hard. Those words that were shared with Luke have been very meaningful and motivational.

Luke continued seeing Tyler very frequently until about 4 months post-op. At 4 months, we decided to sign Luke up for the STAR program, on the recommendation from Dr. Conner and Tyler. Luke worked very closely with Steve Thorkildson during this program. What an amazing program for Luke! Luke and a few others were basically “piloting” this program. At this point, the high school basketball season had started for Luke and his teammates and it was tough on Luke. Luke would go to practices to watch and support his teammates and then have to leave early on the days he had PT and/or STAR. Luke was very dedicated on getting stronger and he had great results! Since he couldn’t be playing basketball, it was important for him to have another activity to feed a new passion. Luke had great results at his 6-month testing at the Training HAUS and everyone was thrilled to know that STAR was working for Luke and his commitment and dedication to rehab was paying off.

It was then decided that Luke was finished with STAR after reaching the goals he needed to. He then moved on to the ACE program, where he works with Eric Seppelt and Nicole Sheehan. Luke started this program the middle of February and is enjoying being able to do more sport specific activities! As a parent, it is very reassuring to have all of these wonderful opportunities like the STAR and ACE programs and we would highly recommend them.

Luke has remained very determined through this whole process, which is not always easy for a 17-year-old. He knows how important his PT and rehab is and that it is all crucial to being able to return to sport. We are hopeful and optimistic that this summer he will be back on the basketball court, ready to go. As parents, it may be a bit nerve wracking at first to watch him, but we will know that physically, Luke’s knee will be ready. And for that, we thank every single TCO employee who has pushed and supported Luke. He still has a few months to go, his Comeback Story isn’t quite over, but it has been an inspiring one so far! A quote I have leaned on over these past months “Every setback is a setup for a comeback. God wants to bring you out better than you were before.” We are so proud of our son Luke, and so thankful to TCO!

February 18, 2019

Phyllis B.

I am so thankful for Dr. Conner doing a successful surgery to replace my worn out left hip in August, 2017. Also with this surgery, he was able to lengthen my life-long short left leg. His knowledge and skills for this surgery have brought me freedom from pain and mobility for my daily activities. Now one year following the surgery, I am able to be out planting flowers and help mow our yard. I am also thankful for his referral for physical therapy to help my body adjust to the changes from surgery.

Thanks to Shawn and all her work to set up the surgery and answer questions.

This was my second surgery with Dr. Conner. I am pleased with my treatment and care, and will continue seeing him for my orthopedic concerns.

February 4, 2019

Tom C.

After meeting with Dr. Conner to discuss knee replacement I felt very comfortable. Dr. Conner took the time to explain the procedure and what to expect after surgery. Dr. Conner’s patient coordinator Shawn is the best. I had the surgery November 2, 2018 and nine weeks later I’m in Hawaii walking 6-8 miles a day even hiking across lava flows pain free. Thank you Dr. Conner for helping me do the things I enjoy.

January 16, 2019

Gregory C.

Doc (Dr. Conner) and his team have given me the opportunity to once again enjoy doing the activities I love to do. Since my total knee replacement surgery and all important exercise & PT sessions this spring, I have been able to enjoy the following activities: an Alaskan cruise that included hiking in Denali National Park, a trip to Niagara Falls that included a side trip to the Air Force Museum in Dayton OH, and a southwestern travel vacation through the Grand Canyon and Monument Valley. In addition, I have also been able to once again perform routine maintenance tasks at home and at the cabin. In fact, with the help of my son, I was even able to install a metal roof on the cabin this summer. Without the help of Dr. Conner, all of the items I mentioned would still be on my bucket list.

If you’re having trouble doing the things that you love to do, then come on in and let the Twin Cities Orthopedics team get you going again.

January 16, 2019

Marialys J.

I didn’t realize I hit the jackpot when I first met Dr. Conner ten years ago, but I certainly know it now. If you’re looking for the best orthopedic surgeon in the Twin Cities area, you’ve found him. I’ve been around a long time, met a lot of doctors in my many years, there has been only one other man who had my confidence as Dr. Conner does – and his care coordinator Shawn is the greatest. She will go the extra mile for you whenever you need her. I would really enjoy sharing him with you.

January 16, 2019

Melissa M.

Highly recommend Dr. Conner and all staff at TCO. He was very professional and easy to talk to. He answered all my questions thoroughly. I felt very comfortable under his care for both of my knee surgeries.

January 16, 2019

Sharon G.

I was referred to Dr. Conner by my primary care physician. I had a very painful medial meniscal tear in my knee. I had waited over two months to have my surgery done because it was summer and I thought it would interfere with my plans. Had I known how quickly I would be back to normal activity, I would have done it sooner. Dr. Conner was excellent from the start.

I had my exam, radiographs and MRI done, and was diagnosed with a medial meniscal tear. I had surgery on a Friday and was able to return to work on Monday. I planned to “take it easy” for the first week, but was actually able to return to normal without missing any work at all! I had one day post surgery that was uncomfortable, but have not looked back since. Three weeks post surgery, I spent a week in Arizona hiking. It’s my fourth week post surgery and I started horseback riding and yoga again! I am thrilled with my surgical results! I highly recommend Dr. Conner and his team.

January 16, 2019

Margaret M.

In a consultation, it was determined that I needed a reverse total right shoulder replacement. I have never heard of this procedure and was quite apprehensive. The very personable Dr. Conner and Shawn, his care coordinator, were very reassuring regarding the surgery, rehab, and recovery. And it all went as smoothly as they had predicted. I’m very thankful for Dr. Conner’s surgical skill and for the excellent follow-up care by the rehab staff. I have now regained nearly full range of motion and strength in that shoulder and arm with no pain.

January 16, 2019

Sandra C.

Dr. Conner has replaced both a knee and a hip for me with no problems whatsoever. He listened to my concerns, offered options for treatment from least invasive to total replacement, and proceeded with my requests. I will be back for another hip replacement with all the confidence in a successful procedure.

January 16, 2019

Judith L.

Dr. Thomas Conner did a total knee replacement for me in May 2018. I approached him with many concerns, metal allergies, etc. There was no need to worry. Dr. Conner and his patient care coordinator, Shawn, did a wonderful job coordinating everything in getting me through the whole procedure. Every question was answered and every concern addressed, from use of drugs to getting off them, physical therapy schedule to follow up appointments to make sure all was going well. You know you are #1 priority when all is said and done. With great appreciation!

Judith L.

January 16, 2019

Nancy B.

Dr. Conner and his staff are great! Respectful, empathetic, friendly and very knowledgeable. His staff treated me with gentle care. I have recommended TCO to anyone who needed help. Love you Dr. Conner, but I hope I don’t want to see you again. Trying to keep my body health!

January 16, 2019

Louellyn K.

Dr. Conner understood my concerns about my shoulder replacement surgery prior to the procedure. He answered any questions I had about the procedure and the healing process and any questions I had after surgery. He showed me my post-op pictures and my healing process went well and I had no pain after surgery from day 2 post-op.

January 16, 2019

Mary P.

I had a very good experience with Dr. Conner. Scheduled for procedure and follow up appointments in a timely manner for dates and times that worked for my schedule. Everyone was very courteous and thoroughly explained procedures.

January 16, 2019

Shirley T.

Maple Grove Hospital has great nursing staff and food. You did great. I’d recommend Dr. Conner and TCO to anyone! God bless you all!

January 16, 2019

Dennis J.

I received excellent consideration when my first scheduled operation had to be postponed due to a tooth infection. Dr. Conner rescheduled it a month later by adjusting his schedule. Shawn took good care of me with her “follow-ups”. The hospital staff took great care of me making sure I was comfortable.

January 20, 2015

DuWayne P.

Dr. Connor is very professional and his procedures are well thought out planned and executed . I am very grateful that I fell into the hands of such an extremely qualified and proven orthopedic surgeon.

January 5, 2015

Andrew C.

First off – top notch. I was recommended to Dr. Conner by my personal physician and that referral didn’t disappoint. The whole staff at TCO was impeccable and humorous…a key for helping all people relax and be normal. Dr. Conner was calm, informative and descriptive on what needed to be done. I was assured the process was easy and that it would be painful…honesty is another great trait to have. Great job TCO and thank you Dr. Conner for extending a lot of who you are into what you do – it shows. Thank you.

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