New surgeon brings orthopedic skills, life experience to central Minnesota

Nearly every surgeon shares the attribute of liking to work with their hands and David Edgerton, DO, the newest orthopedic surgeon to join Little Falls Orthopedics is no exception. Thanks to the addition of Dr. Edgerton, who joins the clinic, which serves several central Minnesota communities and their hospitals, effective August 1, area residents will have increased access to orthopedic services.

Dr. Edgerton is a graduate of Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences and is currently completing his Orthopaedic Surgery residency at St. Mary’s Medical Center in various locations in and around Kansas City. He earned his undergraduate degree at Wichita State University and attended high school in Garden Valley, ID.

The decision to pursue orthopedics as his medical specialty came easily to him.

“I think when you choose to go into medicine, you find your people,” Dr. Edgerton notes. “Orthopedics was where I seemed to fit. It’s a good match for me.”

A former firefighter with the Wichita fire department, where he received a variety of endorsements and training, Dr. Edgerton says his life experiences, he anticipates, will serve him well in his “second career,” especially when it comes to maintaining your poise under pressure.

“Sometimes when things would get a little stressful at a fire, I would remind my colleagues that we didn’t start the fire, we’re here to put it out,” he says, his calm demeanor clearly evident.

In addition to his firefighting experience, he also served as an emergency care technician for Via Christi, St. Francis/Riverside Hospitals in Wichita from 1995 through 2002.

Dr. Edgerton will be joining Drs. Virgil Meyer, Philip Prosapio, David Jorgensen and Paul Johnson at Little Falls Orthopedics.  He will be seeing patients primarily in Little Falls, Long Prairie, Melrose and St. Cloud, and performing surgery at St. Gabriel’s Hospital and the affiliated hospitals in the satellite locations.  Little Falls Orthopedics other surgeons also provide orthopedic care in Albany and Sauk Centre.

The fact that Dr. Johnson was also at St. Mary’s Medical Center and Dr. Edgerton’s familiarity with Dr. Johnson helped steer him to central Minnesota.

“Dr. Johnson was the senior resident during my third year in the residency program at St. Mary’s,” he says. “I knew he was a good surgeon medically and really cares about his patients.  So when he called and said there may be an opening at Little Falls Orthoedpics, I knew I wanted to explore the opportunity.”

Site visits in Little Falls helped cement the decision to come to central Minnesota..

“I was really interested in living in a smaller community,” he says. “There’s something to be said for driving around a town where you see kids with towels over their shoulders walking to the pool. You can tell the community possesses a family environment and that sense of community makes you want to get involved. I’m looking forward to becoming involved in the community. My whole family is.”

Dr. Edgerton and Rachel, his wife, have two children — Marshall, 4, and Sloan, 2. Rachel is a certified registered nurse anesthetist (CRNA), who will be exploring medical opportunities in the area as well. She has extensive experience at the University of Kansas Medical Center and working in surgery centers in Kansas and Missouri.

Dr. Edgerton will be performing a wide range of procedures from joint replacements to treating sports and work-related injuries. Appointments are now being accepted.  Please call Little Falls Orthopedics, 320-631-2200 or toll-free at 888-550-3671, or call the individual satellite locations in Albany (320-845-2157), Long Prairie (888-550-3671), Melrose (320-256-4228), Sauk Centre (320-352-6591) or St. Cloud (320-654-4848).