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William T. Schneider, MD

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Orthopedic Surgery, Board Certified Sports Medicine Subspecialty Certification Area of Focus in Joint Replacement, Arthroscopy

William T. Schneider, MD

Practice Overview

William Schneider, MD, is a board certified orthopedic surgeon who specializes in shoulder and knee arthroscopy, joint replacement, and sports medicine.

“With over 30 years of experience in orthopaedic surgery, I fully understand the challenges facing you with your orthopaedic condition or injury.  I am committed to treat you as an individual with unique needs.  My staff and I use a team approach to enable timely, effective diagnoses and treatments.  We strongly believe in educating you as much as possible about your condition so that you can take an active role in choosing from the many state-of-the-art treatment alternatives available to you at our clinic.”

Clinical Interest

Shoulder Care, including Shoulder Arthroscopy, Rotator Cuff Repair, Labrum Repair, Instability Repair, Shoulder Joint Replacement, Shoulder Fractures

Knee Care, including Knee Arthroscopy, Knee Meniscal Surgery, ACL Reconstruction, Cartilage and Tendon Repair, Total Knee Joint Replacement, and Partial Knee Joint Replacement

Hip Care, including Hip Joint Replacement

Sports Medicine, including Athletic Injuries of the Shoulder, Elbow, Hip, and Knee


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

Internship in General Surgery at Hennepin County Medical Center, Minneapolis, Minnesota
Residency in Orthopaedic Surgery at University of Minnesota Hospitals, the Twin Cities Veteran’s Hospital, Hennepin County Medical Center, the Shriner’s Hospital for Crippled Children and Gillette Children’s Hospital

Medical Degree
University of Minnesota Medical School, Minneapolis, Minnesota
Scholarship in General Surgery at Birmingham General Hospital, Birmingham, England
Scholarship in Medicine at University of Birmingham Hospital, Birmingham, England

Hospital & Surgery Center Affiliations

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

Professional Affiliations

Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society
American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons

Achievements & Awards

Board certified by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery in 1989. Re-certified in 2000 and 2010, scoring above the 95th percentile.

Past Chief of Staff, Lakeview Hospital, Stillwater, Minnesota

Dr. Schneider and his wife, Lauren, were recognized by the U.S. Congress in 2001 as “Angels in Adoption” for their work in stopping adoption-related crimes. Their story inspired a Lifetime Television movie, “Baby for Sale.”

Sports Affiliations

Dr. Schneider is a team physician/consultant for River Falls and Hudson, Wisconsin, athletic teams.


Erika Esterby, MS, LAT, ATC
Athletic Trainer/Clinical Assistant
Clinical Care Coordinator

Kristi Gingras, CST
First Assist/Clinical Assistant

Patient Testimonials

April 20, 2018

Diane R.

In 2016, I had full right shoulder replacement done by Dr. Schneider with full range of motion success. With that in mind, I was excited to have the same experience again in 2018 performed by Dr. Schneider and supported by his amazing staff. He is a no-frills, let’s get it done, physician who explains procedures in lay terms and appears to be proud of his successes and rightfully so. He is a knowledgeable physician and credit to his profession.

His assistant nurse, Sue Rustin, is invaluable when it comes to prompt return phone calls and immediate answers. Her overall compassion and care for Dr. Schneider’s patients is to be commended. A real asset to Dr. Schneider and the TCO organization.

November 22, 2017

Arnie K.

On September 15th, 2017 Dr. Schneider did a full left hip replacement for me.  My original hip had worn to a point where the pain was the governing factor in replacing it. From my initial visit with the Dr. and his staff, to the last post operation appointment, they all were very professional and caring. Prior to surgery, they suggested I attend a 2 hour class on hip replacements, which I found to be exceedingly helpful. I am now 2 months post op and having no pain or problems, and with the incision nicely healed. I don’t really know how the circumstances surrounding this operation could have been improved.

November 6, 2017

Jim K.

In 2017, Dr. Schneider performed hip replacement surgery on both of my hips – the first in late March and the second mid-August.  Both were fully successful, and both of my hips are already back to normal status, in fact have been so for quite a while.

Dr. Schneider and his staff were the ultimate professionals.  Everything regarding the surgery was discussed in detail with me and all questions were fully answered as well.  Dr. Schneider worked seamlessly with the staff at Lakeview Hospital, and I had the best operative experience that any patient could ever expect.

I give Dr. Schneider a solid 10 (my highest rating).  I don’t think I have ever given any professional such a high score.  He is as good as anyone could ever expect.

November 2, 2017

Jill M.

Last January, Dr. Schneider performed my total knee replacement and it could not have gone better. From the very first appointment to discuss my torn meniscus to the post-op follow-up, Dr. Schneider was caring, professional and knowledgeable. I had a ton of questions about the pending surgery, and Dr. Schneider even called me at home to respond to all of them. He explained my options and why he thought replacing the knee joint was the best option for me. The surgery went exceptionally well and the recovery was much better than expected. 10 months later, I have absolutely no pain and am back playing pickleball. The icing on the cake was a “get well” card I received from Dr. Schneider and his team after I was discharged from Hudson Hospital. Not many surgeons would take the time to do that. I have recommended him to several friends with knee pain issues and would absolutely go to him again in the future. He’s the best!

November 30, 2016

Laurita M.

When Dr. Schneider first saw me, the damage to my shoulder was so bad that he wasn’t sure if it was repairable, but he immediately scheduled me for surgery and I never had one moment of anxiety or doubt, because I completely trusted him and the staff at High Pointe Surgery Center. 

Dr. Schneider’s reputation as a surgeon is exceptional and I personally knew people who highly recommended him. I could not have asked for a more qualified and experienced surgeon.  My partner also had rotator cuff surgery with Dr. Schneider at High Pointe Center several years ago and we were both very impressed with the quality of care he received then.

I cannot express enough thanks and gratitude to the doctors and staff who cared for me both at TC Orthopedics in Stillwater and at High Pointe Surgery Center in Lake Elmo .  Dr. Schneider and his clinician, Sue, are exceptionally caring professionals who carefully explained the procedure, answered all my questions, and made me feel confident in the positive outcome of my surgery. 

Currently, I am still undergoing physical therapy, but am looking forward to soon having full use of my arm again – thanks to Dr. Schneider and the TC Orthopedic staff and therapists.

August 3, 2016


I just had shoulder surgery six weeks ago and am feeling super! I had minimal pain and didn’t need much, if any pain medication. I am very confident in Dr. Schneider and will have him do my other shoulder in another year. I feel that he is highly competent and am recommending him to others!

July 20, 2016

Carolyn S.

Dr. Schneider has done two knee replacements for me, a year and a half apart. The first one blew out fast and I had to wait a few months to get on the waiting list as it was November and everyone wants surgery before the year ends. I knew it was the right thing to do and the pain was so bad I was using a cane and felt like I was going to fall all the time. I had other family members who had Dr. Schneider and they were very pleased with the results. My first recovery was good and in in 7 months I took a European trip and was hiking through Sweden and Denmark with no pain on cobblestone streets. I had my second surgery a month ago and Dr. Schneider’s work is amazing. I talked a colleague into getting knee replacement surgery after my first surgery as mine went so well. She suffered with pain for years and she went to another facility in the Twin Cities and did not have a good experience. This summer she had her second surgery on the same knee. After a week from my most recent surgery I was not using a cane or walker and used limited pain meds. My therapy has gone very well and I am dismissed and will continue my therapy at home and a health club. Yesterday I treated myself to a pedicure. I was sitting next to an elderly gentleman and we got to talking. He had two hip replacements at Mayo Clinic. They did not go so well. When I told the man I had Dr. Schneider he said oh yes, he redid my second surgery as Mayo did not do the best job. He said that if he needed any further surgeries he would go back to Dr. Schneider in an instant. He was very pleased with the results. I told Dr. Schneider he can’t retire as I have too many family and friends who are in  need of care. Dr. Schneider and his team are prompt, professional, thorough, efficient, follow up on all details and run a well-tuned organization. I am looking forward to continued improvement, a trip to London this year and retirement with renewed vigor and health. I would highly recommend Dr. Schneider and his team to others needing orthopedic surgery.

July 14, 2016

Harriet E.

I am 5 weeks out of a total knee replacement. It is a very painful surgery. I am very happy with the fact now I can go up steps pain free. Thank you Dr. Schneider and helpers.

April 27, 2016

Scott M.

I have recently had my second knee replacement, performed by Dr. Schneider. The first one gave me great relief from years of pain. Due to deterioration in the other knee, my overall benefits were limited. Now, I am able to enjoy life and my daily activities in ways It is difficult to express. To walk without constant pain as I do now, is beautiful. It has been well over twenty years since last I felt this good. Thank you, so very much!

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