Jonathan M. Cooper, DO

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Jonathan M. Cooper, DO, is a board certified and sports medicine fellowship-trained orthopedic surgeon specializing in arthroscopic surgery and sports medicine in patients of all ages, as well as minimally invasive knee and shoulder replacement. He has expertise with primary and revision complex knee joint injuries, including ACL/PCL/MCL/FCL reconstructions (multiligament knee injuries and dislocations). His special interests include joint preservation, meniscus and articular cartilage injuries, knee alignment (osteotomies), patellar instability, quadriceps and patellar tendon injuries, shoulder instability, rotator cuff tears, and acromioclavicular (AC) joint injuries.

Personalized total knee replacement surgery is a great option for certain patients. The possible benefits of this surgery include a more personalized fit, less bone loss, and a more natural feel to the implants. Individuals who have this surgery undergo a CT scan prior to the surgery to allow for the custom creation of surgery instruments and implants. Dr. Cooper performs this surgery and would be happy to discuss this as an option with you for your knee replacement.

The EXCEL Orthopedic Surgery and Recovery program is available to patients who generally healthy but have an orthopedic condition that requires surgery that is not typically done as an outpatient. The surgery is done in the Eagan Orthopedic Surgery Center on the third floor of the Eagan clinic of Twin Cities Orthopedics. Post operatively patients are transported to the Omni hotel next door, where there is nursing and medical staff available 24 hrs/day and 7 days a week. Patients also begin physical therapy prior to returning home. Because the patient is never admitted to the hospital there is a substantial cost savings and a lower risk of hospital acquired infections.

If you are a new patient, please arrive to your appointment early in order to complete the registration process and new patient paperwork. In addition, please bring the following:

  • Driver’s License or State ID
  • Referral (if required by insurer)
  • Insurance information
  • Copies of operation records, medical records, x-rays, MRIs and CT scans from prior doctor visits
  • List of current medications and any known allergies

It depends, as each patient’s situation is unique. If you have any questions, please contact Dr. Cooper’s care team before your appointment, and we will be very happy to address any of your questions.

Yes, absolutely. The more information we have regarding your unique situation and past history, the better equipped we are to provide the highest level of care. Bringing any previous x-rays, scans, and/or documentation (if available) is recommended. If you do not have this information, don’t worry; we will still take great care of you.

Ice should be used during the acute phase (first 24 to 48 hours) following an injury, or whenever there is swelling. Ice decreases blood flow to the area, which in turn decreases swelling and inflammation. Heat does the opposite. It increases blood flow to the area and can provide pain relief once the swelling and inflammation has subsided. Heat is good to use prior to doing any exercises or physical therapy as it warms up your muscles.

You can get cortisone injections every 3 to 4 months as long as they continue to provide symptomatic relief.

Some patients get immediate relief from a cortisone injection. For others, it may take up to 2 weeks for the injection to take effect. However, most people notice relief within 2 to 3 days. The duration of a cortisone injection can vary greatly. Some will last as long as a year, whereas others may last only a few days. It is also important to know that occasionally pain can get worse following a cortisone injection before it gets better. In the meantime, over the counter pain medications and ice are recommended.

Before your Appointment

To set up a face-to-face appointment call Dr. Cooper’s Care Coordinator at 952-456-7617.

The initial visit is about fact-gathering, listening to your story, and learning more about you. I’ll then examine your concerns, review images, and begin to build a list of options for you. I want you to feel comfortable and relaxed, so I can understand how best to help you. Further visits are sometimes necessary to fine-tune or adjust the care plan.

If you have records from another physician, provider, or hospital you may bring them with you to your appointment. If you do not have a copy, please contact the physician, provider, or hospital prior to your TCO appointment to complete a release of information form.

Yes, of course. Feel free to have family members or friends join you in your consultation. Many patients find it is helpful to have support in the room, even just as an extra set of ears to remember the details of the visit.

After your Appointment

After your appointment, or after surgery, you can expect prompt and accessible follow-up treatment. Care continues long after surgery and we want to be a part of your complete healing process. If you ever have questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Dr. Cooper prefers to review diagnostic tests in clinic, so that he can show the images and correlate the results to your physical examination. After you have scheduled your MRI scan, you should contact Dr. Cooper’s care coordinator at 952-456-7617 to schedule your MRI review visit.

If you have questions after your appointment, please feel free to contact us. You can call our clinic directly at 952-456-7617, or contact us using the General Contact Form on the Contact & Locations page of this website.

The amount of time will vary depending on each unique patient, their procedure, and the type of work they perform. Please review the surgery information sheet for your scheduled surgery on the website. Please feel free to discuss this with us further at your appointment, or contact us directly with any questions.

The timeframe for recovery depends on the procedure and the individual, but it is our goal to get you back to your regular lifestyle as fast as possible. Please review the surgery information sheet for your scheduled surgery on the website. You can also discuss your likely recovery time at your appointment.

Each individual will experience different pain levels, but it is our goal to have you feeling better as soon as possible. To get an idea of the pain expectations for your individual case, please discuss with Dr. Cooper at your appointment.

Please note that we strive to get our patients off narcotic pain medication as soon as possible. It can be needed routinely for a short period of time after surgery, but we do not advocate long-term use of pain medication. We take pain medication very seriously and make sure it is necessary before signing a prescription for any patient.