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Owen R. O’Neill, MD

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Orthopedic Surgery, Board Certified Sports Medicine Fellowship Sports Medicine Subspecialty Certification

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Areas of Focus

Hip Care
Knee Care
Shoulder & Elbow Care
Sports Medicine

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Practice Overview

Owen O’Neill, MD, grew up in St. Paul, Minnesota. He graduated from St. Thomas before it became a university. He received his medical degree from Mayo Medical School in Rochester, Minnesota, and completed his residency in orthopedic surgery at Mayo Clinic. He went on to do a Sports Medicine Fellowship at Johns Hopkins in Baltimore, Maryland. He has attained a Certificate of Added Qualification in Sports Medicine and continues to pursue training in the newest orthopedic techniques. Dr. O’Neill is married with two teenage sons who keep him on his toes both on the golf course and on the ski slopes.

Clinical Interest

Hip care, including anterior approach hip replacement, hip joint replacement, and hip arthroscopy

Knee care, including knee joint replacement, ACL surgery, and knee arthroscopy

Shoulder care, including rotator cuff surgery and shoulder arthroscopy

Sports medicine, including ACL surgery, cartilage transplantation, and regenerative medicine

Dr. O’Neill also specializes in minimally invasive surgery and cartilage transplantation.


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

Fellowship in Sports Medicine at Johns Hopkins University

Mayo Graduate School of Medicine

Medical Degree
Mayo Graduate School of Medicine

Hospital & Surgery Center Affiliations

Crosstown Surgery Center
Eagan Orthopedic Surgery Center
Fairview Southdale Hospital
Orthopedic Institute

Professional Affiliations

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
Medical Director – TCO Excel Program
Medical Director – Crosstown Surgery Center
Board of Directors Member – Twin Cities Orthopedics

Achievements & Awards

Voted as a Top Doctor in Mpls.St.Paul Magazine multiple years
Voted as a Top Doctor in Minnesota Monthly Magazine (2023)

Sports Affiliations

Team Physician: University of St. Thomas

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Isabel Sim-Campos, PA-C
Certified Physician Assistant

Ann S.
Care Coordinator

Patient Testimonials

May 19, 2024

Katherine W.

I am so pleased with the outcome of both of my total knee replacement surgeries (December of 2023, and February of 2024). Dr. O’Neill is a knee replacement genius. My first knee was in his top 10 worst of his career (I blew it out skiing in 1988 so I had LOTS of long arthritic bone spurs). My other knee just wore out (probably from carrying most of the load for 35 years!). It is so nice not to have pain and aches deep inside my knees anymore, and my scars are hardly noticeable. His team is fabulous! They took very good care of me during the entire process. I am getting lots of compliments on how well I am walking now from friends and family. This surgery and the healing process is not easy, but it is well worth it. I am really feeling that now that I walk with ease and no pain. Dr. O’Neill is very caring, and his confidence was very reassuring. You could not pick a better surgeon than Dr. O’Neill!

May 3, 2024

Richard K.

I came to Dr. O’Neill afraid and unsure, but he (and his team) put me at ease. He is a credit to his profession, and I would recommend him to anyone. I am blessed to have found him and his team.

April 23, 2024

Deb H.

WOW is what comes to mind when I think about the before and after my total hip replacement surgery performed by Dr. Owen O’Neill at TCO. At age 58, I didn’t think that I was “old” enough to have a joint replacement, but my active lifestyle became more and more limited. Once the “bone on bone” feeling started in my left hip, I knew it was time. The pain was prohibitive, and I could no longer enjoy my favorite activities, even walking! I have to say, the minimally invasive surgery went perfectly under Dr. O’Neill’s expert care. Within 9 days post-surgery, I was walking around the house without assistance. I feel as though I have my life back!

April 16, 2024

Ann F.

I placed my trust in Dr. O’Neill and his staff after carefully researching orthopedic surgeons since I needed a lot of “structural work.” I wanted to be certain I would have the same results with top notch precision. Every replaced joint is working well, in alignment, and I am back to enjoying life with an active supported body. His staff is caring, efficient and prompt in responding to questions and concerns I’ve had over the course of five years.

April 12, 2024

Tom A.

It’s been three months since my anterior hip replacement surgery, and I couldn’t be happier with Dr. O’Neill, his team, the EXCEL program, and my new hip. Every stage of my experience with Dr. O’Neill and his team was positive.

It started with my first appointment when he explained my condition, options, and an overview of how he performs hip replacements. My surgery was scheduled and during the three months wait, I received guidance from his staff on how to prepare through a mailed packet of program information and an online Zoom meeting. This preparation was very educational and provided me with added confidence in the EXCEL program as well as Dr. O’Neill and his team.

On surgery day, the friendly staff ran everything very efficiently. The surgery proceeded without any problems, and I had no complications. As part of the EXCEL program, I stayed overnight at their Edina Care Suites where I was cared for by wonderful nurses and a physical therapist who aided with my initial recovery. This overnight stay helped me feel more stable so I could return home confident with my balance and ability to walk. My care nurses were attentive and thorough, really just plain outstanding.

During my post-surgery recovery period, I gained stability, flexibility, and strength each day. I followed my post-surgery medication and exercise program at home with the prescribed daily routine. I needed to use a cane for only three days and within weeks I was taking neighborhood walks (about a mile or so) with a full stride. Now my hip doesn’t buckle, I no longer walk with a hitch in my step, and I have returned to my regular workout routine.

In summary, I’m very grateful for the EXCEL program, the surgery team, the staff, but especially the knowledge and skill of Dr. O’Neill.


March 18, 2024

Jean F.

Dr. Owen O’Neill came highly recommended and now I know why! On December 1, 2023 I went in to surgery with a very messed-up knee. I had huge bone spurs that started to limit my very active life at 69 years old. Surgery went very smoothly. Dr. O’Neill and his team were very attentive, caring and competent. The pain was manageable. I rented the ‘NICE’ cooling system, did my PT, and only needed the walker for one week. Then I used a cane for another week. I kept up with my exercises well and ‘graduated’ the program. I now have over 130 degree bend, which will just keep improving. I can do 6 flights of stairs without a problem. I swim, take nice long walks, and am just enjoying an active life again! I obviously I needed to do my part too, but clearly Dr. O’Neill is a very big part of this success. I am most grateful to him, as are my husband and family!

March 12, 2024

Linda P.

I had the privilege of being under the care of Dr. Owen O’Neill during my hip replacement journey, and I cannot express my gratitude enough. Dr. O’Neill embodies the perfect blend of professionalism, compassion, and expertise. Dr. O’Neill’s warm and friendly demeanor immediately put me at ease. He took the time to listen to my concerns, patiently answering all of my questions. It felt like I was discussing my health with a trusted friend rather than a surgeon.

Dr. O’Neill’s meticulous approach impressed me. He explained every step of the procedure, ensuring I understood what to expect. His attention to detail instilled confidence in me, knowing that I was in capable hands. The entire team, led by Dr. O’Neill, contributed to my positive experience. Isabel, Ann and Casey were exceptional. Their kindness, empathy, and professionalism made a significant impact on my journey.

Dr. Owen O’Neill is an amazing orthopedic surgeon. My hip replacement was a success, and I owe it to his expertise and the wonderful team he leads. Thank you, Dr. O’Neill, for giving me a new lease on life! If you’re considering hip replacement surgery, I wholeheartedly recommend Dr. O’Neill and his team at Twin Cities Orthopedics. They truly go above and beyond to ensure their patients’ well-being.

March 8, 2024

Don G.

I am just 3-months out from my second Total Knee Replacement (TKR) surgery with Dr. Owen O’Neill and his team. This surgery was as successful as my first TKR two years ago with Dr. O’Neill and his team. I again can attest that everything about Dr. Owen O’Neill, his team, TCO and the EXCEL Program were top notch. From pre-surgical prep, through surgery, post-op, PT-rehab, and personal training sessions I remain extremely impressed with TCO.

After my surgery it was critical to go through 6-weeks of great TCO physical therapy sessions and then four TCO personal training sessions over the next month to focus on sports specific training for agility, strength and speed in my racquetball sport. Within 2+ months after surgery I started getting back to a competitive level on the r-ball court as an “A-level” player. And I am getting stronger each week due to the proper surgery skills and technology, coupled with the effective post-op rehab and training. I am very grateful for an excellent surgical experience, outcome and results in getting back to the quality of physical life I desired.

I will continue strongly recommending Dr. O’Neill to my friends and fellow athletes. If you want peace of mind for your orthopedic medical matters then Dr. O’Neill and TCO are your clear choice.

March 8, 2024

Carol M.

Everyone’s journey to total hip replacement surgery is unique but has a common element, which is the pain. For my left hip, the deciding moment was when an easy family hike in late fall 2020 became almost impossible for me to finish. I was astonished that the occasional twinge of pain was suddenly so intense, I had to come to a complete stop and call out to family for help. That’s when I knew. The choice of surgeons was easy. My RN husband has a positive medical relationship with Dr. Owen O’Neill, since he operated on my husband’s knee many years ago. I liked Dr. O’Neill immediately. He vibrates with warm confidence. He is direct into honest. He lets you know what he expects from you and what you can expect from him.

I was worried about recovery. I thought it would be long and painful, although Dr. O’Neill said I would be back to work in 10 days and driving in 7 days. His prediction was entirely accurate. Dr. O’Neill was honest about the future of my right hip. He told me I would “know” when it was time, but that future surgery was inevitable. He was right. A Halloween event in October of 2023 was the moment of truth. I was looking forward to my second surgery, which happened on December 1, 2023. I was home on December 2nd.

With Dr. O’Neill’s minimally invasive direct anterior technique I had just modest discomfort and I appreciated the great care I received at the Two Twelve Surgery Center in Chaska. The new facility is amazing. It’s spacious, safe, and there are plenty of hallways for walking. Also, the BLT I ordered for my first meal was delicious. You are so well treated that you want to stay longer but Dr. O’Neill believes that the quicker you are home, the quicker you can recover.

You need to start doing things for yourself ASAP. That is the mantra from TCO. Walking is your physical therapy. Believe it and believe in TCO.

March 8, 2024


I have had excellent results from the surgeries performed by Dr. Owen O’Neill. He is extremely experienced and has a great bedside manner. His PA-C, Isabel Campos, and his coordinator, Ann Thompson, were very professional and helpful. I am getting back to the high intensity (strength and cardio) workouts that I need to maintain muscle and elevate my mood. I would recommend Dr. O’Neill to anyone with issues in their knees or hips, whether surgical or non-surgical.

February 16, 2024

J.A. Schwartz

Dr. O’Neill performed my hip replacement in late September of 2023, and I am thrilled with the results. I have resumed my workouts, including weight training and elliptical work. I have been able to swim, snorkel, hike and scramble without worrying about hip pain or dysfunction. The pain was minimal, and within 3 days I was walking without any assistive devices, doing stairs and everything I needed to do for self-care. I returned to a physical job within 2 weeks of my procedure, and haven’t had any issues with performing at a level that is better than I could before the procedure. His entire team has been proactive, responsive to questions and communication, and timely with all appointments. I should have done this sooner, and I will recommend Dr. O’Neill to anyone who needs hip surgery!

January 15, 2024

Pete L.

Dr. O’Neill and his team is simply the best. From the first appointment all the way through surgery and follow up, everyone was professional and took their time to answer any questions about the procedure and PT program. Dr. O’Neill did a wonderful job and I am pain free and back to my normal activities. I highly recommend Dr. O’Neill and his team if you are looking for a first class orthopedic surgeon and support team. I couldn’t be more pleased with the whole experience.

December 18, 2023


I had a minimally invasive anterior approach hip replacement in September 2023. Prior to surgery, I wasn’t able to golf, garden or even walk average distances due to bone pain and the lack of range of motion. After surgery, I didn’t have any bone pain. I regained complete mobility and activity. At 2.5 weeks post-surgery, I no longer needed a walker or cane. I resumed my 2-3 miles walks. I followed Dr. O’Neill’s post-op recovery guidelines and got clearance to resume sport activities after my follow-up visit with him.

His staff was top notch. They were very accessible when I had questions and didn’t rush when assisting me. I highly recommend Dr. O’Neill and his staff should a hip replacement be needed.

October 13, 2023

Rob K.

I wanted to share my experience for anyone who might be apprehensive or concerned about their surgery.  I was at TCO Eagan on August 7, 2023. My experience from start to finish was incredibly positive. Dr. O’Neill and his entire team, Isabel, Ann and the TCO team went above and beyond my expectations. I did a ton of research on the surgery I wanted and Dr. O’Neill was with me step by step. The preparation well in advance of surgery, information throughout the process, the thoughtfulness and support from the team the entire time was phenomenal. My left hip was bone on bone and I could barely walk to the mailbox. Today, I feel as if my hip is brand new. I am back in the game and my quality of life is amazing. Thank you really isn’t enough to say how grateful I am to Dr. O’Neill and the entire team.

August 24, 2023

Molly S.

I had a hip replacement on June 20th with Dr. Owen O’Neill in Edina. I choose him because I had had a consultation with another physician and felt unsure about the whole process. When I met with Dr. O’Neill, he took the time to listen to me, explained the procedure thoroughly, and addressed other issues to help me recover better. I left my consultation motivated to get healthier and stronger. My surgery went great, recovery was really good, and I was back at work doing hair a month later! I had the most positive experience and would highly recommend Dr. O’Neill!

July 10, 2023

Lisa R.

I have suffered from hip discomfort for years. At only 45 years of age, I could barely walk and I was in so much discomfort. I saw a few surgeons but it was Dr. O’Neill that had the knowledge and experience which made me choose him to perform my surgery. His demeanor is calm and kind, and his team was also amazing in making me feel so comfortable. I am very thankful for the talent he has and that I am able to enjoy daily activities again. Thank you to Dr. O’Neill and his team!

June 6, 2023

Kelly P.

I have been struggling with hip pain for over a decade. I saw a provider who told me I was too young for a hip replacement and recommended physical therapy instead. That didn’t work, and actually made the pain worse since I had dysplasia and a bone spur that was contributing to the pain. Six years later (at age 44) I was limping around my friend’s cabin and we started talking about what I could do to fix the problem. It turns out another friend’s husband recently had his hip replaced and was very happy with the results. His surgeon was Dr. Owen O’Neill, so I asked my primary for a referral. As soon as Dr. O’Neill saw my X-ray, he said “I can fix that”. I was so relieved to hear him say that a hip replacement did not have to wait until I was 50 as I was so tired of being in massive pain almost every day. Three months later I had the surgery done and I have not had any pain since. It was truly a life changing event. I can walk now without pain, and have started working out again. I can actually do squats lower than I have been able to in many years! I’m looking forward to a summer running around outside with my kids too. The healing has been fantastic. I couldn’t be happier!

May 4, 2023

David K.

I just had my second hip replacement surgery with Dr. O’Neill. I am 9 weeks out from the date of surgery and could not be happier with the results. My favorite pass time is golf. I just walked 18 holes and feel great. The big difference from my first replacement was the timing of the procedure. I was more proactive with the second surgery. I didn’t wait for the pain to become as bad as it was with my first hip replacement. Once again, consulting with Dr. O’Neill we decided to go ahead and correct my hip issue. Just like last time, the whole team experience at TCO was absolutely awesome. I would totally recommend this procedure for anyone experiencing hip issues. Many thanks to Dr. O’Neill and his entire team at TCO!

April 19, 2023

Mary B.

I had been having pain and discomfort in my right knee since high school. At one point, I literally had to hike backwards on the Superior Hiking Trail! After that, my general physician referred me to Dr. Owen O’Neill. I began receiving cortisone injections periodically, eventually having arthroscopic surgery on my right knee in 2009. Now at the age of 70, it was time for a knee replacement. Dr. O’Neill and his team provided a comprehensive Knee Replacement Protocol that I followed to be ready for surgery and recovery post-surgery.

Following surgery, I began physical therapy at TCO’s Edina Minnesota Drive location with Josh Rolfes. I looked forward to my time with Josh. He made our time together fun and helped me understand that, while some of the exercises would hurt, I would not hurt my knee. That helped me! Josh was always prepared. He had something new for me each session and was very encouraging. Now 9 weeks after surgery, you wouldn’t guess I had a knee replacement. The surgery team is top notch. And just as important, the physical therapy post-surgery is vital to a complete recovery! Thank you all! I can’t say enough good things about TCO, and particularly Dr. O’Neill, Isabel, Ann, Casey and Josh.

April 14, 2023

Karen S.

I had was thrilled that my anterior hip replacement went so well! I had a posterior hip replacement in 2020 and needed to have the other hip done in 2023. I opted to have an anterior procedure this time and was extremely happy with the results. I had very little pain, which Tylenol handled well. Everyone was surprised how well I was moving around shortly after the surgery. Recovery has been much easier than with the posterior approach. Dr. Owen O’Neill is amazing. He explains everything ahead of time and what to expect. His team of nurses and staff are the very best and the EXCEL Program was definitely the way to go!

March 13, 2023

Scott R.

I’m 48 years and had hip replacement surgery. I choose Dr. O’Neill since he does the anterior approach. It’s been 10 weeks since my surgery and I am pain free. I actually played basketball 10 weeks after surgery. I can’t believe how much better I feel and I wish I would have done it sooner. Dr. O’Neill was great and I would highly recommend him.

February 27, 2023

Patrick F.

I had my surgery with Dr. O’Neill and couldn’t be happier with the outcome. I was somewhat apprehensive because the replacement of my right knee with another surgeon did not go well. Knowing this, he answered all of my questions and calmed my fears. He was 100% right with everything he told me. Surgery went great and he came up to my room that evening to check on me, even though he was unsure if he would have time to stop by. His whole team was great. They were very thorough and caring. It’s been years since running without pain. This golf season I plan on walking the courses again! Thank you so much.

February 5, 2023

Ann S.

I am in my mid 50s and very active. By the time I came to TCO I was ready for a hip replacement. In our first appointment, Dr. O’Neill handed me the implant, explained exactly how it functioned, and described the approach he would use to implant the device. He gave me a realistic timeframe of my return to normalcy. I appreciated his technical approach and confidence that he had with the expected results. My experience was exactly how he had shared with me prior to surgery. I am already back playing sports, biking, and doing a lot of walking. I highly recommend Dr. O’Neill and his wonderful staff!

January 18, 2023

Patricia C.

My experience with Dr. Owen O’Neill and his team exceeded my expectations. Dr. O’Neill is personable, professional, so knowledgeable, and has the patient’s best interest when proceeding with a procedure. I had hip replacement surgery and would highly recommend this to anyone who is thinking of having it to make their quality of life better. I couldn’t walk straight and Dr. O’Neill fixed that. I have my balance back and I’m so happy with the results.

With the advice of professionals and my own research, I was searching for the best doctor and Dr. O’Neill fit the bill on every level. He and his staff were very informative and covered everything that was going to happen and could happen. Ann, his care coordinator, was so timely and helpful with my scheduling and helping me at every turn, even when I had to reschedule. Isabel, Dr. O’Neill’s physician assistant, was so organized and got back to me quickly whenever I had a question. Casey, the other Physician Assistant, was so helpful as well. From the time when I walked in the door at TCO, to the person greeting me, to all of my interactions with staff, and right up to Dr O’Neill himself, everyone was so professional, friendly, and helpful. TCO is like a well-oiled machine with a warm human touch.

My life has been given back to me. I was on a crutch for 8 months. I can walk anywhere with no aids now. I am back at the gym 5-6 days a week, and will resume my golfing this summer. I was back on my feet very quickly with minimal discomfort and virtually little to no pain in the first few days after surgery. Walking normally seems like a miracle and it is. All thanks to Dr. Owen O’Neill and his high expertise, his many years of experience, high volume of surgeries performed, and his excellent staff.If you are looking for a top notch Doctor, then Dr. Owen O’Neill is the one to see for the best results ever!

December 21, 2022

Casandra M.

This experience has been what I was hoping for. After doing extensive research on most highly recommended surgeons for knee replacement, I was fortunate enough to get in to see Dr. Owen O’Neill at TCO. Everything was explained in detail, a class was offered, I was given support people to call with my pre-and post-surgery questions (and believe me I had many). The compassion, care, intelligence, skill, was unsurpassed and beyond my expectation. The physical therapy support at TCO was sensational. I had many concerns and they were addressed. I was encouraged and custom therapy sessions were given to me by their outstanding staff and reassurance that I was progressing was given.

An outstanding PT person at TCO Edina, was Kari. She knew when I was struggling, frustrated and encouraged me that the outcome would be worth it. It was. Few things I would recommend to others: wait to see a quality surgeon. I highly recommend Dr. Owen O’Neill, and I am very particular and do my research. Rent an ice machine for after care. Do your physical therapy on schedule. Find ways to comfortably elevate your leg and sleep. Book all your physical therapy appointments with people that you are can relate to and understand you and are patient. Check with the doctor if you are concerned. I was skeptical if this was the right course of action and there is no doubt in my mind now, it was the best decision.

December 16, 2022

Bob G.

I had a left knee replacement in September 2020 and my right knee was done in September 2022. Both knee replacements were completed by Dr. Owen O’Neill. First of all, his team is exceptional! His care team called me at home to address questions I sent via email. His care coordinator, Ann, is the best in the business! They had fast replies to my  questions, even when I stated it wasn’t an emergency. After my left knee surgery, I was hitting golf balls in the garage after two months and golfing in Florida after three months. With my right knee, I am playing pickleball and golfing in the simulator after two months.

As those of you who have had knee replacements know, it’s a tough few weeks but it’s well worth it! Stick to your physical therapy. I doubled up on PT at home, going above what they advised, and bought a cheap stationary bike to improve my range of motion. I’m looking forward to walking 18 holes again in the summer. If you’re thinking of getting knee replacement, don’t wait! I can’t recommend Dr. O’Neill, Isabel and Ann enough! They’re the best. I should mention, I’ve seen some ugly scars when people have a knee replacement, but my scars are barely noticeable because Dr. O’Neil uses glue instead of staples. That’s just another reason to choose him!

December 6, 2022

Kathi H.

Dr. O’Neill and his entire staff are beyond amazing to work with. Four years prior to seeing Dr. O’Neill, I had hip reconstruction for a labrum tear and reshaping of the ball and socket. I was hoping that surgery would be the fix. Eventually I developed severe arthritis and needed a full new hip. My husband had already had a hip and a knee surgery with Dr. O’Neill, so I knew he was my choice for this surgery.

He knew I had a trip planned in November which would require hiking and he promised me I would be ready. I had surgery on August 8, 2022 and was walking in post-op and at the recovery center. I was off a walker and walking with a cane in my neighborhood within 5 days post-op. The only pain I would tell you to be prepared for is the thigh pain. One would assume pain in the surgery area but this was not the case. I had quite a bit of swelling in the hip/thigh for almost 8 weeks. Overall, I felt better and better every day for the first 5 weeks. Note – You MUST WALK a lot and push through the pain! I also would say that until my swelling was gone, my leg felt a little bit longer. Once the swelling was gone it felt perfect!

I unfortunately had a slight set back around week 6, and I ended up getting bursitis in my hip/leg which I found out at my 8-week appt. I did PT for 4 weeks, and then at week 15 I was able to climb Machu Picchu with ZERO PAIN! We were on a trip to Peru where we walked or hiked every day and my average steps per day were between 13,500 – 17,500. We averaged 7/8 miles a day! So, when Dr. O’Neil tells you that you will be able to anything you want after 12 weeks, he is 100% correct! Just have to put your mind to your rehab/recovery and you can do it. I have referred him to several people and will continue to do so! Thank you again for everything!


November 8, 2022

Kathryn M.

Dr. O’Neill is clearly skilled and devoted to the best care he can deliver to his clients. I have suffered for many years with hip pain. I used anti-inflammatories and excellent physical therapy to get me through many decades of pain and mild disability. I was very, very devoted and determined to avoid surgery but alas, it was the answer. Dr. O’Neill was the first provider to identify that I have congenital hip dysplasia! He was very conscientious and attentive to my concerns and questions. In addition, his staff was excellent, responding quickly to all concerns. I was well prepared for surgery by them and well cared for post-op. I am a nurse myself and I recommend him highly! In addition, the nursing care I received at Fairview Southdale was top notch, even as they were very short staffed. Kudos!

November 4, 2022

Dean H.

I had my left knee replaced a little over a year ago. I could not be more satisfied! I have no pain or limitation. Yesterday I walked all 18 holes golfing. I would highly recommend Dr. O’Neill to anyone who is having knee problems.

August 31, 2022

Marty H.

I have now had both of my hips replaced. The first one, in 2018, was a lateral approach and the second one in May 2022. The second one was performed by Dr. Owen O’Neill and was a minimally invasive anterior approach.

I recovered much faster with the second surgery and was able to move around easier right after surgery. I was walking without the aid of a walker or cane much sooner and was walking about a block after the first week. I also did not have to have physical therapy with the second surgery.

I did have a fair amount of swelling in my thigh, but as I approach 4 months, the swelling is mostly gone unless I sit in the car for long periods of time or I am up on my feet for most of the day. It diminishes quickly once I sit and elevate my leg. There is pain and discomfort with this type of surgery, but it diminished much quicker and I needed less pain medication.

Both of my legs are now the same length, which makes activity much easier and I do not have the sharp, stabbing pain when stepping down on a very arthritic hip.

I recommend the minimally invasive anterior approach and would seek care again from Dr. O’Neill, if I needed more orthopedic surgery. I found him to be very competent, caring and approachable.

I would highly recommend Dr. O’Neill to anyone needing hip replacement

August 21, 2022

Robert M.

I am 72 years old, am 4 days post op and walking around! I cannot differentiate my new hip from my remaining hip. I highly recommend Dr. O’Neill. The man is a rock star!

August 16, 2022

Chris N.

Dr. O’Neill and his staff are top notch. From the initial consultation, to the post-surgical follow up and office visits, I couldn’t be happier. My situation was unique in that it required additional pre-surgical bone scans and input from my Cardiologist and Anti-Coagulant team. Every voice was heard, including my own, and a plan was made and executed. Thanks again to Isabel, Dr. O’Neill’s physician assistant, and the rest of his team. You’re the best!

June 29, 2022

Roger J.

After delaying the hip replacement for six years, I now know what a mistake that procrastination was. Walking within hours of the surgery and even climbing stairs was a pleasant surprise and bonus with only 24+ hours in the hospital. The considerate, professional preparation and follow up, involving all aspects related to the surgery was beyond my expectations. I have already referred three acquaintances to Dr. O’Neill and will consistently advocate for his approach to this problem. My recovery has been without incidence and a pleasure under his staff’s guidance. Don’t put off your chance to be ‘renewed’……this is a professional team that knows what they’re doing.

June 13, 2022

Kim S.

Four years ago, I was experiencing some hip discomfort on my right side. I just assumed it was because of my active lifestyle and some muscle soreness. There were 2 people I worked with that both had hip replacements from Dr. Owen O’Neill, so they encouraged me to seek him out. Sure enough, there was some arthritis that was causing that discomfort. I endured it for 4 years because it was never that painful. However, it reached a “bone-on-bone” stage where it needed replacing. I was prepared for the worst in my mind, but the entire process was so smooth and worry free, that it was hard to believe I actually had a major surgical procedure. I was up on my feet and off the walker within 3-4 days. Swimming, walking and riding my bike within 3 weeks, and back to golfing at 8 weeks. I jokingly asked Dr. O’Neill if my golf game would improve after this procedure, and he said if it did, he would like to take credit for that as well and maybe start marketing his services in that manner. Let me say that my golf game is no better, but no worse, as I am back taking some much needed golf lessons. The entire staff at TCO has been absolutely top notch all around!



May 26, 2022

Tami T.

I’ve always been an athlete and at almost 57, the advanced osteoarthritis impacted my quality of life. Dr. O’Neill was very straight forward with my options. I highly recommend Dr. O’Neill for total hip replacement and wish I’d done it sooner! I’m now able to walk without pain or a limp, stand up without pain and was able to return to biking and CrossFit after 8 weeks. I can even cover 2 miles in 32 minutes when walking and haven’t walked that fast in years! I’m in a better mood and overall happier without the chronic pain and limitations.

May 17, 2022

Marilyn C.

When I met with Dr. O’Neill for my post-op check-up seven weeks post-surgery (anterior hip replacement), I told him he was a genius. I can’t say enough good things about him and the staff at TCO. From my first meeting, through surgery and post-op, Dr. O’Neill listened to me and sought to understand my situation. He was caring and compassionate, knowledgeable, thorough and encouraging. I felt confident in his ability to help me, and at ease under his care. I was surprisingly calm as I faced major surgery.

The entire staff was always available to answer my questions (and I had a LOT!) and when I met personally with Dr. O’Neill, he seemed to “settle in”, not in a hurry to move on to the next patient. Pre- and post-op instructions from both TCO and the hospital were very clear.

I had some conflicting diagnoses prior to seeing Dr. O’Neill but from my first visit with him, I knew he was on the right track. I had struggled with back and hip pain for 18 months and lost much of my mobility, and my zest for life. Dr. O’Neill and his team gave that back to me and as I look ahead to retirement in a few days, I’m so grateful that I will be able to be an active, ALIVE participant in life. Many thanks to Dr. O’Neill and staff!

March 23, 2022

Brad E.

I’m in my early 60’s and am very active. I have played competitive (including professional) baseball since I was 8 years old and now play in an over 50 league. Since I pitch, that means I have been rotating and pushing off my right hip for over 55 years. I developed the classic ‘bone on bone’ scenario. If I wanted to ‘stay in the game’ and continue to pitch, I needed to have my right hip replaced. I met with Dr. O’Neill and his team and they walked me through everything and what to expect. The procedure went great and the aftercare and follow-up have been second to none! I’m well on my way to continuing to be very active and am able to play the sport I love. I would highly recommend Dr. O’Neill and his entire team!

March 2, 2022

Bob Z.

The past three years with a progressive arthritic hip, had been frustrating and painful, putting a real damper on my abilities and quality of life. I stubbornly hoped therapies, good diet and bone supplements might provide enough relief and they didn’t. I finally sought out Dr. Owen O’Neill to move forward with surgery. Within weeks following surgery, I became ecstatic at how miraculous the outcome was. I quickly was able to work, play and do all that I wanted, and completely pain free! Dr. O’Neill, his P.A. Isabel, and team hold a stellar reputation. Their expertise and especially warm and compassionate report, along with that of the diverse staff and nurses at Fairview, all helped contribute to my incredible experience and outcome.

February 27, 2022

Walter G.

Dr. O’Neill and the whole team at TCO are amazing. They are attentive, caring and make you feel like you are the only patient. I was walking with assistance shortly after surgery and walking unassisted 3 days later. My recovery was swift and I was back to normal life 3 weeks later. Every time I needed to speak with Dr. O’Neill or the TCO staff, they were available 24/7. I recommend Dr. O’Neill to anyone that needs hip surgery. He is now taking care of my knee and I have full confidence in him.

February 24, 2022

Steve D.

I am a retired 66 year old who likes to be active and I’ve had knee pain for years. The pain got to the point where I knew I needed a treatment plan. After some research, I chose Dr. O’Neill and am very happy with my choice. After trying a cortisone shot, which unfortunately did not help, I ended up having back to back total knee replacements, with the first knee surgery in July 2021 and the second knee surgery in December 2021. Dr. O’Neill and his staff explained the whole process, from the surgery itself to recovery expectations, and physical therapy. Both surgeries went GREAT!!

Recovery was just as Dr. O’Neill said it would be and much easier than I personally expected. After my July surgery, I was able to go fishing at Lake of the Woods with no issues after 6 weeks. I also went on a fishing trip in Canada with friends at 8 weeks post-op. I just had my 8 week follow-up for my second knee and all is well. I am looking forward to a busy summer enjoying the outdoors.

I strongly recommended Dr. O’Neill, his staff and the TCO Physical Therapy Program to anybody with knee pain. Thank you Dr. O’Neill. What you do is really a miracle!!

February 24, 2022

Don G.

Everything about Dr. Owen O’Neill, his team, TCO and the EXCEL Program were top notch. From pre-surgical prep, through surgery, post-op and rehab I have been impressed. If you want peace of mind for your orthopedic medical matters then Dr. O’Neill is your clear choice. My recent Total Knee Replacement (TKR) surgery was a great success!

I have had several prior knee surgeries from competitive sports injuries over the past 25 years, all performed by the same renowned and outstanding knee surgeon. That doctor was the “go to” person for knee surgeries! I always knew that I would eventually need a TKR so when “my” doctor retired 2 years ago, I started researching the current state of TKR technology and the very top surgeons who had the expertise in using that technology. Having professional experience in the med-tech industry, I knew what I was looking for and took my time evaluating the top docs in the field.

Dr. Owen O’Neill was a clear standout surgeon with an outstanding team and years of experience in the TKR arena. He was also an expert in the latest medical devices and surgical techniques with a proven track record. And I decided “that’s the doctor” I want to be “my” doctor, taking care of my knees and any future orthopedic medical matters I may encounter. I am strongly recommending Dr. O’Neill to my friends and fellow athletes.

February 14, 2022

Dick U.

My experience with Dr. O’Neill and the EXCEL Program team could not have been any better. From the preparation to surgery and follow-up, things exceeded my expectations. Speaking from experience, if you are in need of a hip replacement, this is your guy!

February 11, 2022

Mark W.

My experience with TCO has been amazing. I started having problems sleeping when I was coaching my two sons in hockey. Dr. Vorlicky correctly identified the issue with my hip and put a monitoring plan in place. I was still able to do the activities I wanted to and we took steps to make sure I could still be active and eliminate many regular sleepless nights. We were able to defer surgery for several years.

When we determined it was time to take action, Dr. Vorlicky connected me to Dr. O’Neill and after our first meeting I was completely relieved and very comfortable going forward with hip replacement surgery. I was offered two different dates as options for surgery, provided all the written information needed to explain how to prepare and what to expect before, during, and after surgery, and attended an online class to further answer questions before my procedure.
From the moment I checked in on the day of surgery until the moment I was discharged the next day, I was super pleased with every interaction with every professional during my stay. The surgery was a complete success, and Dr. O’Neill visited me the following morning before I was discharged, along with the PT staff to cover all the post-surgery best practices to minimize pain and explain the exercises that would speed my recovery. It was amazing how fast I was up and around with limited assistance, and I never took any pain medication other than Tylenol.

I would highly recommend Dr. O’Neill and all the fine physicians at TCO, and would encourage anyone considering hip replacement to speak to Dr. O’Neill, as my experience was “off the charts” excellent! Since the surgery, I have been very active. In the first 40 days after receiving full clearance for activities, I have been downhill skiing in Colorado and snowmobiled over 150 miles in one weekend, all without any pain or discomfort and more enjoyable than if I had done these activities prior to hip replacement. Prior to hip replacement, there is no doubt there would be pain, discomfort, and limited sleep. Many doctors can do procedures, but Dr. O’Neill and the folks at TCO, from my experience, EXCEL at the procedures they perform. If a person wants the best, it’s TCO!

February 7, 2022

Thomas L.

I just had my 2 month post-surgery appointment with Dr. O’Neill, and am thrilled to report that everything about the preparation, actual surgery, and post-surgery follow-up has been nothing less than spectacular! Every single interaction that I had with the good Doctor and his amazing team exceeded my highest expectations. Prior to the surgery, his team provided helpful information and prepared me on what to expect throughout the entire process. Every single member of the team was incredibly professional and welcoming. It always felt like they had all of the time in the world for me. They wanted to make sure that my concerns were answered and my experience with them was top notch. Dr. O’Neill has an amazing reputation based upon his surgical skill and dedication. My experience is another testament to his proficiency and expertise. I wholeheartedly recommend Dr. O’Neill and his team for anyone considering a hip replacement. I am so excited going forward to enjoy life with my new hip.

November 15, 2021

Tami G.

Nothing short of medical miracles are being performed by Dr. Owen O’Neill! It’s hard to find the words to describe the pre- and post-surgical experiences I’ve had with him and the entire TCO team…other than “surreal”. I had my first anterior hip replacement by Dr. O’Neill in 2016. I knew, in time, my other hip would need to be replaced as well. Prior to meeting with Dr. O’Neill, I initially consulted with 3 other surgeons regarding the condition of my hips. There was no question after consulting with him that he was the surgeon for the job!

On November 9th, my other hip was replaced by Dr. O’Neill. For both surgeries, I was a part of the EXCEL Program and was treated with the utmost professional care, respect and compassion. It was beyond any other surgical experiences I’ve had. The entire process (for both hip surgeries) went extremely smooth; including the pre-op appointments, information and billing, to the follow-through, staff communications, etc.

Like many other patients, I was up and moving around within 4 hours of my surgery. I was walking and doing laps around the nursing station and looking at the stunning new TCO EXCEL Care Suites. It’s crazy to comprehend that a person is even capable of walking or climbing stairs after having a new “part” put in. I was so extremely happy with my recovery from the first surgery. Within a few weeks I was able to return to work and resume many of my normal activities.

Dr. O’Neill and his amazing staff are hands-down some of the most qualified, experienced, kind, and thorough medical professionals and care-givers a patient could hope for. One of the other big stand-out components of my experience was being part of the TCO EXCEL Program. What a master-minded, brilliant concept! It’s comprehensive, thorough, extremely well-organized, patient-focused, with beautiful and comfortable care suites. Not to mention, includes one post-op bill that you are informed about prior to your surgery! Hip, Hip, Hooray! I have 2 new hips now and I’m looking forward to getting outside to indulge in my winter sports and activities, soon!

November 9, 2021

Marilyn R.

Dr. O’Neill replaced both of my knees. The surgeries went well and the physical therapy at TCO was effective and painless. Just 8 weeks after the second surgery, I am walking without a cane…pain free! Dr. O’Neill and his team are wonderful.

November 6, 2021

Paula T.

Dr. O’Neill replaced both of my hips in 2017. Life has been wonderful!! It’s been four years with no pain!

October 22, 2021

Michael M.

Right away at my first appointment with Dr. Owen O’Neill, I felt confident that his knowledge and experience with hip surgery made him an excellent choice for my procedure. I immediately decided to go ahead with his recommendation of hip replacement. Working with his team after the appointment was extremely easy and I was scheduled for surgery within three weeks.

I would recommend anterior hip replacement to anyone who needs hip replacement surgery. Dr. O’Neill and his team had me walking two hours after surgery. Three days later, I felt comfortable waking without the walker. After two weeks of increasing my walking with more household activities, I felt confident in driving my van. Eventually I was back to hiking on local nature trails, which I hadn’t done in ten months. Six weeks after surgery, I got back on my Harley Davidson and could ride again, which I also wasn’t able to do for ten months.

I would recommend Dr. O’Neill and his team to anyone who would benefit from having hip replacement surgery. They allowed me to get my life back. I was on the road to a total sedentary life before my surgery. I was pain free only when I was sitting or lying down. Thank you Dr. O’Neill.

October 8, 2021


Dr. O’Neill and his very professional team provided excellent care related to my anterior right hip replacement. I had my left hip done with a posterior procedure at another medical facility and the anterior procedure was a night and day different experience. Dr. O’Neill performed the surgery at 9:30am and I was at home recovering at 7:00pm. I was fully recovered after 6 weeks but back to usual activities in 3 weeks. The posterior left hip surgery resulted in muscle spasms that lasted 6 months and impaired usual activities and driving in some form for that length of time. I could not believe the difference in these surgeries. I definitely recommend Dr. O’Neill and the anterior procedure

August 11, 2021

Lonnie P.

After years of pain, I finally decided to look into knee surgery. A colleague referred me to Dr. Owen O’Neill and I am forever thankful that he did. Dr. O’Neill did a complete knee replacement for me and every aspect of it was professional and compassionate. Every appointment was on time, every communication from the team was excellent, and the surgery was such a success that I am going to have him correct my other knee. Dr. O’Neill not only changed my life but also my family’s lives. I am able to walk without pain and keep up with the family on vacations, and more. My overall attitude is so much better due to the lack of pain I had been experiencing for so many years. Do yourself a favor and stop putting the procedure off and take care of yourself with Dr. O’Neill. Your family will be glad you did.

July 13, 2021

Petra S.

I really appreciate Dr. Owen O’Neill and the entire TCO Staff. I had a long-standing knee injury that progressed to near immobility. I had a rapid recovery thanks to Dr. O’Neill, the entire staff and the EXCEL program. I was back at work in record time.

June 14, 2021

Frederick V.

I have had a hip replacement and knee replacement with Dr. Owen O’Neill. Both procedures ended with excellent results. If you are considering either procedure, I would recommend Dr. O’Neill.

June 1, 2021

Lori G.

I have now had both hips replaced by Dr. O’Neill! My first was in March 2018 and my second was in March 2021. Because my first replacement was so successful and my recovery was so fast, of course I went back to Dr. O’Neill! I have also recommended him to my friends – he’s THAT good! The anterior procedure really makes getting “back to normal” so easy. I am happy to say I am pain free and back to all of my sports and activities. THANK YOU, Dr. O’Neill!

May 5, 2021

Julie M.

It has been 3 years already since both of my hips were replaced by Dr. Owen O’Neill. What an awesome guy and surgeon. I am so happy and continue to explore new activities that were not an option to me prior to surgery. I would like to schedule an appointment just to give him a hug. Thank you, Dr. O’Neill!

April 15, 2021

Anthony K.

After 3+ years of hip pain (which progressively got worse), I was referred to Dr. Owen O’Neill by a friend who had undergone a hip replacement by him many years ago. I was immediately impressed, not only by Dr. O’Neill’s extensive experience with this surgery, but also by his ability to communicate the procedure in layman’s terms and put me at ease with the overall process. This was a process and procedure I was very uncomfortable with initially. I’m now 2+ months post-surgery and, for the first time in years, am no longer spending each day suffering while engaging in simple ordinary day-to-day tasks. I look forward to getting back to all the outdoor activities I enjoy and thank Dr. O’Neill for getting me back on track to do so!

April 14, 2021


KS95’s Ryan is one of the most well-known radio personalities in Minnesota, but for 7 years, he hid a painful secret from listeners.

Ryan’s hips had gotten so bad, he could no longer walk. At his breaking point, Ryan turned to TCO, a decision that would change his life.

March 4, 2021

Angela R.

After several years of hip pain, I decided to seek help. I heard about Dr. Owen O’Neill through a friend who had a hip replacement. Dr. O’Neill was thorough and attentive. He made me feel confident in the surgery and recovery plan. I could not be happier with my care from start to finish. The whole process went exceptionally well. His whole team should be commended for their support and professionalism!

February 21, 2021

Susan B.

A friend referred me to Dr. Owen O’Neill when I learned that I would need a hip replacement and I’m so glad he did. Dr. O’Neill and his whole team made my experience an extremely good one. I had my surgery 2 months ago and I am now pain-free! Prior to my surgery, standing up was so painful that I had to wait a few seconds before I could walk. I am a pretty active person and I thought it was just a muscular issue so I tried to ignore the pain and just stretch all of the time. Now it is a different story.

I finally have no pain and can walk without a limp. For the winter, I brought my road bike inside and put it on a trainer. I ride every day and can’t wait for nice weather to come back around! My recovery went so well that I went back to work part-time in 2 weeks after the surgery! I was first told by another surgeon about a posterior method to replace my hip. He said it would be a 6-week recovery. I would definitely recommend Dr. O’Neill to others and the Anterior Hip Replacement Surgery that he does. In fact, I already have. My family and friends are amazed by my recovery. I am a Dental Hygienist and my patients can’t believe I just had my hip replaced. Thank you so much to Dr. O’Neill and his whole team for taking such good care of me!

February 16, 2021

James Y.

Having Dr. O’Neill and his team perform anterior hip replacement at age 51 was an exceptional decision. Before the surgery, I was in constant pain and unable to enjoy two of my passions – backpacking and biking. The pain kept me awake at night. Just standing up from a chair was difficult. Now I am pain free, strong and enjoying backpacking and biking again. My recovery has exceeded all my expectations. I am currently training to hike to the bottom and back to the rim of the Grand Canyon. My surgically repaired hip is smoother, stronger and more flexible than my natural hip and it has only been 10 weeks since my surgery.

The only thing I would do different is have the surgery done sooner. I stayed one night in the comfort suite and went home with a cane. The first few days after surgery were painful, however the physical therapy exercises and icing were a big help. Every time I went for a walk I felt better. By day 6, I used trekking poles for my outdoor walks. I am glad I took two weeks off from work to rest and recover.

Dr. O’Neill has a caring, supportive, compassionate and wise team who gave my great instructions to speed my recovery. They also provided a helpful booklet. I did extensive research and have family and friends in the medical field. It was clear that the anterior approach was my best option and Dr. O’Neill, and his team, are the best providers of this procedure.

February 15, 2021

David K.

After my knee surgery with Dr. Chris Larson, it was time to move on to my hip issue. Dr. Larson referred me to Dr. Owen O’Neill. We reviewed my X-ray, showing the gap in my hip had closed to become bone on bone. My research showed that waiting for surgery would only make matters worse. Dr. O’Neill and I agreed that an anterior replacement of my right hip would be the best course of action. I would recommend anyone with hip issues to see Dr. O’Neill to evaluate their issues and find a path forward.

As for the post hip replacement procedure…I COULD NOT BE HAPPIER WITH THE RESULTS. I had minimal pain afterwards and was walking within 4 hours after surgery. I am an avid golfer and could not walk the course last summer. It will be awesome to walk pain free this summer. Thanks to Dr. O’Neill and the entire staff at TCO. They all have been terrific to work with.

February 14, 2021


Dr. Owen O’Neill and his team were very professional. They answered all of my questions. I can now walk with normal gait again and my lower leg isn’t bowing out any more. Physical therapy quickly helped me back to my usual activity. I’m keeping up with my exercises so I can keep improving my strength. I am looking forward to getting back to water skiing and camping by the summer. Thank you Dr. O’Neill and your team. If I need any future surgeries, Dr. O’Neill will be doing it!

February 11, 2021

Steve B.

I had a great experience at TCO! Dr. Owen O’Neill explained everything in detail before surgery and followed up afterwards. I could not be happier!!

February 1, 2021

Madelon S.

I have a wonderful success story! I had a bad hip fracture in April 2019, which an ER physician repaired with screws. For the next 18 months, I suffered pain and increasing disability. In the meantime, my right leg shortened, so that I walked very poorly. I consulted Dr. Owen O’Neill because of his excellent reputation and because I wanted a solution that would allow me to resume an active lifestyle. In my late 70s, I was not ready to give up!

Dr. O’Neill impressed me on my first visit. He explained my X-rays, the advantages of his surgical approach, and answered all of my questions with thoroughness and care. To make a long story short, I felt less pain post-surgery than I had in the past year and a half! The length of my right leg was restored, and I could walk unassisted within a week. After one month, I was able to travel to New York to spend Thanksgiving with my daughter and her family. I am deeply grateful to Dr. O’Neill and his team of caregivers for all of their help. Thanks to them, I have my life back!

January 25, 2021

Constance S.

I went to my family doctor with a lot of pain in my right hip. Right away, he referred me to Twin Cities Orthopedics and Dr. Owen O’Neill. He said that if his mother had a bad hip, this was the doctor he wanted her to see. Dr. O’Neill took x-rays, examined me, and said the hip would only get worse in time and that I should let him replace it. As it was, I could no longer golf or drive without using my hand under my right knee to lift my foot from the gas pedal to the brake, and vice versa. I could not do stairs! Still, I put off surgery for a while and when I could no longer stand the pain, I put aside my fear of surviving surgery (at my age of 77 years) and asked him to help me.


He replaced my hip and after 2 days, I was home on a walker. 10 days later, I was walking around my house with a cane. Then on my next visit, I was walking on my own just like my old self – NO cane and NO limp! Soon, I’ll be playing golf with my friends and teenaged grandchildren. I just had my 5 year re-check and am doing great. I will see Dr. O’Neill in another 5 years. Oh yeah, and I have a very small amount of visible scar tissue on the front of my right thigh and hip level. We are blessed to have TCO here in our area and, of course, Dr. Owen O’Neill.


Constance S. Constance S.

January 22, 2021


I had a wonderful experience with Dr. Owen O’Neill and his orthopedic team through the entire process. I had my surgery eight weeks ago and am doing very well. The severe pain that I had before the surgery is gone and I am back doing my normal activities with very minimal difficulty. If and when my other knee needs relief, I will not hesitate to have Dr. O’Neill do the surgery. I have total confidence in him and would highly recommend him to others.

January 5, 2021

Mary N.

Dr. O’Neill and his staff are highly skilled, efficient, and professional in all their work. I was very impressed from the start of my evaluation to the rehab process, after a total knee replacement. This is truly the “A” team!

December 31, 2020

Lynn W.

I would highly recommend Dr. Owen O’Neill and his team to perform anterior hip replacement surgery; and through the EXCEL Program, if you qualify. I am accustomed to a high level of customer service, due to my previous profession, and have to say I was blown away by the professional service I received from the first call to the final check up by the entire team! They also did an excellent job in managing my safety during Covid-19. Dr. O’Neill doesn’t push the surgery, but explains the details of your situation, options available and lets you decide. He is extremely knowledgeable and demonstrates his concern for you and your situation. He is genuinely a great guy.

Prior to surgery I was able to still do activities like golf and pickleball, but had a hard time enjoying them, due to hip pain that was only getting worse. After the surgery, I bounced back very quickly. I was walking 2 miles by the 2nd week post-op and felt 85% at 8 weeks, doing most things I love. At 10 weeks post-op, I played two rounds of golf and four hours of pickleball in 2 days and had no pain. Frankly, I was amazed that I was able to enjoy my activities and no longer have to compensate for pain. If your quality of life is not what you want due to hip issues, I encourage you to go see Dr. O’Neill and his team at TCO! I would also encourage you to dedicate time to do the pre and post-op exercises they ask you perform. I think that also made a big difference in the recovery time. LIVE YOUR BEST LIFE!

December 31, 2020

Tim O.

First of all, I would like to thank everyone at TCO and the EXCEL program. I made a good choice to go with them. They are very nice and professional. With two knees, bone on bone, I could not move very well at all. I met with Dr. Owen O’Neill and needed surgery to replace my knees. Dr. O’Neill answered all of the questions that my wife and I had. He made us feel very comfortable, as did his TCO team. I would recommend Dr. O’Neill to everyone I talk to and I would recommend the surgery and therapy, if you want to get back on your feet and moving again. Now, after two knee replacements, I am feeling great and am moving around very well for the first time in years. I put it off so long and should have acted quicker. If you are in the same shape that I was, call TCO for a consult. TCO does everything from knees to hips, shoulders, etc. Thank you TCO and team!

December 18, 2020

Bruce R.

I had hip replacement surgery with Dr. O’Neill on October 13, 2020 and everything went smoothly. I could barely walk into the facility on the day of surgery and had less pain after the surgery. The staff at the overnight facility was great. My recovery went very well and my hip felt noticeably better each day. I just got approved to play golf again just 8 weeks after surgery.

December 11, 2020

Lynda M.

On October 19, 2020, I had a total hip replacement by Dr. Owen O’Neill. I was nervous and worried about having surgery, especially during a pandemic. Dr. O’Neill relieved my anxiety as he explained the whole process and answered all of my questions. He also noted that I was a candidate for the EXCEL program, which was an awesome alternative to the hospital. His confidence and compassion made me realize that I was making the right decision.

On the morning of my surgery, Dr. O’Neill (with a BIG smile) came into my room to reassure me that everything was going to go smoothly. He is without a doubt a highly skilled surgeon! I am pain free and couldn’t be happier. I would HIGHLY recommend Dr. O’Neill and the entire TCO & EXCEL staff. They are absolutely AMAZING!! THANK YOU Dr. O’Neill.

December 4, 2020

Karen R.

I needed both hips replaced during this Covid-19 ordeal and a dear friend recommended Dr. O’Neill. I made the virtual appointment, talked to him and got on that list to have surgery when the hospitals allowed surgery. I had my first hip replacement in June and it was perfect. I had the other done in September with the same results! Dr. O’Neill was very reassuring that I would get back to my old self again and I have! The whole team was excellent! Prep for the surgery was very important and I did my best to get my body ready. I would highly recommend Dr. O’Neill to anyone for hip surgery!

November 29, 2020

T. Condon

Dr. Owen O’Neill and his team did a phenomenal job restoring me to my previous activities, pain-free. After 2 surgeries to replace both hips and 3.5 months of healing, I returned to biking, walked without impediment and resumed daily activities – like putting on socks with ease. As the healing continues, I look forward to returning to cross-country skiing and rollerblading. On the journey, Dr. O’Neill and his staff answered my many questions about the procedure and pre and post-op preparations. Most impressively, the surgery:

  • Allowed me to walk the same day of the surgery
  • Required only 1 incision
  • Cut no muscle
  • Involved zero narcotics for the pain; only some Tylenol for a couple of weeks following

Many thanks to Dr. O’Neill and his staff for all the help, patience, skill and expertise they brought to return me to a more active life!

November 19, 2020


I had hip replacement surgery through the EXCEL program in June 2020. I was terrified to have surgery, but in unbearable pain. My life had come to a halt due to limited mobility and pain, so replacement was my only option. Dr. Owen O’Neill offered me reassurance that he “would get me through this” and he did exactly that! The pain following surgery is so much less than the pain before. Every staff I had contact with was professional, kind and compassionate, which put me at ease. Their knowledge and skill was notable. I had PT through TCO after surgery and again, with excellent staff, and I made good progress. Before surgery I did not even get 500 steps a day on my Fitbit, but now I easily get 10-12,000, without using a cane! I can put on my socks and shoes without pain. I can get into my car without intense pain. Sitting, standing, walking and sleeping are all pain-free now. I am eternally grateful to Dr. O’Neill and all the staff at TCO in their clinic and EXCEL program. As a nurse, and as a patient, I would highly recommend Dr. O’Neill and the TCO EXCEL program. I feel like I have my life back again, and this is huge!

October 19, 2020

Angela L.

I had a total hip replacement August 4, 2020 at the age of 55. Dr. Owen O’Neill‘s team was so fantastic before, during and after surgery! I wasn’t one who wanted to know the details of how the surgery would be performed but knew that I would feel better once it was done. The team provided information, answered my questions, and I felt they were there with me all the way, figuratively holding my hand through the process. Friends and neighbors would tell me it will be so much better after surgery, but I had no idea how right they were. We talk about our pain level on a scale of 1 to 10 with 10 being the worst pain you can imagine. Life before surgery had been a constant 5 or 6 and I would need over the counter pain relief 2 to 3 times a week to get to sleep. Since the surgery, my pain level was a 2 for a few days and I hit 3 once when I moved wrong. I didn’t need the pain relief medication beyond the recommended 2 weeks (I probably didn’t really need it that long but I follow rules). I have been walking every day and have worked up to 30 minute walks which I had not been able to do for almost a year prior to surgery. At 7 weeks post-surgery I was cleared to return to normal activity level. I was happy to be able to mow the lawn. I’ve been raking leaves and looking forward to shoveling snow this winter. I am so thrilled that I can be active and not have the pain. Thank you Dr. Owen O’Neill and team!! I would highly recommend your team to anyone I meet who is in need of a new hip!



October 1, 2020

Laurie M

I had a total hip replacement performed by Dr. Owen O’Neill in July 2020. My daughter, a PA at TCO, recommended Dr. O’Neill. My experience with Dr. O’Neill, his staff, the surgery center and the Excel Program was nothing short of outstanding. The entire process, from preparation/education to post surgery care was seamless, professional and compassionate. My recovery was unbelievably fast and easy. I am so grateful to Dr. O’Neill for helping me get to get back to long walks, biking and pain free living!

September 3, 2020

Ade M.

I am 82 years old and had my hip surgery on July 17, 2020. I received lot of information on how to prepare for surgery and what to expect afterwards. Surgery went well and I was out of the hospital the next day. I was given exercises to perform and didn’t need any other therapy. I also was given adequate pain medication during and after the procedure. I was up and walking almost immediately. I only needed a walker for 3 days and a cane for 10 days. It takes some time for pain from exercise to heal to but each day improves. After 6 to 8 weeks there has been no pain and no restrictions on movements. I have more flexibility now than I had before surgery. I would do it again and I definitely recommend Dr. Owen O’Neill.

September 3, 2020

Diane W.

Every day I get up and say “NO MORE PAIN!” At age 77 I’m back to doing the activities I enjoy! It wasn’t easy but the outcome was terrific! My love of ice skating and snowshoeing is now in sight. Dr. Owen O’Neill and his staff were so patient answering all of my questions from the first visit, after surgery, and during the follow up visits. I have one more knee to go but with prayers and Dr. O’Neill, I’ll be ready!

September 3, 2020

David S.

In May of 2019 I had a total knee operation done at a different practice. Three months later I was having issues and went back to the same doctor. He said he didn’t know what it was and that I should come back in one year. I returned twice in June of 2020. Again, my doctor said he didn’t know what it was and that I should get a 2nd opinion. Then he left the room.

That’s when my therapist from TCO recommended that I see Dr. Owen O’Neill. Dr. O’Neill recommended arthroscopy. I had the procedure and now the pain, crunching, etc. is gone. I will never go to another practice. Dr. O’Neill, TCO and the entire staff have been a blessing. I wish that I could give them all a hug.

September 3, 2020

Colleen G.

I highly recommend Dr. Owen O’Neill and his staff. In 2017 he replaced my right hip and this past June he replaced the left. Both surgeries were a complete success. Dr O’Neill, his staff and TCO made the whole process easy and convenient. I was nervous and worried about the surgeries, but they are so good and caring. They simply put you at ease. It’s wonderful to be able to walk without pain. I’m once again enjoying an active lifestyle. Kudos to you Dr. O’Neill!

August 13, 2020

Sandra H.

I’m 58 and was experiencing the debilitating pain that comes with bone-on-bone anatomy in the right hip. I felt ancient beyond my years, hobbling around with one leg an inch shorter than the other. Dr. Owen O’Neill was highly recommended to me by my internist, and I liked the idea that he was skilled in the less-invasive anterior approach. He performed the surgery on June 5, 2020, and I am thrilled with the results! I instantly felt solid in my stance and very stable, and I was walking and climbing stairs the next day. Pain after surgery was easily managed with Tylenol. Two of my siblings who had hip replacement surgery via the posterior approach (with other surgeons) had more pain, longer scars, and longer recovery times. Sincere thanks to Dr. O’Neill, Mitch, and the entire TCO staff for restoring my mobility and giving me my life back. I’m buzzing around the neighborhood now with my dog and riding my exercise bike again. Feels fantastic! One more thing, the Care Suite overnight was fabulous. Comfy bed and recliner, top-notch nursing care and PT education. Covid-19 safety measures were excellent and reassuring. Way to go, TCO.

July 9, 2020

Betty B.

My experience with Dr. Owen O’Neill and his team was a very positive one! Dr. O’Neill made me feel so very comfortable. And I am SO thankful he got my surgery done on January 31, 2020 – or I would maybe still be waiting due to the COVID-19 Pandemic. I would absolutely recommend this surgery/treatment to anyone suffering with hip pain. I would highly recommend Dr. O’Neill to anyone/everyone to do this surgery. Improvements to my daily life are so great! I can walk now without any help – no walker or canes! I can walk up and down step with no problems and am back in my exercise classes! His staff were also great! Anne was so wonderful with her help with scheduling and answering our questions! And Mitch was so kind during my visits.

June 23, 2020

Rebecca G.

Dr. O’Neill is a fantastic surgeon. I would HIGHLY recommend him to anyone needing orthopedic care. He is extremely knowledgeable as well as compassionate and kind. I underwent a total knee replacement on 3/2/20 with much anxiety prior to surgery but after meeting with Dr. O’Neill and his team I felt so reassured and confident going forward. Dr. O’Neill was very attentive during my care suite stay and with my follow-up care. Dr. O’Neill was readily available with any questions I had during my home recovery. The EXCEL program is a wonderful program with great care from nurses, physical therapists and Dr O’Neill. I am SO SO glad I found Dr. O’Neill and went with the EXCEL program instead of the hospital route. PT staff were great and the RNs and coordinators kindly took care of my requests promptly. My recovery was great as well. At the end of week one my flexion was 110 degrees and 140 degrees by beginning of the 3rd week! I am now able to walk without pain! Dr. Owen O’Neill IS THE best surgeon. I can not recommend him highly enough! #1 Physician.

May 26, 2020

Lori R.

I am very happy with my experience with Dr. Owen O’Neill and his staff. On March 5th, 2020 I had a hip replacement surgery. Prior to the surgery I was in a lot of pain when I walked. I enjoy taking walks and being active. The surgery has changed my life. I am walking pain free. I had put off doing the surgery because I didn’t want to be out of work and have a long recovery. I was amazed how fast I was up and walking again. I am 57 and was born with hip deformation. I am so grateful for Dr. O’Neill for giving me my life back. My only regret is that I didn’t do this years ago.

February 9, 2020

Gregg V.

I am a two-time patient of Dr. O’Neill. The left knee was replaced 11 years ago and is working great! The right knee was done in October 2019 and is also working great! As my right knee became more painful, there was no question in my mind as to who I would trust with the surgery and care, even though this means a 4 hour round-trip commute, as I live in the Brainerd Lakes area now. Dr. O’Neill and his first class staff’s counseling had me well prepared (for a process that has changed quite a bit in 11 years) for what I realized would be a more manageable recovery. I knew that prep and dutiful follow-up therapy would have me back to a much more normal life, as the surgery itself would be done by the best guy in the business! As far as knee replacements, do not wait until pain and discomfort change your life (for me, I can’t wait for spring and kayak fishing, which wasn’t an easy in-and-out last year). Know to be ready, trust Dr. O’Neill and his staff, and be ready to rehab.


February 8, 2020

Tim K.

I had a total hip replacement done on October 28th, 2019, performed by Dr. Owen O’Neill and his wonderful staff. Dr. O’Neill performed an anterior procedure. I was back to work in two weeks and I never had to use a walker or crutches except for my first walk four hours after surgery. I used a cane for two weeks and after that time I used the cane occasionally, especially when walking outdoors. In 2003, I had my other hip replaced by another surgeon which was done with the posterior approach. My recovery was long and very painful with that one. I had to use a walker for two months and crutches for another month after that. I realize that in the 16 years in between my hip surgeries, replacement procedures have improved, but I believe Dr. O’Neill’s method is far superior. I highly recommend TCO, Dr. O’Neill and the whole staff. It was a far better experience than my first replacement.

February 4, 2020

Rodney L.

I had not experienced a surgical procedure for 76 years, so I was somewhat apprehensive about having surgery at my age. While attending the hip replacement orientation, I was introduced to techniques that prepared me for the surgery ahead. My first meeting with Dr. O’Neill further relieved my anxiety, as he clearly explained the procedure mixed with a soft and gentle sense of assuring humor. My entry to the Southdale Medical Center and preparation for surgery was conducted by compassionate personnel who concentrated on my overall comfort. When I was wheeled into surgery, I was greeted by Dr. O’Neill and my next memory was waking up and being assured of a successful hip replacement. After a day and a half and a moderate walk, I was released from the hospital. My first week I relied on a walker, my second week on a cane, and the third week I began walking without assistance. During my early recovery, I experienced some minor discomfort but my total experience was relatively pain-free. I am content with my decision and especially grateful to Dr. O’Neill for his surgical skills and confident assurance together with all those who accommodated my every need. My previous hip pain that continually accompanied me while walking and sleeping is now gone and I am enjoying a pain-free life.

January 30, 2020

Patty and Bobby

In 2019, both my husband and I were dealing with severe osteoarthritis hip pain. I researched orthopedic surgeons and feel that I found the very best! Dr. Owen O’Neill was able to get us both in for anterior total hip replacements. From the first meetings with Dr. O’Neill we had a positive experience! He explained the procedure thoroughly and made us feel confident about our decision. Dr. O’Neill, Mitch, Ann, the nurses and specialists, were professional and supportive. We were able to return to our daily routine and activities, especially walks which we couldn’t do before surgery, within 2-3 weeks! We are grateful for Dr. O’Neill’s skills and expertise and for the caring and support we received throughout our whole experience!

December 30, 2019

Margaret L.

I am 55 years old and had hip surgery exactly 9 days ago. I cannot sing the praises enough regarding Dr. O’Neill and my experience with the EXCEL program in Eagan, MN. This entire experience from start to finish was excellent. The staff is knowledgeable, caring and efficient. Totally attuned to your needs. Post-surgery I was off narcotics after 3 days. After 9 days, I am able to walk with a cane with minimal pain. Still taking pain medicine but I feel great! I would highly recommend this procedure and the EXCEL program. I previously had my other hip replaced and stayed in a hospital and it was a nightmare. This entire experience has been awesome. I thank God for Dr. O’Neill and his entire staff. Thank you all.

December 30, 2019

Linda P.

I received a right hip replacement on 9/20/18. I highly recommend Dr. O’Neill and his support staff. Prior to surgery I could barely walk to my mailbox. Immediately after surgery, I walked with a cane for a short time and quickly returned to my activities. I even went downhill skiing 3 1/2 months later in CO. Other friends who had their hip replaced by the posterior method were in more pain and took a lot longer to recover. One year after surgery, I hiked 200 miles of the El Camino Pilgrimage in Northern Spain. And, did I mention I’m 77 years old?

December 30, 2019

Jami H.

I want to tell the world about the great experience I had with Dr. Owen O’Neill, Ann Sugrue (care coordinator), and all staff members for my hip replacement! These people are amazing, qualified professionals. They really do care and want to help provide the best service – great teamwork! I did a lot of research and talked to my friends that are in the nursing field to choose a surgeon and Dr. Owen O’Neill just kept coming up. I went to his  website and reviews and then set up my appointment. I am SO happy I did. The whole process is set up for success. They have prep/pre-surgery class that you attend with your coach so they know what the surgery is all about and how to assist you when you get home. It has a full booklet with steps and photos of the procedure and helpful checklists to make it simple. I had surgery in the morning, went across the street to the ortho care suite for overnight and then went home in less than 24 hours. They have the best system in place with the billing of your insurance carrier as all of your surgery is billed on one invoice. I referred 3 friends to Dr. O’Neill and will keep referring to him! Thanks so much Dr. O’Neill!!

December 30, 2019

William H.

My hip replacement went off without a hitch. I was up and walking the afternoon following surgery. Within two weeks I was walking a half mile a day. Within three weeks, 2 to 3 miles a day. Dr. O’Neill and his staff answered all my questions. The care staff at Fairview hospital was outstanding. My whole experience was very positive.

December 10, 2019

Diane J.

I couldn’t be happier with Dr. Owen O’Neill and his team. The whole experience has exceeded my expectations. Before my left hip started giving me trouble, I was very active at the club doing HIIT, barre and spinning classes, but I gradually had to stop. I wish I didn’t wait a year and a half before finally deciding to go through a total hip replacement. Dr. O’Neill was highly recommended by a friend, so I decided to go through with it. Since this would be my first surgery, I was very nervous about pain, having to depend on pain medications and physical therapy. I thought I would be laid up for a couple months or more. To my surprise, I had no pain at all and took only Tylenol for 10 days (no opioids). The only physical therapy needed was walk, walk, walk and a few leg exercises. I was able to walk around my cul-de-sac with a walker the second day home and I ditched the walker after 5 days. I’ve gradually increased my walking to 3 miles per day. All of my friends and family thought I was a “rock star,” they couldn’t believe how well I was doing in such a short time. Now after 8 weeks, I am able to get back to the club and resume all my normal activities. I have, and definitely will always, recommend Dr. O’Neill to anyone with hip, shoulder or knee issues.

November 22, 2019

Steven P.

I had a right hip replacement by Dr. Owen O’Neill in October 2018 when I was 77 years old. Prior to surgery I had a significant limp, could not stand longer than ten minutes because of pain and it was difficult for me to bend and put a shoe on my right foot. The surgery corrected all of these problems. I currently walk over one hour almost daily without pain, limping or other difficulties. Dr. O’Neill’s office staff, especially Ann Sugrue, were very helpful. She would immediately relay any question I had to Dr. O’Neill if he was not available. I have referred other people to Dr. O’Neill who also have had very successful hip replacements. He is a very skilled and compassionate surgeon who wants to help his patients lead a better and more productive life.

October 29, 2019

Bob T.

I had a great experience with Dr. O’Neill and his staff with having both of my hips replaced. I was in pain for years before I was able to work with Dr. O’Neill. He and all of his staff were excellent in working with me on getting prepared for the surgeries. Ann, his scheduler, was so thorough in making sure I had all necessary forms and procedures done both before and after surgery. She was so pleasant and professional to work with. His Physician Assistant, Jessie, was also very thorough and communicative in making sure I knew exactly what to expect both before and after the surgeries. She alleviated any worries I may have had. After surgery, I was surprised at how quickly I healed – I only needed pain medication for a few days and then had no need for any more. I had both hips replaced within a 5 month period. I am now back to living the life I had before – I can do all daily activities pain free! I was back to playing softball and tennis within 8 weeks of my second surgery. I am grateful to have my life back! I have already recommended people to both Dr. O’Neill and Twin Cities Orthopedics to have their hips done. Dr. O’Neill was recommended to me and he is the best! Thank you!!

October 16, 2019

Tamsine W.

Dr. O’Neill and his team performed my anterior approach hip replacement 9 weeks ago. From the first consult to the post-op follow-up, I have been totally impressed with the teams courtesy and professionalism. I consider my surgery to be a total success. Within hours of the surgery I was up and walking with minimal pain. I was able to discharge from the patient care suite the day after surgery using only a cane for support. Now, 9 weeks post-surgery, I have resumed many of the athletic activities my arthritic hip prevented me from doing prior to surgery. I now consider my new hip my “good hip”. I will not hesitate to return to Dr. O’Neill for any future surgery.

September 25, 2019

Gerald M.

Last year I had a total replacement of my left knee with Dr. Owen O’Neill. I had my right knee totally replaced through TCO 10 years earlier and after some difficulty with that surgery, I was concerned about getting the second surgery. I went through TCO’s list of surgeons, looking for someone with a different approach to the procedure. I spoke with two different surgeons and settled on Dr. Owen O’Neill. He and his staff inspired confidence with their competence and thorough care description from start to finish. After a two-day hospital stay, I went home needing only over-the-counter meds and physical therapy assisting in my complete recovery. My only regret was waiting so many years to get relief. There was truly no comparison between my first surgery and my second. I would definitely encourage anyone considering a total knee replacement to consult with Dr. Owen O’Neill at TCO.

September 9, 2019

John L.

My hip replacement was an unqualified success! Thanks to Dr. Owen O’Neill and staff, I now have the joy and freedom of walking without pain and a walker. I was able to take steps immediately after surgery on June 27, 2019 and graduated from a walker to a cane in a week and continued to increase the time walked each day. The best parts are that I have taken extended trips by car and can sit in a theater or in a comfortable chair and enjoy reading or watching television without getting antsy from pain and stiffness. Dr. Owen O’Neill and staff are the real deal. They provide great pre and post-surgery education and follow-up. I’m 79 years old and look forward to more travel and continue being a good grandpa to my three granddaughters and an active husband and a father.

August 29, 2019

Gordon T.

I am 80 years old and had total left knee replacement in June 2019. My knee was knock-kneed but Dr. O’Neill worked extra hard and got it perfectly straight. I was walking on it the same day of surgery. Home the next day and riding a stationary bike 4 days later. Within two weeks, no walker or cane. I never had any pain. Dr. O’Neill is a fantastic surgeon. He and his team care for their patients. They take all the time needed to listen to your concerns, answer questions and explain everything in detail. He is not only a top surgeon but a great person. I have the highest praise and respect for Dr. O’Neill and his team and highly recommend them if you need knee surgery.

August 19, 2019


TCO did a great job, Dr. O’Neill is wonderful. He did my left hip. I previously had my right hip done by a different doctor and hospital. On my previous operation they used a different technique that had more discomfort and a longer recovery time. Dr. O’Neill used a less invasive surgical technique and my recovery was much quicker with less discomfort.

August 5, 2019

Joy O.

At 72 years of age, I visited Dr. O’Neill for pain and stiffness in my right hip as well as back pain from my right leg being 1/2” shorter than the left one. The pain and lack of mobility was finally infringing on my everyday life. Hip replacement was inevitable. On February 7th, 2019, I had anterior hip replacement surgery. Dr. O’Neill also lengthened the right leg by 1/2” making legs and pelvis even.

After 13 days, my husband and I flew to Arizona where I continued the rebuilding instructions I was given by Dr. O’Neill’s team. Six weeks after surgery, I was able to resume biking, hiking, working out, playing pickleball, without pain. In the attached picture, 16 weeks after surgery, my husband and I went on a 10 day bike tour through the Dordogne region of France.

Hip replacement surgery has made such a positive difference in everyday life as well as all the physical activities I love doing. I didn’t realize how much I was compensating for the pain in my right hip and overworking the left side of my body. After surgery, my back and sacrum pain was gone. Riding the hills in France was so enjoyable and I was much stronger and more confident in my biking. What a blessing!!

Thank you to Dr. O’Neill and the team. I would wholeheartedly recommend Dr. O’Neill and the minimally invasive hip replacement surgery. I wish I would’ve done it sooner.

– Joy O.

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