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December 3, 2018

Janet P.

I endured painful exercises for nearly two years as my physical therapist attempted various approaches to relieve my pain. I was shocked when my therapist informed me that I needed hip replacement surgery. I spent hours researching hip replacement surgery and was interested in the Anterior Approach. Testimonials for Dr. Owen O’Neill on TCO’s website impressed me, and I scheduled an appointment with him.

Dr. O’Neill reviewed my x-rays showing deterioration of the left hip cartilage resulting in bone-on-bone. He thoroughly explained the Anterior Approach Hip Replacement, and I scheduled surgery. The mandatory class at Fairview Southdale was helpful, and the pre-surgery exercises were beneficial.

The entire experience has been amazing. A few hours after surgery, I used my walker for a short walk to the nurses station. I then asked my nurse if we could walk further as I was thoroughly enjoying this without any pain. I went home the next day with no therapy, other than walking, and no restrictions, other than dancing the “Twist”.

While at home, I only used my walker for three days. I then discarded my cane after tripping on it during the first two minutes of usage. I proceeded to carefully walk around the house without assistance. I had pain medication – 1/2 tablet twice daily – for maybe 10 days. I didn’t even need Tylenol after that.

Life is good! At 77 years of age, I continue my daily 40 minutes of treadmill in addition to unlimited activities keeping me more than busy! I only experience a small amount of swelling after the treadmill, but no stiffness or pain. A special “Thanks” to Dr. Owen O’Neill and his amazing staff, Jessie and Ann. The front desk has also been exceptionally friendly and efficient. Yes, I anticipate future pain in my other hip and a repeat of this amazing procedure.

November 20, 2018

Tom T.

 

A couple of years ago, at age 71, I started having some discomfort in my hip. During my annual physical, asked my family physician to take an x-ray. It showed some arthritis developing, but not significant. Decided then to undergo physical therapy and I religiously performed the exercises prescribed, but with little to no benefit. Slowed down on walking frequency and speed and stopped playing pickleball.

The following spring, I saw Dr. Owen O’Neill who gave me an injection into my hip and I felt almost immediate relief. Went back to walking and playing pickleball, but again experienced discomfort within a couple of months. I opted for Dr. O’Neill because he had performed surgery on my wife’s knees and I had seen him previously for other joint issues, that didn’t require surgery.

Then I went back to Dr. O’Neill earlier this year thinking that I needed a second injection. Additional x-rays and an MRI, along with only a three month beneficial response to the first injection indicated I should consider a hip replacement, much to my chagrin. My choice seemed to be to either live with the discomfort until it became unbearable or proceed with the operation as soon as possible while still in good health. I opted to proceed with the operation now.

Dr. O’Neill and his staff were outstanding throughout the process. They met with me numerous times to answer questions and explain what would happen during and after surgery. I also attended a 3 hour joint replacement class at Fairview Southdale Hospital in advance of surgery and then followed their advance exercise instructions.

My surgery and recovery were uneventful – just the way I had hoped. I walked within a few hours of surgery and was discharged the following day. There was discomfort, as you might expect after surgery, but I actually noticed improvement each day. I used a walker the first few days and shifted to a cane within a week. I discontinued the cane within a month following the surgery. Six weeks after surgery I was walking a three mile route a couple of times a week. Two months after surgery, I started some strengthening exercises and have continued walking. An added benefit seems to be the disappearance of some back pain I had been enduring before surgery.

Dr O’Neill performs hip surgeries employing an anterior approach, eliminating the need to damage muscles and significantly improving the speed of recovery. I would highly recommend anyone thinking they may need hip surgery to see Dr. O’Neill for an evaluation and potential hip replacement.

October 25, 2018

Ralph G.

Dr. Owen O’Neill:

I had my left knee replace on October 19, 2016. Recovery of the strength in the knee went according to the expected timetable of the therapy group at Twin Cities Orthopedics except for stretching the Hamstring and Calf muscles.

Because I had played tennis with pain and a bent knee for 15 years, the muscles wouldn’t stretch out to less than 6 degrees. You then recommended a Dynaflex brace to wear 6 hours a day (3 in the morning and 3 in the evening) for 7 weeks. With tightening this this brace each week, it said that improvement would be 1 degree per week.  After 7 weeks, my left knee was at -1 degree.

I stretch and exercise every day and it has helped improve my tennis game. Before my operation, I played doubles with a group of 12 people.  I was about in the middle of the pack playing with pain and couldn’t run.

With my new knee, my game has improved to where I am now at the top of the pack by about 20%. I can outrun most in my group and have full flexibility. I wish I would have done this 15 years ago.

Thanks for your operational expertise.

Ralph G.

September 28, 2018

Randy I.

I am a very active 69 year old that had been struggling with a bum left knee for 3 or 4 years. I play senior softball and bowl. Another doc told me I needed a full knee replacement 3 years ago. Dr. Owen O’Neill indicated the inside of my knee was gone but the outside was in good shape so he suggested a partial knee replacement. I really liked the idea of only replacing the bad parts and leaving the good parts in place. I got the feeling that it might take a bit more artistry and time to fit a partial replacement in, thus, some surgeons might avoid them. He gave me my partial knee replacement on Jan 3, 2018 and I started bowling and playing softball in March. I am going to participate in the senior world softball tournament in Vegas next week AND I bowled my first perfect 300 game on my new sturdy knee 2 days ago. I highly recommend Dr. O’Neill.

August 27, 2018

Julie M.

The moment I met Dr. O’Neill, I knew I was going to select him to be my hip(s) surgeon. He takes his time in reviewing X-rays with patients as well as covering all aspects of the procedure. I needed both hips replaced and the surgeries needed to be at least 4 weeks apart. So that is what I did.

I would like to thank Dr. O’Neill, Jessie and the entire O’Neill team for a truly wonderful experience. Here I am back at one of my favorite activities 3 months after the second surgery – wake surfing! Thank you!

August 21, 2018

Paul S.

Several members of my church had hip replacement by Dr. O’Neill and all recommended him. So when my pain became bad and I no longer put on my socks, I talked to Dr. O’Neill. He is very receptive to my questions, listened to me and gave thorough answers. Jessie, his assistant, also had time to sit and talk with me. My entire experience with the staff was very positive.

August 14, 2018

Sharon G.

I could be the poster “child.” My pain before my hip replacement was 9 on a 10-point scale. I was using a walker and could barely do daily tasks. Could find no pain relief. Dr. Owen O’Neill was able to fit me in sooner than normal. Everything about the protocol, the team, the pre-surgery instructions, the precautions to prevent infection or blood clots, the educational session and the strengthening exercises were extremely helpful. In the recovery room and back in the hospital room, my pain was at a 1 or 2—insignificant compared to before surgery. No opioids. I walked at the arboretum 6 days later (with walker), quit the walker after 11 days. Life is great. Although I’m not supposed to run long distance, I’m back at yoga and walking up to 4 miles daily. I would and have recommended Dr. O’Neill to others.

August 8, 2018

John R.

I had surgery on my right hip which was bone on bone and waited a little too long. For two years my wife and I planned a bucket list trip to Africa. If it wasn’t for Dr. Owen O’Neill and his group, I would never of been able to make the trip. Ten weeks after surgery I was able to fly, ride comfortably and enjoy a trip of a lifetime. Thank you.

August 8, 2018

Jack N.

Dr. Owen O’Neill did both of my hips, about 2 years apart. The results were amazing. I was out of the hospital within 24 hours. I used no prescription pain pills and no pills at all after 1 week. I am 79 and was walking normally after 3 weeks and running (singles tennis) after 2 months. There was no therapy besides walking.

August 2, 2018

Young T.

Dr. Owen O’Neill performed a Rotator Cuff Surgery on my right shoulder. Fabulous!  I was back to my work the next day and playing bass that weekend! Almost back to normal after 3 and a half month. Thank you so much Dr. O’Neill, your staff, and all the personnel in both of your Twin Cities Orthopedics and the Two Twelve Medical Center. I so appreciate it. I highly recommend Dr. O’Neill and the rest of the staff at Twin Cities Orthopedics!

July 31, 2018

Joy M.

I had both of my hips replaced by Dr. Chris Meyer at Ridgeview Medical Center. I had an excellent experience and felt that I was well cared for throughout the process from Dr. Meyer’s physician’s assistant, to Dr. Meyer and his surgical team, and finally to the Ridgeview team post-surgery. I am an extremely satisfied customer!

July 31, 2018

Lynne W.

Dr. Owen O’Neill has performed two knee replacement surgeries for me. The first one was in August 2015 and the other was February 2018. He did an incredible job on both of them and I am very happy that the results have been so successful. He always explained everything clearly and was always open to questions. I have recommended him to friends that are considering replacement surgery. His team was very supportive through the process and I am more than grateful to him and TCO!!

June 19, 2018

Rod

Dr. Owen O’Neill is without question an outstanding surgeon!!! My hip surgery from late 2017 is perfect. He diagnosed the issue with my right knee immediately and gave me three paths of treatment. If you have any waist-down issues – there is no expert better than Dr. O’Neill.

June 1, 2018

Cheryl W.

Almost ten years ago Dr. O’Neill replaced my right knee. It had been damaged in an auto accident several years earlier and caused me considerable pain and an awkward gait. I was and I am still very happy with that new knee. No pain and no limp! When my left knee needed to be replaced I did not hesitate to see Dr. O’Neill. I had the surgery in January and participated in the EXCEL Program. The recovery was swift and the care was excellent. I appreciated the personable and professional and care I received, not only from Dr. O’Neill, but also from his office and clinical staff. They provided great information, listened to my questions, addressed my concerns and seemed happy to do it. Now that spring is finally here, I am delighted to be out walking the neighborhood!

June 1, 2018

Arthur S.

I had my right hip replaced just over 3 years ago before moving to MN using the posterior approach. My doctor was great (a friend of the family) and my surgery was successful. I walked away completely satisfied and knowing I had received the “white glove” treatment. So when my left hip started acting up, I strongly suspected we were heading down the same path.

Dr. O’Neill and team confirmed that my cartilage had left the building and I prepared for the ordeal all over again. Going on disability and 6 – 8 weeks of down time needing assistance etc. Then Dr. O’Neill carefully explained that a new anterior approach procedure is performed by the team and with results that left me doubting what I was hearing in spite of the logic behind it. Back to work in a couple of weeks (no disability), being able to start swimming and other activities (especially walking) almost immediately, and likely no physical therapy needed. Then I was told about the EXCEL Program and how this group has put together a team and a plan that covers every possible detail of the prep, surgery, and post-op care. I knew that I was in good hands because every concern that I had based on the first hip being done was clearly being addressed. Most of all, my previous Doctor said just be sure the new procedure is being done by someone who has a good deal of experience with it. Dr. O’Neill fits that having successfully performed the procedure many times after spending a great deal of time researching and training. His expertise is on display daily.

I am 4 months and some change out from surgery and I need to say that the difference in recovery this time is amazing. There are fewer restrictions in general. I was walking the day of and have not stopped since. Back in the pool as soon as the wound had healed and swimming easily. I began working from home ten days post-op which really was amazing compared to the earlier procedure (6 weeks before working from home). I had no need for pain medication after the third day post-op stronger than Celebrex (as a person in recovery, this was almost more of a concern than the procedure). I was given the ok to drive as soon as I stopped pain medication but waited 2 weeks to ease the concern of family. Everything I had been told prior to surgery was spot on and or even better than described.

I need to say a few words about the team at TCO. They not only are caring and supportive throughout the process but anticipate just about every question, concern and need in advance. Everyone goes above and beyond to answer questions from insurance to logistics and everything in between. The day of surgery team was caring, professional and on top of things. The overnight nursing care is nothing short of extraordinary and the next day/discharge team left nothing unanswered. The folks at follow up visits from the front desk to the team assisting Dr. O’Neill are fantastic. If you are considering options for a hip replacement, I cannot encourage you enough to look into this team and the work that they are doing. I am so grateful to have been a patient.

May 9, 2018

Ronald B.

My experience with Dr. O’Neill and his team was EXCELLENT. From start to finish, the entire hip replacement procedure far exceeded my expectations. For anyone who is experiencing hip pain and discomfort or has started limping, I strongly recommend starting with an X-ray. If the X-ray shows significant deterioration of your cartilage at the hip joint I strongly recommend setting up a consultation with Dr. O’Neill. I was particularly happy to find that Dr. O’Neill performs the innovative anterior procedure which avoids cutting the major muscles in the hip area (such as the glutes) which allows for a much faster recovery. I had the procedure done in early January of 2018 and within a few days I was walking for over an hour per day. After a couple weeks I was also able to incorporate a lot of stair climbing each day (I am lucky to live in a high rise!) In early April I traveled to Peru and walked a great deal (and climbed some monuments) during my 33 day vacation. My FitBit told me I climbed the equivalent of more than two EMPIRE STATE BUILDINGS (223 floors) and walked almost 20,000 steps (8.5 miles) when I toured Machu Pichu (shown in the attached photo). Sports has always been an important part of my life, and I am thrilled to be able to do almost everything I did before my encounter with osteoarthritis.

May 9, 2018

Judy B.

Dr. Owen O’Neill performed my minimally invasive anterior approach hip replacement on 1/23/2018. I’m 70 years old with an added complication of having had polio as a baby from which I made an excellent recovery. I suspected new post polio problems when pain & weakness began curbing my mobility. I had no idea they were also symptoms of my needing hip replacement. Eventually, even walking through the house had become too painful. In desperation, I made an appointment with an orthopedist who diagnosed me with needing a hip replacement. I began researching orthopedic surgeons on the internet for a 2nd opinion and ran across Dr. Owen O’Neill. His impressive credentials and experience, along with the patient testimonials on his website were all very impressive. Upon meeting and talking with Dr. O’Neill, I knew he was the highly skilled, kind and caring surgeon I wanted. My hip replacement was a complete success! Dr. O’Neill, along with Jessie, his physician assistant, took excellent care of me. Following surgery, my previous hip pain was gone. The operative pain was tolerable and definitely less than the pain I lived with before surgery. I was encouraged and happy with the progress I quickly made. I’m back to my previous activities and enjoying life. My only regret was waiting rather than finding Dr. O’Neill a few years ago. He truly gave me back my life! Many, many thank you’s, Dr. O’Neill!

Judy B

May 1, 2018

Susan W.

My hip issue developed rather suddenly. I fell from standing twice and then could bear little weight on my left side. The first MD I saw suggested that I buy a car with a higher seat. My physician referred me to an orthopedist and scheduled an MRI which showed non-displaced fractures, tearing and necrosis. Surgery was necessary. I read about my options. When asked specifically about the minimally invasive technique, the first orthopedist said that I was “too fat”. I asked for a second opinion and was scheduled to meet Dr. Owen O’Neill who stated that he now prefers to perform minimally invasive procedures because of a patient’s improved recovery time. Dr. O’Neill patiently addressed all of my questions and concerns and I was scheduled for surgery in a hospital. I had had my wisdom teeth extracted decades before, but was otherwise inexperienced in the surgical arena. Dr. O’Neill was very reassuring and I felt confident in his care. I was up and walking later that day and took a midnight hike with my nurse. I was discharged the following day, encountered no subsequent problems and recovered smoothly over the next three months. I’ve been available to shovel snow much too late in the season and have returned to Curves. I need to excuse myself now to dust off my golf clubs and put air in my bike tires. I would recommend Dr. O’Neill, his PA Jesse Donovan and Ann, the power behind the telephone, without reservation.

April 22, 2018

Linda

I am so glad I found Dr. O’Neill. I had known for a while that I needed knee replacement surgery and had been searching for the right doctor who would take good care of me. The first visit, I could tell by his positive energy and enthusiasm that he is the doctor for me. Not only is Dr. O’Neill progressive in his practice, but he is also kind and caring.

April 22, 2018

Michelle O.

I was very active, enjoying zumba until my hip bothered me when I walked. I had to quit about 4 years ago, and then I found out I had advanced hip arthritis, due to an injury 20 years previously. At the end of last year, when my hip began to hurt with each step, I knew I had to do something. However, I didn’t want traditional hip surgery, with all the pain and recovery time. My sister knew of an avid tennis player who’d had minimally invasive anterior hip surgery and had recovered very quickly. I then found out a co-worker was scheduled for the same surgery so found out who was doing it. I made an appointment with the same surgeon, Dr. O’Neill, and scheduled surgery for the next month. The whole process was amazing; the entire team was so caring and attentive, and I felt very well cared for and comfortable. Recovery was very fast, and I can now walk and ride my bike with no pain. No pain makes living so much better!

April 22, 2018

Michael M.

I had my first hip replacement in 2002. Before that surgery, my left leg was about 1/2 inch longer than my right. I asked that surgeon if he could even them out during the hip replacement. Not only did he NOT even them out, after surgery it was an inch longer as measured in 2012 at the Mayo clinic. This put more stress on my right hip and knee so that by September, 2017, I couldn’t walk without a cane. My primary physician sent me for a cortisone shot and referred me to Dr. O’Neill, who had done my primary’s hip replacement.

I was examined by Dr. O’Neill in January, 2018 who told me my only viable option was a hip replacement, describing a different surgical attack, through the front of my thigh, rather than the back of the thigh, as was done with my left hip. I had right hip replacement surgery on February 1. When I awoke and was asked to use a walker, I noticed that my legs were the same length for the first time since what seemed like forever. I walked without pain, was off any assistance or pain medication in 8 days (as opposed to 6 weeks on crutches with my left hip replacement). I felt (and feel) like a new man!

I have followed the Home Exercise Program and returned to the Y for treadmill and other exercises. I feel great!

Just like my primary physician, I heartily recommend Dr. Owen O’Neill for a consultation on hip pain. He is straight forward, lists options, and if surgery is necessary, he is great!

April 22, 2018

Jim E.

Dr. Owen O’Neill performed an anterior approach hip replacement on January 4th, 2018 because I was bone on bone and not able to live the kind of life I want. The surgery went so well that I left the hospital approximately 24 hours after surgery. Following the post-operative instructions, I rehabbed at home and was driving two weeks after surgery. Six weeks after surgery I felt great. The reason I went to Dr. O’Neill was he also did a knee replacement 7 or 8 years earlier. My knee was also bone on bone and really restricted my lifestyle. The pain was getting unbearable. I remember setting up for a putt while golfing and literally having my hands tremble because of the pain. My rehab for the knee was considerably harder than the hip but absolutely worth it. I went from hardly being able to walk or even drive a car, to getting back to doing anything I want to do. Golfing, fishing, hunting including using climbing tree stands! Anything I want to do! I am very thankful for Dr. O’Neill and his team, Jessie Donovan and Ann Sugrue! They have my gratitude and trust!

March 26, 2018

Eric E.

I am Eric, I had bone on bone for approximately 3 years. I was scared! Dr. O’Neill is my doctor. My operation was performed at 4:30 pm and the next morning, the physical therapists said it was time to walk. I couldn’t believe it, but when I walked, it was like “perfect”….like the surgery never happened. Early in the afternoon, I decided to go for a walk by myself. Behind me, out of another door, Dr. O’Neill and another fellow doctor came out. He barked at me and I yelled, “It’s Dr. O.!” and the other doctor laughed. I said, “I can’t believe it! It’s like it never happened and Owen – you are my hero!!!” Dr. O’Neill released me two hours later. He performed on my other hip three years later. I strongly think you should know my story when deciding on an orthopedic surgeon! I have asked him to give me a 6-month notice before he retires. I was very lucky to have picked him!

Eric E.

March 26, 2018

Bruce Y.

I am a 65 year old active man whose left hip was bone on bone. I ran into a recent patient of Dr. Owen O’Neill at my granddaughters softball game. He introduced to me the anterior approach hip replacement that had been performed on him by Dr. O’Neill. He gave very high reviews of the procedure, Dr. O’Neill and his entire staff. So I proceeded to contact TCO to schedule a consultation. After meeting Dr. O’Neill, there was no question in my mind that he was confident and reassuring that his pleasure is getting me back to 100%. Let me assure you that what he said, he does. Absolutely no regrets. His total staff is top notch. I would highly recommend Dr. O’Neill and his fabulous PA, Jessie Donovan. It is with great relief to be able to walk without pain.

March 26, 2018

Doug H.

In December of 2016, Dr. Owen O’Neill performed an anterior hip replacement for me and I couldn’t have asked for a better result. I was walking without any assistance upon discharge and was methodically able to clear a light dusting of snow the next day (I like a clean sidewalk). After one week I was able to walk up to 3 miles. After two weeks I was able to do 5 miles. Of course, there was the usual inflammation & soreness that I felt at the end of each day because of the healing process but it’s just walking. I was able to go further each day without a problem. After 10 weeks, I hiked down from the South Rim of the Grand Canyon to Phantom Ranch and back out the next day. I highly recommend this trip and am looking forward to doing it again someday. A friend of mine had the same surgery as I did this year and she has had the same success that I have. I highly recommend the anterior approach because you’ll be back on your feet immediately.

Thanks again to Owen O’Neill, Jessie Donovan, and the rest of his team!

March 26, 2018

Brian R.

It is really hard explain just how talented Dr. Owen O’Neill and his staff are. I had been in pain for a long time before surgery. The surgery was a life saver because there wasn’t much that I could do anymore. Within a week post-surgery, I already had less pain that before surgery and after 3 weeks, I was walking without pain. At six weeks, I was back in the gym riding the bike, walking on the treadmill, and using the elliptical machine. I highly recommend Dr. O’Neill to anyone experiencing hip problems. He will get you on the right path to recovery.

February 9, 2018

Kurt Z.

If you’re hesitating about having hip replacement because you’re not sure what procedure or what physician to choose, then you’re reading the right testimonial. Dr. Owen O’Neill and staff did everything to perfection. It’s EVERYTHING they tell you from rapid surgery and hospital stay to incredibly fast recovery and mobilization. If you think you’re ready, sign up!

February 9, 2018

Steve H.

Amazing! Unbelievable! It is hard to find the words to describe my positive experience with Dr. O’Neill and my anterior hip replacement. For a few years, I called it a pulled muscle (and a few other things) until an x-ray revealed that it was my hip causing all the pain. I met with two hip surgeons, but was not willing to face a 4-8 week recovery as had many of my friends. My wife suggested that I talk with our neighbor Karen who, a few years ago, had this procedure done by Dr. O’Neill. After one conversation with her, I was convinced. Even though he was running late that day, my consultation with him was one of the most personal visits I have ever had with a physician. Within two months, I had the surgery. I spent one night in the hospital, went home to recover, and used 2 out of 50 pain pills. Day one, I used a walker. Day two, I used a cane. Day three, I was walking without assistance. Day eight, I was driving. Day nine, I was back to work. Amazing? Unbelievable? What word would you use? Thank you, Dr. O’Neill, and your “amazing” team. I feel blessed that my wife connected me to Karen as I now hope to bless and to connect many more people to you.

February 9, 2018

JoAnn R.

I received a total hip replacement from Dr. Owen O’Neill. I put off doing the surgery for over a year and researched the procedure, both online and through meeting with other surgeons. At my first appointment with Dr. O’Neill, I set up my appointment to receive the surgery. He was informative, reassuring and very personable; I had no reservations on proceeding. The pre-operative process, the surgery and the post-operative process went perfectly—I went home the day after surgery. It was wonderful to no longer have pain going up and down the stairs, getting in and out of the car and going for walks again. I highly recommend Dr. O’Neill; if you are reading this, you need look no further—you have found the best!

January 9, 2018

Roderick K.

After three years or so with a bad hip, I was referred to TCO and Dr. O’Neill. He and his team are exceptional. Options are presented in a factual, yet very personal manner, but at the end of the day, you, as the patient/client must decide what option to choose. This is the most honest, ethical and professional consultation I have ever experienced. The minimally-invasive surgery on my hip performed by Dr. O’Neill was pain-free from surgery through my 6-weeks post-op appointment. Dr. O’Neill and his team of Ann, Jessie, Isabel and Kayla are exceptional from first appointment to complete follow up.

January 9, 2018

Yvonne C.

The summer of 2017 I did yard work and gardening with unbelievable pain. I was a very miserable 76 year old woman. On October 3rd, Dr. Owen O’Neill and Jessie performed minimal anterior hip replacement surgery. The next day I left the hospital and walked into my house using the handrail to take three steps. Two days later, the walker and cane were put in storage because I didn’t need them.  Tylenol was used for pain relief for the week following surgery just so I could sleep better.  One week after surgery I drove to the grocery store and did several errands.  Six weeks after surgery, I enjoyed an eleven day Panama Canal Cruise, walking to islands or from one end of the ship to the other on sea days. I ate lots of food but lost five pounds because I was so active.

Other positive results after surgery:
– My replaced hip feels like my original but pain free.
– I now sleep six or seven hours a night instead of three or four.
– People say I now look happy but before surgery I had a painful look.

January 9, 2018

Megan T.

Anterior Approach Hip Replacement January 2017:  I met with Dr O’Neill in regard to hip pain. The pain was causing me to be unable to play tennis and I was trying to manage pain during everyday activities such as going up/down stair, getting out of the car, etc.  Once we determined the pain was starting to interfere with my lifestyle at the age of 52, Dr. O’Neill recommended hip replacement surgery.  NO REGRETS!!  Since no muscle is torn in this procedure, my recovery time was excellent.  I stayed over one night in a rehab center, went home, was on pain medication for several days and then was able to manage pain with Tylenol and Advil.  I did not require a walker for more than one day, was able to use a cane 2 days after surgery, go upstairs, and get in/out of a car.  My pain prior to surgery was GONE!  Amazingly, 7 short weeks after surgery I was back playing tennis.  My coach and team could not believe the difference in my mobility.  After watching me limp around and hop on one foot for over a year, I was back to playing tennis with no limitations!  Dr. O’Neill and his staff at TCO were a pleasure to work with.  I felt well prepared on what to expect going into surgery and was simply amazed and pleased with my recovery time post-surgery.  I have talked to other hip replacement patients and realize how fortunate I was to find Dr. O’Neill and the staff at TCO.  To have someone perform the surgery on my hip with as much experience and expertise as Dr. O’Neill was truly a blessing.  The care I was given before, during, and after surgery has been truly exceptional.  I will be forever grateful to Dr. O’Neill, his staff and TCO.  Should I need any type of orthopedic assistance in the future, rest assured I will go to TCO!

January 8, 2018

Keith G.

After many years of living with pain in my left hip that increasingly limited my activities, I decided to have my hip replaced at age 56. I was referred to Dr. O’Neill by an acquaintance and after meeting him for the first time, I was sure that I wanted him to be my surgeon. He was professional, good-humored and took the time to make sure all of my questions were answered. I entered the EXCEL program and the surgery was done in their Edina office with overnight recovery across the street. I was discharged the following day with only a cane. I stopped needing pain medication after a few days and within two weeks no longer used the cane. Recovery was quick and I have no pain or limitations. My only regret is that I didn’t have it done years earlier.

January 8, 2018

Ruth C.

I have very HIGH regards and review of Dr. O’Neil, Jesse Donovan and team.  Each of them have given/shown me their desire to make life easier for me.  Dr. O’Neil is always performing the latest procedures. To have such horrible pain and not able to complete even small tasks, it’s been a treasure to have relief. Dr. O’Neil has performed four major surgeries for me and all have been very successful. Two hips replacements and the latest are two knee surgeries. The recovery from the latest knee surgery this fall has been extremely easy and quick to once again get back to living. Life is so much better. I have suggested Dr. O’Neil to several others who have surgical needs and reports that I hear from them are equally pleased.

November 30, 2017

Elizabeth S.

I am so thankful to have listened to advice to see Dr. Owen O’Neill.  It was all an extremely positive experience. He took time to thoroughly explain everything. I trusted him immediately and had an anterior hip replacement in which I was pain free after surgery. I did not need anything stronger than Tylenol and only a few days with that. I still can’t believe how easy it was. I want to do way too much because the pain is gone!! I am back to walking and cleaning my house and looking forward to cross-country skiing this winter. Jessie was so kind, helpful and encouraging and I did better when I listened to her! Ann was always so helpful and friendly.  What wonderful care I had and I highly recommend Dr. O’Neill and his team. Thank you with all my heart.

November 28, 2017

Carol H.

I am a 67 year old woman whose right hip was bone on bone. Dr. Owen O’Neill performed the minimal invasive anterior hip replacement surgery on me on November 9th and I am amazed at the result. I spent one night in the hospital, went home with the ability to do steps, used prescription pain medication for two days and then was able to control the pain with just Tylenol. Additionally, I only needed assistive devices for two days post-surgery. It is surprising that no PT is required since muscles are not cut. I highly recommend Dr. O’Neill and Jesse. It is a relief to be able to walk again without pain.

November 6, 2017

Mary B.

Fabulous! Was back at work the following week and on an airplane to the coast by myself within 3 weeks of the surgery. The Excel program was simply great. It allowed me to heal at my own pace. Dr. O’Neill said; “go ahead – your knee will make strange sounds but remember you can’t hurt the device”. That’s all I need to hear and I was off. There was no stopping me. This surgery was a non-event in my life – just the way it should be.

July 12, 2017

Debra A.

I had the anterior approach hip replacement on May 1st, 2017.  The reason I am writing this is because I was you at one point. I wasn’t sure which doctor to use. I wasn’t sure what I was going to experience. Most of all, I wanted to see what the outcome of others were. I am 52 years old and was worried I wouldn’t be able to play Pickleball again. I went through the Excel program with Dr. Owen O’Neill.  I had surgery at the Crosstown Surgery Center. The surgery went well. A few hours later, I was moved across the street to an assisted living facility to spend one night to recover/rehab. I was up and walking just a few hours after surgery.

The entire staff at both places were very kind and put me at ease. I followed all of the exercises and stretching suggestions. Dr. O’Neill told me I would be back on the Pickleball court 8 weeks after surgery. My goal was to play in the July 4th tournament. He was right!  I was playing slowly at 6 weeks and by July 4th, 2017 (8 weeks and 3 days) I was in the tournament and we won the gold!

I highly recommend Dr. Owen O’Neill, Jessie Donovan and the rest of the staff at Twin Cities Orthopedics!

June 18, 2017

Collette O.

My favorite way to exercise is walking around Lake Harriet and Lake Calhoun .
When it became too painful to do that, I knew I needed help. I had my first hip replacement in August 2013, at the age of 56, by Dr. Owen O’Neill. It was done in the hospital and involved a short hospital stay. My recovery went well and the results were fantastic.
Within a month I was back to enjoying all the things people take for granted until they can no longer do them; like going for long walks and being pain free.

By the beginning of 2017 it became clear that I would need the other hip replaced. Dr. O’Neill explained a new program, started after my first procedure, called EXCEL. It involved having the surgery done at the same day surgery center with an overnight stay at an assisted living facility. I felt a little nervous about not recovering in the hospital.
The way things went, my worries were unfounded. I had my second hip replacement done in March 2017 . My experience with the EXCEL Program was that the recovery was faster and easier than my first surgery. The accommodations for the overnight stay were top-notch. I had my own private room and one-on-one nursing care.I was walking the halls and having physical therapy within a few hours of having the surgery. My pain was well controlled, I got a comfortable nights’ sleep and was able to go home by noon the next day. Once home, I was surprised at how quickly and uneventful my recovery was. 4 weeks after my procedure my husband and I went to Minnehaha Falls. I was able to walk down and back up 110 steps without difficulty!

I would highly recommend the EXCEL Program and Dr. Owen O’Neill. I feel I’ve been given a second chance to enjoy my life, and am very grateful to TCO for all they have done for me.

June 18, 2017

Mary Jo W.

I met Dr. O’Neill for the first time in 2014 when my right hip needed surgery. I have always been active as a mother of 6 kids, full-time RN and part-time aerobic fitness instructor.
Never imagined the first time surgery was completed and 100% successful that I would in two years time also need the left hip repaired as well. I went back to Dr. O’Neill the second time because of the trust, professionalism and care I knew I would receive. His entire surgical staff does an amazing job; both recoveries have been nothing short of and all of everything I expected in the recovery, post-op healing process. I was back to work in about a weeks time at my nursing job and back to teaching my fitness classes in 8 weeks following surgery. I can sleep again at night and not wake up in pain. Now, I am back to enjoying life with my kids, grandkids, other family members, friends and neighbors.
Thank you Dr. O’Neill and your entire surgical team!

June 14, 2017

Lori G.

Dr. O’Neill performed an anterior total hip replacement on me in March, and less than 3 months later I am playing volleyball and completely functioning with no pain! SO happy I had it done!! Dr O’Neill’s professional and caring demeanor really put me at ease. He answered all of my questions, and everything went just as I had expected (no surprises). I am very thankful for my friend’s recommendation to see Dr O’Neill. I have now also recommended him to another friend! …and so on, and so on…

June 6, 2017

Carol S.

Dr. Owen O’Neill did my knee replacement surgery and i couldn’t be more pleased. I didn’t want to have it done, knew that I had to and imagined the worst I guess. Dr. Oneill was very informative, along with his staff. The surgery went great, in the hospital
for 2 days able to walk without a great deal of discomfort. Therapy went great was done after 6 appointments. My range of mobility is right on. I couldn’t be more pleased.
I am 70 and that surgery was 10 weeks ago. I would highly recommend Dr. O’Neill to all.
For the first time in over a year I can sleep at night without pain.

May 25, 2017

Erin Z.

I was shocked and dismayed to need a hip replacement in my 50’s. When researching surgeons – two separate parties referred me to Dr. O’Neill. When I met him at the pre-op appointment – he communicated directly and clearly. I never felt rushed with my many questions and I was impressed with his confidence in the procedure and in his ability to restore my mobility. That confident style reassured me that I could get back an active life.

The surgery and recovery went exactly as planned (no issues or concerns). His visits to me in the hospital post surgery were timely, informative and caring. At the post op appointments, Dr. O’Neill was thorough in his explanation of x-rays, expected progress and restrictions (I healed quickly – the restrictions were few). My entire experience with Dr.O’Neill and TCO was great. I truly felt I was treated by a surgeon who was interested not just in the mechanics of the surgery – but took pleasure in seeing my improved health and well-being. Thanks Dr. O’Neill. I’ll report back on my horseback riding adventures in a year!

May 19, 2017

Janet I.

I have had very successful luck with Dr. O’Neill, I had a hip replaced 2 years ago with no problem and was very pleased with everything. This past January I had my knee replaced, I was in the hospital for 4 days, the care team at the hospital were very pleased with my fast recovery, I had no problems. My physical therapy went very well; I was able to bend the joint easily. The staff remarked that they were surprised with how fast I was moving along, and I said it was because I had a fabulous surgeon. At 6 weeks they kicked me out of PT because I was doing so well. Dr. Owen O’Neill was responsible for my rapid recovery. If I would not have had a good surgeon, I would not have had a good outcome. I have no doubt that he is one of the best in the twin cities. I have had no complications. Dr. O’Neill called me his poster girl because I was recovering so fast.

May 19, 2017

Donald R.

Around 7 months or so, I had both of my knees replaced by Dr. Owen O’Neill. My second knee was much easier for me as I knew what to expect. I was hesitant at first but you have to overcome your fear. While in the hospital, I did exactly what Dr. O’Neill and his team recommended, I didn’t let the pain control me and I did the Physical Therapy.

My goal throughout was to be able to climb the 88 steps from my dock to my lake house. I will find out if I can meet this objective in May, but have no doubt in my mind that I will.

Dr. O’Neill was very open about the entire experience, he was straightforward and made sure I knew exactly what to expect. I would recommend him to anyone.

May 18, 2017

Kyle B.

My left anterior hip replacement has been a life enhancing experience. Dr. O’Neill completed my hip replacement in early February of 2017. The procedure gave me minimal discomfort for a couple of days after the procedure. Overall, I’ve had dental issues that have given me more discomfort than this hip replacement. I was back walking 2 miles per day two weeks after the procedure. After a month, I was back to walking my daily 3 to 4 miles per day and feeling great. I walked my first 18 holes of golf two months after the procedure with no discomfort. The stability of my new hip is amazing. 3 months post surgery, my new hip feels as good as my original equipment right hip. Dr. O’Neill and his staff did an excellent job of caring for me before, during and post surgery. What a great group of people. I highly recommend their services.

January 18, 2017

Mary B.

Fabulous! I was back at work the following week and on an airplane to the West Coast by myself within 3 weeks of the surgery. The Excel program and Dr. O’Neill were great. They allowed me to heal at my pace and once they gave me the go ahead – I was off! There was no stopping me. This surgery was a non-even in my life. Just the way it should be.

December 7, 2016

Matt R.

2 years ago, I had my right hip replaced at 36 y/o.  This week, I had my left hip replaced. Both by Dr. Owen O’Neill.  I have re-read my past testimonial and I wouldn’t change a thing. From start to finish, you are good hands. Well cared for, educated and continually reminded that every single person involved in the process from pre-op to post-op are looking out for your best interest.  I now have a pair of Nike Dri-Fit shirts with TCO embroidered on them. I wear them because they are great quality, sure, but I also wear them every week because they remind me how much pain I carried with me daily and how much higher my quality of life is to be able to run around with my two kids as they grow day by day.  If I had a TCO branded outfit for everyday of the week, I’d wear it with pride. I can’t possibly Thank Dr. O’Neill or the Excel team enough. You have truly changed my life.

August 4, 2016

Ardith B.

I had knee replacement surgery and had only visited Dr. O’Neill once before the surgery. He told me I had a torn meniscus but also a lot of arthritis so I would need a knee replacement. He was very professional, courteous, and kind. He did a great job and the scar is minimal. I highly recommend him.

August 4, 2016

John C.

I had a very successful total left hip replacement in November 2011. The surgeon used the posterior approach procedure.

In May 2016 Dr. O’Neill performed an equally successful total hip replacement on my right side using the anterior approach procedure.

There are significant differences in the recovery process between these two approaches.

In the posterior method I used a walker/cane about 2 1/2 weeks and the discomfort was greater. I was back walking 18 holes of golf in about six weeks.

After the anterior procedure used by Dr. O’Neill, I started walking unaided (no cane) on day 2 after surgery. On day 7, post-surgery, I started putting and chipping at the golf course. On day 12, I was walking 3 miles most days at 90% of full stride. By week 3, I was walking 4-6 miles most days at 100%.

My wife and I are going hiking in the Italian Alps in August 2016.

July 29, 2016

Tom K.

WOW! What can I say about Dr. Owen O’Neill and his staff? I’m a super active mid 60’s guy who was playing a pretty high level of competitive racquetball 2 to 3 times per week until the last couple of years. My hip pain got to the point where I could not play at all, much less competitively. I was waking up 10 to 20 times per night from pain with obviously significant sleep interruption. Walking from the house to my truck in the driveway was very difficult.

First of all, my hip pain disappeared completely. What a magnificent relief. Secondly Dr. O’Neill and his staff made me feel listened to, empathized with and cared for. I managed to strain my inner thigh muscle 3 days after surgery, so that set my recovery back a bit, but here I am 3 months out and super pleased with the results. My left hip also needs replacement and at my 3 week checkup, in spite of the strained muscle issue, I told Dr. O’Neill that I couldn’t wait to get the left hip done. I’m scheduled for that in October 2016 and I expect to be back at racquetball by January or February 2017. Without hesitation I recommend Dr. O’Neill and his staff. On a scale of 1-10 they get a 15.

July 15, 2016

Shirley A.

Words can’t express the severe pain that my bone-on-bone hip caused me.  My total hip replacement procedure went extremely well and I was fortunate to not have a single pain in my hip after surgery.  I went home the next day.  What a relief it is to once again be able to put on and tie my shoes, get into low cupboards, and do all the other things requiring a good hip.  I would refer Dr. O’Neill to anyone suffering from hip problems.  He and his assistant, Jessie, provided me with the best care and support one could hope for.

July 11, 2016

Brian K.

After five years of degenerative hip issues, I had my right hip replaced by Dr. O’Neill through TCO’s EXCEL Program. Three days after surgery I was walking without discomfort or use of a walker. Two weeks post surgery I was back on my bike riding without pain or restrictions. I am looking forward to having my left hip replaced by Dr. O’Neill within the next 12-24 months. TCO and Dr. O’Neill provided an exceptional patient experience for me.

July 11, 2016

Patricia C.

My right hip had been degenerating for several years. I had little pain for most of that time. My range of motion, though, was impacted, eventually contributing to a pronounced limp and a left lumbar disk herniation. I spent part of a year in a wheelchair, and then a walker and cane. I researched my surgery as I addressed the herniation with Dr. David Holte at Twin Cities Orthopedics.

Dr. O’Neill‘s name came up prominently in my internet searches and referrals for anterior hip replacement surgery. Dr. Holte also recommended him. By the time I came into the office, I was sure that Dr. O’Neill was the right surgeon. To my pleasant surprise though, the benefits were even greater. The EXCEL Program addressed so many of my needs and concerns.

I am now seven months beyond surgery. I returned to work after two months. I continued home and clinical rehabilitation which has allowed me to exercise again – moderate walks, light weights, stretching, and the treadmill. Many people have commented on my recovery after seeing me so disabled for a year.

Thank you, Dr. O’Neill and EXCEL Program for an excellent process and outcome.

July 11, 2016

Matt B.

I had an incredible experience from start to finish. Dr. O’Neill and the staff were wonderful, and the EXCEL Program is excellent. Would recommend to anyone.

*Matt was a participant in TCO’s EXCEL Program and had anterior approach hip replacement with Dr. Owen O’Neill

June 15, 2016

Mary S.

I applaud all of your great nurses and physical therapists for the great care I received in your overnight unit in Edina. I found all the nurses to be tremendous, so caring and sweet. The physical therapists were also great and the room was wonderful. Overall, a super experience with your EXCEL Program. Thank you so very much!

*Mary had a hip replacement with Dr. Owen O’Neill as a participant in TCO’s EXCEL Program

June 2, 2016

Terry B.

After putting up with annoying hip pain for a number of years (with the help of three cortisone injections) I finally did the right thing. I witnessed two good friends make remarkable recoveries after having Direct Anterior Hip replacements performed by Dr. Owen O’Neill. With their encouragement and glowing recommendation of Dr. O’Neill, I had an initial visit in early December, 2015. I am no spring chicken (62) but am physically active. I shared my hope to get through March (ski season) have my hip replaced in early April and be on the golf course by the first of June. Dr. O’Neill’s response: “Good plan-we can do that” so, with one final cortisone shot, I was off to ski in Big Sky, Montana! Unfortunately, I decided to play hockey on a couple of weekends in February which prevented me from ANY activity in March. The date of my surgery couldn’t come soon enough. April 6, 2016- NEW HIP! One night in the hospital, walking with no assistance on day 3, no pain medication by day 7. First round of golf six weeks after surgery, back to walking over thirty miles each week. I look forward to next ski season. Thank you Dr. O’Neill, Jessica, and Alyssa for your care and medical gifts. Truly unbelievable!

February 15, 2016

Gloria E.

I cannot thank Dr. O’Neill and his staff enough for giving me my life back. I had become very immobile before having my hip replacement. I had total hip replacement and also had to lengthen that leg 2 inches. I had the surgery on a Tuesday and went home on Wednesday. I was at the grocery store walking with the grocery cart on Friday. I had very little pain.
No need for therapy other than what they showed me at the hospital after surgery. It has been awesome!
Can’t thank you enough Dr. O’Neill, Jessica and Alyssa. You all are just the BEST.

February 12, 2016

Diane K.

After cortisone shots for pain in her right hip, Diane K. found that daily activities continued to be restrained by worsening pain. Dr. O’Neill described to her the new anterior approach he had been studying and implementing for hip replacements and he recommended this approach to Diane.
With the right equipment, Dr. Owen O’Neill performed Diane’s hip replacement and the outcome was fantastic! Diane states, “I was in the hospital for two days and went home with no restrictions. There was much less pain than the previous surgery on my other hip. My scar is five inches long– half as long as the other one.” 
As soon as she came home from the hospital, Diane could get in and out of bed without assistance. In ten days, she no longer needed a walker or cane. She faithfully did physical therapy exercises, all at home!

Read Diane’s full article in the St. Francis Regional Medical Center Magazine here.

February 11, 2016

Elliot L.

From start to finish, Dr. O’ Neill and the entire staff at Twin Cities Orthopedics were great. He totally explained everything to me before, during and after my hip replacement. From bone to bone and now, no hip pain!

I am deeply appreciative for his knowledge and know how, and for the excellent care I received. I would recommend Dr. Owen O’Neill and TCO to anyone.

February 9, 2016

Matt B.

I had my surgery on Dec. 8th, 2015, and I write this two months later. I am 48, and have always been very active and in pretty good shape. I’m amazed at how quickly I recovered, and how smooth the process was, from start to post op. Dr. O’Neill has been great and his entire team (Marni, Jessie and my awesome nurse, Ashley, to name a few) were fantastic. I used a walker for two days, graduated to a cane, and in four days was walking with no assistance. I started light exercise in three weeks and now am doing all the physical activity I was doing before my hip started bothering me. Every day gets a little better. I would recommend this procedure and Dr. O’Neill and his team to anyone.

*Matt had an Anterior Approach Hip Replacement performed by Dr. Owen O’Neill.

February 5, 2016

Elizabeth L.

The surgical team was phenomenal and everyone left me feeling confident and well cared for. I especially appreciated that my best friend was able to be with me up until it was time to roll into the operating room. It was such a big help in reducing that intensely anxious pre-operating feeling!

After surgery I was able to recover at the Excel center instead of the hospital. I absolutely recommend that to anyone who is able to qualify. I couldn’t get over the superb care and quiet, peaceful environment. Thank you Justina and company! You are all fantastic!

And it meant a lot to me that Dr. O’Neill came to see me that eve (surgery day) and walked with me a bit. It is such a great feeling that my doctor is as excited about these results as his patients are. And yes, I was up walking with my walker in just hours after my surgery. I went from walker to a cane within a few days, and within a week and a half, I no longer needed the cane. By one month post-op I was walking 3-4 miles each day and back to work. Throughout the rest of the summer and fall I averaged 35-40 miles a week walking with no pain.

Not exaggerating even a little, Dr. O’Neill and his great staff have given me back the ability to enjoy my family, friends and work. There is no way to express what it means to me to be able to move, sleep and have more energy for anything I want to do without constant exhausting pain. And such a gift to have my life back so swiftly with no need for extensive physical therapy, no extensive scarring from muscles being cut and so much less pain than I imagine a traditional approach would have generated.

Heartfelt thanks to all of you! You are the best!

January 27, 2016

Bruce D. C.

Dr. Owen O’Neill has replaced both of my hips. The first was done October 16, 2007 and the second was done recently on November 13, 2015. In 2007 he explained to me that the surgery would be as minimally invasive as possible but it was done using the then traditional approach (either lateral, from the side, or posterior, from the back). Actually the first was somewhat a combination of the two; I’ve described that left hip replacement as having the incision in a southwesterly location. I was told of the physical limitations and pain I would experience until I was fully recovered. I used crutches, did all of the physical therapy exercises and managed the pain with medication. There were no surprises and I was very satisfied with the results

The recent 2015 replacement was done using the direct anterior approach. Before the surgery Dr. O’Neill explained that this different approach should minimize the pain (and the necessary medication), speed healing and generally provide a quicker recovery. Of course I somewhat seriously asked why we didn’t do it that way the first time. It is now about 2-1/2 months after the second surgery and I’ve jokingly told Dr. O’Neill that hip replacement has become similar to getting fast food; drive up to the first window, insurance makes the payment, drive to the second window, get a new hip and go home.

I don’t recall exactly how long I used crutches in 2007, how much pain medication I took or how long it was until I was able to resume all physical activities without any limitations. I do recall enough to know the difference in the overall recovery from the two surgeries was remarkable. In 2015 I used the crutches for less than a week, I did not use all of only one prescription for pain medication, I was carefully riding the stationary bike in less than two weeks in addition to doing the physical therapy exercises and I was walking normally with no pain in about a month. At about a month post-surgery I was able to increase my workouts to about an hour and one-half nearly every day (bike, weights and exercises). I will resume outdoor biking up to 30 miles a day when Minnesota weather permits. My recovery from the most recent surgery was so much quicker and involved much less pain. I don’t believe any surgeon could have done a better job and it’s a big plus when your doctor is also a very nice fellow.

December 30, 2015

Bob K.

My experience with Twin Cities Orthopedics and the Excel Program was great from start to finish. We only had one hiccup during my time at TCO. There was a thunderstorm on the day of my surgery and the air conditioning went out at the surgery center. Dr. Owen O’Neill explained the safety issues and the team handled the situation very professionally. Due to the safety matters, we decided to move my surgery to the next day. This demonstrated how important it is to focus on the safety of the patient and showed how efficiently a situation can be managed. It was out of the control of the surgical team, yet managed very well.

The entire team from office visits, to surgery, to overnight recovery, to post-surgical visits was very professional and enjoyable.

I know Dr. Owen O’Neill has seen three new patients at my referral since my surgery in May. I will continue to refer patients to Dr. Owen O’Neill and the Excel Program.

Thank you!

December 2, 2015

Lou O.

Leah Zimmerman walked me through this whole procedure which made it so much easier.  I knew I could always reach her when contacting Dr. Owen O’Neill, or even Alyssa, was a bit more challenging. Often she could answer my ‘paranoid’ concerns without having to bother Dr. Owen O’Neill.

This program is one of the best programs TCO initiated, and I am blessed to be a recipient.

 And as importantly, participating in TCO’s own Physical Therapy program was another blessing.  As I have mentioned Karen Edmonson… well I can’t say enough about her.  She is a treasure indeed.  I continue to get increased ‘bend’ and it is because of the exercises, ‘tricks of the trade’, etc. that she has taught me….all while keeping in mind a pulled muscle, arthritis in my lower back, and at one point hip tendonitis.  Fourteen years ago I was not so blessed to have TCO physical therapy, and it has made a world of difference.   (Can already bend my ‘new’ knee farther than I can my 14-yr. old knee.)

I am doing things now I NEVER could do before my surgery.  In addition, my chiropractor is amazed at how straight I am. He has never seen my pelvis straight as long as I have been going to him, which is 5-10 years.   Of course Dr. Owen O’Neill is my hero; and Dr. Jesse, too, has been wonderful.

 Thanks thanks thanks to the entire TCO staff.  I am blest indeed.

Thank you!

October 16, 2015

Mary S.

I had a minimally invasive right anterior hip replacement on 10/16/2015 by Dr. O’Neill. It is truly a miracle for which I am very grateful. For the first time in over 18 months, I am walking without pain. I have a range of motion that amazes me.

I had polio as a 9 year old and had 3 surgeries on both legs and feet and now have worn bilateral leg braces for 16 years because I have post-polio syndrome. I was fearful of more surgery and I think even the Excel staff was leery of my disabilities but I can safely say that I have made it through the surgery in excellent shape. The first time I stood up in the recovery room I knew the pain was gone!

I highly recommend this surgery to anyone who needs a new hip! I also highly recommend Dr. O’Neill and all the staff at TCO including Eileen, Alyssa, & Jessie. The Excel nurses and PTs were also terrific. All of my appointments were timely and the front desk staff are wonderful. Dr. O’Neill is very kind and thorough and humorous and I am so thankful for him. I am a RN and have been for 40 years and we nurses are very discerning and sometimes we aren’t the best patients, but this was a truly remarkable experience for me and my husband.

September 25, 2015

Heidi R.

From the moment I meet with Dr. O’Neill I felt at ease and comfortable with the decision to go ahead with my hip replacement. I was bone on bone and in pain. They scheduled me pretty quickly. I had it done at Southdale Fairview and everyone was wonderful. They took such great care of me and Dr. O’Neill and his assistant Jessie Donovan are true professionals with a great bedside manner. All my follow up appointments assured me I was on track to my recovery. I would highly recomend Dr. O’Neill to any of my friends or family. Thank you so much for taking such great care of me. My hip is perfect!

August 11, 2015

Steve Y.

I have been going to the BWCA ( Boundary Waters Canoe Area ) since 1964 when my father took me on my first trip to this magical, wonderful place. Since then I have made 25-30 trips back to the BWCA, recently with my sons and nephews. To say that it has a special place in my heart is a gross understatement. 2 years ago I came off the last portage in near tears, suffering from arthritic pain. Since then, Dr. Owen O’Neill, Dr. Ed Kelly and their expert staffs have replaced 2 shoulders, 2 hips and 1 knee. The attached photo was taken earlier this year and shows me and my team ( including my youngest son and nephew ) over looking “our unnamed lake” in the BWCA. We traveled over 10 miles to get there, crossing 3 lakes, 4 portages and 3 rivers. My sincere thanks to Dr. Kelly, Dr. O’Neill and their expert staffs for giving me this important piece of my life back! I strongly recommend them both and encourage you to schedule a visit if you are in pain like I was!Uploaded image Steve Yanda Testimonial Image

July 30, 2015

Bob N.

Dr. O’Neill performed a Total Hip replacement, Anterior approach on February 23, 2015.
This was one of the best decisions I have ever made. Prior to the surgery I struggled to walk a block or two and now I am back to 100% with no restrictions.
The recovery time was minimal, the patient care was outstanding from start to finish with follow up calls and appointments with Jessie and Dr. O’Neill.
When I explain the process and the ease of recovery with this surgery people are amazed, especially with the flexibility to cross my legs and really no restrictions, it’s as if it’s better than new.
I would recommend this procedure and team of Dr’s to anyone who is looking to get their quality of life back, I’m sure glad I did.
Thank You!!

July 2, 2015

Marlene O.

I had my left hip replaced in 2000 with the posterior type surgery. I had difficulty walking (with a very noticeable limp which caused a lot of back pain even after many weeks of therapy.) When my right hip became painful, I was afraid to go through such misery again even though I couldn’t walk more than a few minutes without sitting down. I heard of the less invasive anterior hip approach by accident and was very leery of it until I met Dr. O’Neill. His attitude gave me such confidence that he could correct my limp. I am so thankful that I met him. My surgery was on July 2, 2015 and I came home on July 4th. There wasn’t any need for even a cane after the second week. Now there is absolutely no back pain or limp for the first time in many years. None of my acquaintances could believe that I even had the surgery when they saw me after the second week. It is truly a miracle for me and there aren’t enough words to describe my admiration for Dr. O’Neill and the capabilities for him and his staff.

May 13, 2015

Bob N.

When I came to the realization that I needed a hip replacement, I started reading reviews like this one, I questioned if it really was as successful with the minimal discomfort that people stated?

This surgery was one of the best decisions of my life and to say I would strongly I recommend Dr. O’Neill to anyone who is considering this procedure would be an understatement..
Monday morning I had my surgery and was home Tuesday by noon, by Thursday I was walking with a cane and on my own by Saturday.
One of my biggest concerns was missing work, I missed a total of 7 days now grant it, I am at a desk most of the day but my coworkers were amazed at the progress!
The most amazing thing to me was how quickly and steady the healing process was, I just went back for my 10 week checkup and I have no restrictions in fact I don’t even think about my hip anymore.

Thank you for giving me my mobility back again and I am looking forward to the summer activities that I have been missing, you folks are the best!

April 23, 2015

Mary J.

I had direct anterior hip replacement done on my right hip April 23, 2015. The next morning I was walking with no aid (crutch/cane)- I couldn’t believe it!

I spent only one night in the hospital. Two days later, I was walking the dog. I played golf (chipping/putting) 8 days after surgery.

I had my left hip replaced in 2006 by another TCO surgeon. I spent 4 nights in the hospital. Two weeks on crutches, then needed a cane.

The anterior hip replacement is the only way to have a hip replaced! Minimally invasive, little pain and recovery time is little to none.

Dr. O’Neill has a lot of experience in the anterior hip replacement procedure. He answered all my questions-and then some. I am recommending this surgery to all who need it. One person who saw me two weeks after surgery is already in the process of scheduling anterior hip replacement surgery with Dr. O’Neill.

March 30, 2015

Pam G.

I am extremely grateful to Dr. O’Neill, Jessie and his staff. I had struggled with constant hip pain for almost a year. I finally realized it was more than an overworked muscle and went to see Dr. O’Neill (he was suggested by a friend who is in the medical world). I was diagnosed with Arthritis in my left hip. Dr. O’Neill suggested Direct Anterior Hip Replacement. He explained the surgery and the benefits that went along with this procedure. He and his staff worked to schedule me in for surgery as soon as possible.

The surgery was performed at St. Francis Hospital on March 30, 2015. All the staff at St. Francis was wonderful. I was back in my room by 2 p.m. I felt wonderful! I was up and standing without a walker or crutches by 6 p.m. I was walking the hallways of St. Francis the next morning; I was also able to do steps without any assistance. I had absolutely no pain, it was amazing. I was fortunate; I never had to take any pain medication after the surgery.

I left St. Francis the day after surgery. I was back to work in 2 weeks. My life is back to my normal, which is busy. I have 3 adorable grandchildren from 5 months to 2 years that I can carry, crawl and run with. I am back to being able to walk, exercise, garden, shop without having to take Advil, Tylenol or Ibuprofen.

Thank you so much Dr. O’Neill, Jessie and all the staff I am able to move freely without pain!

January 6, 2015

Matt R.

After talking with 2 other Dr’s, I met Dr. Owen O’Neill and instantly felt I had the right fit for me. Now just under a month after a hip replacement, I cannot recommend Dr. O’Neill and his staff enough. My wife said it best when we went to the pre-op class “You couldn’t possibly be in better hands”. As a 36 year old who wants to get the most mileage out of this I needed to find someone I was comfortable with and trusted to do what was best for me. I amazed day by day at the progress. Bottom line: If you are looking for someone that is truly passionate about helping people from the first conversation to the post surgery recovery, I honestly don’t believe you can find a better person to work with. Sit down and talk with him and see for yourself.

May 6, 2014

Jim K.

I had the new direct anterior hip replacement surgery on May 6,2014, home the next day. I didn’t even bother with a walker, and after 2 weeks I gave up the cane. It was an incredibly easy experience, and if it gets any easier it could be drive through surgery. I will definitely recommend Dr. O’Neill to some friends who are contemplating hip surgery. The entire staff is top notch, and I was kept completely informed on what to expect throughout the entire process.

April 15, 2014

Larry H.

I met Dr. O’Neill in 2008 when I was having such a difficult time with my knees. The lack of mobility and the pain made simple daily activities impossible. A total ‘knee replacement’ returned me to an active lifestyle. In 2010 I had ‘rotator cuff repair’, and in April of 2014 I had a ‘direct anterior hip replacement.’ The surgical skills of Dr. O’Neill and the aftercare of his team were outstanding. I can be more active now than I was 10 years ago. I would highly recommend him as an orthopedic surgeon.

April 7, 2014

Don E.

I had total left knee replacement by Dr. O’Neill and his team on April 7, 2014. I just want to say how great Dr. O’Neill and his team were before and after surgery. I would highly recommend Dr. O’Neill and his team to anybody who needs orthopedic surgery.

December 18, 2013

Curt N.

I am a business consultant for a computer software company and have the pleasure of traveling 40-45 weeks out of the year. The last 5 years, prior to my anterior hip replacement in December 2013, was extremely difficult; to the point that I had to have wheelchair assistance when I was at the airport. I could no longer walk to my gate to catch my plane. I could no longer bend over to tie my shoe laces. I had to walk with a cane and could only walk short distances because of the pain. I knew I had to do something to improve my quality of life.

Then in April of 2013, I received an announcement letter from Dr. O’Neill‘s office about the new minimal invasive anterior hip replacement surgery. I had never heard of this type of surgery even though I had been an Orthopedic and Operating Nurse for 8 years and my wife a nurse for 30 years. I knew I had to attend this presentation. After the presentation, I immediately setup an appointment to see Dr. O’Neill. He told me that I had severe osteoarthritis in both my hips and knees, but the right hip joint was the worse. My only concern was whether or not he would be willing to operate on a person of size. Sorry, I forgot to mention that I am 6 feet tall and weigh over 300 lbs. He told me it would be difficult but he was not going to turn me away and tell me to lose weight first.

We scheduled the surgery for the middle of December because I could use my vacation time, but I had to be back to work the first week of January to start traveling again for work. All the information I received was exceptional, not only from his office but also from the hospital I was to have my surgery.

Now, everyone as heard that nurses make the worse patients, and I was not the exception. I had had two previous major surgeries in 2013 and couldn’t wait to get out of those hospitals. They were not very pleasant stays. For my hip surgery, Dr. O’Neill suggested, St Francis Hospital in Shakopee, MN and I am glad I took his suggestion. My stay in the hospital was longer than normal, 3 days. The hospital was outstanding, great facility and hospital rooms (all private), wonderful people; from admissions, pre-op nurses and anesthetists to the physical therapists and occupational therapist, but it was the floor nurses and nursing assistants that really restored my faith in the nursing profession. They were outstanding!!! I am know where I will be for my next hip surgery in December of 2014.

The surgery went well, I was up walking with a walker the next day and a cane the day after. My wife and oldest daughter couldn’t believe their eyes. They hadn’t seen me walk that quickly and without pain for years. I was back traveling for work 3 weeks after surgery. I also got the same response from the people at work.

Yes, my quality of life has improved greatly and is getting better with each passing week.

Thanks, Dr. O’Neill, Jessie, Alyssa and the people at St. Francis Hospital.

December 13, 2013

Margie S.

I had been fortunate my whole life with great energy and great health. For 77 years I had worked hard, played hard, and enjoyed life. In 2013 it all changed very quickly. One Sunday, I sat down and could not stand up. My knee would not support me. I just felt terrible pain, pain, pain.

My primary care physician told me that an orthopedic specialist was needed and sent me to Twin Cities Orthopedics. I had no appointment and I was desperate. They said no doctor was available. After pleading my case, Dr. O’Neill had mercy and took me as an add-on patient. My x-rays showed bone on bone. I had a cortisone shot but the relief was short lived. I needed surgery.

Dr. O’Neill performed my first surgery in August. Fabulous! I was back at work in 3 weeks! But now the left knee seemed worse than ever. This time I could hardly wait to get the surgery done. Again, everything went great. I went home from rehab in 10 days, on Dec 23rd. On the way home I got groceries and cooked Christmas dinner for my family.

Today, one year later, my knees are great and again I will cook Christmas dinner for my family, very grateful for my new knees which give me truly a new life. A huge thank you to Dr. O’Neill and his great staff. I would highly recommend him to anyone needing this surgery.

October 28, 2013

James M.

Below is a letter from James, who traveled from Canada to have a hip replacement with Dr. Owen O’Neill through the EXCEL Program at Twin Cities Orthopedics.

It’s funny how life works; how small the world seems to be, and how sometimes things just happen to go just right. This is where my story begins. After several months of enduring hip pain, it became apparent that it was time for a total hip replacement (THR). One of the keys for me, and what I think was important at my age (72), was the length of recovery after the surgery. I am an avid golfer both in Toronto, Ontario, Canada and in Marco Island, Florida; an outdoor cottage guy during the Canadian summers; and a guy that you could say just can’t sit still for five minutes. I was introduced to Dr. Owen O’Neill and Twin Cities Orthopedics from a close friend here in Toronto. After a short conversation with Dr. O’Neill and a brief discussion over an X-ray I had sent him, I knew this was the perfect fit for me. The THR being performed at Excel would have me back to my life of mobility in a third of the time of other THR procedures up here in Toronto. From the moment I arrived in Minneapolis, it was evident that the Excel team provides patients with coordinated care as advertised. I experienced outstanding care from all administration, all the dedicated nurses, and especially from Dr. Owen O’Neill himself. All questions about the surgery – and more importantly for me, about my recovery – were answered. After the surgery, the first thing I uttered to my son and daughter was, “What time is my tee time?” I just felt great – recovering for a few days in the private orthopedic suite getting nothing but the best care from all the excellent nurses on staff. I can’t thank them enough for making me feel so comfortable after the surgery. After a few more days recovering in a hotel suite provided by Excel and another examination/X-ray with Dr. O’Neill, I was on my way back home to Toronto. I had my surgery on a Monday morning and I was on a plane back to Toronto on Friday afternoon, and that is all due to the expertise of Dr. O’Neill and his team. Now, a few weeks after the surgery, family and friends can’t believe how quickly I’m recovering after having had a total hip replacement. Needless to say, I’m looking forward to my follow-up X-ray in about three weeks and a discussion via phone with Dr. O’Neill to discuss when I can make it back to the first tee to shave a few strokes off the scorecard. Most sincerely, James M.- Toronto, Ontario, Canada

August 9, 2013

Doug L.

I am 76 years old and had an anterior right hip replacement done by Dr. O’Neill. I had had a previous hip replacement done on the left side by another doctor using the posterior approach in 2009. Though the outcomes for both surgeries were positive, the recovery period for the anterior approach was considerably less painful and much shorter.

After the posterior surgery, I had to use a walker for a period of three to four weeks and a cane for several weeks beyond that. After a period of three months, I was still noticeably limping on that leg. With that recovery experience, I was not looking forward to repeating that procedure again when my right hip began to fail in 2013. To my good fortune, a friend at my church told me about her recent hip replacement which had been performed by Dr. O’Neill. She said that he had used an anterior approach which required a 5 inch incision in contrast to the eight or nine inch incision required in the posterior approach. She said her total recovery time was less than three weeks.

That sounded really positive to me, so I made an appointment to see Dr. O’Neill. When I met with Dr. O’Neill, I was immediately impressed with his very positive attitude. He thoroughly explained the anterior approach and showed me photos of previous patients who had the anterior surgery. I was amazed to see those patients walking only with a cane several days after their surgeries. In addition to Dr. O’Neill‘s positive attitude, I was impressed with his personality and patient relations. He was not the typical “surgical god” that some surgeons pretend to be. He was a real person.

Because I really liked Dr. O’Neill and his approach, I had my right hip replaced by him. After staying in the hospital for two days, I returned home to begin my recovery. To my amazement, after less than a week, I was walking using only a cane for support. Because I wanted to impress Dr. O’Neill when I went to see him for a nine day check-up, I walked into the exam room using no cane or walker. Since his staff was very impressed with my progress, they took some videos of me walking in the hall. I really had no pain and was walking with no limp.

In a short period of time after that, I was again able to play golf and to ice skate, two of my favorite activities which had been limited because of the hip pain. Though both of my replaced hips work well now, the process of getting to a functional level was totally different. If you are considering having a hip replacement, I would encourage you to consider the anterior approach. To my good fortune and to yours if you choose the anterior approach, no doctor is better qualified to perform the procedure than Dr. O’Neill.

June 15, 2013

Karl W.

I had a hip replacement on my right hip in June 2013 with the new direct anterior approach. I never expected things to be good so soon. Dr. O’Neill indicated that the healing time was short and that I would be up and about rather quickly, but the healing exceeded my expectations. By two weeks after the operation

I am walking comfortably, do not need any supports such as a walker or a cane, I can bend comfortably, and I get up and down, walk, get in an out of cars, etc. more comfortably than I have been able to do in years.

The operation, the post operation care, the attention of the staff and Dr. O’Neill’s superb work deserves the highest commendation. All the information I received before the procedure was right on point, I was kept clearly informed every step of the way. I wish I had realized how easy this would be because I would not have waited this long to get this surgery. I feel like a new person and am grateful that such work can be done so well. Highest commendations to Dr. O’Neill and his staff.

June 3, 2013

Roy N.

I have been a teacher and boy’s high school hockey coach for almost 50 years. I am 70 years old and still coaching in Albert Lea. This past year my right hip was becoming so painful that I did all my coaching from the bench and didn’t skate at all. I went to Florida for stem cell therapy in hope that would rectify my condition. Part of the therapy included having a PRP treatment 6-8 weeks after the initial stem cell transplant. Dr. O’Neill offered this treatment. We met and I had an x-ray and then a conference. He explained that it was bone-on-bone and there was no evidence of improvement. He did give me the treatment and I came back in 6 weeks. No improvement. I then had a cortisone shot and it had no effect. I knew I was at the end of the line and so I asked Dr. O’Neill if he would do an anterior total hip replacement. We went over the procedure and on June 3rd I had the operation at St. Francis Hospital in Shakopee, MN.

Wow! What a pain-free experience. I had no pain from day one, and didn’t take one pain pill after being released from the hospital. I walked without any assistance. I didn’t need a walker, crutches, or a cane!

The staff at St. Francis was terrific! In fact, the x-ray tech was one of my former hockey players and the anesthetist was a former student of mine. Everyone was very professional, but very friendly and extremely caring. I left the hospital the day after my surgery.

Since the surgery I have been back for a 2 week and a 6 week checkup at which time I met with Dr. O’Neill and his assistant, Jessie. I have made steady progress throughout my recovery period. Five weeks after my surgery I skated for the first time and it felt great to be back on the ice again. I am looking forward to the coming hockey season. I couldn’t have had a better team of professionals, but moreover, great people with such an interest in my well-being and recovery. Their great personalities actually made this an enjoyable experience. My wife and I are also very grateful to Rebecca who in the pre and post-operative periods answered all of our calls and was so very pleasant and helpful.

I definitely would suggest this treatment to others. The people in Albert Lea have been amazed at my progress. I have recommended and given Dr. O’Neill‘s name to many interested and prospective hip surgery candidates. I can only say “Thank You!” to Dr. O’Neill and his staff for their great work and for taking such good care of me!

March 14, 2013

Jerry S.

I had left hip replacement 2006 and right hip March 2013 by Dr. O’Neill. Both hips were bone on bone and I was taking too many drugs to keep playing tennis and other fun stuff. Both results provided a like new hip with no pain nor problems. Recovery at home after three nights and two nights in the hospital was very uneventful and was off all pain medications by week 3 1/2. Working with Dr. O’Neill and staff was always a positive experience and I have referred three people to him so far and will continue to do so. The minimally invasive hip replacement procedure hospital stay and recovery seemed less than I anticipated each time. I am cleared to play senior tennis doubles eight weeks after surgery and am very happy with the result.

December 20, 2012

Dan G.

I had a bad knee. It hurt, I was limited in what I could do, and I was frustrated with myself. I went to Dr. O’Neill to get his opinion, and after a thorough examination and a conservative approach to relieving the pain, he recommended a knee replacement. It was not his first option, which I appreciated.

The information he provided to me before I decided to proceed with the replacement was exceptional. The pre-surgery information was exceptional both at his clinic and at Fairview Southdale Hospital. The recovery wasn’t fun, but on the 20th day following surgery I was walking through Lindbergh Terminal to a plane to travel to Phoenix for meetings. Within 3 months I was in Mexico, going down a zip line and repelling down from a very tall tree.

A year after surgery I remain extremely pleased with the surgery, the outcome, and the ability to live a much more active life. Dr. O’Neill is good at what he does.

October 11, 2012

Sharelle P.

Sharelle P. (pictured on left) had a total knee replacement performed by Dr. O’Neill (pictured) as a part of the Excel Orthopedic & Recovery Program at Twin Cities Orthopedics.The program’s focus of providing an all-encompassing patient experience helped her make a rapid recovery from surgery. “I had confidence in my knee right away,” she said. “I haven’t really had any pain and am able to do things I haven’t done in years.”Excel, which debuted in June of 2012, provides patients with coordinated care from day one to full recovery with personalized service from their surgeon and a nurse practitioner. This includes an orthopedic recovery suite that offers specialized orthopedic care, with 24-hour RN care, Physical Therapy and Occupational Therapy. “The environment was much more comfortable than the hospital,” said Sharelle. “I was there because I was recovering and not because I was sick.”As a part of that coordinated care patients attend Excel Camp, a class that prepares them for surgery and introduces them to the staff they will be in contact with before and after the procedure. “They explained every step of the process in great detail and answered every question I had,” said Sharelle. “I was very well prepared for what was to come.”In addition to preparing Sharelle for her surgery and recovery, the friendliness of the Excel staff helped put her at ease throughout the entire experience. “From the person who greeted me at 5:30 a.m. to the person that rolled me out to my car” the staff was outstanding, she said. Throughout her recovery in the private orthopedic suite, Sharelle said she “quickly received assistance when needed” and “saw my surgeon everyday that I was there.”

July 30, 2012

Mike O.

In October/November 1996 Dr. Owen O’Neill performed reconstructive surgery on my right knee for a completely torn ACL and partially torn Meniscus. Dr. O’Neill’s professionalism was second to none and the results of the surgery speak for themselves. In 2003 at the age of 37 I entered the profession of Law Enforcement. I passed all the physical demands of the academy, have served 4 years on a SWAT team to include hundreds of hours of physically demanding training and countless real life situations. I have passed multiple physical fitness tests in my 11 years of law enforcement and my knee has stayed strong through it all as well as injury free. I run 2+ miles a day 4-5 days a week and do strength training on my legs without any issues. Thank you Dr. O’Neill.

May 14, 2012

Elaine O.

I was having terrible hip pain when I first saw Dr. O’Neill. He diagnosed me with bone on bone osteoarthritis in my right hip and told me I needed a complete hip replacement surgery. I had the direct anterior surgery on May 14, 2012. I can’t believe how fast I recovered. I was back to square dancing five weeks after the surgery. I didn’t use my walker after two weeks, nor a cane after three weeks. There was no need for any physical therapy or exercises. Before surgery, I could no longer sit on the floor, square dance, go shopping for groceries, walk up or down the basement steps to do laundry. I am so thankful Dr. Foley from Fairview referred me to Dr. O’Neill. I didn’t know that this Direct Anterior Surgery was even available. I was soooo fortunate to have found Dr. O’Neill and his assistant Jessie. I have already referred at least two other people to them.

Here is a recent picture of me grooming my poodle who likes to lay on our floor when groomed.

March 22, 2012

Gail C.

I would recommend Dr. O’Neill and his staff to everyone considering having a hip replacement. I also would definitely recommend the Direct Anterior Hip Replacement procedure! The hip pain is GONE!

March 21, 2012

Milaina F.

I would like to thank Dr. O’Neill and his team for the excellent job they did replacing my left hip.

Dr. O’Neill is a very good doctor; it’s hard for me to find the words to praise his work.

He’s my hero. He has very skilled hands. My standard of living improved dramatically after the operation. I have no pain, when I’m walking and I can walk a lot. I have even became a member of a fitness club.

I would definitely recommend Dr. O’Neill to others who need a similar operation. Even more so, if I would ever need another replacement I would absolutely go back to Doctor O’Neill.

March 21, 2012

Diane P.

I highly recommend Dr. Owen O’Neill at Twin Cities Orthopedics. Dr. O’Neill has a lot of experience in the new direct anterior hip replacement procedure. He gained my trust by taking the necessary time to honestly answer my questions. I had surgery in December. I went home after two nights in the hospital. I did not need to go to a nursing home transitional care unit nor did I need outpatient physical therapy. This was a huge cost and time savings. I quit using a walker and cane the second day I was home. I drove after ten days and I had my right hip replaced. I had no pain, just incision soreness and leg muscle stiffness. My leg muscles were weak due to avoiding walking for the past two years because of hip pain. I work in a transitional care unit in a nursing home and I see the people who had complications with hip replacement surgery. I put surgery off way too long. Today, I would not think twice if I need my left hip replaced. And – the surgeon will be Dr. O’Neill.

March 20, 2012

Don G.

Dr. O’Neill and his team are simply the best-the very best. From Dr. O’Neill‘s anterior technique to the whole team’s concerned care giving, you simply couldn’t find a better group. I was up walking right after surgery and went home just a few days after the operation, and now, after two months, I never feel a thing at my hip and find it hard to believe I even had the operation.

March 20, 2012

Susan B.

Dr. Owen O’Neill and Jessie Donovan, P. A. were absolutely fabulous throughout the entire knee replacement process. They were very informative, thorough, and reassuring in preparing me for surgery. They answered every question and concern. I always felt listened to and cared for. The surgery was a complete success thanks to their careful preparation and skill during surgery. They were very patient and caring during recovery too. Every e-mail or phone call was answered within hours. After surgery I struggled with sleep issues and they actively helped me find solutions. I followed their instructions and was dedicated to my physical therapy. It’s been 6 months and I feel like a new woman. Thanks so much to both of you!

March 19, 2012

Gordy M.

After 4-5 years of walking like a penguin, and with a significant limp, it was time to re-visit Dr. O’Neill and Jessie for a heart to heart serious discussion to remedy my problem. It was a simple explanation of the proposed replacement and the surgery itself. Scared? Oh yeah! I actually found out that my leg WAS NOT going to be cut in two. The surgery and hospital nurses at St. Francis were OUTSTANDING. I highly recommend them. Rehab was exactly what I was told it was going to be. Sometimes uncomfortable, but NOT UNBEARABLE. The physical therapists at Dr. O’Neill‘s office were great! Sometimes tough, but not harsh. I worked with Kelly mostly who was outstanding! It is now 3 1/2 months since surgery. My knee truly hasn’t felt this good in close to 10 years. I’m looking forward to deer hunting next month, WITHOUT PAIN. THANK YOU DR. O’NEILL, JESSIE and the physical therapists, especially Kelly.

March 19, 2012

Rick K.

Dr. O’Neill‘s technical competence matched the patient contact time for an outstanding result. O’Neill and his staff took the needed time to answer my questions and meet my needs as a patient. I’m very pleased with the outcome.

March 18, 2012

Joe M.

Smooth! Effective! Humorous! (Whoops, watch the funny bone!) These guys were great. The most difficult after effect was the constipation related to surgery. We can easily live with that. Oops I forgot immediately responsive. The team was there when I needed them. It has not been quite a year and I am at the gym 110 minutes per day as well as walking 3.5 miles per night. Now this is not only on the new hip but also the knee replacement of 2007. Hey carpe diem all.

*Joe had Anterior Approach Hip Replacement with Dr. Owen O’Neill.

March 16, 2012

Nancy J.

I was so fortunate to find Dr. O’Neill when I needed a knee replacement! Everything went according to what I was told about the surgery and recovery. I was able to get back to my normal routine within 6 weeks and felt great again!

Then, 3 years later, I needed a hip replacement – and again, I was SO relieved to find out that Dr. O’Neill did those, too! All went according to plan and I was out of the hospital the next day and back at work a week later.

It’s only after I had the replacement surgeries that I realized how bad the arthritic pain was.

I am so thankful for Dr. O’Neill and his staff. I’ve been back to my normal daily routine for several months now and am still amazed at how healthy I feel.

Thank you to Dr. O’Neill and his staff for making my life more enjoyable!

March 16, 2012

Linda B.

The treatment I received from Dr. O’Neill and the team at the Excel Center and TCO was fantastic! The continuity of care was complete- each doctor, nurse, therapist, PA, administrative assistant, care coordinator- you name it- everyone coordinated my care and progress in a way that is remarkable for most surgical procedures. I’m less than four months out from a full knee replacement, and able to do most things already, including daily swims half-way across the lake, one of my goals for summer here at the cabin. The only thing slowing me down now is the other knee- which also has arthritis and that I’ll be replacing later this year. Based on my experience with the first knee, I should be on cross country skis by February! I felt totally confident with Dr. O’Neill– he patiently answered ALL my questions before and after surgery- he took the time I needed to be comfortable about what would happen. Thank you to the entire team!

*Linda was a participant in TCO’s Excel Program

March 16, 2012

Gail M.

Less than a month ago, Dr. O’Neill performed a anterior approach total hip replacement on my left hip, and a year ago he performed the same procedure on my right. Both surgeries went extremely well. While I recovered quickly after the first surgery, recovery was even faster for the second. I used a walker for a few days, a cane for about a week, and was walking easily in 10 days. In fact, I am walking more easily now than I have in years.

Since it was clear from the start I needed both hips replaced, we planned a course of action that would work best for me. I am grateful for the individualized care I received from Dr. O’Neill and his team. I have recommended him, and the anterior approach, to several others.

March 15, 2012

Paula E.

Dr. O’Neill has done four joint replacements for me (two hips/two knees) since 2009 and this last one, the direct anterior approach on my left hip was a piece of cake for me to recover from! My first hip replacement in 2009 (the posterior approach) had a long and painful recovery which necessitated my taking many pain pills to be able to get around and, most importantly, be able to sleep. This time, there literally was no pain and I went home on the third day after surgery. I have a split-level home with many stairs and I had no difficulty in getting up and down. Used a walker for two days and a cane for another two and that was the end of that.

Dr. O’Neill and Jessie were wonderful, carefully explaining the surgery and what I needed to do to take care of myself afterwards. I have to admit that I didn’t quite believe Dr. O’Neill when he said that there would be minimal pain with this new type of surgery, but he didn’t lie! It is such a pleasure now to be able to do things and not have to calculate how much pain I can endure. My experiences with Dr. O’Neill and his team have been so favorable that I didn’t hesitate to recommend him to friends who needed joint work done too.

March 15, 2012

JoAnne F.

From my initial meeting, through the surgery, and post op exam with Dr. O’Neill all resulted in a most positive experience! His “cheerful”, reassuring manner I believe intentionally contributes to the successful outcome for his patients

Some of the attributes of this least invasive, anterior method of surgery include the reduction of pain, eliminates further post op rehab treatment as well as lifting limitations or restrictions following surgery as well as two earlier replaced knee joints which give me a broader sense of comparison.

My endurance has significantly improved, my pain removed, my walking stamina increased and my quality of life is now allowing me to put entertaining and travel back on my calendar. We have a wonderful array of orthopedic surgeons in our area; I believe Dr. O’Neill to be a leader in that group!

March 14, 2012

Mick S.

Prior to this knee replacement, I have had my other knee replaced and my left hip. Although I have no real complaints about my prior experience, this experience was like moving into the penthouse. From the time I stepped into the waiting room on the surgical floor at TCO, it always felt like personalized care. This includes preparation for surgery to recovery room and then transportation to the best of all: the care facility, which had a roomy private room with a nurse dedicated to me around the clock. One less day in the care facility than I spent in prior procedures in the hospital, and then home. Thanks to the able physical therapists who accurately judged my personal capabilities, my rehab was faster than on the prior knee replacement. I can’t wait for summer to start walking on the golf course again!

*Mick had a Knee Replacement performed by Dr. Owen O’Neill

March 13, 2012

Randy

Dr. O’Neill replaced both of my hips one month apart. He used the new direct anterior approach. The results were amazing! Little or no pain. I never needed a cane or a walker. I was driving a car in 2 days and mowing my yard in one week. Dr. O’Neill and his staff are top notch. They are kind and explain everything precisely. I HIGHLY recommend Dr. O’Neill to anyone needing orthopedic surgery. You will be extremely pleased with the results!

March 13, 2012

Nancy J.

I’m a 79 year old woman whose knees had become so bad that I could only walk for short distances without pain. Dr. O’Neill replaced first one knee and the other three months later. Two months after the second surgery I am able to walk over a mile without pain. I’m able to walk stairs with confidence, stoop to garden and generally back to my previous life. Dr. O’Neill made a huge difference in my life and I would (and have) heartily recommend him as a surgeon.