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November 27, 2018
I had a Total Knee Arthroscopy in 2016 in Cleveland and it never healed completely. That surgeon’s staff kept telling me I just needed more PT. So I did it. By 2018, I couldn’t take the pain any longer and was referred to TCO. The surgeon that saw me immediately referred me to Dr. Anseth. I was scared. The first surgery and recovery had caused me so much swelling and pain. Dr. Anseth and his wonderful PA Heidi told me that my original replacement was loose and it’s movement was wearing away the top of the bone on my calf. They moved their schedule around to get me into surgery in less than 30 days, which is very fast and uncommon in orthopedic surgery. Dr. Anseth made it work and after first seeing him in May, I had my revision surgery by June 1!
Recovery was difficult. Apparently I have a minor bleeding disorder which I found about through a referral from Dr. Anseth. According to him, I has more post-surgical bleeding than any other patient he has ever worked on. Let me tell you, blood where it’s not supposed to be, hurts a lot. Dr. Anseth and Heidi were concerned for my recovery and followed it very closely, meeting with me often. It was such a different experience than I had with my first surgeon. They didn’t belittle me or condescend when I complained about severe pain even 3-months after the surgery. They worked with a pain clinic to ensure I got the relief I needed. Their compassion never stopped even when it appeared that my recovery was not going as it did with most of their other patients. Dr. Anseth’s work however, is not just technically accurate and by the book. He took into consideration the fact that I was born with legs turned inward which, though corrected as a child, caused the structures around my knees to be somewhat uncommon. The first surgeon didn’t do anything “wrong”, but he didn’t take this into consideration, and installed the implant as he would with any other patient.
During my revision, Dr. Anseth took more than twice the normal amount of time fitting and refitting my revision implant. He is the first to say that there is science and best practice procedures to follow, but he very much relies on whether or not the implant “FEELS RIGHT.” He’s and artist as much as he is an engineer and physician.
After 5 months the pain subsided and the knee healed. The leg is still a bit weak, but getting stronger all the time. It was a rough road but I can say that with any other surgeon I may have given up, and I’m am not sure this second implant would have worked. I was a hard case, but Dr. Anseth and Heidi were up to the challenge and I will be forever grateful.
November 26, 2018
With both of my knees at the end of their original warranty period, we were looking for recommendations for an experienced Orthopedic surgeon who would do a good job with knee replacements and who was able to accommodate some special timing needs. Two higher-ups in the Fairview organization recommended Dr. Szalapski. He did my first knee on August 20, and the second on November 19. While the second knee is still brand new, I can say I am very pleased with how the first replacement turned out. Dr. Szalapski is a good guy, down to earth, with a large personality. He’s approachable and obviously knows his stuff. He’s an easy guy to recommend.
November 21, 2018
Hi Dr. Kruse has always listened carefully to my concerns and performed the best possible surgeries on both of my knees. He is excellent!
November 19, 2018
When Dr. Anderson replaced my knee in October of 2016, I was informed that I should no longer run as a form of exercise and should increase my time on the bike. I was also told that I should not be able to wear out my new knee if I take care of it. Below is list of my current numbers 24 months post-surgery and not one issue. Dr. Anderson and his support staff are in a word amazing.
2017 and 2018 totals:
Distance: 16,193.1 mi
Time: 804 hours 29 min.
Elev Gain: 379,607 ft
November 19, 2018
I first saw Dr. Barry for a tear in my right knee 4 years ago when he repaired my meniscus tear and I had immediate relief. This year I have a tear in my left knee and had the surgery done by Dr. Barry and again I had immediate relief with no other complications or pain. His staff is professional, friendly and results driven. My knees feel great and I could not be happier with the results.
November 6, 2018
I want to thank Dr. Weiss and his entire team for such an awesome job! My knees were full of arthritis, I was bow-legged and in a ton of pain for years. I had never had surgery before and I was so scared but everyone made me feel so comfortable! I could go on and on about Dr. Weiss because he’s the best! Dr. Weiss I want to THANK YOU for giving me my life back!!!
October 31, 2018
I cannot say enough about how well my experiences were with my knee replacements. From my initial evaluation, developing a plan of action, the cortisone shots, the actual replacements, all the way through to post surgery pain management protocol and follow up visits, Dr. Lewis, Libby, PA and staff were professional yet personable, experts at what they do, and extremely skilled. I am 5 months out from my last knee replacement and just finished a 5.7 mile organized hill-filled walk which I have not been able to do in 3 years. I highly recommend this team!
Deepest thanks for the surgery and counseling my right knee, both in 2009 and this year. I’m resuming a normal life due to your skill and dedication. To say that I”m grateful would be a huge understatement. I’m extremely lucky for your expertise, counseling, and dedication to healing.
I completed physical therapy this week at TCO Stillwater and am moving normally and comfortably. Physical therapists Tim Hafemeyer and Kristine Sicora are expert “coaches” and counselors Ms. Sicora happened to be my PT at OSI following your surgery on my knee in 2009. I could not have asked for better treatment. They’ve given me suggestions for further work on my own.
Both the clinical team and the administrative team are excellent. Please extend them my appreciation.
Great work, Doc! And thanks again.
October 29, 2018
I was very pleased with my recent total knee replacement. My options were discussed in easy to understand terms, what to expect during and after surgery, its risks, and all my questions were answered. I was totally at ease going into this surgery and had faith in Dr. Moen. His assistant Steph made herself available for my silly questions, and refilled my prescriptions immediately, going the extra mile. I attended the two hour pre surgery class and would recommend it to anyone considering knee surgery. I followed the three week pre-surgery exercises to the letter. My recovery at home was easy, pain free, and I was weaned from my pain medicine within two weeks. I am back to doing everything I need to do, pain free. I am so happy.
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.