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As the largest orthopedic physician group in the Midwest, and one of the largest in the country, you are sure to find a clinic that best meets your needs.

August 3, 2023

J. L.

There are no words that can adequately express my thanks and gratitude to Dr. Deal for restoring my “functional” life.  My pain badly affected my quality of life as I was unable to walk short distances or sit comfortably.  It took a leap of faith to agree to spine surgery, but 2 months post-op I was able to vacation in Florida and 3 months post-op, I traveled to Hawaii (all with the permission of my physical therapist).  This could not have happened without Dr. Deal’s surgical skills and expertise plus the care and compassion shown by him and the TCO medical team.  It is reassuring that they continue to be readily accessible should I have any future questions or concerns.


July 9, 2023

Tom W.

I was referred to Dr. Hoel by another surgeon at TCO. I went in with shoulder and neck pain. I also had numbness, like pins and needles going down my arm and into my left hand. After reviewing my MRI, he diagnosed me with a large herniated disc. After reviewing all my options I decided on surgery. The surgery went great. In the recovery room, all of the pain in my shoulder and the feeling of pins and needles were gone. I would recommend Dr. Hoel for any of your surgical needs.

July 4, 2023

Carol C.

Dr. Banks is simply the best spine/neck surgeon in my opinion! He goes above and beyond what is expected. He watched me walk into his building and told me the issue wasn’t my back, it was my neck. I walked with a cane, while dragging my right leg behind me. An MRI confirmed he was correct, and we scheduled surgery immediately. After one of my surgeries, my husband had to be out of town for business. Dr. Banks called him on his way home from work to tell him how my surgery went. How many doctors do you know that would do that?

Dr. Banks told his staff that if I ever call with an emergency, they are to let him know because with me, it’s always an emergency! I have referred several people to see him. He is straight and to the point with anyone’s orthopedic issues. If he can or if he cannot help you, he will let you know.

If you know of anyone with spine or neck issues, Dr. Banks is the surgeon for you! I will NOT let any other spine/neck surgeon touch me! I don’t know what I’m going to do when the day comes that he decides to retire, hopefully that’s not for quite a while. He is a very caring and skilled surgeon and I truly appreciate his talent and knowledge. Thank you, Dr. Banks, for everything you have done for me and continue to do for me! I appreciate YOU!

June 8, 2023

Mandy H.

I went to my local emergency room when I hurt my back and then discovered TCO had an Orthopedic Urgent Care. That could have saved me so much time and pain. The first time I met with Dr. Omar I felt like someone understood the exact pain I had been feeling. He looked over the imaging that had been sent to him and he explained what the diagnosis was and how to treat it. After I agreed to surgery, it was a smooth process. Dr. Omar’s assistant, Matt, was right there with the steps I needed to have done before the surgery. After the process was over Dr. Omar came to explain how it went and what my recovery should be. From the moment I walked into TCO, I felt like a person and not a number. I have been recommending to TCO for any and all orthopedic needs. I know if anything happens in the future I will be back. I thank all the staff that I have encountered for being amazing and understanding!

May 12, 2023

Frank D.

I’ve dealt with cervical issues for most of my adult life. In late August/early September of 2022, the C6-C7 area of my cervical spine herniated, causing pain, paresthesia, and substantial weakness in my right arm. In particular, those muscles innervated by the nerves were compressed by the extrusion. My mother recommended TCO to me, having had tremendous success there with her double knee replacement.

Upon arrival, Dr. Ryan Hoel examined me thoroughly and ordered imaging. He was able to diagnose the issue very quickly. Considering there was substantial weakness in my right arm, there was a chance strength might not return if left untreated. Because I was young and physically active, Dr. Hoel suggested surgical repair by means of an artificial disc replacement. This type of surgery was a novel idea to me and I was initially apprehensive at the prospect. However, my anxieties were dispelled immediately by Dr. Hoel’s tremendous confidence in his abilities to perform the surgery, as well as its outcome. The surgery was performed in early November and it was masterfully done. The strength in my right arm is 90% restored, and continues to improve weekly. I no longer experience pain or numbness, and the scar at the front of my neck has faded and is hardly discernible. I highly recommend Dr. Hoel to anyone who has suffered a neck injury and is considering the prospect of surgical repair. He is a master of his craft and no one could have done better.

May 7, 2023

Brandon S.

I had back fusion surgery in 2019. Dr DuBois did a great job. It has been years now and I continue to feel great.

April 22, 2023

Dawn B.

In January 2022 I fell walking the dog and knew within hours that something wasn’t right. Every day the pain got worse and soon became intolerable nerve pain. From the very first day I met Dr. Brenner I knew I was in the very best of hands. He made me feel heard and showed compassion for what I was going through. He not only answered all the questions, but addressed some I didn’t know to ask. He thoroughly laid out all of my options and made suggestions of things to try to get relief before going right to the surgical option. After we tried them all, we made the informed decision to go with surgery. I was comfortable in that decision but just as important, he made my family comfortable as well.

The surgery was an amazing success for which I am so grateful and to be honest, with his knowledge and expertise it was what I hoped for and expected. The real story is what happened afterwards. I have never experienced the level of care and I received form Dr. Brenner and his team. He and his care coordinator, Katlyn, called me to check in often, in between follow up visits. I remember thinking ‘Who does that, how sweet is that?!’ Family yes, but your surgeon? It really made me feel like I was more than just a patient on a schedule, and that he truly cared about my health. I just had my one year final follow up and everything is fantastic, even better than expected. I will be forever grateful for the care I received by this team at TCO. I have my life back thanks to Dr. Brenner, Katlyn and the PT team!

April 22, 2023

Janet B.

I’ve had multiple spine/back surgeries, the most recent was 4 months ago. I chose Dr. Banks for my recent surgery and I’m very happy I did. He spent time understanding my issue and tried several non-invasive attempts at reducing my pain. Eventually we decided surgery was the best option. Three months after the procedure I was doing things I haven’t been able to do without pain for a long time. I’m feeling so much better. Dr. Banks is an excellent spine surgeon and I would chose him again without hesitation.

April 15, 2023

Matt S.

I had neck pain and numbness, with pain down my arm and into my hand. Dr. Brenner walked me through options, explained everything and took time to educate along the way. He called me multiple times and went to every length necessary to be sure I had all the information I needed. This experience was absolutely the best I have ever had. I’m so glad I met him! Surgery was completed to replace the disk and he took all the time necessary to deal with getting it right. Recovery is going well, my arm pain is gone, and I could not be happier. What a fantastic individual.

March 24, 2023

Michael B.

It is with gratitude that I write this testimonial for Dr. Hoel, his PA-C, Christina Erdmann and his care coordinator, Julie Patricelli. In January 2023, Dr. Hoel performed my cervical fusion which was necessitated by my myelomalacia. This condition caused me to lose my balance and drop things. Almost immediately after the surgery, I noted a reduction in my symptoms, which was a bonus since the goal of the surgery was simply to stop the progression of my condition. Not only were the surgical results excellent and the recovery very tolerable, but also my interaction with Dr. Hoel, Christina and Julie could not have been better. All three of them responded to my many questions promptly and with patience.

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As the largest orthopedic physician group in the Midwest, and one of the largest in the country, you are sure to find a clinic that best meets your needs.

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