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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.

May 1, 2023

Ruthie A.

I recently had a total knee replacement with Dr. Bircher in March of 2023. He explained everything clearly and answered all my questions. He was unhurried and gave his undivided attention. He was also very accommodating to not only myself, but to my family. Dr. Bircher is clearly a skilled surgeon who cares about his patients.

April 26, 2023

Diane F.

Dr. Peterson performed a total knee replacement for me in March 2023. Right away it was easier going up stairs than it was before surgery, although recovery was painful for the first three weeks. By the week two I was walking without a cane and by week six, I was going for walks outside and doing a little yard work. I’m so glad I had surgery. I’m back to my water exercise class at the YMCA. Thanks Dr. Peterson and staff. The staff at Fairview Wyoming was great too.

April 25, 2023

Charles L.

I sustained a knee injury during a gymnastics competition that required immediate surgery at the trauma center at the Phoenix Children’s Hospital. I was out of state, completely alone, and had no idea on where to go next. Luckily one of the physical therapists at the competition was from TCO Eagan and referred me to Dr. LaPrade when I returned home. After visiting Dr. LaPrade, I felt like I could relax because I knew I was in good hands. It was absolutely crazy how everything was taken care of and how they guided me through every step of the way.

Dr. LaPrade did my full MCL reconstruction a few months later. I felt extremely safe, confident, and above all, comfortable. The surgery process with Dr. LaPrade and his team was very smooth and thorough. I was excited to have surgery and begin my recovery. I began physical therapy at the Vadnais Heights – Training HAUS location. Working with the PT’s there made me stronger than I ever was before. I felt like I gained a second family. I have never felt so supported by a team of individuals in my life. Now nearly a year from my initial break, I am well past recovered, and am better than I was pre-injury. My experience at TCO and Training HAUS has truly changed my life forever.

April 25, 2023


Ever since I was young, my passions have been playing basketball and volleyball. During my eighth grade season of basketball, I tore my ACL and meniscus in my right knee. I’ve never had a serious injury before so the orthopedic field was new to me.

My mom took me directly to TCO to get specialized care. This is where I met with Dr. Jason Dieterle. It was an amazing first experience. Dr. Dieterle gave me valuable input and made me feel cared for as a young, injured athlete. At the time, I was extremely scared and nervous about the road ahead, but I knew I had a great team to support me.

After spending months recovering, I was blessed with a healthy nine months of playing sports. During my sophomore volleyball season, I tore the ACL in my opposite knee. I immediately made an appointment with my favorite person at TCO, Dr. Dieterle. He performed my ACL reconstruction surgery and did amazing work!

Although I am not sure about y future sports career, I know that whenever I choose to play I will be extremely strong! Both surgeries and recoveries made me who I am today. The group of physicians and staff at TCO will make sure you get back to doing what you love in no time!

April 24, 2023

Randi F.

This is the most wonderful doctor and nurses I’ve ever had the pleasure of meeting. Dr. Arntson did my surgery and within five weeks I felt like I had a new lease on life. I’m more active now than I have been in years. Dr. Arntson gave me my life back, as did the wonderful staff and the hospital, my physical therapist, Kristina, and the staff at the clinic. Thank you to everyone. It was an incredibly great experience.

April 21, 2023

Edwin K.

I finished therapy in April 2023 and want to say thanks to the whole team at TCO. Kristina and Beth did an awesome job in their expertise with me. Every session was tough but they were encouraging at every step of my therapy! The whole team at TCO were experts in their field. Thanks to all of you and a special thanks to Kristina and Beth!

April 19, 2023

Bonnie M.

I had troubles with bone-on-bone knee pain. I went through an exam to determine the requirements for a knee replacement. I met with Dr. Bircher and he explained the whole process and procedure. He successfully repaired my right knee and I am completely satisfied with the great care and post-op therapy. Dr. Bircher’s friendly attitude, positivity, and confidence helped with the process. I am now considering when to have my left knee replacement done too. Thank you, Dr. Bircher!

April 19, 2023

Mary B.

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

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

April 15, 2023

Kristy M.

I went to see Dr. Ridley for pain in my knee. He had an MRI done to see what else may be going on and discovered 2 blood clots that were not related to my knee pain. He called me when he found them and had me go to the ER immediately for an ultrasound. I was put on blood thinners to treat them. The discovery was incredible, and I am very thankful to Dr. Ridley for going the extra mile to ensure there was nothing else going on that he couldn’t see through an x-ray.

March 31, 2023

Chad N.

It was a great experience from the first visit until the last. It’s been six weeks since surgery and I’m walking an average of six miles per day. Dr. Schmiesing did a great job with the surgery and the follow up care. The EXCEL Program was a lot of help too, along with my physical therapist, Jacob. I would have this surgery all over again, if needed!

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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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