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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.

July 18, 2023

John S.

I am a new patient to TCO and the Rheumatology group. I have had a wonderful experience with everyone, including Dr. Wu and his team. The staff have been incredibly supportive, helpful and patient as I have begun my new journey with TCO. It’s refreshing to have everyone so willing to help and take the time for a new patient. Thank you so much!

July 17, 2023

Jodi O.

I was referred to Dr. Bircher for my hip joint infection. He was very compassionate about my situation and proceeded to fix the infection. It started with a spacer that included antibiotics and two different IV antibiotics for 6 weeks. We made sure infection was cleared up and then proceeded with my second total hip replacement. I am optimistic and feel good about this one. Thank you Dr. Bircher.

July 17, 2023

Cynthia D.

I’m so happy to have my mobility back. Thank you to Dr. Knowlan and team for excellent care and support. This is my second joint replacement from Dr. Knowlan. If I need another I will be back!

July 16, 2023

Joe M.

I had a fast recovery and only took over the counter pain meds after I went home following my anterior approach hip replacement with Dr. Arntson. After surgery, I was able to walk the same day and only needed a cane after one week. At five weeks, I could walk on my own.

15 years ago, I had a posterior hip replacement and recovery was much longer. Anterior approach is the way to go.

The EXCEL program rocks!

July 14, 2023


Last year, I had a hip replacement with Dr. Chris Meyer, and it was one of the best things I ever did. I had such a great experience with Dr. Meyer, his staff, and the EXCEL Program, so I decided to bite the bullet and have my left knee replaced since it was bothering me for some time.

One of my passions is golf so I needed to time the surgery and recovery before summer and a golf trip that was planned. The surgery went well, and I followed the doctor’s orders to a ‘T’.  I was ready to hit the links!  I cannot thank Dr. Meyer for the care I received. I highly recommend TCO. They are the best!

July 11, 2023

Barbara F.

After abusing my shoulders for 28 years of farming, 42 years of employment as a nurse, and spending months in a wheelchair following complications of right hip replacement, I was in constant pain in both shoulders. The pain affected every aspect of daily living, from sleeping and dressing to preparing meals, and being able to safely drive my CRV.

The process began with an appointment for a CT of my right shoulder and meeting Dr. Norberg. The wait for the creation of glenoid prosthesis began. With both shoulders replaced and PT completed, I am back to doing everything I need to do in my daily living. I feel the best I have for over five years! Dr. Norberg answered all of my questions with an explanation I understood. Dr. Norberg has a surgical talent and a talent in communicating with his patients, which makes for a smooth recovery. Dr. Norberg said I was a rock star during the process and when recovery was complete. I feel Dr. Norberg is the true rock star!

July 11, 2023

Kathleen M.

I had been dealing with knee pain for years. It finally got to the point where cortisone was not bringing any relief and I needed to walk with a cane. Before my surgery, I could not walk very far. My knee was so unstable and walking in my yard was impossible. Dr. Bircher was highly recommended to me by another TCO surgeon (Dr. Cammack, a foot and ankle specialist). Even though I was nervous about having surgery, Dr. Bircher’s kindness and attention to detail made me feel it was time to do it. Surgery went great, and I could tell right away that my knee was better. I had not felt that stable on my knee with no stabbing pain in so long.

I went through the EXCEL program and I would highly recommend going that route if you can. The staff at EXCEL Care Suites were so great! If you are looking for a knee replacement surgeon, I would highly recommend Dr. James Bircher. I cannot say enough great things about my experience. Why did I wait so long? It just took me finding the right surgeon and his team.

July 10, 2023

Lisa R.

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

July 10, 2023

Jan P.

Dr. Ockuly replaced my husband’s hip, and did an outstanding job. My husband was walking without a cane in just a few weeks. Not only did the surgery go well, but we were so pleased with Dr. Ockuly’s care for his patients and the time he takes with each one of them to make sure they have a good experience and great result. The entire team with Dr. Ockuly is truly great. We are very thankful for their outstanding expertise and caring manner.

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.

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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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