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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.

September 18, 2019

Diana I.

I am overjoyed at the outcome of my surgery! I suffered for quite awhile before realizing I had a fractured hip. Dr. Arntson was amazing during the whole process. I am 6 weeks out from surgery and my hip feels brand new.

September 18, 2019

Christopher S.

I was lucky enough to have Dr. Paul Lafferty as my surgeon when, at the age of 68, I fell off my bicycle and fractured my left hip in four places. This was in the summer of 2018. Initially, ER doctors almost sent me home with a handful of pills and the hope that what they thought was a single fracture would heal. When a CT scan revealed four fractures, the stakes went up. The ER doctors explained that my injury required not just an orthopedic surgeon, but an ortho trauma surgeon with special expertise in this type of injury. The good news, they said, was that one of the best was an ambulance ride away at Regions Hospital. That was Dr. Lafferty.

When I met him for the first time at the hospital, Dr. Lafferty said that hip replacement was one option. But because I had been very active and wanted to remain so, he offered a second option: a repair surgery in which a titanium plate would hold together my messed-up hip as it mended. I chose that surgery and he operated the next day.

Jumping ahead here—which I’m able to do thanks to Dr. Lafferty—I highly recommend him, for both his surgical expertise and his bedside manner. He’s kind, friendly and explains in clear English, not medical-ese. From that first meeting in the hospital through checkups, he’s always taken the time to answer all my questions. I’ve never felt rushed through an appointment and his staff is wonderful.
Recovery from a fractured hip was not fun but I made steady progress. A year post-surgery, I’m fully active and have no pain. X-rays show no sign of arthritis developing. At my one-year checkup, I was cleared to do anything which, I hope, includes getting through TSA without undue discussion of my titanium plate! I am very grateful to Dr. Lafferty for putting me back together.

September 16, 2019

Kelly R.

I am a fairly healthy 48 year old female who was suffering a lot of pain in my hips and low back. I had been to the chiropractor many times and received some minimal relief. I finally saw my general practitioner who really didn’t take me seriously but ultimately agreed to x-ray my hips at my request. The result was arthritis in both hips with bone on bone in the left joint. My GP sent me to physical therapy which I did for 5 weeks with minimal results. A friend of mine suggested I see Dr. Holmberg and so I did. Dr. Holmberg reviewed my charts and talked to me about options and we decided on surgery for the left hip. I was very scared as I had never had surgery. Dr. Holmberg was very reassuring and I was confident in his skills. The staff at the clinic was kind and helpful, the class I took prior to the surgery was extremely helpful. And the hospital staff were amazing. I was back to work 2 weeks after surgery and only using a cane to assist my walking. I followed the exercises daily and walked a lot to make a full recovery in less than 12 weeks. I am 6 months post-surgery and my left hip is AMAZING! I highly recommend Dr. Holmberg to anyone who asks me about my procedure.

September 12, 2019

Rhonda P.

As a result of a shoulder dislocation in June and after 10-11 therapy sessions, I had hit a plateau and was advised to seek advice from an orthopedic surgeon. I chose Dr. Johnson originally for his location, and after reading through several bios of his and other doctors, I could not be more pleased that I did. He is a very knowledgeable doctor, down to earth and personable. He went over my situation in great detail for all options. I went into surgery kind of optimistic as he said there was a 50/50 chance that he would be able to repair the tear sufficiently. He and I are very pleased with the outcome. I would definitely recommend him if you need shoulder, arm or hand surgery. Dr. Johnson will definitely be my first choice if I am in need of more shoulder attention.

September 12, 2019

Paul G.

I can’t begin to describe how wonderful my back, buttock and leg has been feeling since the surgery. There has been no pain or numbness whatsoever. It was basically a perfect outcome. Thanks again, Dr. Banks!!

September 10, 2019


Upon not being previously diagnosed, I was directed to Dr. Norberg due to continued pain after a fall. He was quickly able to examine the x-rays and not only provide a diagnosis but explain what the problem was. He provides exceptional care with a great sense of humor. Though it was only a fracture, he was committed to following up to ensure I regained complete mobility and was pain free.

September 9, 2019


Dr. Hartigan listened to me and we worked together on a plan that would get me out of daily pain and back to normal activity. He was patient with me and thoroughly answered all my questions. I am extremely happy with the outcome.

September 9, 2019

Dean C.

One of the best decisions I’ve made in my life was to have hip replacement surgery done by Dr. Knowlan and his fine staff!

September 9, 2019

John L.

My hip replacement was an unqualified success! Thanks to Dr. Owen O’Neill and staff, I now have the joy and freedom of walking without pain and a walker. I was able to take steps immediately after surgery on June 27, 2019 and graduated from a walker to a cane in a week and continued to increase the time walked each day. The best parts are that I have taken extended trips by car and can sit in a theater or in a comfortable chair and enjoy reading or watching television without getting antsy from pain and stiffness. Dr. Owen O’Neill and staff are the real deal. They provide great pre and post-surgery education and follow-up. I’m 79 years old and look forward to more travel and continue being a good grandpa to my three granddaughters and an active husband and a father.

September 4, 2019

Karen G.

I met Dr. Deal in 2015 when I started having upper leg pain. An MRI revealed some compound areas to watch but we both agreed on physical therapy. Towards the end of 2018, I started having lower leg and back pain. A new MRI was completed with an additional result of a cyst on my spine. On April 9th, I had L3-S1 lower anterior lumbar fusion and L3-S1 posterior lumbar fusion along with the removal of the cyst. Dr. Deal was very patient with my many questions and explained the procedure in terms I could understand. He made me feel comfortable about having this major surgery. My back and leg pain are gone and I am getting my strength back. I am really enjoying walking again. Dr. Deal is a gifted and skilled surgeon. He is compassionate and caring. I would highly recommend Dr. Deal. Thank you Dr. Deal and your wonderful staff at TCO.

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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