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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.

June 11, 2021

Jacob F.

In high school I played hockey, baseball, and football. Sadly, I only got to play a few seasons of each sport, due to injuries I sustained. I tore my meniscus in baseball during the summer, as I was entering my freshman year. I was unable to play football this year, but with the help of TCO and my physical therapist, Sam Arnold, I was able to come back and play again. I started on the varsity football team my sophomore year, but halfway into the season I tore my ACL and meniscus. I went through the same process with TCO and came back the next year better than ever.

My junior year, I played varsity hockey and football for my school, but due to COVID-19 I didn’t get to play baseball. I had a great year going for me – all conference and being named captain for both hockey and football teams. Going into my senior year, I was looking forward to playing all of my sports and being a leader in all of them. Once again, I tore my ACL and meniscus in football. I didn’t think I was going to be able to play my senior hockey season and I was devastated. Luckily, I found out that rehabilitation before surgery is an option and I decided to play my senior hockey season with a torn ACL and meniscus. With the help of my physical therapist, Sam, I played my whole hockey season and went all conference again. I finally got surgery after the season and I am on the road to recovery right now.

I am very thankful for TCO and everything they have done for me in my recovery. I was able to play my favorite sport during my senior year of high school and I was extremely thankful for that. Through my experiences at TCO, I have decided to go into the field of physical therapy and study kinesiology at the University of Minnesota.


June 10, 2021

Lynne H.

After a massive rotator cuff tear, Dr. Szalapski recommended a reverse shoulder replacement. He’s a straight shooter and says it like it is. There were no surprises and everything went as discussed. It’s been three years and I’m very happy with the surgery! I highly recommend Dr. Szalapski and would go to him again with orthopedic issues.

June 8, 2021

Damon L.

In May of 2020, our six year old son, Finn, fell and injured his arm while playing at our neighbor’s house. It was obvious that something was wrong as it appeared to our untrained eye that he dislocated his elbow. We rushed him over to the ER at M Health Ridges where he was diagnosed with a break above the elbow that would require surgery and two pins. It was obviously a traumatic experience for him and us, which was exacerbated by the fact that only one parent was allowed to be with him due to COVID protocols.

Finn’s mom was introduced to Dr. Edward Szalapski, who was on call that evening. His calming presence and confidence was reassuring – that he could fix the problem and get Finn back to being a normal, active boy. The surgery happened that evening and Finn was home the same night. The follow up care from Dr. Szalapski and his associates at TCO Edina-Crosstown was fantastic. They walked us through what to expect as Finn’s recovery progressed. Most importantly, they put Finn’s mind at ease every step of the way, from putting on the hard cast, to removing the pins and then getting back to regular activities. Today, Finn’s arm is doing great. He was back to playing baseball by August of 2020, as well as swimming, soccer and wrestling with his brother. Thanks TCO and Dr. Szalapski!


June 5, 2021

Karen B.

I had wonderful experience when having my total knee replacement! The EXCEL Program at TCO worked like a well oiled clock. The first two nights were painful and I had to rock myself for an hour to get adequate pain relief. On the first night, a nurse walked with me at least four times through the hospital halls and I never waited more than five minutes to have my call light answered. They kept adding ice to my machine so the alarms never went off.

All of the staff knew exactly what recovery would be like and nurses answered all of my questions correctly. I did not use a walker or crutches following surgery but I had them just in case I was unsteady. I was able to return to playing pickleball the fourth week after surgery and, to my amazement, I have been playing daily ever since the surgery. The pain subsided after the third week. I’m only 63 years old so I’m thrilled I can do anything I choose to do again!

June 2, 2021

Lisa K.

I received wonderful care from Dr. Bjerke. He truly listened to my concerns so I felt like my input was important.

June 1, 2021

Lori G.

I have now had both hips replaced by Dr. O’Neill! My first was in March 2018 and my second was in March 2021. Because my first replacement was so successful and my recovery was so fast, of course I went back to Dr. O’Neill! I have also recommended him to my friends – he’s THAT good! The anterior procedure really makes getting “back to normal” so easy. I am happy to say I am pain free and back to all of my sports and activities. THANK YOU, Dr. O’Neill!

May 28, 2021

Thomas W.

I had outstanding care. Dr. O’Keefe and Dalton, PA-C always took time to answer all of my questions and in a way that was easy to understand. I always felt they were truly interested in giving me the best care possible. Thanks much!

May 27, 2021

Diane S.

I first came to TCO for a cortisone shot in my right shoulder, due to a bicycle accident which happened years before. I was treated for this at another facility and the shots provided no relief. I have now had two shots at TCO and both gave me relief for almost two years, each time. I started having wrist pain in my left wrist and was diagnosed with inflammed tendons. I was given a shot and told that if it doesn’t work well, I will need surgery. Ultimately surgery had to be done with Dr. O’Keefe. I am one week post-op now. I have no pain and my range of motion is returning.

May 27, 2021


I would recommend Dr. Butterfield to anyone and everyone. I saw him after being recommended to TCO by a competitor that new I needed the best in the field. Dr. Butterfield respectfully and compassionately listened to me, then proposed a plan. I had been in horrific pain for a year and had some old injuries that were acting up due to the new issue. He fixed everything! Twenty years of pain gone after one, albeit major, surgery. He is a terrific surgeon. I cannot praise Dr. Butterfield enough.

May 27, 2021

Nancy N.

I knew right away after meeting with Dr. Hoel that I trusted him and wanted him to do my surgery. I could no longer walk a short distance or stand for 5 minutes. We discussed my options together and decided surgery would be the best option. He explained the surgery so that I understood exactly what was going to happen and took the time to call my husband and explain it to him. The minimally invasive procedure had many advantages over the way the way this surgery use to be performed. Following surgery, he visited me every day I was hospitalized and he was so kind and concerned about how I was doing, sharing my x-rays with me and reassuring me. I am now 6 weeks out of surgery and have no pain. My surgery was 100% successful! I can now walk and stand as far and long as I want. I have my life back and cannot thank Dr. Hoel enough.

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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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