Anterior Approach Hip Replacement January 2017: I met with Dr O'Neill in regard to hip pain. The pain was causing me to be unable to play tennis and I was trying to manage pain during everyday activities such as going up/down stair, getting out of the car, etc. Once we determined the pain was starting to interfere with my lifestyle at the age of 52, Dr. O'Neill recommended hip replacement surgery. NO REGRETS!! Since no muscle is torn in this procedure, my recovery time was excellent. I stayed over one night in a rehab center, went home, was on pain medication for several days and then was able to manage pain with Tylenol and Advil. I did not require a walker for more than one day, was able to use a cane 2 days after surgery, go upstairs, and get in/out of a car. My pain prior to surgery was GONE! Amazingly, 7 short weeks after surgery I was back playing tennis. My coach and team could not believe the difference in my mobility. After watching me limp around and hop on one foot for over a year, I was back to playing tennis with no limitations! Dr. O'Neill and his staff at TCO were a pleasure to work with. I felt well prepared on what to expect going into surgery and was simply amazed and pleased with my recovery time post-surgery. I have talked to other hip replacement patients and realize how fortunate I was to find Dr. O'Neill and the staff at TCO. To have someone perform the surgery on my hip with as much experience and expertise as Dr. O'Neill was truly a blessing. The care I was given before, during, and after surgery has been truly exceptional. I will be forever grateful to Dr. O'Neill, his staff and TCO. Should I need any type of orthopedic assistance in the future, rest assured I will go to TCO!
The summer of 2017 I did yard work and gardening with unbelievable pain. I was a very miserable 76 year old woman. On October 3rd, Dr. Owen O'Neill and Jessie performed minimal anterior hip replacement surgery. The next day I left the hospital and walked into my house using the handrail to take three steps. Two days later, the walker and cane were put in storage because I didn't need them. Tylenol was used for pain relief for the week following surgery just so I could sleep better. One week after surgery I drove to the grocery store and did several errands. Six weeks after surgery, I enjoyed an eleven day Panama Canal Cruise, walking to islands or from one end of the ship to the other on sea days. I ate lots of food but lost five pounds because I was so active.
Other positive results after surgery:
- My replaced hip feels like my original but pain free.
- I now sleep six or seven hours a night instead of three or four.
- People say I now look happy but before surgery I had a painful look.
After three years or so with a bad hip, I was referred to TCO and Dr. O'Neill. He and his team are exceptional. Options are presented in a factual, yet very personal manner, but at the end of the day, you, as the patient/client must decide what option to choose. This is the most honest, ethical and professional consultation I have ever experienced. The minimally-invasive surgery on my hip performed by Dr. O'Neill was pain-free from surgery through my 6-weeks post-op appointment. Dr. O'Neill and his team of Ann, Jessie, Isabel and Kayla are exceptional from first appointment to complete follow up.
After many years of living with pain in my left hip that increasingly limited my activities, I decided to have my hip replaced at age 56. I was referred to Dr. O'Neill by an acquaintance and after meeting him for the first time, I was sure that I wanted him to be my surgeon. He was professional, good-humored and took the time to make sure all of my questions were answered. I entered the EXCEL program and the surgery was done in their Edina office with overnight recovery across the street. I was discharged the following day with only a cane. I stopped needing pain medication after a few days and within two weeks no longer used the cane. Recovery was quick and I have no pain or limitations. My only regret is that I didn't have it done years earlier.
I have very HIGH regards and review of Dr. O’Neil, Jesse Donovan and team. Each of them have given/shown me their desire to make life easier for me. Dr. O’Neil is always performing the latest procedures. To have such horrible pain and not able to complete even small tasks, it’s been a treasure to have relief. Dr. O’Neil has performed four major surgeries for me and all have been very successful. Two hips replacements and the latest are two knee surgeries. The recovery from the latest knee surgery this fall has been extremely easy and quick to once again get back to living. Life is so much better. I have suggested Dr. O’Neil to several others who have surgical needs and reports that I hear from them are equally pleased.
I am a 67 year old woman whose right hip was bone on bone. Dr. Owen O'Neill performed the minimal invasive anterior hip replacement surgery on me on November 9th and I am amazed at the result. I spent one night in the hospital, went home with the ability to do steps, used prescription pain medication for two days and then was able to control the pain with just Tylenol. Additionally, I only needed assistive devices for two days post-surgery. It is surprising that no PT is required since muscles are not cut. I highly recommend Dr. O'Neill and Jesse. It is a relief to be able to walk again without pain.
I am so thankful to have listened to advice to see Dr. Owen O'Neill. It was all an extremely positive experience. He took time to thoroughly explain everything. I trusted him immediately and had an anterior hip replacement in which I was pain free after surgery. I did not need anything stronger than Tylenol and only a few days with that. I still can't believe how easy it was. I want to do way too much because the pain is gone!! I am back to walking and cleaning my house and looking forward to cross-country skiing this winter. Jessie was so kind, helpful and encouraging and I did better when I listened to her! Ann was always so helpful and friendly. What wonderful care I had and I highly recommend Dr. O'Neill and his team. Thank you with all my heart.
I am extremely grateful to Dr. Owen O'Neill and his team for my two new knees! I am 58, a hairstylist, and have been standing at my job for 38 years...I’m not ready to give up yet! I had been receiving cortisone shots from my rheumatolgist, that had bought me time, but they eventually stopped working. I had a few salon clients, patients of Dr. O'Neill who referred me to him. I was in excruciating pain. I left my first visit from seeing Dr. O'Neill, with my surgery scheduled! I was a bit apprehensive as my son's destination wedding would be nine weeks post surgery. Dr. O'Neill assured me I'd be much better off. I trusted him, and he was soooo right! I started back to work six weeks post op, and enjoyed a wonderful wedding vacation! I walked the beach!
Five months later, I am now nine weeks out from my second knee replacement. I started back to work at five weeks! It feels soooo good to be pain free!!! My family and I are so pleased, as is my dog! We can now go for walks again! That was out of the question before. I had my surgery at Crosstown Surgery Center in Edina where I went through the Excel Program. Ask about it! After surgery you are taken across the street with your own nurses to an assisted living suite. And.... no wearing hospital gowns!!! Again...I could not be more pleased. Dr O'Neill and his team are A-1, Top Notch. The staff was so prompt at getting back to me if I had a question. My physical therapists were awesome! The exercises they give you help so much, and you feel better doing them! Dr. O'Neill and his team at TCO.....HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!!!
Dr. Owen R. O'Neill replaced my left knee in May, and I feel like I've gotten my some lost freedom back. No longer do I groan at the thought of going into a big box retail store, I'm faster on my feet at work, and I jump up from sitting in an easy chair without even thinking.
This is my second knee replacement with Dr. O'Neill and I highly recommend him and his staff (Jessie!). I went through the Excel program which was a good fit for me, as I prefer to convalesce at home, and I was released after only spending one night in nursing care. Dr. O'Neill makes himself available for questions and has thoughtful responses to ANY concerns. In addition, he was thorough when evaluating how I was healing.
My garden is now thriving, my golf game is improving and during a recent trip to Colorado, I enjoyed hiking. These were things I thought I'd given up.
I had the anterior approach hip replacement on May 1st, 2017. The reason I am writing this is because I was you at one point. I wasn't sure which doctor to use. I wasn't sure what I was going to experience. Most of all, I wanted to see what the outcome of others were. I am 52 years old and was worried I wouldn't be able to play Pickleball again. I went through the Excel program with Dr. Owen O'Neill. I had surgery at the Crosstown Surgery Center. The surgery went well. A few hours later, I was moved across the street to an assisted living facility to spend one night to recover/rehab. I was up and walking just a few hours after surgery.
The entire staff at both places were very kind and put me at ease. I followed all of the exercises and stretching suggestions. Dr. O'Neill told me I would be back on the Pickleball court 8 weeks after surgery. My goal was to play in the July 4th tournament. He was right! I was playing slowly at 6 weeks and by July 4th, 2017 (8 weeks and 3 days) I was in the tournament and we won the gold!
I highly recommend Dr. Owen O'Neill, Jessie Donovan and the rest of the staff at Twin Cities Orthopedics!
My favorite way to exercise is walking around Lake Harriet and Lake Calhoun . When it became too painful to do that, I knew I needed help. I had my first hip replacement in August 2013, at the age of 56, by Dr. Owen O'Neill. It was done in the hospital and involved a short hospital stay. My recovery went well and the results were fantastic. Within a month I was back to enjoying all the things people take for granted until they can no longer do them; like going for long walks and being pain free. By the beginning of 2017 it became clear that I would need the other hip replaced. Dr. O'Neill explained a new program, started after my first procedure, called EXCEL. It involved having the surgery done at the same day surgery center with an overnight stay at an assisted living facility. I felt a little nervous about not recovering in the hospital. The way things went, my worries were unfounded. I had my second hip replacement done in March 2017 . My experience with the EXCEL Program was that the recovery was faster and easier than my first surgery. The accommodations for the overnight stay were top-notch. I had my own private room and one-on-one nursing care.I was walking the halls and having physical therapy within a few hours of having the surgery. My pain was well controlled, I got a comfortable nights' sleep and was able to go home by noon the next day. Once home, I was surprised at how quickly and uneventful my recovery was. 4 weeks after my procedure my husband and I went to Minnehaha Falls. I was able to walk down and back up 110 steps without difficulty! I would highly recommend the EXCEL Program and Dr. Owen O'Neill. I feel I've been given a second chance to enjoy my life, and am very grateful to TCO for all they have done for me.
Mary Jo W.
I met Dr. O'Neill for the first time in 2014 when my right hip needed surgery. I have always been active as a mother of 6 kids, full-time RN and part-time aerobic fitness instructor. Never imagined the first time surgery was completed and 100% successful that I would in two years time also need the left hip repaired as well. I went back to Dr. O'Neill the second time because of the trust, professionalism and care I knew I would receive. His entire surgical staff does an amazing job; both recoveries have been nothing short of and all of everything I expected in the recovery, post-op healing process. I was back to work in about a weeks time at my nursing job and back to teaching my fitness classes in 8 weeks following surgery. I can sleep again at night and not wake up in pain. Now, I am back to enjoying life with my kids, grandkids, other family members, friends and neighbors. Thank you Dr. O'Neill and your entire surgical team!
Dr. O'Neill performed an anterior total hip replacement on me in March, and less than 3 months later I am playing volleyball and completely functioning with no pain! SO happy I had it done!! Dr O'Neill's professional and caring demeanor really put me at ease. He answered all of my questions, and everything went just as I had expected (no surprises). I am very thankful for my friend's recommendation to see Dr O'Neill. I have now also recommended him to another friend! ...and so on, and so on...
Dr. Owen O'Neill did my knee replacement surgery and i couldn't be more pleased. I didn't want to have it done, knew that I had to and imagined the worst I guess. Dr. Oneill was very informative, along with his staff. The surgery went great, in the hospital for 2 days able to walk without a great deal of discomfort. Therapy went great was done after 6 appointments. My range of mobility is right on. I couldn't be more pleased. I am 70 and that surgery was 10 weeks ago. I would highly recommend Dr. O'Neill to all. For the first time in over a year I can sleep at night without pain.
I was shocked and dismayed to need a hip replacement in my 50's. When researching surgeons - two separate parties referred me to Dr. O'Neill. When I met him at the pre-op appointment - he communicated directly and clearly. I never felt rushed with my many questions and I was impressed with his confidence in the procedure and in his ability to restore my mobility. That confident style reassured me that I could get back an active life. The surgery and recovery went exactly as planned (no issues or concerns). His visits to me in the hospital post surgery were timely, informative and caring. At the post op appointments, Dr. O'Neill was thorough in his explanation of x-rays, expected progress and restrictions (I healed quickly - the restrictions were few). My entire experience with Dr.O'Neill and TCO was great. I truly felt I was treated by a surgeon who was interested not just in the mechanics of the surgery - but took pleasure in seeing my improved health and well-being. Thanks Dr. O'Neill. I'll report back on my horseback riding adventures in a year!
I have had very successful luck with Dr. O’Neill, I had a hip replaced 2 years ago with no problem and was very pleased with everything. This past January I had my knee replaced, I was in the hospital for 4 days, the care team at the hospital were very pleased with my fast recovery, I had no problems. My physical therapy went very well; I was able to bend the joint easily. The staff remarked that they were surprised with how fast I was moving along, and I said it was because I had a fabulous surgeon. At 6 weeks they kicked me out of PT because I was doing so well. Dr. Owen O’Neill was responsible for my rapid recovery. If I would not have had a good surgeon, I would not have had a good outcome. I have no doubt that he is one of the best in the twin cities. I have had no complications. Dr. O’Neill called me his poster girl because I was recovering so fast.
Around 7 months or so, I had both of my knees replaced by Dr. Owen O’Neill. My second knee was much easier for me as I knew what to expect. I was hesitant at first but you have to overcome your fear. While in the hospital, I did exactly what Dr. O’Neill and his team recommended, I didn’t let the pain control me and I did the Physical Therapy.
My goal throughout was to be able to climb the 88 steps from my dock to my lake house. I will find out if I can meet this objective in May, but have no doubt in my mind that I will.
Dr. O’Neill was very open about the entire experience, he was straightforward and made sure I knew exactly what to expect. I would recommend him to anyone.
My left anterior hip replacement has been a life enhancing experience. Dr. O'Neill completed my hip replacement in early February of 2017. The procedure gave me minimal discomfort for a couple of days after the procedure. Overall, I've had dental issues that have given me more discomfort than this hip replacement. I was back walking 2 miles per day two weeks after the procedure. After a month, I was back to walking my daily 3 to 4 miles per day and feeling great. I walked my first 18 holes of golf two months after the procedure with no discomfort. The stability of my new hip is amazing. 3 months post surgery, my new hip feels as good as my original equipment right hip. Dr. O'Neill and his staff did an excellent job of caring for me before, during and post surgery. What a great group of people. I highly recommend their services.
Fabulous! I was back at work the following week and on an airplane to the West Coast by myself within 3 weeks of the surgery. The Excel program and Dr. O'Neill were great. They allowed me to heal at my pace and once they gave me the go ahead - I was off! There was no stopping me. This surgery was a non-even in my life. Just the way it should be.
2 years ago, I had my right hip replaced at 36 y/o. This week, I had my left hip replaced. Both by Dr. Owen O'Neill. I have re-read my past testimonial and I wouldn't change a thing. From start to finish, you are good hands. Well cared for, educated and continually reminded that every single person involved in the process from pre-op to post-op are looking out for your best interest. I now have a pair of Nike Dri-Fit shirts with TCO embroidered on them. I wear them because they are great quality, sure, but I also wear them every week because they remind me how much pain I carried with me daily and how much higher my quality of life is to be able to run around with my two kids as they grow day by day. If I had a TCO branded outfit for everyday of the week, I'd wear it with pride. I can't possibly Thank Dr. O'Neill or the Excel team enough. You have truly changed my life.
I had knee replacement surgery and had only visited Dr. O'Neill once before the surgery. He told me I had a torn meniscus but also a lot of arthritis so I would need a knee replacement. He was very professional, courteous, and kind. He did a great job and the scar is minimal. I highly recommend him.
I had a very successful total left hip replacement in November 2011. The surgeon used the posterior approach procedure.
In May 2016 Dr. O'Neill performed an equally successful total hip replacement on my right side using the anterior approach procedure.
There are significant differences in the recovery process between these two approaches.
In the posterior method I used a walker/cane about 2 1/2 weeks and the discomfort was greater. I was back walking 18 holes of golf in about six weeks.
After the anterior procedure used by Dr. O'Neill, I started walking unaided (no cane) on day 2 after surgery. On day 7, post-surgery, I started putting and chipping at the golf course. On day 12, I was walking 3 miles most days at 90% of full stride. By week 3, I was walking 4-6 miles most days at 100%.
My wife and I are going hiking in the Italian Alps in August 2016.
WOW! What can I say about Dr. Owen O'Neill and his staff? I'm a super active mid 60's guy who was playing a pretty high level of competitive racquetball 2 to 3 times per week until the last couple of years. My hip pain got to the point where I could not play at all, much less competitively. I was waking up 10 to 20 times per night from pain with obviously significant sleep interruption. Walking from the house to my truck in the driveway was very difficult.
First of all, my hip pain disappeared completely. What a magnificent relief. Secondly Dr. O'Neill and his staff made me feel listened to, empathized with and cared for. I managed to strain my inner thigh muscle 3 days after surgery, so that set my recovery back a bit, but here I am 3 months out and super pleased with the results. My left hip also needs replacement and at my 3 week checkup, in spite of the strained muscle issue, I told Dr. O'Neill that I couldn't wait to get the left hip done. I'm scheduled for that in October 2016 and I expect to be back at racquetball by January or February 2017. Without hesitation I recommend Dr. O'Neill and his staff. On a scale of 1-10 they get a 15.
Words can't express the severe pain that my bone-on-bone hip caused me. My total hip replacement procedure went extremely well and I was fortunate to not have a single pain in my hip after surgery. I went home the next day. What a relief it is to once again be able to put on and tie my shoes, get into low cupboards, and do all the other things requiring a good hip. I would refer Dr. O'Neill to anyone suffering from hip problems. He and his assistant, Jessie, provided me with the best care and support one could hope for.
After five years of degenerative hip issues, I had my right hip replaced by Dr. O'Neill through TCO's EXCEL Program. Three days after surgery I was walking without discomfort or use of a walker. Two weeks post surgery I was back on my bike riding without pain or restrictions. I am looking forward to having my left hip replaced by Dr. O'Neill within the next 12-24 months. TCO and Dr. O'Neill provided an exceptional patient experience for me.
My right hip had been degenerating for several years. I had little pain for most of that time. My range of motion, though, was impacted, eventually contributing to a pronounced limp and a left lumbar disk herniation. I spent part of a year in a wheelchair, and then a walker and cane. I researched my surgery as I addressed the herniation with Dr. David Holte at Twin Cities Orthopedics.
Dr. O'Neill's name came up prominently in my internet searches and referrals for anterior hip replacement surgery. Dr. Holte also recommended him. By the time I came into the office, I was sure that Dr. O'Neill was the right surgeon. To my pleasant surprise though, the benefits were even greater. The EXCEL Program addressed so many of my needs and concerns.
I am now seven months beyond surgery. I returned to work after two months. I continued home and clinical rehabilitation which has allowed me to exercise again - moderate walks, light weights, stretching, and the treadmill. Many people have commented on my recovery after seeing me so disabled for a year.
Thank you, Dr. O'Neill and EXCEL Program for an excellent process and outcome.
I applaud all of your great nurses and physical therapists for the great care I received in your overnight unit in Edina. I found all the nurses to be tremendous, so caring and sweet. The physical therapists were also great and the room was wonderful. Overall, a super experience with your EXCEL Program. Thank you so very much!
*Mary had a hip replacement with Dr. Owen O'Neill as a participant in TCO's EXCEL Program
After putting up with annoying hip pain for a number of years (with the help of three cortisone injections) I finally did the right thing. I witnessed two good friends make remarkable recoveries after having Direct Anterior Hip replacements performed by Dr. Owen O'Neill. With their encouragement and glowing recommendation of Dr. O'Neill, I had an initial visit in early December, 2015. I am no spring chicken (62) but am physically active. I shared my hope to get through March (ski season) have my hip replaced in early April and be on the golf course by the first of June. Dr. O'Neill's response: "Good plan-we can do that" so, with one final cortisone shot, I was off to ski in Big Sky, Montana! Unfortunately, I decided to play hockey on a couple of weekends in February which prevented me from ANY activity in March. The date of my surgery couldn't come soon enough. April 6, 2016- NEW HIP! One night in the hospital, walking with no assistance on day 3, no pain medication by day 7. First round of golf six weeks after surgery, back to walking over thirty miles each week. I look forward to next ski season. Thank you Dr. O'Neill, Jessica, and Alyssa for your care and medical gifts. Truly unbelievable!
I cannot thank Dr. O'Neill and his staff enough for giving me my life back. I had become very immobile before having my hip replacement. I had total hip replacement and also had to lengthen that leg 2 inches. I had the surgery on a Tuesday and went home on Wednesday. I was at the grocery store walking with the grocery cart on Friday. I had very little pain. No need for therapy other than what they showed me at the hospital after surgery. It has been awesome! Can't thank you enough Dr. O'Neill, Jessica and Alyssa. You all are just the BEST.
After cortisone shots for pain in her right hip, Diane K. found that daily activities continued to be restrained by worsening pain. Dr. O'Neill described to her the new anterior approach he had been studying and implementing for hip replacements and he recommended this approach to Diane.
With the right equipment, Dr. Owen O'Neill performed Diane's hip replacement and the outcome was fantastic! Diane states, "I was in the hospital for two days and went home with no restrictions. There was much less pain than the previous surgery on my other hip. My scar is five inches long-- half as long as the other one."
As soon as she came home from the hospital, Diane could get in and out of bed without assistance. In ten days, she no longer needed a walker or cane. She faithfully did physical therapy exercises, all at home!
Read Diane’s full article in the St. Francis Regional Medical Center Magazine here.
From start to finish, Dr. O' Neill and the entire staff at Twin Cities Orthopedics were great. He totally explained everything to me before, during and after my hip replacement. From bone to bone and now, no hip pain!
I am deeply appreciative for his knowledge and know how, and for the excellent care I received. I would recommend Dr. Owen O'Neill and TCO to anyone.
I had my surgery on Dec. 8th, 2015, and I write this two months later. I am 48, and have always been very active and in pretty good shape. I'm amazed at how quickly I recovered, and how smooth the process was, from start to post op. Dr. O'Neill has been great and his entire team (Marni, Jessie and my awesome nurse, Ashley, to name a few) were fantastic. I used a walker for two days, graduated to a cane, and in four days was walking with no assistance. I started light exercise in three weeks and now am doing all the physical activity I was doing before my hip started bothering me. Every day gets a little better. I would recommend this procedure and Dr. O'Neill and his team to anyone.
*Matt had an Anterior Approach Hip Replacement performed by Dr. Owen O'Neill.
The surgical team was phenomenal and everyone left me feeling confident and well cared for. I especially appreciated that my best friend was able to be with me up until it was time to roll into the operating room. It was such a big help in reducing that intensely anxious pre-operating feeling!
After surgery I was able to recover at the Excel center instead of the hospital. I absolutely recommend that to anyone who is able to qualify. I couldn’t get over the superb care and quiet, peaceful environment. Thank you Justina and company! You are all fantastic!
And it meant a lot to me that Dr. O’Neill came to see me that eve (surgery day) and walked with me a bit. It is such a great feeling that my doctor is as excited about these results as his patients are. And yes, I was up walking with my walker in just hours after my surgery. I went from walker to a cane within a few days, and within a week and a half, I no longer needed the cane. By one month post-op I was walking 3-4 miles each day and back to work. Throughout the rest of the summer and fall I averaged 35-40 miles a week walking with no pain.
Not exaggerating even a little, Dr. O’Neill and his great staff have given me back the ability to enjoy my family, friends and work. There is no way to express what it means to me to be able to move, sleep and have more energy for anything I want to do without constant exhausting pain. And such a gift to have my life back so swiftly with no need for extensive physical therapy, no extensive scarring from muscles being cut and so much less pain than I imagine a traditional approach would have generated.
Heartfelt thanks to all of you! You are the best!
Bruce D. C.
Dr. Owen O'Neill has replaced both of my hips. The first was done October 16, 2007 and the second was done recently on November 13, 2015. In 2007 he explained to me that the surgery would be as minimally invasive as possible but it was done using the then traditional approach (either lateral, from the side, or posterior, from the back). Actually the first was somewhat a combination of the two; I've described that left hip replacement as having the incision in a southwesterly location. I was told of the physical limitations and pain I would experience until I was fully recovered. I used crutches, did all of the physical therapy exercises and managed the pain with medication. There were no surprises and I was very satisfied with the results
The recent 2015 replacement was done using the direct anterior approach. Before the surgery Dr. O'Neill explained that this different approach should minimize the pain (and the necessary medication), speed healing and generally provide a quicker recovery. Of course I somewhat seriously asked why we didn't do it that way the first time. It is now about 2-1/2 months after the second surgery and I've jokingly told Dr. O'Neill that hip replacement has become similar to getting fast food; drive up to the first window, insurance makes the payment, drive to the second window, get a new hip and go home.
I don't recall exactly how long I used crutches in 2007, how much pain medication I took or how long it was until I was able to resume all physical activities without any limitations. I do recall enough to know the difference in the overall recovery from the two surgeries was remarkable. In 2015 I used the crutches for less than a week, I did not use all of only one prescription for pain medication, I was carefully riding the stationary bike in less than two weeks in addition to doing the physical therapy exercises and I was walking normally with no pain in about a month. At about a month post-surgery I was able to increase my workouts to about an hour and one-half nearly every day (bike, weights and exercises). I will resume outdoor biking up to 30 miles a day when Minnesota weather permits. My recovery from the most recent surgery was so much quicker and involved much less pain. I don't believe any surgeon could have done a better job and it's a big plus when your doctor is also a very nice fellow.
My experience with Twin Cities Orthopedics and the Excel Program was great from start to finish. We only had one hiccup during my time at TCO. There was a thunderstorm on the day of my surgery and the air conditioning went out at the surgery center. Dr. Owen O’Neill explained the safety issues and the team handled the situation very professionally. Due to the safety matters, we decided to move my surgery to the next day. This demonstrated how important it is to focus on the safety of the patient and showed how efficiently a situation can be managed. It was out of the control of the surgical team, yet managed very well.
The entire team from office visits, to surgery, to overnight recovery, to post-surgical visits was very professional and enjoyable.
Leah Zimmerman walked me through this whole procedure which made it so much easier. I knew I could always reach her when contacting Dr. Owen O'Neill, or even Alyssa, was a bit more challenging. Often she could answer my 'paranoid' concerns without having to bother Dr. Owen O'Neill.
This program is one of the best programs TCO initiated, and I am blessed to be a recipient.
And as importantly, participating in TCO's own Physical Therapy program was another blessing. As I have mentioned Karen Edmonson... well I can't say enough about her. She is a treasure indeed. I continue to get increased 'bend' and it is because of the exercises, 'tricks of the trade', etc. that she has taught me....all while keeping in mind a pulled muscle, arthritis in my lower back, and at one point hip tendonitis. Fourteen years ago I was not so blessed to have TCO physical therapy, and it has made a world of difference. (Can already bend my 'new' knee farther than I can my 14-yr. old knee.)
I am doing things now I NEVER could do before my surgery. In addition, my chiropractor is amazed at how straight I am. He has never seen my pelvis straight as long as I have been going to him, which is 5-10 years. Of course Dr. Owen O'Neill is my hero; and Dr. Jesse, too, has been wonderful.
Thanks thanks thanks to the entire TCO staff. I am blest indeed.
I had a minimally invasive right anterior hip replacement on 10/16/2015 by Dr. O'Neill. It is truly a miracle for which I am very grateful. For the first time in over 18 months, I am walking without pain. I have a range of motion that amazes me.
I had polio as a 9 year old and had 3 surgeries on both legs and feet and now have worn bilateral leg braces for 16 years because I have post-polio syndrome. I was fearful of more surgery and I think even the Excel staff was leery of my disabilities but I can safely say that I have made it through the surgery in excellent shape. The first time I stood up in the recovery room I knew the pain was gone!
I highly recommend this surgery to anyone who needs a new hip! I also highly recommend Dr. O'Neill and all the staff at TCO including Eileen, Alyssa, & Jessie. The Excel nurses and PTs were also terrific. All of my appointments were timely and the front desk staff are wonderful. Dr. O'Neill is very kind and thorough and humorous and I am so thankful for him. I am a RN and have been for 40 years and we nurses are very discerning and sometimes we aren't the best patients, but this was a truly remarkable experience for me and my husband.
From the moment I meet with Dr. O'Neill I felt at ease and comfortable with the decision to go ahead with my hip replacement. I was bone on bone and in pain. They scheduled me pretty quickly. I had it done at Southdale Fairview and everyone was wonderful. They took such great care of me and Dr. O'Neill and his assistant Jessie Donovan are true professionals with a great bedside manner. All my follow up appointments assured me I was on track to my recovery. I would highly recomend Dr. O'Neill to any of my friends or family. Thank you so much for taking such great care of me. My hip is perfect!
I have been going to the BWCA ( Boundary Waters Canoe Area ) since 1964 when my father took me on my first trip to this magical, wonderful place. Since then I have made 25-30 trips back to the BWCA, recently with my sons and nephews. To say that it has a special place in my heart is a gross understatement. 2 years ago I came off the last portage in near tears, suffering from arthritic pain. Since then, Dr. Owen O'Neill, Dr. Ed Kelly and their expert staffs have replaced 2 shoulders, 2 hips and 1 knee. The attached photo was taken earlier this year and shows me and my team ( including my youngest son and nephew ) over looking "our unnamed lake" in the BWCA. We traveled over 10 miles to get there, crossing 3 lakes, 4 portages and 3 rivers. My sincere thanks to Dr. Kelly, Dr. O’Neill and their expert staffs for giving me this important piece of my life back! I strongly recommend them both and encourage you to schedule a visit if you are in pain like I was!
Dr. O’Neill performed a Total Hip replacement, Anterior approach on February 23, 2015. This was one of the best decisions I have ever made. Prior to the surgery I struggled to walk a block or two and now I am back to 100% with no restrictions. The recovery time was minimal, the patient care was outstanding from start to finish with follow up calls and appointments with Jessie and Dr. O’Neill. When I explain the process and the ease of recovery with this surgery people are amazed, especially with the flexibility to cross my legs and really no restrictions, it’s as if it’s better than new. I would recommend this procedure and team of Dr’s to anyone who is looking to get their quality of life back, I’m sure glad I did. Thank You!!
I had my left hip replaced in 2000 with the posterior type surgery. I had difficulty walking (with a very noticeable limp which caused a lot of back pain even after many weeks of therapy.) When my right hip became painful, I was afraid to go through such misery again even though I couldn't walk more than a few minutes without sitting down. I heard of the less invasive anterior hip approach by accident and was very leery of it until I met Dr. O'Neill. His attitude gave me such confidence that he could correct my limp. I am so thankful that I met him. My surgery was on July 2, 2015 and I came home on July 4th. There wasn't any need for even a cane after the second week. Now there is absolutely no back pain or limp for the first time in many years. None of my acquaintances could believe that I even had the surgery when they saw me after the second week. It is truly a miracle for me and there aren't enough words to describe my admiration for Dr. O'Neill and the capabilities for him and his staff.
When I came to the realization that I needed a hip replacement, I started reading reviews like this one, I questioned if it really was as successful with the minimal discomfort that people stated? This surgery was one of the best decisions of my life and to say I would strongly I recommend Dr. O’Neill to anyone who is considering this procedure would be an understatement.. Monday morning I had my surgery and was home Tuesday by noon, by Thursday I was walking with a cane and on my own by Saturday. One of my biggest concerns was missing work, I missed a total of 7 days now grant it, I am at a desk most of the day but my coworkers were amazed at the progress! The most amazing thing to me was how quickly and steady the healing process was, I just went back for my 10 week checkup and I have no restrictions in fact I don’t even think about my hip anymore. Thank you for giving me my mobility back again and I am looking forward to the summer activities that I have been missing, you folks are the best!
I had direct anterior hip replacement done on my right hip April 23, 2015. The next morning I was walking with no aid (crutch/cane)- I couldn't believe it!
I spent only one night in the hospital. Two days later, I was walking the dog. I played golf (chipping/putting) 8 days after surgery.
I had my left hip replaced in 2006 by another TCO surgeon. I spent 4 nights in the hospital. Two weeks on crutches, then needed a cane.
The anterior hip replacement is the only way to have a hip replaced! Minimally invasive, little pain and recovery time is little to none.
Dr. O'Neill has a lot of experience in the anterior hip replacement procedure. He answered all my questions-and then some. I am recommending this surgery to all who need it. One person who saw me two weeks after surgery is already in the process of scheduling anterior hip replacement surgery with Dr. O'Neill.
I am extremely grateful to Dr. O'Neill, Jessie and his staff. I had struggled with constant hip pain for almost a year. I finally realized it was more than an overworked muscle and went to see Dr. O'Neill (he was suggested by a friend who is in the medical world). I was diagnosed with Arthritis in my left hip. Dr. O'Neill suggested Direct Anterior Hip Replacement. He explained the surgery and the benefits that went along with this procedure. He and his staff worked to schedule me in for surgery as soon as possible.
The surgery was performed at St. Francis Hospital on March 30, 2015. All the staff at St. Francis was wonderful. I was back in my room by 2 p.m. I felt wonderful! I was up and standing without a walker or crutches by 6 p.m. I was walking the hallways of St. Francis the next morning; I was also able to do steps without any assistance. I had absolutely no pain, it was amazing. I was fortunate; I never had to take any pain medication after the surgery.
I left St. Francis the day after surgery. I was back to work in 2 weeks. My life is back to my normal, which is busy. I have 3 adorable grandchildren from 5 months to 2 years that I can carry, crawl and run with. I am back to being able to walk, exercise, garden, shop without having to take Advil, Tylenol or Ibuprofen.
After talking with 2 other Dr's, I met Dr. Owen O'Neill and instantly felt I had the right fit for me. Now just under a month after a hip replacement, I cannot recommend Dr. O'Neill and his staff enough. My wife said it best when we went to the pre-op class "You couldn't possibly be in better hands". As a 36 year old who wants to get the most mileage out of this I needed to find someone I was comfortable with and trusted to do what was best for me. I amazed day by day at the progress. Bottom line: If you are looking for someone that is truly passionate about helping people from the first conversation to the post surgery recovery, I honestly don't believe you can find a better person to work with. Sit down and talk with him and see for yourself.
I had the new direct anterior hip replacement surgery on May 6,2014, home the next day. I didn't even bother with a walker, and after 2 weeks I gave up the cane. It was an incredibly easy experience, and if it gets any easier it could be drive through surgery. I will definitely recommend Dr. O'Neill to some friends who are contemplating hip surgery. The entire staff is top notch, and I was kept completely informed on what to expect throughout the entire process.
I met Dr. O'Neill in 2008 when I was having such a difficult time with my knees. The lack of mobility and the pain made simple daily activities impossible. A total 'knee replacement' returned me to an active lifestyle. In 2010 I had 'rotator cuff repair', and in April of 2014 I had a 'direct anterior hip replacement.' The surgical skills of Dr. O'Neill and the aftercare of his team were outstanding. I can be more active now than I was 10 years ago. I would highly recommend him as an orthopedic surgeon.
I am a business consultant for a computer software company and have the pleasure of traveling 40-45 weeks out of the year. The last 5 years, prior to my anterior hip replacement in December 2013, was extremely difficult; to the point that I had to have wheelchair assistance when I was at the airport. I could no longer walk to my gate to catch my plane. I could no longer bend over to tie my shoe laces. I had to walk with a cane and could only walk short distances because of the pain. I knew I had to do something to improve my quality of life.
Then in April of 2013, I received an announcement letter from Dr. O'Neill's office about the new minimal invasive anterior hip replacement surgery. I had never heard of this type of surgery even though I had been an Orthopedic and Operating Nurse for 8 years and my wife a nurse for 30 years. I knew I had to attend this presentation. After the presentation, I immediately setup an appointment to see Dr. O'Neill. He told me that I had severe osteoarthritis in both my hips and knees, but the right hip joint was the worse. My only concern was whether or not he would be willing to operate on a person of size. Sorry, I forgot to mention that I am 6 feet tall and weigh over 300 lbs. He told me it would be difficult but he was not going to turn me away and tell me to lose weight first.
We scheduled the surgery for the middle of December because I could use my vacation time, but I had to be back to work the first week of January to start traveling again for work. All the information I received was exceptional, not only from his office but also from the hospital I was to have my surgery.
Now, everyone as heard that nurses make the worse patients, and I was not the exception. I had had two previous major surgeries in 2013 and couldn't wait to get out of those hospitals. They were not very pleasant stays. For my hip surgery, Dr. O'Neill suggested, St Francis Hospital in Shakopee, MN and I am glad I took his suggestion. My stay in the hospital was longer than normal, 3 days. The hospital was outstanding, great facility and hospital rooms (all private), wonderful people; from admissions, pre-op nurses and anesthetists to the physical therapists and occupational therapist, but it was the floor nurses and nursing assistants that really restored my faith in the nursing profession. They were outstanding!!! I am know where I will be for my next hip surgery in December of 2014.
The surgery went well, I was up walking with a walker the next day and a cane the day after. My wife and oldest daughter couldn't believe their eyes. They hadn't seen me walk that quickly and without pain for years. I was back traveling for work 3 weeks after surgery. I also got the same response from the people at work.
Yes, my quality of life has improved greatly and is getting better with each passing week.
I had been fortunate my whole life with great energy and great health. For 77 years I had worked hard, played hard, and enjoyed life. In 2013 it all changed very quickly. One Sunday, I sat down and could not stand up. My knee would not support me. I just felt terrible pain, pain, pain.
My primary care physician told me that an orthopedic specialist was needed and sent me to Twin Cities Orthopedics. I had no appointment and I was desperate. They said no doctor was available. After pleading my case, Dr. O'Neill had mercy and took me as an add-on patient. My x-rays showed bone on bone. I had a cortisone shot but the relief was short lived. I needed surgery.
Dr. O'Neill performed my first surgery in August. Fabulous! I was back at work in 3 weeks! But now the left knee seemed worse than ever. This time I could hardly wait to get the surgery done. Again, everything went great. I went home from rehab in 10 days, on Dec 23rd. On the way home I got groceries and cooked Christmas dinner for my family.
Today, one year later, my knees are great and again I will cook Christmas dinner for my family, very grateful for my new knees which give me truly a new life. A huge thank you to Dr. O'Neill and his great staff. I would highly recommend him to anyone needing this surgery.
Below is a letter from James, who traveled from Canada to have a hip replacement with Dr. Owen O'Neill through the Excel Program at Twin Cities Orthopedics.It’s funny how life works; how small the world seems to be, and how sometimes things just happen to go just right. This is where my story begins.After several months of enduring hip pain, it became apparent that it was time for a total hip replacement (THR). One of the keys for me, and what I think was important at my age (72), was the length of recovery after the surgery. I am an avid golfer both in Toronto, Ontario, Canada and in Marco Island, Florida; an outdoor cottage guy during the Canadian summers; and a guy that you could say just can’t sit still for five minutes.I was introduced to Dr. Owen O’Neill and Twin Cities Orthopedics from a close friend here in Toronto. After a short conversation with Dr. O’Neill and a brief discussion over an X-ray I had sent him, I knew this was the perfect fit for me. The THR being performed at Excel would have me back to my life of mobility in a third of the time of other THR procedures up here in Toronto.From the moment I arrived in Minneapolis, it was evident that the Excel team provides patients with coordinated care as advertised. I experienced outstanding care from all administration, all the dedicated nurses, and especially from Dr. Owen O’Neill himself. All questions about the surgery – and more importantly for me, about my recovery – were answered.After the surgery, the first thing I uttered to my son and daughter was, “What time is my tee time?” I just felt great – recovering for a few days in the private orthopedic suite getting nothing but the best care from all the excellent nurses on staff. I can’t thank them enough for making me feel so comfortable after the surgery.After a few more days recovering in a hotel suite provided by Excel and another examination/X-ray with Dr. O’Neill, I was on my way back home to Toronto. I had my surgery on a Monday morning and I was on a plane back to Toronto on Friday afternoon, and that is all due to the expertise of Dr. O’Neill and his team.Now, a few weeks after the surgery, family and friends can’t believe how quickly I’m recovering after having had a total hip replacement. Needless to say, I’m looking forward to my follow-up X-ray in about three weeks and a discussion via phone with Dr. O’Neill to discuss when I can make it back to the first tee to shave a few strokes off the scorecard.Most sincerely,James M.Toronto, Ontario, Canada
I am 76 years old and had an anterior right hip replacement done by Dr. O'Neill. I had had a previous hip replacement done on the left side by another doctor using the posterior approach in 2009. Though the outcomes for both surgeries were positive, the recovery period for the anterior approach was considerably less painful and much shorter.
After the posterior surgery, I had to use a walker for a period of three to four weeks and a cane for several weeks beyond that. After a period of three months, I was still noticeably limping on that leg. With that recovery experience, I was not looking forward to repeating that procedure again when my right hip began to fail in 2013. To my good fortune, a friend at my church told me about her recent hip replacement which had been performed by Dr. O'Neill. She said that he had used an anterior approach which required a 5 inch incision in contrast to the eight or nine inch incision required in the posterior approach. She said her total recovery time was less than three weeks.
That sounded really positive to me, so I made an appointment to see Dr. O'Neill. When I met with Dr. O'Neill, I was immediately impressed with his very positive attitude. He thoroughly explained the anterior approach and showed me photos of previous patients who had the anterior surgery. I was amazed to see those patients walking only with a cane several days after their surgeries. In addition to Dr. O'Neill's positive attitude, I was impressed with his personality and patient relations. He was not the typical "surgical god" that some surgeons pretend to be. He was a real person.
Because I really liked Dr. O'Neill and his approach, I had my right hip replaced by him. After staying in the hospital for two days, I returned home to begin my recovery. To my amazement, after less than a week, I was walking using only a cane for support. Because I wanted to impress Dr. O'Neill when I went to see him for a nine day check-up, I walked into the exam room using no cane or walker. Since his staff was very impressed with my progress, they took some videos of me walking in the hall. I really had no pain and was walking with no limp.
In a short period of time after that, I was again able to play golf and to ice skate, two of my favorite activities which had been limited because of the hip pain. Though both of my replaced hips work well now, the process of getting to a functional level was totally different. If you are considering having a hip replacement, I would encourage you to consider the anterior approach. To my good fortune and to yours if you choose the anterior approach, no doctor is better qualified to perform the procedure than Dr. O'Neill.
I had a hip replacement on my right hip in June 2013 with the new direct anterior approach. I never expected things to be good so soon. Dr. O'Neill indicated that the healing time was short and that I would be up and about rather quickly, but the healing exceeded my expectations. By two weeks after the operation
I am walking comfortably, do not need any supports such as a walker or a cane, I can bend comfortably, and I get up and down, walk, get in an out of cars, etc. more comfortably than I have been able to do in years.
The operation, the post operation care, the attention of the staff and Dr. O'Neill's superb work deserves the highest commendation. All the information I received before the procedure was right on point, I was kept clearly informed every step of the way. I wish I had realized how easy this would be because I would not have waited this long to get this surgery. I feel like a new person and am grateful that such work can be done so well. Highest commendations to Dr. O'Neill and his staff.
I have been a teacher and boy's high school hockey coach for almost 50 years. I am 70 years old and still coaching in Albert Lea. This past year my right hip was becoming so painful that I did all my coaching from the bench and didn't skate at all. I went to Florida for stem cell therapy in hope that would rectify my condition. Part of the therapy included having a PRP treatment 6-8 weeks after the initial stem cell transplant. Dr. O'Neill offered this treatment. We met and I had an x-ray and then a conference. He explained that it was bone-on-bone and there was no evidence of improvement. He did give me the treatment and I came back in 6 weeks. No improvement. I then had a cortisone shot and it had no effect. I knew I was at the end of the line and so I asked Dr. O'Neill if he would do an anterior total hip replacement. We went over the procedure and on June 3rd I had the operation at St. Francis Hospital in Shakopee, MN.
Wow! What a pain-free experience. I had no pain from day one, and didn't take one pain pill after being released from the hospital. I walked without any assistance. I didn't need a walker, crutches, or a cane!
The staff at St. Francis was terrific! In fact, the x-ray tech was one of my former hockey players and the anesthetist was a former student of mine. Everyone was very professional, but very friendly and extremely caring. I left the hospital the day after my surgery.
Since the surgery I have been back for a 2 week and a 6 week checkup at which time I met with Dr. O'Neill and his assistant, Jessie. I have made steady progress throughout my recovery period. Five weeks after my surgery I skated for the first time and it felt great to be back on the ice again. I am looking forward to the coming hockey season. I couldn't have had a better team of professionals, but moreover, great people with such an interest in my well-being and recovery. Their great personalities actually made this an enjoyable experience. My wife and I are also very grateful to Rebecca who in the pre and post-operative periods answered all of our calls and was so very pleasant and helpful.
I definitely would suggest this treatment to others. The people in Albert Lea have been amazed at my progress. I have recommended and given Dr. O'Neill's name to many interested and prospective hip surgery candidates. I can only say "Thank You!" to Dr. O'Neill and his staff for their great work and for taking such good care of me!
I had left hip replacement 2006 and right hip March 2013 by Dr. O'Neill. Both hips were bone on bone and I was taking too many drugs to keep playing tennis and other fun stuff. Both results provided a like new hip with no pain nor problems. Recovery at home after three nights and two nights in the hospital was very uneventful and was off all pain medications by week 3 1/2. Working with Dr. O'Neill and staff was always a positive experience and I have referred three people to him so far and will continue to do so. The minimally invasive hip replacement procedure hospital stay and recovery seemed less than I anticipated each time. I am cleared to play senior tennis doubles eight weeks after surgery and am very happy with the result.
I had a bad knee. It hurt, I was limited in what I could do, and I was frustrated with myself. I went to Dr. O'Neill to get his opinion, and after a thorough examination and a conservative approach to relieving the pain, he recommended a knee replacement. It was not his first option, which I appreciated.
The information he provided to me before I decided to proceed with the replacement was exceptional. The pre-surgery information was exceptional both at his clinic and at Fairview Southdale Hospital. The recovery wasn't fun, but on the 20th day following surgery I was walking through Lindbergh Terminal to a plane to travel to Phoenix for meetings. Within 3 months I was in Mexico, going down a zip line and repelling down from a very tall tree.
A year after surgery I remain extremely pleased with the surgery, the outcome, and the ability to live a much more active life. Dr. O'Neill is good at what he does.
Sharelle P. (pictured on left) had a total knee replacement performed by Dr. O'Neill (pictured) as a part of the Excel Orthopedic & Recovery Program at Twin Cities Orthopedics.The program’s focus of providing an all-encompassing patient experience helped her make a rapid recovery from surgery. “I had confidence in my knee right away,” she said. “I haven’t really had any pain and am able to do things I haven’t done in years.”Excel, which debuted in June of 2012, provides patients with coordinated care from day one to full recovery with personalized service from their surgeon and a nurse practitioner. This includes an orthopedic recovery suite that offers specialized orthopedic care, with 24-hour RN care, Physical Therapy and Occupational Therapy. “The environment was much more comfortable than the hospital,” said Sharelle. “I was there because I was recovering and not because I was sick.”As a part of that coordinated care patients attend Excel Camp, a class that prepares them for surgery and introduces them to the staff they will be in contact with before and after the procedure. “They explained every step of the process in great detail and answered every question I had,” said Sharelle. “I was very well prepared for what was to come.”In addition to preparing Sharelle for her surgery and recovery, the friendliness of the Excel staff helped put her at ease throughout the entire experience. “From the person who greeted me at 5:30 a.m. to the person that rolled me out to my car” the staff was outstanding, she said. Throughout her recovery in the private orthopedic suite, Sharelle said she “quickly received assistance when needed” and “saw my surgeon everyday that I was there.”
In October/November 1996 Dr. Owen O’Neill performed reconstructive surgery on my right knee for a completely torn ACL and partially torn Meniscus. Dr. O’Neill’s professionalism was second to none and the results of the surgery speak for themselves. In 2003 at the age of 37 I entered the profession of Law Enforcement. I passed all the physical demands of the academy, have served 4 years on a SWAT team to include hundreds of hours of physically demanding training and countless real life situations. I have passed multiple physical fitness tests in my 11 years of law enforcement and my knee has stayed strong through it all as well as injury free. I run 2+ miles a day 4-5 days a week and do strength training on my legs without any issues. Thank you Dr. O’Neill.
I was having terrible hip pain when I first saw Dr. O'Neill. He diagnosed me with bone on bone osteoarthritis in my right hip and told me I needed a complete hip replacement surgery. I had the direct anterior surgery on May 14, 2012. I can't believe how fast I recovered. I was back to square dancing five weeks after the surgery. I didn't use my walker after two weeks, nor a cane after three weeks. There was no need for any physical therapy or exercises. Before surgery, I could no longer sit on the floor, square dance, go shopping for groceries, walk up or down the basement steps to do laundry. I am so thankful Dr. Foley from Fairview referred me to Dr. O'Neill. I didn't know that this Direct Anterior Surgery was even available. I was soooo fortunate to have found Dr. O'Neill and his assistant Jessie. I have already referred at least two other people to them.
Here is a recent picture of me grooming my poodle who likes to lay on our floor when groomed.
I would recommend Dr. O'Neill and his staff to everyone considering having a hip replacement. I also would definitely recommend the Direct Anterior Hip Replacement procedure! The hip pain is GONE!
I highly recommend Dr. Owen O'Neill at Twin Cities Orthopedics. Dr. O'Neill has a lot of experience in the new direct anterior hip replacement procedure. He gained my trust by taking the necessary time to honestly answer my questions. I had surgery in December. I went home after two nights in the hospital. I did not need to go to a nursing home transitional care unit nor did I need outpatient physical therapy. This was a huge cost and time savings. I quit using a walker and cane the second day I was home. I drove after ten days and I had my right hip replaced. I had no pain, just incision soreness and leg muscle stiffness. My leg muscles were weak due to avoiding walking for the past two years because of hip pain. I work in a transitional care unit in a nursing home and I see the people who had complications with hip replacement surgery. I put surgery off way too long. Today, I would not think twice if I need my left hip replaced. And - the surgeon will be Dr. O'Neill.
I would like to thank Dr. O'Neill and his team for the excellent job they did replacing my left hip.
Dr. O'Neill is a very good doctor; it's hard for me to find the words to praise his work.
He's my hero. He has very skilled hands. My standard of living improved dramatically after the operation. I have no pain, when I'm walking and I can walk a lot. I have even became a member of a fitness club.
Dr. Owen O'Neill and Jessie Donovan, P. A. were absolutely fabulous throughout the entire knee replacement process. They were very informative, thorough, and reassuring in preparing me for surgery. They answered every question and concern. I always felt listened to and cared for. The surgery was a complete success thanks to their careful preparation and skill during surgery. They were very patient and caring during recovery too. Every e-mail or phone call was answered within hours. After surgery I struggled with sleep issues and they actively helped me find solutions. I followed their instructions and was dedicated to my physical therapy. It's been 6 months and I feel like a new woman. Thanks so much to both of you!
Dr. O'Neill and his team are simply the best-the very best. From Dr. O'Neill's anterior technique to the whole team's concerned care giving, you simply couldn't find a better group. I was up walking right after surgery and went home just a few days after the operation, and now, after two months, I never feel a thing at my hip and find it hard to believe I even had the operation.
After 4-5 years of walking like a penguin, and with a significant limp, it was time to re-visit Dr. O'Neill and Jessie for a heart to heart serious discussion to remedy my problem. It was a simple explanation of the proposed replacement and the surgery itself. Scared? Oh yeah! I actually found out that my leg WAS NOT going to be cut in two. The surgery and hospital nurses at St. Francis were OUTSTANDING. I highly recommend them. Rehab was exactly what I was told it was going to be. Sometimes uncomfortable, but NOT UNBEARABLE. The physical therapists at Dr. O'Neill's office were great! Sometimes tough, but not harsh. I worked with Kelly mostly who was outstanding! It is now 3 1/2 months since surgery. My knee truly hasn't felt this good in close to 10 years. I'm looking forward to deer hunting next month, WITHOUT PAIN. THANK YOU DR. O'NEILL, JESSIE and the physical therapists, especially Kelly.
Dr. O'Neill and his team were everything one could wish. I shopped Mayo and they were somewhat distant and tried to talk me into the Posterior method. A retired Dentist friend heard Dr. O'Neill give a talk and Dr. O'Neill thoroughly explained everything and did the Anterior method. I would strongly recommend him. Now once again at age 85 I can do it all, no pain, ride a bike, run. Prior to this operation, I was limited to hobbling around with pain. Dr. O'Neill is the answer.
Smooth! Effective! Humorous! (Whoops, watch the funny bone!) These guys were great. The most difficult after effect was the constipation related to surgery. We can easily live with that. Oops I forgot immediately responsive. The team was there when I needed them. It has not been quite a year and I am at the gym 110 minutes per day as well as walking 3.5 miles per night. Now this is not only on the new hip but also the knee replacement of 2007. Hey carpe diem all.
*Joe had Anterior Approach Hip Replacement with Dr. Owen O'Neill.
Less than a month ago, Dr. O'Neill performed a anterior approach total hip replacement on my left hip, and a year ago he performed the same procedure on my right. Both surgeries went extremely well. While I recovered quickly after the first surgery, recovery was even faster for the second. I used a walker for a few days, a cane for about a week, and was walking easily in 10 days. In fact, I am walking more easily now than I have in years.
Since it was clear from the start I needed both hips replaced, we planned a course of action that would work best for me. I am grateful for the individualized care I received from Dr. O'Neill and his team. I have recommended him, and the anterior approach, to several others.
The treatment I received from Dr. O'Neill and the team at the Excel Center and TCO was fantastic! The continuity of care was complete- each doctor, nurse, therapist, PA, administrative assistant, care coordinator- you name it- everyone coordinated my care and progress in a way that is remarkable for most surgical procedures. I'm less than four months out from a full knee replacement, and able to do most things already, including daily swims half-way across the lake, one of my goals for summer here at the cabin. The only thing slowing me down now is the other knee- which also has arthritis and that I'll be replacing later this year. Based on my experience with the first knee, I should be on cross country skis by February! I felt totally confident with Dr. O'Neill- he patiently answered ALL my questions before and after surgery- he took the time I needed to be comfortable about what would happen. Thank you to the entire team!
*Linda was a participant in TCO's Excel Program
My mom and I are very pleased with the care I received from Dr. O'Neill and his team. I tore my ACL at the end of February. After seeing some professionals near college I attend, I became concerned and decided to come back to Minnesota for treatment. Knowing the experiences of some of my soccer teammates I believed it would take at least six months for recovery and return to play. With only 5 1/2 months to preseason it was a really hard thing for me to accept that it was my senior year and I might have to end my soccer playing days riding the bench. Dr. O'Neill's scheduling nurse was very patient with my mom's insistence that I get an appointment next day. Dr. O'Neill was totally understanding and accommodating of my urgency to get the surgery done and start recovery as soon as possible only hoping I might get to play in the last game(s) of the season. I returned to play on time (much to the amazement of the athletic training staff) and had an awesome season! Thank you so much for your skill and expertise!
I was so fortunate to find Dr. O'Neill when I needed a knee replacement! Everything went according to what I was told about the surgery and recovery. I was able to get back to my normal routine within 6 weeks and felt great again!
Then, 3 years later, I needed a hip replacement - and again, I was SO relieved to find out that Dr. O'Neill did those, too! All went according to plan and I was out of the hospital the next day and back at work a week later.
It's only after I had the replacement surgeries that I realized how bad the arthritic pain was.
I am so thankful for Dr. O'Neill and his staff. I've been back to my normal daily routine for several months now and am still amazed at how healthy I feel.
Thank you to Dr. O'Neill and his staff for making my life more enjoyable!
From my initial meeting, through the surgery, and post op exam with Dr. O'Neill all resulted in a most positive experience! His "cheerful", reassuring manner I believe intentionally contributes to the successful outcome for his patients
Some of the attributes of this least invasive, anterior method of surgery include the reduction of pain, eliminates further post op rehab treatment as well as lifting limitations or restrictions following surgery as well as two earlier replaced knee joints which give me a broader sense of comparison.
My endurance has significantly improved, my pain removed, my walking stamina increased and my quality of life is now allowing me to put entertaining and travel back on my calendar. We have a wonderful array of orthopedic surgeons in our area; I believe Dr. O'Neill to be a leader in that group!
Dr. O'Neill has done four joint replacements for me (two hips/two knees) since 2009 and this last one, the direct anterior approach on my left hip was a piece of cake for me to recover from! My first hip replacement in 2009 (the posterior approach) had a long and painful recovery which necessitated my taking many pain pills to be able to get around and, most importantly, be able to sleep. This time, there literally was no pain and I went home on the third day after surgery. I have a split-level home with many stairs and I had no difficulty in getting up and down. Used a walker for two days and a cane for another two and that was the end of that.
Dr. O'Neill and Jessie were wonderful, carefully explaining the surgery and what I needed to do to take care of myself afterwards. I have to admit that I didn't quite believe Dr. O'Neill when he said that there would be minimal pain with this new type of surgery, but he didn't lie! It is such a pleasure now to be able to do things and not have to calculate how much pain I can endure. My experiences with Dr. O'Neill and his team have been so favorable that I didn't hesitate to recommend him to friends who needed joint work done too.
Prior to this knee replacement, I have had my other knee replaced and my left hip. Although I have no real complaints about my prior experience, this experience was like moving into the penthouse. From the time I stepped into the waiting room on the surgical floor at TCO, it always felt like personalized care. This includes preparation for surgery to recovery room and then transportation to the best of all: the care facility, which had a roomy private room with a nurse dedicated to me around the clock. One less day in the care facility than I spent in prior procedures in the hospital, and then home. Thanks to the able physical therapists who accurately judged my personal capabilities, my rehab was faster than on the prior knee replacement. I can't wait for summer to start walking on the golf course again!
*Mick had a Knee Replacement performed by Dr. Owen O'Neill
Dr. O'Neill replaced both of my hips one month apart. He used the new direct anterior approach. The results were amazing! Little or no pain. I never needed a cane or a walker. I was driving a car in 2 days and mowing my yard in one week. Dr. O'Neill and his staff are top notch. They are kind and explain everything precisely. I HIGHLY recommend Dr. O'Neill to anyone needing orthopedic surgery. You will be extremely pleased with the results!
I'm a 79 year old woman whose knees had become so bad that I could only walk for short distances without pain. Dr. O'Neill replaced first one knee and the other three months later. Two months after the second surgery I am able to walk over a mile without pain. I'm able to walk stairs with confidence, stoop to garden and generally back to my previous life. Dr. O'Neill made a huge difference in my life and I would (and have) heartily recommend him as a surgeon.
Within a few weeks of Dr. O'Neill's performing an anterior hip replacement on my left hip, I was hiking in Rocky Mountain National Park in Colorado and swimming. No more hip pain or subsequent back pain. Not bad for a 70-year old!
Friends, family, and I, as well as other hip replacement patients at Abbot NorthWestern were amazed at how the PT had me up and walking 5 hours after surgery, pain-free, and how I spent only 1 night in the hospital. I had had the traditional hip surgery on my right hip 10 years ago from which it took months to recuperate, with the use of a walker, crutches, and cane. After a few days, I needed none of these aids this time.
I am truly grateful to Dr. O'Neill and his staff for this successful outcome, and also the excellent pre-surgery, post-surgery, and follow-up care received.
Fabulous! Was back at work the following week and on an airplane to the coast by myself within 3 weeks of the surgery. The Excel program was simply great. It allowed me to heal at my own pace. Dr. O’Neill said; "go ahead – your knee will make strange sounds but remember you can’t hurt the device". That’s all I need to hear and I was off. There was no stopping me. This surgery was a non-event in my life – just the way it should be.