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Welcome to Northwest Orthopaedic Specialists

Committed to delivering excellence in bone, joint, and muscle care, Northwest Orthopaedic Specialists has remained the leader in orthopaedics for more than 60 years.

Our specialty-trained doctors deliver specialized and compassionate orthopaedic care to patients throughout Spokane and the Pacific Northwest, with offices DowntownNorth, and in Spokane Valley.

Patient Testimonials

“Please pass on my thanks to Dr. Ellingsen for the work he did on my knee. It’s been getting steadily better all spring, and I daresay, it is almost totally fine now. I’m back to running and biking on a regular basis. Amazing, the miracles the doctors at your place can perform!” -- Don K....

"I was having lots of back pain. I did all the therapy and still had pain. I went to Dr. Tohmeh and Bob. They did another MRI and bone scan. They both agreed that surgery was needed. I had surgery on June 23rd and I am doing great. I still have pain, but it’s from the surgery. It is getting...

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"I have found that Dr. Wallace is a very compassionate doctor. As an older person, it is important to have my doctor listen to me.  Some will only prescribe what they want and I can't take a lot of stuff. Dr. Wallace was very careful to work with me. It has always felt like he was treating...

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"Fifteen years ago, I had a life altering, one vehicle, auto accident, in which, most of my lower extremities were broken. I was the driver, middle of the day, middle of June. After a series of multiple surgeries to both of my ankles, Dr. Padrta suggested that I would benefit from an ankle...

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"I am terrified of going under the knife. John sent me up stairs to meet with the anesthetist to discuss my surgery. She explained what could be used and how, so that I would not come out of surgery sick. The day of surgery, I was still a little stressed out. But, knowing that Dr....

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"I am so thankful to Dr. Anderson, for the excellent job he did on repairing my wrist. I honesty thought it would never be the same! It not only works very well, but it very rarely hurts!! Thanks again!" -- Dorothy B.

"In June of 2012, at the age of 64, I had a total left knee replacement. Like many guys, I have lived a very active lifestyle of sports from a young age, skiing full time for many years and wading slippery rivers as a Steelhead fly fishing guide. When my knee began to deteriorate, it went...

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"The last day of February 2014, in sunny California, I fell landing on my left elbow and smashing it. The ER in California put it back into alignment and instructed me to have elbow surgery within the week.  A phone call to Dr. Lynch and his girl Marcie at Northwest Orthopaedic Specialists...

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"At a chance meeting with Dr. VanderWilde at a ZAG Women's basketball game, he asked, "How are MY hips doing?" I told him HIS hips were fine, but my ankle was in bad shape. He strongly suggested that I go see Dr. Shirzad. I did and I felt completely confident in Dr. Shirzad with my first...

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"I am an electrician that abused my shoulders for over 20 years. I tolerated the pain and sleepless nights for a couple of years before I met with Dr. Kody. My good shoulder had 2 small tears and a 75% tear, along with bursitis and a torn meniscus. My bad shoulder had 3 tears with one of...

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"I was lucky to be treated by Dr. Horn and his staff after fracturing my wrist. He possessed everything I want from a doctor, including knowledge, geniality and a good sense humor, competence, and experience. He promptly called me to discuss my situation, not long after Northwest Orthopaedic...

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"I have two artificial hips. The first was done by Dr. Danielson and the second by Reichard. I am so comfortable that I forget I have them. Recently, I had to go through a security check, going through the scan portal twice before I responded correctly to the staff question, "Are you sure...

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"I suffered an ankle injury in April of 2013, and was referred to Dr. Shirzad in the fall.  I had ankle surgery on March 28, 2014.  Dr. Shirzad, his nurses, and assistant, Kayla, are quite frankly the best team I have ever had. Dr. Shirzad has a quiet manner, is always patiently listening,...

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"Over the course of four years, Dr. Lynch has done several surgeries on my right knee. He did everything he could to save my knee from having to be replaced because of my age. On December 23, 2013, I under went a full knee replacement on my right knee. I couldn't have asked for a better team...

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"My orthopaedic saga began on April 19, 2012 when my husband and I were up in Sandpoint, Idaho, to ride our horses with some great friends at a Pat Wyse clinic. I have ridden horses most of my life and my gelding, Tex, is very well trained. His attitude and temperament are exemplary. So what...

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"70 years old is not the time to have surgery on ones shoulder. However, with the discomfort I was experiencing and 8 months of physical therapy, I consulted with Dr. Kersten and elected to have the surgery. The surgical floor at this facility is professional and friendly, far beyond the...

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"My experience with Dr. Weigel has been wonderful. He explains everything to you in such a manner that you have complete faith and confidence in him, and what he wants to do as far as treatment. I have been to him several times and although I have had to come back, he is always patient and...

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"The doctor I worked for, among many other people, who had a great experience with Northwest Orthopaedic Specialists, referred me to Dr. Michael Kody. I had been in an auto accident about 11 years ago, when someone hit the driver's side door on my car and totaled my vehicle. I ended up...

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"April 1, 2012, I had an anterior right hip replacement by Dr Lynch. In 2006, I had posterior left hip replacement. The differences between the anterior and posterior procedures are night and day. The anterior hip replacement had almost no pain and no restrictions at all. If it just hurts,...

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"The staff is wonderful. The doctors are very caring and knowledgeable." -- Kathleen R.

"My appointment was initially with Dr. Shirzad, but his PA, Tod Fleming, filled in for him very well. After an x-ray, much squeezing, poking, and prodding on my left foot, he/we decided an injection of Methylprednisolone would be a good idea. Indeed, I'm well into June now, and while the...

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"I twisted my left knee. I had pain that went on for 10 months, before I made the appointment with Dr. McDonald. He had an MRI done and saw a meniscus tear and MCL sprang. He prescribed physical therapy in Cheney. In the end, my knee is doing great. I have also had trigger surgery done by Dr...

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"Dupuytren's contracture is a pesky disease. It starts as a small lump under a finger. Eventually, a fibrous cord like thing forms and causes a finger to bend inward. With the last go around, my ring finger and third finger were turning inward. I couldn't lay them flat on the table. Dr. Lin...

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"To start, I suffered a stroke in 2002, and have had to use my right arm almost exclusively. In 2004, I began experiencing shoulder discomfort. In 2008, I received a cortisone shot that helped a lot, along with physical therapy, that I already received as part of my post stroke recovery...

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"How can I better myself if I can hardly walk due to pain? Dr. Dawley knew exactly where to inject my back. Now I can walk again. Northwest Orthopaedic Specialists’ building was VERY clean. The nurses were so kind to make me comfortable, and help me after the injection." -- Kathy G.

"Dr. J, as I called him, was wonderful!! The scar is almost invisible. He was extremely kind and professional. I also had a procedure done several years with Dr. VanderWilde. He is another magician!!" -- Joyce M.

"For six years, I had been in constant pain in my knees due to arthritis and I also was bow legged. I was referred to Dr. Keeve, and now my legs are straightened and I walk pain free after having both knees replaced. Dr. Keeve has given me my life back." -- John W.

"I was very impressed with my experience. The office staff was very efficient. I could always count on a return call. My visits were always on time or early. The X-ray staff was very courteous and helpful. Dr. Shirzad was very friendly and professional. I have complete confidence in him. I...

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"Excellent! From my first exam through surgery and all of my follow-up appointments has been a very good experience. I was treated like everyone cared about me and made sure everything was done to make it as pleasant as possible. Dr. Janout is very good at telling you exactly what is wrong...

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"It has been over five months now since Dr. Reichard replaced my right hip with the direct anterior approach. After two days in Deaconess, he allowed me to come back to my apartment. After two weeks of in home physical therapy, I was walking better than I had for years. The pain I had...

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"Dr. Keeve did a knee surgery replacement on February 26, 2014. My visit on June 17, 2014 was a follow-up after I had returned to full time work as a machinist. Dr. Keeve was pleased with my progress and very helpful with what I should and shouldn't do. Dr. Keeve and all his staff that we...

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"Outstanding surgery on right and left knee! I suffered for over 10 yearswith osteoarthritis; numerous falls, injuries, and pain. I tried using braces and a cane and nothing seemed to help! I also had knock-kneed issues that required extra effort during surgeries. Now my legs are very...

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"On February 17, 2014 I was in car accident up by Priest Lake. My ankle and foot was crushed due to impact sliding down icy road. Angels were to my rescue and got me to Scared Heart Hospital where my surgery was performed by Dr. Janout. He put me back together performing an amazing three...

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"I have been having excellent care following my rotator cuff surgery. Dr. Olson is great at describing the issues with surgery, and great at drawing out how everything should look. He takes great interest in me as a patient and a friend. I would recommend him to anyone needing surgery." --...

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"I was in a car accident of April 2013 and struggled with shoulder pain for quite some time after. Massage and physical therapy were not helping so I got an MRI and it showed I had a few tears in my labrum. I asked around for recommendations for an orthopaedic surgeon and was steered towards...

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“You are lucky to have Dr. McDonald on your team. He is a first class act. Very professional and caring.” -- Evelyn F.

"I have had both knees replaced over the past 2 years and am coming up on my year anniversary for the second replacement. I am now able to do things that I haven't done for many years. I am walking more and even just standing for longer than I had been able to do in several years. Now, I am...

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"My accident occurred on July 17, at Coeur D Lane Park. I fell on my left shoulder with all my weight, resulting in a proximal humerus fracture. The Comments from that doctor were that I had many loose bones, very severe and advised me to get a good surgeon. I was able to get a referral from...

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"I met Dr. Mark Olson after breaking my ankle the end of December. It has been a long process. It first started out waiting 2 weeks for the swelling to go down before he could perform my surgery and begin the actual healing. Dr. Mark has been cautious and not allowing me to take any...

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"My story began when I was fairly young. I was active in sports; baseball, wrestling and cross-country in high school. But even then I had very little flexibility in my hips.  I couldn't stretch out to the side like everyone else, being able to put my feet only about 24" apart before it was...

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"Due to arthritis and the wearing away of my cartilage, I had to have a hip replacement in 2008 at age 56. The following year, I was ballroom dancing and I soon got caught up in the challenge of learning all genres’ of dance i.e., country, swing and Latin on top of the ballroom. I could...

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"I was injured on the job in 2006. Another doctor and my insurance company told me that I had no injury and that I only had arthritis. I have suffered for years with horrible pain and deep down I knew I was “hurt." I cannot function to my normal capacity. I saw Dr. Tohmeh for that work...

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"I appreciated Dr. Horn's interaction with me.  He took his time answering all my questions, explaining my injury, and providing clear information to help me make decisions about my treatment.  Very warm, personable, accessible and competent, as is his staff." -- Tracy

"For about 4 months, I had been having a lot of pain in my middle finger, hand, and down my arm. My knuckle was also "catching.” I was diagnosed with trigger finger.  Dr. Lin gave me a shot in my finger/hand that wasn't pleasant, but it was over very quickly. It began to feel better fairly...

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"I would like to thank Dr. Reichard and his staff for all the help they have given me, to get me back on my feet. I recently had left total knee replacement surgery that has bothered me off and on for a year. With the skilled hands of Dr. Reichard and prayers for my recovery, I am up and...

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"Very caring and kind doctor. He is always pleasant and apologizes if late." -- Cindy S.

"After suffering a sever hyperextension of my left elbow in October 2013, I was fortunate to be finally referred to Dr Janout. March 3, 2014, we were finally able to do the surgery to resolve the bone spurs and arthritic problems. The pain relief was immediate. Within a day, I could realize...

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"Dr. Reichard is a godsend to Northwest Orthopeadic Specialists and of course to me. He is one of a few doctors to do the direct anterior approach to a total hip replacement. Folks, it's the only way to go. Recovery time is amazingly short because the incision is only about 5 or 6 inches...

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"Dr. Kersten is awesome! When I arrived for my first appointment, I was in significant pain and felt quite old and vulnerable. I appreciated that Dr. Kersten included me in a plan of care and that he suggested a conservative "wait and see" if the ligament will heal. It did heal and with...

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"I was having right shoulder pain for several months when I finally went to see Dr. McDonald. A MRI indicated a possible tear in the rotator cuff and he initially treated me with several injections and physical therapy. I was not improving as much as I would have hoped, so it was decided...

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"Upon falling, on my tile floor in the kitchen, I was in a great deal of pain. I had a broken kneecap. I was taken to the hospital immediately.  They fixed me up with a brace and told me to go see Dr. Wallace the next morning.  Still in pain, but certainly better, he told me what exactly was...

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"From our office, visit the staff and Dr. Lynch Jr. did an outstanding job with my husband with explaining what the surgery was going to consist of. To the day of the surgery. The staff at the surgery center did an outstanding job with making my husband feel comfortable. They also including...

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"I had major shoulder pain for many, many years. It was like having an ice pick in my shoulder joint. I was given multiple steroid injections and went through several physical therapy courses over the last ten years with no relief. Dr. Kody finally listened to me and a MRI revealed the...

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"I was sent to another doctor to get a cortisone shot after she looked at my x-ray. I was also told that I would need a new shoulder, after the second shot, which lasted only 4 days. I returned and that’s when she informed me that she was going to send me to another doctor up in Colville...

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"On October 13th, 2013, I crashed my bike. The MRI showed 2 pelvic fractures and a hip labral tear. I thought my shot at attempting Ironman Coeur d' Alene was over.  I called Dr. VanderWilde's office and he called me back right away. He looked at the MRI himself and told me to get back on my...

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"I love my family and the life we share together. Since my shoulder injury, I have missed work and this has put a real financial burden on our family. I have not been able to enjoy my life with my children as it was prior to hurting my shoulder. Thanks to Dr. Kersten, I am about to have...

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"I came to Dr. Wallace back in November of 2013. I have a history of knee injuries and back injuries from being an athlete. I found Dr. Wallace to be kind, caring, and honest about options for treating my right knee, which is now in bad shape. I wanted to talk about a joint replacement but...

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"It was very pleasant from the reception desk, reception area, and all the staff. My experience was expedient, friendly, and thorough. I never felt rushed, and all my concerns were addressed. I really love that I have e-mail access to the appointment desk and find it very accessible. We live...

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"I was apprehensive at first, not ever having to do surgery in my 65 years. I always manned up but this time, the pain was too great. It took me a week before I decided to allow someone to "cut" on me without first a knock down, drag out fight!  Dr. Keeve's staff was wonderful in preparing...

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"Dr. VanderWilde and his staff are top notch! He did rotator cuff surgery on my right shoulder in October. I am well on my way to a full recovery. I have been released from physical therapy and have gone back to work, light duty. Dr. VanderWilde is not only a skilled surgeon, but he has...

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"The care from Dr. Keeve and his staff has been flawless from the first meeting to the last. The operation was a complete success. 12 days after my surgery, I was able to walk a short distance without a walker, cane, or crutches. My pain level has never been over a 2. I have a very large hip...

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"I fell on the ice in January, broke left wrist, went to E.R. at VHMC, and had an x-ray done, which verified my distal radius was broke. I choose Dr. McDonald because I knew of him through my work. He is a very highly recommended surgeon. The staff at Northwest Orthopaedic Specialists is...

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"I shattered both my thumbs while moving granite slabs. Dr. Horn was the on-call doctor who handled my surgery the next day. My surgery went well, it was the post-op that was the hardest. You learn very quickly how much you need your thumbs. They are what separate us from animals. Dr. Horn...

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"I had such pain that I was ready to have surgery. My first major surgery in my 73 years, so really very fortunate. However, I'm kind of a worrywart and known for details. Knowing I had the best surgeon gave me confidence and peace in my total hip replacement. Dr. Jonathan Keeve M.D. I would...

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"I had a great experience with my knee replacement last October. I had a problem with pain medication, but this had nothing to do with Dr. Keeve's service. The knee feels better now than it has felt in years." -- Pat W.

"From my initial visit to my follow up appointment, I felt very confident in having my surgery with Northwest Orthopaedic Specialists. I tore my meniscus while at work and dealing with workers comp is NOT a fun task. Kelly and Julie at the office were incredible about answering any questions...

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"I have never talked to Dr. Tohmeh myself. I have only worked with Rob Bazzano, P.A.-C. He's awesome and I enjoy meeting with him. He is upfront with me and takes his time with me. All the staff is wonderful there and I am very glad to be a patient with you. Thank you for helping me over the...

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"Dr. Michael McDonald did an expert total knee replacement for me. Everyone who watched my progress during the rehab and physical therapy were amazed at how fast and complete my return to normal walking and knee use was. All the doctors and nurses and staff were professional and caring. In...

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"I sustained a shoulder injury on the job in October 2013. When I finally finished jumping through all the red tape and hoops of my insurance company, I was assigned to Dr. Kersten. He and his staff showed nothing but kindness and courtesy to me and my injury. They were always timely in...

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"I could not be more pleased with my experience. My surgery was as close to a pleasure as something of that nature can be. Dr. Vanderwilde and all the staff were friendly and extremely competent. My recovery has been phenomenal. I would be pleased to vouch for all aspects of my treatment at...

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"I have nothing but praise for all the staff at Northwest Orthopaedic Specialists. Dr. Lynch preformed hip replacement on me a little over two weeks ago. I have not once after the surgery, been in pain or needed any pain medication. Everything went exactly as he described. I may not yet be...

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"I was scheduled for an appointment October 30, 2013 with Dr. Wallace for serious shoulder problems. I also needed to schedule an appointment with Dr. Tohmeh for lower back issues. My insurance company was dropping my insurance as of January 01, 2014, and because I was only 63 and on...

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"I am extremely happy with the entire staff at Northwest Orthopaedic Specialists.  Although having surgery is not a preferred activity for me, I found my experience nearly painless, with great attention given to my physical and emotional comfort. I like the relaxed, yet professional,...

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"Everyone at your facility was courteous and the total experience was very good. The surgery was as expected and I am looking forward to getting the boot off for good." -- Janet R.

"Thanks to my dear friend, neighbor and Northwest Orthopaedic Specialists employee, Leann Dunning, I was rescued from a nasty fall off my small stepladder.  Leann arranged for me to see Tod Fleming, P.A.-C., who sent me for x-rays to determine a tibia plateau fracture.  Leann took me to get...

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"I hiked to the lighthouse at Cape Disappointment yesterday, walked on the beach, climbed stairs, and window-shopped in the tourist town we visited.  Each step of the way was full of gratitude, because up until three months ago, I couldn't do any of those things. Thanks to my new left hip, I...

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"Wednesday, the 12th of March, Dr. Schuster performed lower back surgery at the Valley Hospital. Cannot yet tell how I feel but that I am hurting from the surgery.  They were all such an amazing group. Hopefully it will be my last surgery. If you have any kind of back problems, Dr. Schuster...

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"I first came to your office to see Dr. Shirzad regarding my right ankle. He was so great. He sat and explained more to my husband and I than the doctor who had done the surgery. He helped me understand what I could and couldn't do. We left there feeling so much better.
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"Dr. Reichard was fantastic. Before my hip replacement, I was unable to walk. The pain was almost unbearable. With Dr. Reichard and his approach to hip replacement, I am as good as new. I am able to work and do the things I love to do. From entering his office, I felt calm and reassured that...

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"I am recovering from a wrist replacement! Dr. Horn used a new procedure and it has been a speedy recovery. I'm about 7 weeks out and so far all is going well. I am very protective of it when I am out and around people but otherwise I use it as much as directed." -- Kathleen R.

"Very good. Excellent surgeon and doctor that is easy to talk to. He gave me good advice and the end results were very good." -- Jerry L.

"Dr. Keeve is not only an excellent surgeon, but he is a kind, nice, human being, who put us at ease, explained everything fully, and answered all our questions. I could not have imagined a better experience and most highly recommend him and his staff to anyone." -- Kim K.

"It is a pleasure for me to share my story.  I suffered for almost 16 years with an arthritic knee. I did not realize it was a problem that wouldn't improve on its own or on anything that I did to try to improve it. My family kept urging me to see a doctor about it, as they felt it just wasn...

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"Three years after an excellent rotator cuff surgery, I had recovered full strength and was thrilled. I lift weights, curl 120, incline press, triceps press 170, and so on.  About 4 months ago, I began to have a pain in the area that had been worked on previously. It was not possible for me...

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"Dr. Kody replaced my left shoulder in December 1998. Prior to the surgery, I was taking 18 to 24 ibuprofen per day for about four years. After the surgery, my pain was relieved within 24 hrs. I was allowed to start playing golf again in 12 weeks. Five days after I started playing again, I...

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"I had severe pain in my shoulder, which spread to my arm and hand, tingling in my fingers, on my right side. Dr. Tohmeh had an MRI done and determined there was a severely herniated disc between C6-C7 in my cervical vertebrae. It was pushed up against the back of my spinal cord, blocking...

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"I have been a patient at Northwest Orthopaedic Specialists for about five years. During that time, I have had one scope procedure and three joint replacements as well as injections in a variety of joints. Dr. Russell VanderWilde performed all of these procedures with the assistance of his...

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"Dr. Henry Lin operated on my right hand index finger. From the first consultation appointment through the conclusion of the surgery, Dr. Lin and his staff were very professional, kind, and supportive. I was comfortable, as well as free of anxiety before and after surgery. The staff at...

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"Went in on Monday at 3:00p.m., surgery done by 5:00 p.m., back in my room by 6:00-6:30p.m., and awake at 7:00. I was walking Tuesday morning, and walked out of hospital on Wednesday. The only pain experienced was the incision, and that was minimal. By Saturday, I was bored, so my wife and I...

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"Early in 2012, I mentioned to my family doctor how my hands were becoming so painful and it was actually limiting my active lifestyle and interrupting my sleep. He referred me to Dr. Horn, who began steroid injections to the CMC joints of both hands. After several injections to both joints...

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"I had a ruptured bicep repaired. The entire staff, from check in to check out, was outstanding, friendly, and professional. I had the same procedure done on the other arm 8 years ago by another doctor. Even though they did a great job, I could not compare the experience. Once again...

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"If I was to rate it on a scale of 1 to 10, 10 being the most painful and nerve racking, I give it a 4, amazing comfort level from start to finish, and the staff at Northwest Orthopaedic Specialists and Sacred Heart were the best." -- Doug E.

"I cannot thank Dr. Reichard and his staff enough, for giving me back my legs. In every aspect of my experience from start to finish, the staff went over and beyond what I would have expected. They catered to my needs. You see, starting in 2010, after 3 full years of care giving for a total...

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"Very professional, prompt staff.  Thank you!" -- Tamra W.

"I have been suffering from left hip pain and weakness after a fall on cement stairs in December 1996.  I have made so many trips to doctors, orthopaedic specialists, and have received different diagnoses every time. I felt there was no hope to find out what was wrong. I even had one...

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"I am 64 and had narrow AC joints in both of my shoulders along with arthritic deterioration and a few other lesser maladies that resulted in pain and limited range of motion. No, growing older is not for sissies. Dr. Ellingsen fixed both of them, the most recent one being on 2/5/14.  I...

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"Tod always gives me great care." -- Thomas M.

"My left hip was completely replaced and I was very surprised that I had no pain at all after surgery. I cannot believe I waited so long but I am very happy with the results. They told me I would love my new hip and they were not kidding. One of the best signs of a good surgeon is by how...

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"It was very thorough and encouraging. I was treated extremely well throughout." -- Kenneth J.

"I slipped on some ice covering the cement and broke my radial head of left elbow. I was seen in an urgent care clinic and they wanted me to follow up with their orthopaedic doctor. I told them I'd rather follow up with Dr. Kersten of Northwest Orthopaedic Specialists, which I did. I saw Dr...

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"My experience is all positive, from my first consultation with Tod, my pre-op, the surgical staff, and so forth. I was called the day after my procedure at home to check on my condition, which I thought was awesome!  My particular procedure involved my foot. There is quite a long...

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"I have been impressed with this office. Everyone I have encountered has been very professional and helpful including the receptionists, medical assistants, Dr. Janout, and billing department. I am being treated for a torn tendon and have had some relief. Treatment is not complete, but it's...

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"I have on going pain in hands and I have had many shots. Dr. Lin recommended surgery. I am currently in physical therapy and my hand is 100 percent better! I will have my left hand done after golf! Dr. Lin did a great job!!!!" -- David L.

"I had a full knee replacement in January of 2013.  I remember little or nothing about my 4 days in the hospital, but according to my family, I kept them quite entertained.  As I was 68 years old and had no one at home to help me, I went to Touchstone on the south hill.  They told me that...

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"I had never broken a hand before so I had no idea my right hand was broken. I treated my own hand with Ace bandage, heat, etc. When I started school this winter quarter and using my hand to take notes, write papers, and do homework, the hand actually swelled up like a club. I then had the...

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"I had left knee arthroscopic surgery a little over a week ago for two torn menisci and broken pieces of cartilage.  This is after two arthroscopic surgeries and a knee replacement on my right knee.  Because I am an adhesion builder, my recoveries haven't been the best.  However, my physical...

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"Like many other residents who are blessed to live in the beautiful Northwest, I take full advantage of engaging what is offered to us in the lakes, mountains, and Puget Sound. I re-tore my ACL in 2004 skiing the backcountry at Alta, Utah. My first surgery was in 1991, what now seems to be a...

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"My mother, Ruth, is 92 years old. She fell on Thanksgiving and fractured her collarbone. She went to the ER and they determined she could go home, following their rehab instructions and doing a follow up with Dr. Wallace at your office in 2 weeks. Our family and the nursing staff where she...

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"I always enjoy my appointments with Dr. Horn. He and his staff are welcoming and informative. I drive 2 hours for his expertise and never have to wait long in the waiting room or exam room. I always feel at easy and in good hands with Dr. Horn and his staff." -- Donna D.

"Very professional office. You can tell they really care about the care they offer." -- David B.

"Dr. Padrta has been my orthopaedic physician since 1993. He and his staff have always been professional, but also kind and caring. I trust them thoroughly and have referred many to them for care." -- Mary B.

"When I got in to see Dr. Tohmeh, I could hardly stand or walk. After Dr. Tohmeh operated on my back, I was able to leave the hospital on the second day, recouped, and I am now walking and doing all my regular activities. I RECOMMEND him to everyone I know or see with back problems. As a...

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"Dr. Henry H. Lin treated me for carpel tunnel syndrome. After having the nerve conduction tests, my left arm/hand did not have any indication of involvement at the time. My right arm/hand indicated a mild involvement. After discussing the test results, Dr. Lin did not think it was necessary...

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"I have had a very bothersome left shoulder that recently kept me from sleeping well at night. I have become unable to do any ADL’s, enjoy any sports, and other activities that would require the use of my left arm.  My rheumatologist referred me to Dr. VanderWilde. He has proven to be an...

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"I have had a problem with my hand for a year. I talked about it with my family physician twice. He referred me to Dr. Sestero. He was able to get me in right away. He figured out the problem on the first visit and scheduled me for surgery in less than a month. I was very impressed with the...

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"This was my first encounter with Dr. Dawley. I was having a pain procedure on my neck.  After the procedure, the nurses came in and checked on me about every 15 minutes. Dr. Dawley and his staff came to check on me at least 3 times. He is wonderful, kind and compassionate!  What a great...

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"I had a fusion with Dr. Tohmeh on September 16, 2013. My life had been on hold for a year & a half before my surgery. I am able to partake in activities that I haven’t been able to before the fusion. I'm so anxious to get all the way back into my life and a job. The unbearable pain...

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"Dr. Shuster and his staff have been so amazing. They go way above the normal to make sure you are taken care of. Dr. Shuster's assistant, Danny, has been so helpful.  She has made sure everything I have been going through runs smooth and has no issues. I would recommend Dr. Shuster and his...

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"My daughter, Kara, injured her knee in November. Through her physical therapist and Northwest Orthopaedic Specialists, we had an appointment set up two days after the injury on a Friday and a follow up MRI the following Monday. Dr. Kersten has done a great job discussing treatment,...

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"My knees were replaced by Dr. Patrick Lynch Jr. I had a very fast and easy recovery. I am enjoying hiking and working-out daily. I only wish I had gotten the procedures earlier. I have recommended Dr. Lynch to my friends and they are reporting a similar experience." -- Martin B.

"I had shoulder surgery in mid June of this year, AC joint repair, and minor rotator cuff tune-up.  This condition had bothered me for years. I wish now I would have had surgery sooner.  The operation was a tremendous success. I have +95% range of motion and +90% of my strength back. I am...

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"Came in for left hip pain. I had surgery on the same hip 2 years ago. It was determined I needed to repeat the same procedure I had 2 years ago. After surgery, I was pain-free from the minute I woke up from surgery and still am today. So glad I had this second procedure done." -- LeeAnn H...

"Dr. Lynch is amazing. I came to him as a new patient in 2010. At that time, I had already had 5 arthroscopic surgeries on my right knee. He had me in surgery within 2 weeks and he did a great job. The surgery lasted 2 years almost to the day. He did the next one in March of this year. Due...

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"After injuring my left knee, I was referred to Dr. Anderson by a friend. Dr. Anderson worked me in very quickly, spent a good amount of time with my wife and I, explaining the diagnosis and going through my MRI. In an effort to get me back to work as quickly as possible, he again worked me...

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"Dr. Keeve and staff are very professional. There was very limited waiting in office for pre-op and post op appointments. I would recommend to any future patient.  They are straight forward with what to expect." -- Bruce B.

"For the past year, I have experienced a lot of pain and muscle weakness in my legs and feet.  It started with a numb right shin and some tingling, which quickly progressed into acute pain. I had an MRI, which showed I had slippage in my L 4-5 and a growing cyst in the same area.  I had a...

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"Five weeks ago, Dr. Wallace did surgery on my tibial plateau fracture. My physical therapists have been relatively pleased with my extension and bending - more pleased than I am. I can hardly wait the six more days until my next appointment with Dr. Wallace. He might give me permission to...

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"I had my right hip done in summer of 2007. It took a long time to get things moving, but I didn't hurt all that much. Last year, my left leg was giving me serious problems. Yes, I had twisted my ankle and my dog fractured my tibia, but that didn't cause my shin, knee and hip to hurt. I...

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"I feel that Dr. Reichard cared about the problems that I was experiencing and presented me with options that would help. Only three days out of surgery and I can already feel the difference that this surgery has made. Recovery has been easier this time compared to the past two that I have...

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"I couldn't have been happier with my experience with every single person I had contact with. Everyone I met I thought were genuinely very nice and some were even funny, which is a big plus for me! I would recommend Northwest Orthopaedic Specialists to anyone I know. Thank you all so much...

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"Dr. Padrta injected my ankle with cortisone on Monday. 90% of the swelling is gone after 3 days. The ankle feels 100% better. His first concern was treating the problem without surgery unless absolutely necessary. I appreciate the excellent care Dr. Padrta has always taken of my medical...

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"Dr. Paul Horn is a wonderful doctor & person! He has done both of my carpal tunnel surgeries and will probably do a surgery on my trigger digit too. Since I have such a complicated life right now, he took the time to call me and offer suggestions to get me out of pain so I can function...

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"I struggled with chronic pain in my hips for over 13 years. I had a previous hip surgery by another physician approximately a year before seeing Dr. Lynch. The surgery I had was very invasive and a long difficult recovery. I was left unable to do many things that I could do prior to surgery...

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"I was in to see Dr. Treloar for knee pain and needed an injection. I did not feel the needle at all! Dr. Treloar took his time and the procedure was painless. Now my knee feels great. Thank you Dr Treloar!" -- Dawn S.

"Dr. Kody and his staff are awesome! I had shoulder surgery in September and am 100% recovered and pain-free. Thank you!" -- Lena M.

"Dr. Tycho Kersten performed rotator cuff surgery on my right shoulder in May of 2010.  The procedure was a complete success and I am back playing tennis and snow skiing.  His staff and assistance were all very professional and friendly.  Dr. Kersten’s manner and professionalism gave me...

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"I had a total knee replacement at Deaconess Hospital in February 2013. My surgery was uneventful and my recovery went exceptionally well. I was walking without any assistance and back to work well before anticipated. I certainly don't regret my decision and am very pleased with the results...

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"I love my doctor! Dr. Keeve is very intelligent and is exacting in knowing what to do for my personal health situation. I feel very blessed to have him on my team!" -- Mary C.

"Found out my knee pain is muscular, but that I do need a hip replacement. Dr. Lynch was helpful, knowledgeable, and when it’s time for my surgery, I will return to Northwest Orthopaedic Specialists." -- Cora G.

"After walking on my hurt foot for almost two months, I made an appointment with Dr. Padrta.  He correctly diagnosed my foot as having a broken navicular break and placed a cast on the foot and leg.  After almost five weeks of no weight bearing on that foot, he found that no healing had...

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"Dr. Padrta has operated on my right foot and did a fabulous job. Now, he has taken care of my left foot and it was fabulous.  So now I have two straight toes and no foot pain. Thanks!" -- Char C.

"I had a debilitating thumb injury that wouldn't heal. Dr. Janout laid out a few options starting with the least invasive. This option worked perfectly. It was great dealing with such a knowledgeable, orthopedic specialist, who is also a great guy." -- Gary M.

I'd like to take the opportunity to thank you regarding your involvmeent in my surgery on November 21st. As this most recent surgery was the seventh surgery I have had in which sedation was necessary, I was pleased with how the sedation went thanks to your efforts. During all of my previous...

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"Doctor Keeve is an excellent surgeon and he is very personable. All the office help and nurses were very caring and friendly. Dr. Keeve said I would be back to work in 6 to 8 weeks, and he was right." -- Jo E.

"I retired and moved to Spokane Valley in 2005.  Before moving, I saw my doctor for back problems and was told I had four degenerated discs and scoliosis.  Knowing I was moving, he referred me to Dr. Tohmeh.  I saw him once, but was not ready to commit to surgery, thinking I could work some...

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"My knee was swollen and was not functioning well at all. I couldn't even walk three blocks. It was time for a new knee. I went to see Dr. John Keeve. The surgery went well. Knee surgery is not for sissies. Physical therapy was very good. I worked hard through the pain. I went hunting five...

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"The appointment was very smooth from the time of check in to the time of check out.  I was amazed at how quickly Dr. Sestero was in the room to examine me and then sent for X-rays. By the time I got back to the exam room, he was there looking at the images!  I work in a cardiology office...

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"Dr. Tycho Kersten repaired my rotator cuff on June 7th, 2013. I'm back at work without any restrictions. I'm lifting weights 7 days a week. I feel amazing. I was supposed to be off work until December. I returned to work September 23rd. Dr. Tohmeh gave me an Xlif procedure where he fused my...

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"Everyone involved was wonderful.  Smiles and introductions by everyone helped ease the worry.  I'm a registered nurse, and it was nice to see the whole thing from the other side of the hospital gown.  I wish now that I'd had the surgery sooner.  Thanks to all of you -- you made it so easy...

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"Great experience! They have caring doctors and staff." -- Larry H.

"From the first time I called to the last visit, I felt like they cared about me! I had great experience with every one that I came in contact with. Dr. Treloar was fantastic! My surgery and healing went with little or no pain. Thanks to all of you!" -- Dennis D.

"One of my biggest fears was to have back surgery. So when I was referred to go see a back surgeon, I was very skeptical. I could no longer live with the pain I was living with. I decided to go to the appointment with the surgeon to see what my options were. I tried the steroid injections...

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"I waited...why is the question...If I would have only seen Dr. Olson after my injury happened, I may have not been in so much pain. Dr. Olson was amazing; from my first appointment, to my recent need to schedule an additional surgery, he has been personable, caring and thoughtful with my...

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"I received a right total hip replacement in August of this year. My entire experience with Dr. Christopher Anderson and his staff was excellent. Dr. Anderson has a wonderful bedside manner and he took the time to explain my surgery in detail, as well as the risks involved. During my...

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"Dr. Powers, Dr. Reynolds, Dr. Dawley, John Boyd P.A. and the nurses and office staff are all excellent." -- Lorraine A.

"I feel like I should have some kind of frequent flyer miles from your office. I have had many surgeries and even brought both of my daughters to you.  I have had good care from the office staff, to the surgical staff at both the Surgery Center, and at Holy Family.  I have just started...

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"I saw Dr. Lin on a Wednesday, May 1st. I was no longer able to do anything with my left thumb.  Dr. Lin gave me some options and said he felt like he could fix my thumb.  He asked me when I would like to do the surgery.  I asked if he had an opening that afternoon (I was kind of joking) and...

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"While I was in the hospital, I received such wonderful and professional care from the doctors, nurses, therapists, and all other staff. After I came home, the home health staff (nurses and physical therapists) were right on the ball with care and assistance every step of the way. It is a...

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"Very Good and happy!"-- Richard G.

"I first met Dr. Padrta the night I shattered my leg and ankle in a hockey game.  He told me the night he met me that I might consider amputation.  He didn't sugar coat the fact that my break was one of the worst he had seen.  I had a compound comminuted fracture of both my tibia and fibula...

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"Dr. VanderWilde has been treating my partially torn rotator cuff and me for several years. This past summer when it tore completely, he and his PA were excellent in providing diagnosis, options, and opinions.  My surgery was June 21st.  From the moment I arrived, to the time I left, I was...

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"Dr. Lynch was terrific to work with. He and his entire team took the time and effort to make sure the hip replacement surgery was necessary. That's a wonderful confidence builder. Surgery was at 10:00am the 9th of September at Sacred Heart Medical Center. All went well and I was discharged...

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"I saw Dr. Kersten and McDonald and was very pleased with both professionals. Both gave me explanations and options for treatment.  They were easy to talk to. Dr McDonald did a great job on the shoulder arthroplasty!" -- Kathy E.

"I was really happy with the thoroughness of the exam of my flat feet. I have been to a couple of podiatrist a lot over the last ten years and no one has actually given me such a good exam and actually listened to me as well as Northwest Orthopaedic did." -- Dennis K.

"I'm a fourteen-year-old girl and I am very active. I play two sports and I had tendinitis and shin splints in my left ankle, which was making it very hard to be as active as I usually am. I went to Northwest Orthopaedic Specialists and they gave me an ankle brace and they showed me how to...

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"So far everything is going as planned. It's been three and a half weeks since my new knee was put in place. I am very optimistic that I will have everything that I was promised. I have done all of my exercises as recommended and am already walking without any help. I was told that Dr. Kody...

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"I fell and sustained a twist fracture in my left fibula and tore a ligament in my ankle on August 9, 2012.  Dr. Olson operated and put a plate in my fibula and I recovered well. I was even able to enter the 2012/2013 recreational ski season.  I gained strength during the season and, alas,...

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"I am a 48-year-old male and received a total knee replacement on my left leg sixteen days ago.   My joint pain was gone from the very first day and I was able to put full weight on it.  I was in the hospital for two days. After coming home, I used a walker for three days then switched to a...

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"I first met Dr. Wallace on his first day at Northwest Orthopaedic Specialists.  I was his first patient of the day and a young lady who took me to my room said to go easy on him, as this was his first day.  I found him to be a wonderful, caring man who sincerely wants to help people feel...

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"I have the best new knee! Three weeks yesterday, the old knee was removed, thanks to a great surgeon and team. Sacred Heart Hospital in three days helped me start moving and handle the pain.  Gentiva therapists and nurses have come to my house and challenged me to move, bend, and gain...

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"I must admit, when Dr. Horn described my wrist surgery, I had visions of a long recovery period and rehab. I am happy to say that is not the case. I am almost back to normal with no physical therapy required. So far, everything has gone perfectly." --Tim E.

"I could not have been more pleased with the procedure from start to finish! Dr Ellingsen and the entire staff did extremely well at everything done for me.  Their attitude, knowledge, and professionalism were excellent! I would recommend the group to anyone needing treatment! My husband...

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"I have been playing volleyball since I was 12 years old. Volleyball is my life. I recently received an injury, and when the pain started, I went to see an orthopaedic specialist. I have now been to three, and Dr. Vanderwilde has been the most caring and most knowledgeable...

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"I was seen by Dr. McDonald. He was very knowledgeable, and his nurse was just as good. I did not feel pressured to finish quickly—he took his time to answer my questions. It was a good experience." --Katherine M.

"I was very happy with my care from my first visit with Dr. Wallace all the way through to my shoulder surgery. I was pretty nervous, but the entire staff was so knowledgeable that I was able to relax and put my fears aside." --Kimberly N.

"From my first contact with Dr. Shuster's office, I felt safe and confident.  One of the things I dislike the most about being in pain (besides the obvious) is the feeling of vulnerability while in pain.  Relieving pain—short term and long term—is a focus of everyone there.  Having...

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"I heard from a very good source that Dr. Ellingsen was a very fine doctor and I found that to be true. He was very patient and made me feel special. I talked to a couple of girls, and they said he was a great doctor to work with. Dr. Ellingsen diagnosed my problem and corrected it, and I am...

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"Many years ago, I had a ruptured disc in my lower back. The pain was very bad, and I could not move without severe and very sharp pain. My wife had been a nurse and knew of Dr. John Schuster and his reputation in treating back injuries. I visited him in his office, and after his...

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"My wife had a hip and knee replacement by Dr. Danielson so .i already knew the fine care and professionalism from Dr. Danielson. I choose him specifically because of that for my total knee replacement in April 2013, 5 months ago We work among tribal people in remote areas of Asia. 6 weeks...

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"I had a sore shoulder, went to family doctor, and after some treatment was sent to Dr. Kersten. He said I had a torn rotator cuff. I went to surgery where they found a bone spur and arthritis along with the torn rotator cuff. He repaired and cleaned up the mess. Recovery went well. I had...

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"I had just returned from a month away helping a friend move her ranch.  It was a vast undertaking. I was home less than two weeks and fractured my leg.  I wish I had known it was a fracture when I refused to get a pain shot from the ER.  I thought for sure I had messed up cartilage and felt...

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"I have not yet had my surgery yet, but it is scheduled for two weeks from now. However, I do feel properly prepared for the big event. I have read the various materials from the manufacturer of the medical devise you will plant into my hip area. My confidence is strong and I look forward to...

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"I like to run a lot. So running my foot over with a stretcher at work and fracturing my 5th metatarsal was unthinkable for me.  But it happened.  I saw Tod Fleming, P.A.-C, who was awesome and very patient with me. He helped make the experience a little more bearable.  I want to thank...

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"Dr. Wallace and the staff were all very professional. I felt comfortable asking questions and Dr. Wallace answered anything I asked. He explained all of the options available to me and which one he would prefer to advance with. I will be seeing Dr. Wallace in September for further treatment...

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"My first appointment with Dr. Kody was in October of 2012. I had chronic knee pain in both knees that I had ignored for many years. Being a very active and athletic person (I teach Elementary PE) I had found that I was barely functioning doing my job and painfully continued to try to do the...

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"I injured my left shoulder last August 2012.  I know exactly how I did it and by the next morning I knew it wasn't good. I lived with it for a few months as it got a little bit better, but there were certain positions and motions that I just couldn't put it in or do without intense pain. ...

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"I had surgery on the top of both of my feet on 4/22/13. My condition was not something that is encountered on a routine basis. I have dealt with this discomfort my whole life (since late childhood). I was at a point where I could barely wear shoes when I went to see Dr. Shirzad. He showed...

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"Hello, I am a current replacement patient of Dr. Reichard and two years ago had knee replacement surgery with Dr. Michael Kody. I chose to come back to Northwest Orthopaedic Specialists after the experience I had with the wonderful personal care Dr. Kody and his staff provided during my...

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"Dr. Reichard had to replace my hip, he did not push me to do it right away but gave me time to think about it. Giving me the care and concern to help me make the right choice.  I am able to walk well and even got back on my horse, which no one thought was possible.  Always very caring about...

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"I had a very serious injury over a year ago. My family and friends where very concerned if I would even walk again, myself included. I received wonderful work, caring, and great positive support and concern from the staff. Dr. Olson did many surgeries and made it possible for me to walk...

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"I put my trust in Northwest Orthopaedic Specialists. Dr Ellingsen is a TRUE professional. Since August of 1997, Dr. Ellingsen has repaired my shoulders seven times…three on the left, four on the right and on the 28th of this month he will help me one more time. It's not because the past...

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"I started with my injury on 9/14/12 and we tried physical therapy for a few months. I was able to work up to full time. Then we got busy at work, I started hurting again, so I went down to fewer hours and then I ended up having cuff repair on 7/18/13. I am three weeks post surgery and still...

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"I checked in for a CT scan a few days ago and due to unforeseen circumstances I was about two hours early. We drove in from out of town and our shopping didn't take as long as we had allowed. I assumed that I would wait until my appointment time arrived so I settled down to read in the...

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"I have been so lucky to have such a great doctor and his nurse. They are outstanding, they gave me wonderful care, and did a fantastic surgery on my knee. Dr. Norquist and his staff are wonderful. Yes I would recommend them to other people. Thank you to all the staff. Great bunch of people...

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"I was treated by Mike Dieter, P.A. of Dr. Ellingsen. I went to Northwest Orthopaedic Specialists on a recommendation of several friends because of a sore hip. X-rays were taken and it turned out to be an inflamed bursae. I was given a cortisone shot and it worked. All of the staff were...

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"Dr. Dawley did a lumbar injection for continued pain in my left leg. He was so nice to me and made me feel very comfortable. The nurses were also so sweet and made me relax. The procedure went very well. Thanks to all of you! I would never go anywhere else." -- Sandra C.

"I suffered a very painful torn cartilage in my left hip. This went on for several months until I was referred to Dr. Lynch. When I met him and he saw my MRI and he explained exactly how he was going to do the surgery. I have the utmost confidence in Dr. Lynch to get the job done properly....

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"I recently had hardware removed from a previous break. EVERYONE at the surgery center went far above expectations to make me feel comfortable. I never felt rushed.  Registration was very quick. Nurses would walk by and greet me whether they were my assigned nurse or others. In recovery, my...

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"I had an appointment with Dr. Shirzad for a second opinion on pain and swelling in my ankle. I was very impressed. He gave me so much more information regarding my problem than I had received before. I now have a much better understanding as to what is going on. I also feel much more...

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"I found your office very easy to contact, work with, and I was always comfortable asking any question. Dr. Keeve was very approachable and I loved his sense of humor (kind of fit right in with mine). Recovery has been steady and I feel very confident that I will be able to continue doing...

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"I had non-invasive hip replacement surgery six weeks ago by Dr. Lynch. I feel great!  After four years of progressively worse and worse pain, I am pain free without any medicine or walking aid. I am very grateful for this new chance at life and can't wait to get back to biking, hiking, and...

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"I am satisfied with the care that I received. Dr. Khalid Shirzad and his staff have been very helpful with my recovery. All my questions have been answered in a timely manner. It has been a positive experience and I would recommend Northwest Orthopaedic Specialists to my friends and family...

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"It was a pleasant experience. Everyone was so courteous. I appreciated the time Dr. Shuster took to explain my options and answer all questions that I had. I felt very encouraged about my condition." -- Annette O.

"I have suffered from a painful Morton's neuroma for 15 years. Eight weeks after my surgery I am jogging daily and enjoying living an active lifestyle again. This surgery was was absolutely life changing for me and I am so grateful! Thank you!" -- Margot P.

"For years my spine was misaligned, perhaps from birth. Eventually I was in a lot of pain due to a cyst on my spine, which was pressing on a nerve. I saw Dr. Tohmeh for a consultation. He suggested a very conservative treatment of injections to try to manage the cyst size thus reducing the...

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"My husband had shoulder surgery several years ago and a few knee problems from football injuries. When my knees began to bother me I checked in with his doctor at  Northwest Orthopaedic Specialists. I have had one arthroscopic surgery to repair the meniscus and they found I had arthritis in...

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"I very much appreciate the efforts made by Dr. Kody and all staff. Everyone is very kind to me and professional. My questions are always answered. Stephanie puts up with me.  Dr. Kody has done four difficult surgeries on me, and I've done well with all except the last knee scope, which was...

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"I had four orthopaedic surgeries in a bit less than two years. Two carpal tunnel with Dr. Horn, one rotator cuff with Dr. VanderWilde, and one ruptured ligament with Dr. Padrta.  The surgery suite is great and the doctors and nurses are wonderful. All four experiences were probably as good...

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"I broke my right wrist in a bicycle accident in Portland. It didn't seem serious, but my wife encouraged me to go to the local Urgent Care facility to get it checked. The X-rays showed I had two fractures in my right wrist and the Urgent Care staff put me in a splint and suggested I go to...

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"I developed carpal tunnel syndrome and Dr. Sestero ordered nerve conduction studies that verified the diagnosis. My surgery was done at Northwest Orthopaedic Specialists’ outpatient surgery. All the staff were excellent. The surgery and the results were excellent.  I have no further...

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"I'm an active 52 year old and love to run, bike and cross-country ski. In February, I fell while skate skiing at Mt. Spokane. Not realizing the extent of my injuries, I continued to cross-country ski and fell again several weeks later, injuring the same knee. I stopped all serious...

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"Where to begin:  About 2009 I felt there was no hope of ever enjoying the great outdoors again due to the pain in my hips, especially the left hip. The pain had gradually gotten worse over the past few years mostly in the winter months and then would go away the rest of the year. I was to...

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"Northwest Orthopaedic Specialists is the best group I have ever been with. They are so kind, from the girls at the check in to the doctors, especially Dr. Powers. He took so much time explaining my spinal surgery and included my husband. I am able to talk with him and he makes me feel...

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"Surgery went well. Dr. Tomeh and his staff have always been very helpful. Shari, Bob, and Dr. Tohmeh have been wonderful. I appreciate everything they have done, and I would recommend them to anyone. Thanks!" --William I.

"Very successful left knee replacement with very minimal amount of pain following surgery. I had terrific physical therapists who got me back up and moving around fast. Dr. Lynch is not only an excellent surgeon, he has a great staff,  has a great bedside manner, and he has a wonderful...

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"I apologize for not answering sooner, but I have felt so good after my last treatments in May by Dr. Reynolds and staff, that I have been busy doing all the things I have been unable to do for some time. Back to getting my farming and gardening done without pain is remarkable. Again I would...

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"Dr. Powers was excellent, he sat down with me to discuss my back issues, history of what treatments I have had in the past, and steps to move forward. He ordered a new MRI, the last one I had was two and a half years ago. This week I go back in to discuss the findings. He was very honest...

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"In May 2012 Dr. Danielson replaced my right hip. To do this he had to remove the previously replaced joint, which had 18 years of wear.  This must have been tricky to say the least. I am very pleased (this is an understatement) with Dr. Danielson's work. I have no more pain in that hip....

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"Following partial shoulder transplant in March 2013, I am doing very well and was released from physical therapy last week. I still need to exercise at home but I am now able to do all my own housework, yardwork ,etc. as I live alone." -- Gwenn W.

"I had a full knee replacement seven months ago. Dr. Keeve did a great job on my knee. It is feeling stronger every day now. I don’t limp anymore, and I no longer feel pain after sitting down for a long period of time when I stand up. I work hard on my bow flex to keep my legs in shape. I...

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"I am so grateful to Dr. Kody and all his staff for giving me new knees and my life beck to normal - that is hectic. I play tennis now 1-2 times a week, can step into my trousers like a normal person, jog with my dog for short distances, hike up hills, skip with my granddaughter, and kneel...

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"My back problems started in 1978 with a helicopter crash in Korea. Wearing a heavy steel helme, I'm assuming a crash position is not conducive to lumber spine health. I also had 428 parachute jumps with mostly good landings. Of course I was a young GI at the time.

"The many...

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"On April 15th, I had a total hip replacement done by Dr. Treloar. It has now been almost three months since the surgery, and I am glad to report that all is doing quite well! Each day is different, however. Sometimes it will hurt a little in different areas, and I do work on not...

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"Hi, I'm Sue, a 68-year-old retired college instructor. In 1996, I suffered a bad fall in a hotel and badly injured both wrists and knees. Dr. Henry Lin operated on my left wrist, and Dr. Patrick Lynch performed arthroscopies on both knees with the caveat that I would need knee replacements...

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"The staff and my doctor are very nice! My doctor always goes out of his way to listen. He is very smart and caring and a great doc. I think he works to hard and needs a vacation:)

"I want to say 'Thank you' for all that you have done!!! Keep up the great work! God bless...

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"I visited the Deaconess ER on Monday, June 24, and was grateful to be able to see Mike Dieter on Wednesday, June 26.  My experience at Northwest Orthopaedic Specialists was overall very positive.  We got to see the MRI (taken at my ER visit) and Mike showed us that I had dislocated my...

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"My surgery went very well. The post-op pain is much better than I had expected, and the nurses were friendly. My only negative comment would be that the response to the call button was slow. I liked the staff very much; they were caring and friendly, and I would be happy to have them take...

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"Whenever I call the nurse for an appointment, I am called back right away. Every experience that I have had has been with loving hands and every question answered.  It sometimes feel as if I end one problem of pain but only to get another in a different part of my body. I really feel I want...

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"My carpal tunnel used to be so bad that I couln't even drive without both of my arms going numb. Just simple everyday activities like pushing a stroller or cutting vegetables would make my arms go numb and sometimes even be painful; it was making life unpleasant. It was also making it hard...

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"I would like to say Dr. A. Kirk Reichard is a God-send to me. He is an expert at what he does. His anterior approach to hip replacement surgery is on the cutting edge, and believe me, his anterior approach is far more advanced than what other surgeons do. My recovery time will be far less...

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"I had a very painful broken clavicle due to a horseback riding accident on May 10th.  Coincidentally, I had already had an appointment scheduled for May 12th to evaluate an issue I already had with my shoulder.  After the accident, I called the office on the morning of my appointment as I...

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"When I broke my hip last October, I was transported from Pullman, WA, to Spokane, WA, and met Dr. Soren L. Olsen who discovered that I was so anemic and in such bad shape that he could not operate on me until I was in better health. This took many days of blood transfusions and various...

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"Awesome experience. We first came to Dr. Sestero a few years back for an injury my husband sustained, which was creating carpal tunnel symptoms.  And in deed it was, and it was the second time he needed surgery on his right hand for this. He was able to get it done right away. All was well...

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"I had a mountain biking accident on May 31, 2013, and ended up with a fractured rib and clavicle. I hiked down the mountain and drove to the emergency room at Valley Hospital. Following treatment, Valley Hospital had me check in with Dr. McDonald the next week.

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"While snowskiing in March of 2004, I shattered my talus. The initial repair surgery with Northwest Orthopaedic Specialists was successful, but I was unable to work or enjoy recreational sports and activities to the same degree as before my injury. After consultation with Dr. Padrta...

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"I was incredibly pleased with Dr. Horn's treatment of my trigger thumb.  I had suffered for months with the pain and lack of mobility in my thumb before seeing Dr. Horn.  One relatively pain-free injection of cortisone, and a month later, I cannot tell that I had ever had a problem. Thanks...

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"I was told that I had what was considered to be a rare injury (proximal tib-fib instability).  It could be treated with a temporary screw fixation, and if that didn't make my ankle hurt, I could get a full fusion of the joint with pins. As an athlete (Epee Fencer), this is not what I wanted...

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"My experience was good. The doctor answered all my questions, and I don't know of any improvements that could be made." --Andrew G.

"Dr. Kersten repaired a ruptured Achilles tendon for me on June 6, 2013. The surgery went very well.  I believe the mental aspect of this injury was harder for me to overcome than the physical.  I am an extremely active 40-year-old man and the thought of losing my summer to this injury was...

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"Dr. Kersten was so committed to helping me achieve the best results possible for my bad tendon!  He never gave up on me when others did.  The second surgery was a success, and I am following his instructions to the last letter!  He is a very personable and dedicated  man and was so...

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"I had surgery and after the healing process everything has been great.  I had never done any type of walks or runs prior to the surgery and started with a 3K and managed to do a half marathon last fall.  (I really need to train prior to attempting that again though)    I am averaging about...

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"I'm tickled pink that I can sleep in my own bed again. I continue to move forward in my recovery and the mobility of my legs. I hated wearing the brace for 3 months, but did faithfully and the after effects are great!" --Les K.

"It's important to remember the loss of functionality of my left knee didn't happen overnight. Sports at a young age created my first problems, then repeated injuries over the years have limited my range of motion. Most important is the high level of pain in the joint and tendons when I '...

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"About five years ago my hips began to bother me. It went from having a hard time getting on my hands and knees to not being able to walk without pain.  I was told the only thing that would help my condition was a total hip replacement on the left side.  After putting up with the pain and...

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"In April, Dr. Padrta performed a cheilectomy on my right foot. Arthritis had caused the bone in the joint proximal to my large toe, to grow quite large. I had gotten so used to having the discomfort when I did my three to five mile walks and longer hikes, that I sort of dismissed the...

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"I had a very positive experience with my surgery and the care I received at Northwest Orthopaedic Specialists. I am very pleased with the outcome of my surgery. It's been six months since my surgery, and feel I am doing quite well. I think Dr. Tohmeh and his staff are wonderful and...

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"I am still progressing in my healing and strengthening. I have some low-level pain and soreness, but I feel like things are progressing well." --Richard P.

"My experience was great. Thank you for asking! I was actually treated by Tod Fleming, PAC. He was very professional and answered all of my questions. I was referred as a result of a car accident. Working for Numerica Credit Union, I work closely with the Spokane County Medical Society. As a...

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"I was treated well, proficiently, everyone was appropriately friendly, and I remember very little about the procedure itself. I went to a physical therapist afterward, and he was surprised at my mobility, as I had lost none. There has been pain, but after the first expected soreness, not...

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"I needed a new knee but was very concerned that I was allergic to two of the three components of the product that would go inside my knee. When I shared this worry with the nurse, I thought there was no way that I would be able to go through with the operation. The nurse did not take my...

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"Dr. Horn gave me hope that the pain in my hand/thumb could be fixed. We waited to do the surgery until it became like an abscess tooth. A week ago, we took the plunge, and so far, I am more than pleased! He listened to my concerns and attempted to use only a block for anesthesia. The block...

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"Since this was the second hip sugery, left hip last year, right hip this May, recovery has been so much easier. Knowing what to expect and having the needed equipment ahead of time really helped. The whole experience from pre-tests, hospital class, admittance, hospital care, and of course,...

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"I have been seeing Dr. Dawley for about a year. The pain injections have been life-changing for me. Yes, I still have some bad days. If you suffer from chronic back pain, you will understand this.  Having a few bad days compared to every day being a bad day. WOW what a difference!  If you...

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"I have had horrible hip pain for about three years. Before surgery, I was hardly able to walk because my pain was so intense. I had a back surgery with no results to the pain in my hip.  It was always blamed for my hip pain. I went to Dr. Reichard who I think is the most marvelous...

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"Thank for seeing me and my shoulder. I can't afford insurance and don't make much money, raising three kids on my own.Our medical system in America makes me very ill. People like you helping people like me make me very happy. Again,thank You so much for all you do." --Dick R.

"Dr. Kody treats you like a friend as if he has known you forever. He made my wife and I feel very comfortable with the knee replacement procedure. I left the hospital in two days, and three days later, when the home health care nurse checked in on me, my knee I was at 115 degrees. It has...

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"I would like to thank two physicians from Northwest Orthopaedic Specialists, Dr. Martin Janout  and Dr. Antoine Tohmeh. In 2011, I fell and shattered my wrist. Dr. Janout operated on my wrist and hand and repaired it. I had full use of the hand in three weeks, and it has been fine...

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"Good job Dr. Danielson...us old guys still rule!!!!  It was an excellent experience from start to finish. It's exactly four weeks today since my hip replacement surgery, and I'm walking without any aids and no gimp or limp.  I'd guess in another month, it'll be back to some 'pasture pool'...

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"I followed my husband's surgery six weeks to the day. He was a little rambunctious to get back in shape and dove into therapy on his own the day after. He is finally returning to normalcy. My surgery was three weeks ago today, and I am back to normal, with his careful...

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"This may sound kind of strange, but I very much enjoyed my experience with the Northwest Orthopaedic Specialists team. Everyone showed genuine compassion, and even the simplest questions were quickly answered. I was made to feel almost at home. Even my nurse cracked a few jokes with me....

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"I had foot surgery on my left foot, which had very long toes, and thus, many hammer toes so I had difficulty walking. Dr. Padrta was the surgeon and was wonderful to work with. He shortened all of my toes, and they are much better today. That foot looks and feels so good, maybe I will have...

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"In November 2011, I was a passenger in an truck driven in snowy, icy conditions by a friend when he encountered a large tree at over 40 mph. After a week of incredible pain, I contacted my regular physician's office to determine what was wrong with my shoulder. After explaining what had...

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"I remember back in August of 2007 when Dr. Tohmeh did my 3 lumbar fusion. I thought I would rather die than live through the 24/7 pain I was having in my lower back. What I thought was impossible, he made possible! I worked hard doing physical labor and am still working and going strong at...

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"In November 2009, I was coming to work as an admitting registrar in the Emergency Room at Valley Hospital. It was the first snow of the season, and I was scheduled for the swing shift (2:00 pm to 10:30 pm). There was just a light dusting of snow, but just enough to make it slushy and wet. I...

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"Good." --Janet W.

"About four years prior to surgery, I had problems walking. After a CT scan and an MRI, I was diagnosed with spinal stenosis. Water therapy and steroid injections were recommended to ease the pain and promote mobility, but the pain and immobility increased even with water therapy 6-7 times...

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"Since I was a teenager, I've had problems with my back causing me to be uncoordinated and cautious about my movements—not to mention the pain involved.  Add osteoarthritis to the mix in later years, and cold weather and winters were a blur of pain and discomfort.  Not once in all those...

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"Dr. VanderWilde is an incredible surgeon. He is gentle, attentive, kind, patient, and an excellent surgeon. I have experienced detailed explanations of what was going on and how the repair would be made. He is engaged when talking to you and no question is silly. It is a pleasure to see him...

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"I am now 15 weeks out from having a major back surgery. Each week, I am finding that I am doing more and more, and the back troubles I experienced prior to the surgery have so far not returned. I still have a small amount of numbness, along with a bit of burning sensation from where they...

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"I was referred to Dr. Padrta initially by a retired orthopaedic surgeon who was a personal acquaintance. This acquaintance told me if he needed foot surgery, Dr. Brian Padrta was the man to whom he would turn. Over the course of several years, I have been under the care of Dr. Padrta for...

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"I first became acquainted with Northwest Orthopaedic Specialists in the early 90s when I met Dr. Danielson. He treated me for recurring tendinitis in my left elbow. A year or so later, he repaired a torn meniscus in my left knee. What a terrific man and skilled surgeon. 

"I...

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"I really feel that Dr. Wallace was very thorough in his exam and questions regarding my injured shoulder. He answered all the questions I asked. I feel confident that he will repair my torn rotator cuff and help me get back to having normal use of my arm once again." --Debbie A.

"I broke my shoulder in a skiing accident in February. It was a bad break and extremely painful. Dr. Olson was on-call that night and has overseen my recovery since the accident. I was impressed that he did not choose to do surgery adding a plate or pins in there.  So far, I am doing fine...

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"On January 6, 2012, I fell off a ladder and broke my right tibia/fibula in 3 places. Compartment syndrome and further complications occurred requiring three weeks of hospitalization. At the time of my arrival at Deaconess Hospital (I was an RN there), I was asked if I had a preference for...

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"In July of 2012, I started experiencing extreme back and right glute pain. Dr. Shuster explained my retrolethesis in detail. Because it was moving on extension, a 360 approach was recommended. My surgery was a success, and I am able to perform in my sports, particularly...

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"I had a hip replacement in December. The doctor was wonderful and very informative. The surgery was much easier than expected, and although the recovery time was a little longer than expected, it was not that bad. I would not hesitate to do it again should I ever need it...

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"Great staff and doctor!" --Dean A.

"I found Dr. Sestero to be very professional, competent, and above all, extremely caring. I am contemplating yet another procedure and am looking forward to having Dr. Sestero  as my attending physician." --James M.

"My treating physicians were Dr. John Shuster, Dr. Christopher Anderson, and Dr. Joshua Dawley. I felt they each gave the best care they possibly could have. I'd also like to praise the staff at Northwest Orthopaedic Specialists—everyone is so helpful!" --Christine D.

"Very impressed with the staff at Northwest Orthopaedic Specialists. Very professional, great energy, and incredible teamwork. They definitely love their jobs and where they work.

"I would recommend this place to anyone who needs to have surgery. Thanks for...

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"I developed bursitis a few years ago after a fall. I chose to treat it via injections, pain medication, and physical therapy as I was caring for my  husband who was terminally ill. I dealt with the pain as best as I could until I reached the point where I was in constant pain day and night...

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"In the fall of 2009, I had a spinal fusion. The surgery was done by Dr. John Shuster, and it was a good experience for me. I liked the doctor and no longer have any pain in my back. I am very happy with the results." --Kitty S.

"After hearing from a relative of the very successful work being done by Dr. Lynch, I traveled 1000 miles for a hip replacement. The less invasive surgery cut my hospital stay into just two days; unbelievable!! When I was discharged, I was walking almost pain-free. Dr. Lynch and his team...

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"I had been living a life full of pain, discomfort, and frustration causing me to limit the activities that I love to do: basketball, running, and even playing with my kids. I had injured my knee almost 12 years ago and had been misdiagnosed—and misguided—for years, and spent countless hours...

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"I was born clubfooted and have had more surgeries than I can count. I had a particle fusion a few years back. A couple of years after that, I had pain again. I went to the same doctor that did the fusion, and he told me that the best thing for me was to have an amputation. Ok that was a...

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"In October of 2011, I had my right hip totally replaced, and in January 2013, I ended up totally replacing my left hip. Being back to normal in activities and just all-around quality of life has been amazing. Dr. Lynch and his team have made this journey worthwhile, and their expertise in...

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"After having severe back pain and instability most of my like, my third surgery was to get rods and screws implanted. That was almost 20 years ago. They did pretty well and gave me some quality of life until November of 2012 when something felt like it exploded in my back. I couldn't move...

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"I worked in the nursing field for over 26 years, and in 2003, my back made me stop doing what I loved. I went to doctor after doctor to get help, but all I ever got was pain pills and told there was nothing they could do. I kept thinking about all the patients I took care of and helped get...

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"Since I was at the VA for a routine appointment, I thought I’d announced I was having a problem with my left shoulder. I was evaluated and sent for an X-ray. They had me hold heavy sand bags and took several shots. Upon review, I was told nothing was wrong. I knew that was just not the case...

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"I recently had shoulder surgery performed by Dr. McDonald. This is a painful and uncomfortable surgery that I would prefer to never have to go through again.  However, the constant pain I was in prior to my surgery has, for the most part, completely subsided. I also have neck damage that Dr...

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"I have nothing but good things to say about my experience having both of my hips replaced and being with my Mom a few years before when she also had both of her hips replaced (also by Dr. Norquist). What a blessing to be able to walk and move without all the pain that both Mom and I...

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"I am now 61 years old. I had suffered with debilitating pain in my groin for 6 years. I had numerous MRI's and X-rays and was finally referred to Dr. Lynch. He diagnosed the problem as "bone-on-bone" in my right hip—no cartilage at all. He replace my right hip in January...

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"Several years ago, I had a problem with my left shoulder. After examining it, Dr. Kody recommended physical therapy, which took care of it. I have complete confidence in the staff of NWOS." --Julia R.

"Very pleasant, done quickly and professionally. This includes the receptionist, medical aid/nurse, and doctor." --Virginia K.

"All three doctors worked together to determine the source of my pain and a treatment to make it better. I have had a good winter without much pain. It is reassuring that there is a plan in place to handle future pain issues. After three years of pain and seeing many doctors, I am very happy...

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"I had my right hand operated on about three years ago. The attending surgeon was Dr. Anthony Sestero, and he did a stellar job. The procedure was explained to me in terms that I knew exactly what was going to take place—the pain level, any weakness in that hand, and also recovery time. I am...

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"In 2005, at the age of 53, I fell about 8-10 feet when the ladder I stepped over to collapsed. As a result, I broke my right ankle in three places. Dr. Lynch did my surgery, which required a plate and 6 pins. I had the pins removed three years later. I could not have been more pleased with...

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"Dr. Paul Horn is my doctor. When I first went to see him, he wanted X-rays of my right thumb. As it turned out, I had a diseased right thumb bone. I received cortisone shots until I decided to have surgery on my thumb bone. I was one of the rare cases to develop RSD syndrome. Dr....

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"I have been suffering from chronic back pain since I was 23 years old. I am now 62. Between the ages of 20 and 23, I had two surgeries and one other procedure. I have been on various types of medications for probably 30 of those 39 years to try to deal with the very significant and often...

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"In the course of my work duties in December 2010, I sustained an injury to my right shoulder. That injury ultimately required surgery to repair a damaged rotator cuff. Over the next two years, I spent more time in the offices and operating room at Northwest Orthopaedic Specialists than I...

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"I have been a patient of Russell VanderWilde for several years now.  He performed surgery on my shoulder and has consulted on my knee. I would recommend him and his staff to anyone. I have been treated with respect and courtesy on each and every visit. I feel there is no better orthopaedic...

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"I am an active 64-year-old who loves outdoor activities. Last spring, my knee started bothering me and progressively got worse as the summer went along, It was really starting to concern me because I had a scheduled Wyoming archery elk hunt waiting for me around the 7th of September. My...

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"My most recent experience with Northwest Orthopaedic Specialists was with Dr. Ellingsen who replaced both of my knees. I had spent the last 10 years with crippling due to severe arthritis but was afraid of such a major surgery as knee replacement. From the late '60s to late '70s, I...

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"My surgery was complicated because of a previous injury and five previous surguries. Dr. Keeve and his staff did an amazing job, and the attention to detail was excellent. It has been 10 months, and I continue to see improvements.Thank you!" --Kevin D.

"Dr. Reichard and Tod Fleming, P.A.-C., and the rest of Northwest Orthopaedic Specialists staff with whom I had contact were absolutely top-notch in their professional manner, knowledge, experience, and personal demeanor.They displayed a wonderful sense of humor as well as...

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"I had shoulder surgery in June 2011 with Dr. VanderWilde. I went through surgery wonderfully! My recovery went smoothly, and today I have full range of motion and NO pain. As a nurse, I often tell my friends, family, and patients the full experience I received with Dr. VanderWilde...

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"It's been two years since I had my right knee replaced. I can't tell you how it has changed my life. I was so limited on walking or riding my bike and, my favorite, gardening. I could not kneel down at all. I was afraid to have this done not knowing what the outcome would be, but it was...

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"Dr. VanderWilde did my left shoulder with a Copeland Implant five weeks ago, and I am progressing very well with out-patient PT. I'm anxious to be driving again at six weeks post-surgery. At 76, I have always been very active (downhill skied untll age 74, love gardening, and walk my small...

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"Dr. Padrta removed a bone spur from my left heel in 2007 with much success. I thought that was all there was to it but just 4 years later the right heel started with the same pain so back I went to have that heel done. Today I am pain-free and don't even think about my heels.

"I started...

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"I fell in December of 2011 and tore my rotator cuff. I went for surgery in March of 2012. Dr. Vanderwilde did my surgery, with John as his assistant. They gave me a block in my neck for the surgery, all went very well. They said I would need to sleep in a recliner for probably six weeks. I...

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"When my wrist pain reached the point of seriously interfering with my functioning, I asked my rheumatologist who I should see. He recommended Dr. Lin.

"Dr. Lin began with the least invasive treatment, but it became evident that a tendon transplant was the only thing that...

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"My experience with treatment for my knee condition at Northwest Orthopaedic Specialists I found to be one where I felt confident in the service Dr. Danielson would provide.  He explained my condition clearly and was very honest and thorough. I underwent a procedure in the surgery center at...

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"Dr. Ellingsen and Mike, his PA-C, did a bilateral knee replacement in November 2012. It was a big surgery; lots of thought went into the thinking of "could I really do two at once?"  We we did it. I really didn't believe that I would get any relief. He got me through and here we are at one...

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"Due to an old injury, I had two discs removed in 2003 by Dr. Shuster, which resulted in immediate pain relief. This year, I had another disc herniated which led to steroid injections in my back, which had no effect or relief of pain. So I had a MRI and saw Dr. Shuster, and we decided that...

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"Four years ago, I came to Dr. Kody thinking that at the age of 38, I would need to have a knee replacement. I originally injured my knee when I was 16 and have had numerous surgeries since. Dr. Kody took the time to review my records extensively and talked to me about various procedures. ...

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"I injured myself snowboarding in February of 2011.  Looking back on the event today, I feel fortunate to be able to walk, let alone be active.  I misjudged the speed of a freestyle jump and managed to overshoot my landing by 30 feet. Ski patrol estimated that I had fallen from between 30...

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"I am a youthful, then-65-year-old lady with rheumatiod arthritis, Sjorgrens' syndrome, and had thyroidectomy several years ago. I asked for a referral for a bunion removal—that is how I came to know Dr. Shirzad. He and his staff were very personable, polite, prompt, and professional. They...

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"The staff and all parties involved were very helpful and professional. This wasn't my first surgery, and I was impressed with the care and concern displayed by all. Dr. Padrta was especially informative, helpful, and honest with me. Throughout the entire ordeal, everyone took very good care...

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"It is both unfortunate and fortunate that I have been a patient at Northwest Orthopaedic Specialists a number of times.  Unfortunate because I required treatment, but fortunate because I have received excellent care.  Doctors Kersten, Horn, and Kody have helped me at different times.  Dr....

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"I was walking my three dogs at a leash-less dog park. One day a large dog came running directly at me full-speed and ran right into my right knee. I had tripped over my cat, Mozart, and fell onto concrete a few years prior so the knee was already letting me know when the weather changed....

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"The care i got from Northwest Orthopaedic Specialists and Dr. Kersten was so much better than in my hometown. In the future, I know were to go for a specialist and for treatment and care for any orthopaedic issue I might have. Thank you." --Steven L.

"I was more than pleased with the service and the professional care given to me by Anderson, and his staff. Great results with my surgery and follow-up therapy. I recommend this group to anyone who asks, as I had such great results." --Wanda H.

"I have been very pleased with my visits. Chandra at the front desk has been so understanding and generous when I am trying to schedule my appointments. Dr Lin is really keeping me informed on my options for elbow treatment. We are discussing and trying different methods prior to surgery. I...

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"In April of 2010, I had my left knee replaced by Dr. Treloar, and in October of 2010, I had my right knee replaced. I had waited longer than I should to have it done, so I had actually worn bone off in the process. Dr. Treloar did an amazing job of surgery and corrected both knees. The left...

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"I came in with a right index finger that had mursa in the first joint. Dr. Sestero opened the finger and cleaned it out. There was hope the finger would join the bone together, however, it would not. The doctor then put a screw in through the tip of that finger back to the second part of...

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"For over a year, I had experienced strong pain when rising from a sitting position due to a broken tailbone. Dr. Dawley and his professional and kind staff are very much appreciated for their help with this issue. The tailbone pain is now 90% gone after just one injection. It has been two...

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"Upon having a terrible motorcycle accident and several injuries thereafter, my 57-year-old body has basically been one big toothache since I was 14. I will admit, when the psychological pains were relieved, feeling better mentally and spiritually has been a great source of hope. However, my...

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"The reason I contacted Northwest Orthopaedic Specialists was because of knee pain that had been causing issues for a couple of months, and I was unable to help it with rest and ice. I chose Northwest Orthopaedic Specialists and Dr. VanderWilde because he came highly recommended from a...

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"I am a very active 49-year-old female. I first dislocated and broke both bones in my right ankle sliding into third base. This was my first experience with that type of injury. It was catastrophic to me as I was a softball coach and had to finish the season on crutches because of my...

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"Having Dr. Kody as my physician has been a great experience. My torn ACL and lateral meniscus and sprained MCL are coming along very well. I have started physical therapy and everything is going smoothly. I can't wait to start basketball, cross country, track, and dance again with the help...

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"There are a number of us in my office who have used Dr. Kody, and we wouldn't refer anyone else. Thanks." --Michael M.

"My story starts back in August 1951 when my brother and I were both diagnosed with polio. Needless to say, that event changed our lives forever. When I was released from Childrens Hospital in Los Angeles, I would then spend the next year in a wheel chair, two years with crutches, and then a...

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"Dr. Padrta was very professional. He discussed my issue and options with me until I fully understood. He has been very kind and a great patient advocate. I trust Dr. Padrta and would high recommend him to anyone needing his services. My experience in the office and with Dr. Padrta have...

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"Everything went as well as I could possibly expect. I am recovering at a rapid rate and want to thank everyone involved in helping me through this major surgery. Also, the follow-up has been excellent.

Thanks again to everyone. You do make a real difference." --Gary B....

"I had carpal tunnel surgery performed at the end of last year—the results are fantastic! I got all of the feeling back in my fingers within four months of the surgery and the sharp burning numbness/pain was gone immediately after the surgery. I loved the staff and would recommend...

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"Dr. Patrick Lynch has performed two arthroscopic knee surgeries for me since March 2011. Both procedures were quick and as successful as could be expected. It has been recommended that I have a knee replacement, which I am seriously considering, especially with the new technology. I can say...

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"Dr. Shuster was fantastic to work with. He kept me informed every step of the way in terms I could understand. I always felt as if I had his undivided attention during my appointments. His easy-going way was pivotal in keeping me comfortable and confident that I was doing the right thing...

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"Had carpal tunnel surgery on in April 2013. The whole staff at the surgery center was great. I felt comfortable during the whole process. Everything was explained to me about the procedure, and I was on my way home sooner then I figured I'd be. I was called the next day to see how I was...

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"I have been and am currently a patient of Northwest Orthopaedic Specialists for over 25 years. During this period of time, I have seen Dr. Shanks, Dr. VanderWilde, Dr. Shuster, and Dr. Reynolds. Dr. VanderWilde, after much care and sharing of faith, operated on my frozen shoulder, and I...

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"Dr. Danielson did a total knee replacement on my right knee just over a week ago. His staff as well as the entire staff at Sacred Heart Medical Center were outstanding in their treatment and care of my surgery. After this short time, I am confident that the physical therapy will also be...

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"Three years ago, Dr. Ellingsen of Northwest Orthopaedic Specialists completed a surgical repair of my right shoulder. I guess 12 years of baseball and 44 years of softball had finally taken their toll. After throwing for as long as I had, first as a catcher and then as an outfielder, my...

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"I can not imagine a more compassionate and competent doctor than Dr. VanderWilde. I recommend him enthusiastically and hope I never have to choose a different surgeon." --Vickie S.

"Prior to surgery, I was having shots to ease pain in my back. Now I'm recovering from surgery and feel very fortunate to have had Dr. Shuster as my surgeon. I also felt very good because he came highly recommended by my primary care physician and my chiropractor. I am on the mend and very...

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"Dr. Kody has been an incredible doctor. He did a partial knee replacement for me several years ago. His care and the results are stellar. I was experiencing shoulder issues and made an appointment this March to have him look things over. One week before my appointment, I ruptured my distal...

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"Everything from checking in to making my next appointment went smoothly. Everyone was gracious and did their job professionally, as always, for all the years I have been going there." --Gary L.

"When I came in, I could hardly move my left arm and shoulder to about 45 degrees without severe pain, and the right, just a little bit further. Dr. Ellingsen and his staff were very kind and professional. They went right to work on the problem and had me scheduled for surgery to fix the...

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"If not my life, I certainly owe the enjoyment of my life to Dr. Shuster. A little over two years ago, I started suffering tremendous, almost indescribable, pain in my shoulder and arm. When I saw my family doctor, he thought the problem might be in my neck, but an MRI was read as normal....

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"It felt like I was being stabbed in the shoulder; the pain was excruciating. And worse, I couldn't figure out why it was there. I hadn't had any sort of injury. It was a mystery. A very painful mystery.

"I had gotten to the point where I couldn't put my hand in my back...

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"Great." --Bernard P.

"I was having severe pain in both wrists from arthritis. I had been getting shots in my wrists, but over time, they became ineffective. Dr. Lin fused both wrists, about 6-8 months apart, and the pain is gone. It is awkward, not having the mobility, but such a relief to be pain-free in my...

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"Well, no surgery is what I would call fun, but sometimes you have to do what you need to do to keep up with life, and I'm happy to know selfless people who are willing to spend the time to get the eduction and knowledge to help us keep going. I'm very grateful for Dr. Shirzad. He's an...

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"I have a 30-year history of significant low back pain (degenerative disc disease) and always elected to forego a back fusion because of the antiquated process and hardware. After retiring and moving back to Spokane in 2009, I had my condition re-evaluated by Dr. Tohmeh at Northwest...

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"First of all, Dr. Kersten and all his staff are excellent!! They are all professional, courteous, caring and warm individuals. You are all the best and thank you for your care!!" --Molly B.

"I tore my supraspinatous in my left shoulder in late September of 2012. Being fairly active as a house painting contractor with hobbies of snow skiing and motorcycle riding as well as being an avid gardner, my fall came to a screeching halt. Friends told us about Dr. Kody after having gone...

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"Dr. Lynch has replaced both of my knees. I'm very thankful for my ability to function as good as new." --Lloyd O.

"Our family has had many operations done by Northwest Orthopaedic Specialists. One of our sons has had knee surgery (Dr. Keeve) and our other son has had foot surgery (Dr. Shirzad). I personally have had shoulder surgery and knee surgery (Dr. Keeve), carpal tunnel surgery on both hands and...

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"Dr. Horn was amazing. He performed two surgeries on both of my hands. One for what he informed me is called a "gamekeepers' thumb," which required two pins to be put in my thumb. Shortly after that, I hurt my other hand where I had a ripped tendon in my other thumb. It was a crazy few...

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"Dr. Kody is an excellent surgeon. His bedside manner is just as impressive as his surgical skills. His diagnosis was quick and concise, and he did not order any additional diagnostic tests that were not necessary. I am not even three months post-op and have a dramatic improvement in my...

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"I have been an outdoor enthusiast all my life. I especially love hiking, biking, and cross-country skiing. Several years ago, I developed left hip tendinitis—probably from too much bicycling. I challenged several 100-mile trips that were completed in one day. Physical therapy helped to...

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"I have had a low-back L4-L5 fusion. Surgery date was in February. As of today, I am golfing regularly. I do P90x on a regular basis and add in some spin classes and Insanity classes and have no problems sitting in my car for a 5-hour car ride anymore. I am very satisfied with my surgery and...

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"Dr. Anderson gave me a cortisone injection. Very good results. I'm now pain-free." --Darrel M.

"My body is a tribute to the fine doctors on staff here. Dr. Norquist has preformed several procedures on my shoulders. He has also treated my knee. Prior to that, I fell of a horse and fractured my forearm bones. It required plates, screws, and 5 surgeries. I wouldn't be using it...

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"As a diplomat living overseas, part of my job required attending social events, standing, and visiting for several hours with key contacts -- many from other countries. With my knee so bad, I could stand for up to 10 minutes, would have back pain, and would then sit for 20 minutes.  Finding...

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"Dr. Kody is just the best!!!! In the late '90s, he repaired a rotator cuff for me and also performed a total ACL replacement for our 20-year old daughter. Total success for all!!!! 

"Well, after more than a few years, the other one went bad and, bless his heart, after an MRI...

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"In 2011, Dr. Paul Horn took care of my fractured radius. Having a rather unfortunate 2012, I underwent three major surgeries. Fortunately, I had access to the most skilled physicians in town because I am employed by them. I underwent two back surgeries last spring with Dr. Powers. His skill...

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"I had rather severe pain in my right leg and lower back. Coulee Medical Center took X-rays and then contacted Northwest Orthopaedic Specialists. After tests, I got a shot in the lower back. This greatly releived the pain and lasted about three months. I was asked if I would consider back...

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"About three years ago, I began to experience symptoms of trigger finger on my left hand. Subsequently, Dr. Sestero performed releases on the left index and second fingers. In mid-2012, I began to have the same problem with the left ring finger. Surgery was performed in January 2013. I will...

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"Dr. Keeve did a scope on my right shoulder, and I heeled fast, and he was a wonderful doctor. He explained everything to me. Raehjon was also was very helpful when I saw her. Awesome  group of doctors. Iwould recommend them to anyone." --Betty C.

"I have complete confidence in Dr. Keeve as a surgeon and appreciate the time he gives a patient before and after surgery. I have recuperated nicely after a June 2012 hip replacement and now face the other hip. Having had such good guidance before, I have no hesitation in having the second...

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"I am doing fantastically well with the two replaced knees. One was done 8 years ago and the other one, 2 years ago. I am driving a semi truck, hauling grain and fertilizer, climbing up and down the ladders, getting in to sweep out, and I can run or jog around the truck with no pain in any...

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"Simply written, Drs Horn and Tohmeh and Bob Bazzano have exponentially improved my lifestyle. I have reasons to do more, not excuses to do less!" --Christine W.

"Having been an orthopaedic nurse at Deaconess for almost 29 years, when it came time for me to have a total hip replacement, in 2008, I of course chose Dr. Jim Perry to help me. I considered Dr. Perry the kindest and best physician there was. He was assisted by Tod Fleming, a very highly...

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"It was my good fortune that Dr. Horn was on-call the Friday afternoon I fell. I had broken my left wrist and fractured my right wrist and elbow. Dr. Horn did a wonderful job of putting together the many pieces that my left wrist now was. I could not have had better care. I'm truly grateful...

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"From start to finish, it was a great experience. As an active senior (67) I was becoming limited in my normal activities. With my new shoulder, I am back to doing everything I enjoy. Many thanks to a great staff and a great surgeon!!!!!" --Sterling P.

"I've had two shoulder surgeries in the last three years; both successful. Naturally, we are all nervous when we simply mention surgery, but Spokane is very lucky to have the expertise of Dr. Kody. Thank God he is practicing here in our area." --Loren L.

"I had surgery in February 2013 after three years of putting up with cut tendons. I met Dr. Padrta last March, and he was willing to work with me.  I was in the process of having bariatic surgery, and he was willing to wait until I had that done and had lost some weight. Not only was he a...

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"Dr. Horn was great. He was courteous and professional and answered all of my questions." --Robert G.

"I had an excellent experience at Northwest Orthopaedic Specialists. I was treated very well by everyone! Thanks for providing me with outstanding care!!!!" --Zachary B.

"I had an amazing experience. Dr. Wallace was my surgeon, and he did a fabulous job on my knee. During my physical therapy, they kept asking me 'when did you have your surgery?' They couldn't believe how quickly I was able to assume such a range of motion with my knee, or how quickly I fully...

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"I'm an active 10-year-old who loves sports and adventure.  Last spring, I was climbing on the slide at the park doing what kids love to do.  It had been raining earlier that day and the slide was a little wet and I slipped in fell on my arm and the pain was immediate.  Since I'm a tough kid...

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"In August of 2009, I was in a fairly serious bicycle crash at nearly 40 mph. The result of which was a grade 3 separation of my left AC joint (shoulder). After consultation with Dr. VanderWilde the following week, it was decided to take a wait-and-see approach as these types of separations...

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"I must say my family has had many fine experiences with the Drs at Northwest Orthopaedic Specialists.  We have seen and had surgery services by many fine doctors. If it weren’t for Dr. Lynch, I would be hobbling around with my old, and worn out knees.  He replaced both.  Dr. Lynch and Dr...

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"I saw Dr. Shirzad for a problem with a very painful foot. As a person with several other physical issues, having my ability to walk without having severe pain was a big problem for me. He was able to tell me exactly the cause for my pain, the choices I had, and acknowledged the need to...

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"I AM SO HAPPY TO SAY THAT MY REPLACED KNEES ARE DOING GREAT. My right knee is healing a little slower than the left one. I just finished going to in-patient care, and then I hope to go to out-patient care. My left knee is really great. I am walking and riding the pedal bike every day. My Dr...

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"Today is the one-year anniversary of my hip replacement surgery. What a coincidence I received this e-mail today! I went to the WSU Cougars spring scrimmage 8 days after my surgery and mowed the lawn 13 days later (probably should have waited 14 or 15 days). Thank you so much, Dr. Danielson...

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"Dr. Kody did a right rotator cuff surgery in November 2012. The experiences with him, O.R., and recovery were excellent. However, immediately after surgery, I did have a dull ache along the medial aspect of the right arm, the ulnar nerve notch at the elbow, 5th carpal bone pain with marked...

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"It's not everybody, and it's not everyday, that a person gets a brand-new, custom-designed, and made-to-order, beautiful and functional cobalt knee joint. Mine came to me when I told Dr. VanderWilde that I had important things to do, even though I would soon be 65 years old. I can't be just...

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"I am a 57-year-old single woman. A year ago, I could barely walk due to excruciating back pain. After going through years of many types of treatments (i.e. acupucture, physical therapy, water therapy, chiropractic, injections, and rhizotomies), I was hopeless. However, I am a fighter and...

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"The very best of care by the entire staff at Northwest Orthopaedic Specialists. I have complete trust in Dr. Keeve and Rhaejon Smilden. Since my hip replacement in 2007, I have experienced very few minor problems. Dr. Keeve also did surgery on my sons leg/knee back in 1994 from a football...

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"About 18 months ago, I woke up and had enormous neck pain. I went to the doctor here in Montana, and he referred me to get an MRI done on my neck. The MRI showed that I had a C-5/C-6 herniated cervical disc. The disc was pushing up against my spinal cord, causing a lot of pain in my neck,...

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"Nothing to say but an excellent experience from start to finish. The staff and Dr. Padrta were always prompt and very professional. I'd recommend Northwest Orthopaedic Specialists to anyone and everyone." --Brent C.

"Perfect experience with my new doctor and his wonderful staff." --Kathleen N.

"I have been hiking, back-packing, and mountain climbing with heavy loads most of my life. All of the sudden, I had four discs just disappear. The last four vertebrae down to my hips were uncushioned and pinching many lateral nerves because of disintegration. At the end of 2011, I could only...

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"I broke my ankle in September 2012 while hiking and went to ER. After that, I went to Dr. VanderWilde, who was wonderful and caring. He monitored me closely, however, the break did not heal. We tried extra calcium, a bone stimulator, and finally after almost five months, he had Dr. Shirzad...

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"Doing my 4th hand surgery with Dr. Lin—He is the best." --Helen F.

"I injured my left knee when in my thirties and always thought it would heal. Over the years, it was bearable, but there were times when I could not do the things I wanted to do, and it came to the point where the pain and weakness were not acceptable. Dr. Kody met with me and looked at my...

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"Our son Hunter, who is a very active and athletic, was diagnosed with osteochondritis dissecans in the spring of 2012. We sought out Dr. Russell VanderWilde after he was highly recommended by Hunter's physical therapist. During our consultation with Dr. VanderWilde, it became very clear...

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"I came to see Dr. Wallace for a second opinion. It was clear from the start that Dr. Wallace really cared about my problem. I did not feel rushed or that my complaints were not important. The caring attitude and plan to help me with a clear path was a real boost for me. His care and concern...

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"I had a painful, unsightly growth on the knuckle of my right index finger. This became a problem for my work as a periodontal surgeon, and it also bothered my golf swing (what a great excuse I had on the course!). Anyway, Dr. Lin was able to remove it with no complications and very little...

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"Dr. Keeve has replaced both my hips—one in 2002 and one 2012. I would call them very successful, as I am able do anything I want to and some things I don't! The recovery time for newer procedure in 2012 was astounding as I was back walking the golf course in six weeks. This was...

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"Dr. Padrta did a great job getting the bone chip out of my ankle. I'd already had surgery for this problem elsewhere, but the other physician, for some reason, did a different procedure and left the chip in my ankle! After seeing no improvement after the first surgery, I went to Dr. Padrta...

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"Dr. Treloar gave me a new left knee three years ago. I had gimped around on a bad knee for 40 years from a skiing accident when I was young and stupid. Dr. Treloar was a joy, and the new knee gave me back my life. The only time it troubles me is when I trouble it by trying to crawl on my...

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"The minute I arrived at the surgery center, I felt comfortable. Everyone was attentive and welcoming. The entire experience was pleasant. Looking forward to having my other knee worked on so I have matching knees and pain-free walking." --Mendi J.

"For ten years, I struggled with horrible shoulder pain and decreased mobility to the point that I could not move my arm above the height of my elbow. I had many sessions of physical therapy, message, chiropractic, acupuncture, and injections. I thought I would just have to  learn to  live...

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"Having torn my ACL skiing, Northwest Orthopaedic Specialists made me feel comfortable and welcome. I was able to fully understand what was wrong and what was going to happen. All of my questions were answered to the best of their ability without ever being talked down to. Everyone I have...

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"I have been seen by three specialists at Northwest Orthopaedic Specialists and have been extremely satisfied with the care I received with each incident.

"I saw Dr. McDonald for a spiral fracture of my tibia. He was very thorough, and I felt great confidence in being...

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"I saw Bob B. He is always wonderful. He listens until I finish, then starts his explanation. When I don't understand, he will explain again until I comprehend the procedure or situation. I have full confidence in whatever treatments Bob prescribes." --Monica M.

"I injured my wrist several years ago. Another doctor performed a TFCC repair on it. Then the surgeon retired.  I knew that I had further problems with the wrist and sought another doctor. The second doctor said it was arthritis and to come back in five years, but the pain continued...

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"My cartilage was torn and had to be removed from the top of my right femur so Dr. Lynch replaced my hip in June 2011.  It seems shocking, but I was teaching ballet three months after my replacement. It's been almost two years now, and I am doing really well. I was able to snowboard both...

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"My surgery and recovery went very well.  Better than expected. I recently hurt my left hip, and had X-rays that showed it was arthritis. No broken bones, but it's caused a slight limp on the affected side so I've had to take back the cane. I still exercise the...

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"I first came to Northwest Orthopaedic Specialists with a terrible hip problem.  I slipped on a rock and broke a bone spur which revealed an even bigger problem with my hip joints......bone on bone. I'd always been athletically active, and now in my 60s, enjoyed hiking and photographing the...

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"Dr. Wallace has been great. Very professional and easy to understand. He has kept me informed all the way. A no-nonsense guy." --Candace B.

"I am an old kid who plays a Wurlitzer Theatre Pipe organ professionally, sells pianos, and rides a mountain bike. Two years ago I started getting knee pain and gradually had to back off the bike riding in the hills. When it got so that I could not get up from the piano because of...

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"I left school at age 16 due to my family's financial situation and began a long career in the construction trades. Beginning in the concrete trade as a laborer, I soon came to realize that, at 6'4" and 130lbs, I was not cut out for such demanding physical labor. This began...

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"In 2011, I was having a lot of pain in my hip and back. It got to the point that my hip would 'lock,' and I couldn't move it for several minutes at a time. I couldn't do the things that I loved the most, like riding my horses and gardening. It was then that my GP referred me to Dr. Patrick...

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"I have seen and been treated by the following physicians at Northwest Orthopaedic Specialists over the past seven years: Dr. Shuster, Dr. Powers, Dr. Lynch, Dr. Dawley, Dr. Lin, Dr. Kody, and their respective PACs. In October, I scored my 12th and 13th joint surgeries (left shoulder and...

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"Dr. Lynch was really great in explaining the process he would be following in replacing my left hip. The surgery came off great, as expected and intended, and the follow-up was timely in informative. I was able to go to Alaska and complete my job assignment within...

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"My experience with another orthopedic doctor was awful. He failed to listen to me, the patient; he had his mind made up. I ended up suffering with the pain my knee was causing for the rest of the year. Your IT guy had recommend to me that I see Dr. Keeve. Dr. Keeve listened to me on how I...

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"I am only 61 years. I had a total hip replacement and was not very active before the surgery because of the pain. But now I am. I'm able to do a lot more. This new hip gave me a second chance at life, and I am very grateful to Dr.VanderWilde. I plan on having my left hip replaced in the...

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"I waited way too long to have a total knee replacement, but when I decided to have the surgery, I'm glad I chose Northwest Orthopaedic Specialists and Dr. Kody as my caregivers. I enjoyed the humor of Dr. Kody and the kindness of his entire staff. I'm pleased to say that I now have a...

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"I had a cyst in my little finger that needed to be removed. The procedure took place with only my finger being numbed which allowed me to be awake for the entire time. I was told each step of the process what was being done. During the recovery, I was treated royally. My visit was most...

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"Rotator cuff surgery in December 2009 was excellent (Dr. Vanderwilde). Recovery was great, as long as you do what you are advised to do. Trigger finger surgery by Dr. Sestero went very well. I dad some follow-up therapy and am progressing very well. Any further need for orthopaedic...

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"I'm a retired physical therapist who had degenerative joint disease of the right knee that was hampering my active lifestyle. Dr. Kody did a total right knee replacement in November 2012. He did a great job. My wife and I traveled to Argentina and began a trek in Patagonia on February 20,...

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"I had struggled with a damaged ACL for many years with symptoms going from occasional to not being able to walk, climb stairs, get in and out of a vehicle, or do recreational walking or golfing without debilitating pain. Dr. Wallace performed reconstructive knee surgery in 2011. I am so...

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"I contacted NWOS after having 24 leg surgeries at Shriner's Hospital that lengthened my leg 6.5 inches but left a plate in my lower leg. That plate eventually began to give me a lot of pain and I was well beyond the age limit for Shriner's by that time so I contacted my old physician from...

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"In May of 2011, Dr. Lynch performed an arthroscopy and debridement of a tear in the tissue around my hip joint. The procedure completely took care of the problem and the pain was gone immediately. I had been trying to get a diagnosis for a year, but it wasn't until I went to Northwest...

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"A little more than a year ago, I literally woke up one morning with excrutiating pain shooting down my left leg. After initial visits to my regular doctor, I was put into a pain management therapy program, as directed by insurance protocols. After a few weeks of escalating pain accompanied...

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"Great!!! Very professional, yet approachable and genuinely concerned. If I elect to have the wrist fused, Dr. Horn did give options for a new career: I can wave in parades with the Queen of England. Good times." --Marc T.

"I had bilateral osteoarthritis in both hips and was unable to participate in any athletic activity because of the pain and loss of function. Dr. Danielson replaced my left hip using the anterior direct approach in December 2010 and my right hip in March 2011. I was back on the ice by June...

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"I tore my rotator cuff in November and had surgery by Dr. McDonald in January. I am in PT and will soon be back to my normal truck-driving job. Dr. McDonald was wonderful in explaining the procedure and did an excellent job. Physical therapy is coming along nicely and the whole...

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"The care was first-rate from Dr. VanderWilde, Jon Loranger, PAC, and the operating nursing staff. My shoulder is still improving and am confident it will continue." --Pamela C. 

"In June 2012, I suffered a torn pectoralis major, and I was referred to Dr. VanderWilde. Dr. VanderWilde was great! He did my surgery and all of my follow-ups, and I was able to make a full recovery and return to college football. I would recommend Northwest Orthopaedic Specialists and Dr....

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"I was having some knee problems that got aggravated from exercising. Here I am trying to get healthy—exercise, eating better, and cutting out sweets. I was starting to feel really good, and then the knee starts acting up. I made an appointment with Dr. Wallace, and I've found he and his...

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"Called office to request follow-up, and I insisted that I see Dr Sestero, as I had worked with him previously and found him to be respectful, compentent, and kind. I followed up within the week, Dr Sestero evaluated my injury, determined it was far more complex than the ED physician had...

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"I broke my collarbone in a off-road motorcycle accident. I was referred to Dr. Wallace by my primary care physician. Dr. Wallace took the time to repair my broken collar bone promptly. He also followed up with me after the surgury to ensure that I was healing properly. Today, less than one...

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"My trigger thumb release by Dr. Lin is doing wonderfully! Most of the time my right knee after arthroscopy is and has been pain-free! Your doctors have not yet treated me for the Achilles tendinitis that I have in my left foot, but I am anxiously awaiting a consultation with one of your...

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