Orthopedics Magazine Articles
Volume One, Issue Two

Getting better and better
Increased patient satisfaction drives TCO 2008 expansion

Fast and convenient care
AccessORTHO offers urgent, non-emergency orthopedic care

Healing together
Individual and group care improves recovery after joint replacement

If the shoe fits
Feet bothering you? Your footwear may to be blame

Preventing recurrent disc herniations
Twin Cities Orthopedics spine surgeons pioneer technique - annular disc repair

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Getting better and better

Increased patient satisfaction drives TCO expansion in 2008

Improving patient satisfaction is not an easy job when 96 percent of patients would consider their care to be excellent, but that’s precisely what Twin Cities Orthopedics (TCO) aims to do in 2008 and beyond. Changes to improve quality of care and patient accessibility include adding orthopedic surgeons to TCO’s team of orthopedic specialists, upgrading existing clinics, and building a new clinic.

With 30 locations in the greater Minneapolis area and more than 70 highly trained physicians, TCO is the largest, most comprehensive and prestigious orthopedic practice in Minnesota and the Midwest, and is one of the largest in the United States. The practice provides conservative, top-quality care and research and uses state-of-the-art technology and procedures to help return each patient to an active, pain-free lifestyle.

TCO was formed between 1996 and 2003 when five orthopedic practices, each of which began nearly 60 years ago, combined. TCO has three goals: 1) To provide worldclass, compassionate care to individuals of all ages with musculoskeletal injuries and conditions; 2) improve the musculoskeletal health of our communities through research and education; and 3) be the orthopedic provider and employer of choice for Twin Cities residents.

New Physicians
Joining the practice in 2008 are Jay Johnson, MD, Christie Heikes, MD, and Erik Wetter, MD. Dr. Wetter specializes in general orthopedics and sports medicine, while Dr. Heikes’ emphasis is in women’s orthopedics and sports medicine. The addition of Dr. Heikes will be of particular benefit to those who prefer to be seen by a female physician. Dr. Johnson, who has been practicing in the Twin Cities for several years, specializes in total joints and general orthopedics.

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