Success Stories

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At Knoxville Orthopaedic Clinic, we work hard to provide the best possible experience and outcome for all of our patients. We understand the freedom and enjoyment that comes from increased mobility and decreased pain, and we often have patients tell us that because of their care, they can now live a fuller, more active life.

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Patient Testimonials

"I want to thank Dr. Matthew Rappe and KOC for the two knee surgeries he has done and the great care I received. In a week he is operating on my right shoulder. Dr. Rappe is an amazing doctor, one of the nicest and most kind doctors I've ever met!"
– Kacey, Halls
"This is my second total knee replacement and Dr. Randy Fly has made this procedure very comfortable. My recovery seems to be progressing faster than the last time. I can now look forward to returning to my normal life activities without all the pain and stiffness. I am very thankful for the care I have received at KOC and would recommend Dr. Fly to anyone needing knee replacement."
– Pam, Dandridge
"I had put off hip surgery for a year or more. However, over the summer months, I was still trying to play golf, altering my swing to accommodate hip pain. Pain killers weren't helping. At 70, I was concerned about recovery time or if I would recover at all, but I could not continue to play with the pain. Having had several successful procedures done at KOC, I called for an appointment. Of course, you always pray that God is in control. I saw Dr. Herman Botero who is fairly new to the Knoxville area. He recommended hip replacement. After the surgery on Dec. 12, the therapist came into my room. He said that Dr. Botero does "anterior" procedure which is less invasive, therefore, I had no restrictions--unbelievable! I used a walker until a few days ago and then I graduated to a cane. I saw Dr. Botero today, Dec 31. He told me that I didn't need the cane and he wants to see me before I leave for an annual guys' golf trip in February. I feel extremely fortunate and would recommend Dr. Herman Botero and KOC to anyone. The therapists were surprised to see "no restrictions" on the therapy order. Thanks to my care at KOC, I can walk without a walker or cane only 19 days after hip replacement!"
– John, Oneida
"Thanks to my care at KOC, I can finally enjoy a better lifestyle! I had 2 knee replacements just 5 weeks apart. I was at the point where I just could not function as I wanted to daily, so I decided to have the replacements done. Dr. Herman Botero was the answer to my prayers. He is a great physician & a great guy. He explains everything in detail & has a great personality. Now, after 2 months I can follow my 4 Grandkids sports activities with no trouble at all. I feel like I am getting my old lifestyle back. His nurse on call was also very helpful with any questions I, or my wife, had. THANKS KOC and THANKS DR. BOTERO!"
– Bill, Seymour
"For a couple of years, I had been in pain in my lower back. It had gotten so bad I could barely walk, working was difficult and it was impacting my quality of life. Even though I was in severe pain, I did not want to take pain medications. However, my quality of life was suffering. The surgery was tough but immediately post surgery the pain I had been experiencing was gone. The pressure was taken off my spinal cord and nerves. If I had known that I could get such relief, I would have had the surgery sooner. Dr. Luke Madigan told me what to expect and he followed me every step of the way. He delivered what he promised and after 10 weeks of recovery, I went back to work. Now I am riding horses again, walking without any pain and have a much better quality of life. Being only 56 years old, I want to live life, not rust away. Because of Dr. Madigan, I can enjoy my life and family again. I would recommend Dr. Luke Madigan to anyone who wants an excellent surgeon that treats you with respect and dignity."
– Jerry, Washburn
"Thanks to Dr. Edwin Spencer at KOC, I can continue officiating high school football and being an active Papaw! Dr. Spencer laid out a plan from surgery through PT to repair my rotator cuff and got me ready to go! I sure appreciate his personal and professional care!!"
– Wayne, Kingston
"Thanks to Dr. Herman Botero I have been gaining my life back again! From the first visit I felt he was the best surgeon to perform my surgery. When I went for my consultation I felt like he actually listened to me. He did a brief exam of both knees and explained that a knee replacement was probably my best path. He then sat down on a stool and asked if I had any concerns or questions about my upcoming procedure, seeming like he had all the time in the world for me. It made me feel good that he treated me, and I would believe all his patients, with this courtesy. I appreciated all the educational materials and class that were made available to me as well. It was good to know exactly what to expect after surgery. The surgery and rehabilitation went better than I was expecting after having heard from other people who have had a knee replacement done. Thank you Dr. Botero and all the medical staff involved from my first consultation to my last therapy visit. I'm very pleased with the outcome of my surgery, I can actually stand up straight and walk without the difficulties I was used to dealing with on a daily basis."
– Pam, Knoxville
“I continue to ride all over the world. Just this year I have done Peru and South Africa with Patagonia (Chile and Argentina) ridden last year. All of this with two replacement knees and a hip, and zero joint about an adventure...thanks Matt (Dr. Matthew Nadaud)! Guess what...they are waterproof too!!!"
– Roy, Loudon
"With heartfelt honesty I can say that, even though the tear to my distal bicep tendon was not one of my most favorite life events, the staff at KOC from check in to check out and all in between treated me as family from day one. I am honored and feel very lucky to have Dr. Matthew Rappe and his staff on my side.

Dr. Rappe told me surgery would take about 30 to 45 minutes but due to how bad it was, it took him 3 hours to repair the torn tendon. I can't express enough gratitude to him for his expertise and caring to hang in there for me. I give a very big thank you to my new family at KOC and Tennova North for their professionalism and caring of my injury. Now on to my next phase, rehab, yeaaa! But thanks to my care at KOC, I can expect a full recovery!"
– Dennis, Athens
"Thanks to Dr. Herman Botero, I can walk without pain. I was amazed by the results of my partial knee replacement. I was able to return to work after only 2 weeks and after 3 weeks, I no longer needed a cane. I played golf after 4 weeks - all of this with very little pain. After 5 weeks, I am at about 90% or more recovered and only go to therapy once a week. I am very pleased that I had this procedure done."
– Ron, Knoxville
"It is great to now begin to function as a normal healthy person would expect. For over a year, I was virtually incapacitated as a result of the damage inflicted upon my spine from years of "living"; I had almost begun to accept this as my future. However, as the intermittent pain, over time, became almost constant, I called the guys at KOC and asked for help. The care I received, beginning with Dr. Michael Craig and culminating with Dr. Luke Madigan, the surgeon who performed my "repair" surgery, was excellent. There is no doubt that the immediate relief from the excruciating leg and back pain I had been experiencing far outweighed the relatively minor inconvenience of the surgery. I would certainly recommend that anyone suffering from this type of injury or pain request these doctors to assess and analyze your personal situation. Lastly, and of importance, I found this group to be forthright and straightforward throughout the analytical, treatment and surgical process. If faced with other orthopaedic needs in the future, I will certainly seek help from Knoxville Orthpaedic Clinic. Good job guys!"
– Byron, Knoxville
“I had bilateral total knee replacement performed by Dr. Nadaud in June. He asked that I send photos of my first hikes after my rehab. I am now back hiking and doing everything that I did before my knees deteriorated. The knees are doing great and I have no pain at all. Once I regain leg strength I will soon be able to doing long (15-20 mile) hikes. I also plan to do a backpacking trip in the spring. I couldn't be more pleased with the results of my surgery.”
– Joel