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

"Dr. Herman Botero is a new orthopaedic surgeon at KOC and thanks to him, I can now walk around again like in the old days without any pain. He has experience, excellent credentials and came highly recommended. As a result I set up a pre-surgery meeting with Dr. Botero and wondered how it would go. I didn't need to worry as he was pleasant, attentive, extremely personable and outgoing. He answered all of my questions (I can be technical) and explained the different procedures for hip replacement and why he used the method he did. After this meeting I was fully satisfied that Dr. Botero was the surgeon for me. The surgery went well, pain was minimal and recovery faster than I expected. After surgery, with my first appointment Dr. Botero reviewed everything and explained the x-rays. A very thorough job and easy to understand. I can't say enough good things about Dr. Herman Botero, but I can highly recommend him as your surgeon! I should have done this surgery several months earlier! Thanks Dr. Botero."
– Matt, Knoxville
"My name is Carla and I am a patient of Dr. Nadaud's. In December 2005 I had a total knee replacement surgery. In May 2006 I took a trip (with my cane) to France. Dr. Nadaud asked me to send you a picture of my travels so you can use somehow. This year I have started hiking again and am including a recent picture of my trip to Abram Falls.”
– Carla
"Due to the great job Dr. Herman Botero did replacing my knee, I can now face each day with very little pain and after my surgery next week on my other knee I know soon I will be pain free. My family can't believe how well I am doing for they know the pain I was in for so long. Both of my knees were bone on bone, with the left knee very bad with arthritis. I can't wait until next Tuesday for the surgery on my right knee. Thank you Dr. Herman Botero, you did a great job! God bless you and all your team at KOC."
– Joyce, Pigeon Forge
"Because Dr. Paul Johnson did my spinal fusion of C5&6 and C6&7 I can now turn my head and not suffer such pain that no person should ever feel, I can check the mirrors on my car while driving and not feel pain, and I can go outside and do normal things without having to be so medicated just to dull the pain. The staff and doctors at KOC have always been so good and kind and really helpful. Dr. Johnson is a wonderful doctor, to some he may seem a little coarse, but he is a straight to the point doctor and he knows what he is talking about and can break it down so a regular person can understand what is going on. Dr. Johnson is not a pressure doctor, he will tell you what you need to know and let you decide when to have the problem taken care of. Myself, when I went to see him the first time he told me all about it and what would happen and how long it would take and about recovery time. I've had my surgery, now in my recovery time and everything is just as he told me it would be, I'm feeling great with no pain at all and no more pain killers, just common take it easy recovery. I don't think I could have chosen a better doctor than Dr. Johnson! In my eyes, he is a great doctor and a good person. I consider him my friend and would recommend him to anybody that wants a no bullcrap doctor that knows his profession the way Dr. Johnson knows his."
– Randal, Loudon
"I have a family history of Bunion and Hammertoe ailments. Thanks to Dr. Chris Testerman, my feet are 'normal' and functioning correctly. Not only is Dr.Testerman a great surgeon, she always took time to inform me of how my healing was progressing and answered any questions I had. I would not hesitate to recommend her to anyone with foot or ankle problems. Thank you Dr. T!"
– June, Vonore
“During my visit with Dr. Nadaud on Tuesday I had asked if it would be OK for me to go for an easy hike in the Smokies on Wednesday. He responded that it would and suggested I use a hiking stick and to send him a picture. Note the hiking stick in the attached.”
– Bob
"Thanks to my care at KOC, I had a window of 7 weeks for my knee replacement before driving from Knoxville, TN to Saint Simons Island, GA for a 6 week stay. My knee suddenly became very painful and could not wait until the first of the year. I was very lucky that Dr. Herman Botero had an opening. He promised me a quick recovery and less pain. I am very happy to report that he delivered!

At 3 weeks from surgery, I was at 130 degree flex. My PT specialist has been amazed. In 30 years of practice, this is the first time he has ever seen such a fast recovery. At 4 weeks my knee is still warm, indicating there is still healing, but I know it takes 6 to 8 weeks for the bones to heal. I am very grateful to Dr. Botero for his skill. I had my first knee replacement one year before, so I had been down this road before.

If you are fortunate enough to have Dr. Herman Botero as your surgeon, you will be getting the most up to date procedure. I hope you will recover as quickly as I have."
– Dianne, Knoxville
"Thanks to my care at KOC, I can lead a normal life. I am thankful I found Dr. Paul Johnson some 15 years ago when experiencing arm/shoulder pain due to a cervical spine issue. Dr. Johnson treated me appropriately and conservatively, the issue resolved, I had no issues until 2008 when I had a backward fall.

My pain returned but much worse. This time within days my left arm was weak, I could hardly lift and the pain was excruciating. Dr. Johnson, upon exam, ordered a stat MRI which showed disc pressing against my spinal cord. Due to the nature of this disc issue, this time surgery was necessary. After successful fusion of C5-6-7, I regained full use of my left arm and pain was gone. I was able to take the 14 day Alaska cruise/tour 5 months after surgery that my husband and I had planned prior to my fall. I like that Dr. Johnson bases his medical course of treatment on exam, test results and not only hears what I say but listens, he does not rush in and out of the room. I feel at all times he has my well being in mind. I have referred several family members, including my husband, friends and coworkers to Dr. Johnson and all are happy with his care.

While I hope for no future issues, I know I will return to Dr. Paul Johnson if any arise. Thank you Dr. Paul Johnson!"
– Terri, Knoxville
“Walking over all the bridges in, Venice, Italy, after getting a hip replacement by Dr. Nadaud at KOC. No more pain!”
– June
"Thanks to my care at KOC, I can honestly say that Dr. Herman Botero was one of the best doctors I have ever seen. He was warm and cordial and took his time examining both of my knees. I filled out my paperwork when I got there, I didn't have a long wait until I was called back. Almost immediately I was taken to another room for x-rays and soon Dr. Botero was in there! He took his time introducing himself to me and listening to the problem I was having with my knee. He examined both of my knees and decided they both had arthritis. The knee that was hurting had some fluid on it, which he drained and also put a cortisone shot in my knee. I only felt a small pinch and some light pressure and before I knew it, the procedure was over. I pass out easily from things like this and I have never had fluid drained from my knee. Dr. Botero will be my doctor from now on. While the entire staff was cordial and efficient, Dr. Herman Botero was the best physician I have ever seen."
– Ramona, Harriman
“I am writing my mother’s story because she doesn't own a computer. After an accident in 1980, my mother, who is now 72, has had four surgeries on her left hip. We knew this total hip replacement was complicated due to the previous surgeries. Dr. Herman Botero was new to our family but he took his time and spent over an hour talking to us about what she should expect pre and post-surgery. My mother is now home after rehab at Tennova. She is still using her walker, but is doing better than we could have ever expected. We had no hope that she would ever get her length back due to the other surgeries. She is now so excited because as she says, "she is even".

My mother would have written this letter if she could have. She really likes Dr. Botero and would highly recommend him. She said she can once again walk without pain, without a limp and without giving to one side. Thank you Dr. Herman Botero!”
– Polly, Speedwell
“I was pretty amazed that I was Able to do that only 3 1/2 months after my surgery.”
– Cindy