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Thank you for choosing Heartland Orthopedic Specialists for your care. We take pride in helping our patients overcome injuries, relieve pain, and return to active, healthy lifestyles.

In this section, you can read stories from patients we’ve treated about their experiences and recoveries under our care.

Read what our patients are saying about Heartland Orthopedic Specialists.

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Average Patient Rating

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Average Rating: 4.95 (302 reviews)

Patient Reviews

“From the first meeting with Dr. Nelson and into postsurgery, we have been impressed with the entire process. All appointments were completed in a timely fashion. Preoperative instructions from the manual to the meeting were informative and very helpful. The check in was seamless. Postoperative was handled efficiently and with care. Hats off to the entire staff for creating an almost pleasant experience. My recovery has gone according to the book, due in large part to my wife. She is a physical therapist. That's the good news. The bad news is that she is a physical therapist! But we managed to get through the tough parts with little yelling, and we are still together. I would recommend your organization.”
– Dean G.
Treating Doctor: Eric W. Nelson, M.D.
“I got right in on time. They were courteous and gave a good explanation of problem and treatment.”
– Gail B.
Treating Doctor: Russell S. Sticha, D.P.M.
“I had constant pain in both my shoulders. I was referred to Heartland Orthopedic Specialists for shoulder replacement surgery. Dr. Nelson was my surgeon. Now, I don't have any pain and they feel great. I'm back to work now and don't have any problems. I would recommend Heartland Orthopedic Specialists and Dr. Nelson to anyone who has shoulder pain. It was a great experience for me. Everybody at Heartland Orthopedic Specialists is very nice and friendly. I would do it again. Thanks Heartland Orthopedic Specialists and Dr. Nelson.”
– Larry B.
Treating Doctor: Eric W. Nelson, M.D.
“I made a career change 4 years ago to a more limited and flexible schedule to provide time for my passion, downhill skiing. Unfortunately, a year ago, knee pain was a part of my ski routine. The pain was not unbearable but enough to influence where I would ski and made the experience not what it should be. I had both knees scoped, meniscus surgery tx last fall, and I now ski 4-5 days a week at the "Biggest Skiing in America-Big Sky, MT.” I am a mountain host/guide 2-3 days a week and give tours on the mountain to intermediate or higher level skiers. I also just finished a "master of the mountain " course offered by the ski school to advance my ski skills, where we covered difficult terrain and skied off the top of the mountain at 11,106 feet with a 4000-foot vertical drop. The goods news, I have been able to ski more difficult terrain, pain free. Sometimes, orthopedic care doesn't involve a major ligament tear or trauma but things just need tweaking to allow a person to enjoy their passion for athletic sport. Keep up the good work at Heartland Orthopedic Specialists. Enjoying the ski season at Big Sky Montana.”
– Susan S.
“I scheduled a knee replacement to be done on Oct. 15, 2013. I had a knee replacement done on my other knee nine years before. I had had a very easy recovery that time and was told that I could consider myself a poster child for knee replacement. I was a little nervous about this one, now being in my later 50's. Dr. Dudley said that he and his team would do their best for me. That they did! Not only very little pain, I walked with a walker that evening, and without crutches 8 days later. I surprised my therapist by being able to go all the way around on the stationary bicycle at my first rehab therapy visit 6 days after surgery. The team I had was very professional and reassuring. They made my first appointment for rehab, which was very nice as I had to make my own the first time and was told I had to wait. I am looking at having some new parts for my first replacement replaced and would not consider having anyone else. On a scale of 1-10 with 10 being the best, Dr. Dudley and his team receive an 11. Thank you!”
– Roger T.
“This is my second joint replacement in 10 years. Dr. Dale performed each replacement.  The first was a hip replacement in 2003 and the second was a total knee at Thanksgiving of 2013 and it was a great way to get out of cooking Thanksgiving dinner! Your staff and facilities are top of the line.  Dr. Dale is a wonderful and very personable surgeon! I recommend Heartland Orthopedic Specialists to everyone I know! I recently had a nurse who works at a therapy care center tell me that they can always tell which patients had surgery at your facility and those who do not.  "When they come from Heartland, they WALK in. When they come from somewhere else, they come in a wheelchair!” All of you should be proud of your record! It's been two months and I'm back to normal!”
– Pauline H.
Treating Doctor: Paul A. Dale, M.D.
“Osteoarthritis hurts! It changes your life by preventing you from enjoying activities you have done all your life. The pain becomes constant and you can't remember taking a walk with out pain. Dr. Kennedy was the first to inject my knee with cortisone. I always told him he worked magic. I would go about 6 months pain free. In 2006, I took a trip to China. Twice, while site seeing, I had to pay someone to push me in a wheel chair and I wrapped my knee in a heating pad at night. That's when I made the decision to have my total joint replacement. It truly is a miracle. I tell people it's like being "born again." Dr. Dale did a great job. I must give Lance the credit for keeping me mobile these days. My left knee has deteriorated and needs replacement, but I haven't had the time to take for the recuperation. It truly does take two months to get back from surgery. Lance is a great care provider. He explains everything, never makes you feel rushed, and gives the injection like a pro. I always highly recommend Heartland Orthopedic Specialists and have referred numerous people to Dr. Dale and Lance.”
– Susan A.
Treating Doctor: Paul A. Dale, M.D.
“"After having ankle pain for 3 weeks and a few visits with Dr. Sticha, found a diagnosis for my foot. I had an MRI, which gave me results after two x-rays. He was very supportive and thorough. He also wants me to follow up with additional treatment to determine bone density." -- Judy H.”
– Judy
Treating Doctor: Russell S. Sticha, D.P.M.
“"Everything went smooth and I'm home recuperating. It gets better every day. It's going as good as the right shoulder I had done in July. I'm very satisfied. Good job all around. Thanks." -- Larry B.”
– Larry
Treating Doctor: Eric W. Nelson, M.D.
“"I have been experiencing shoulder pain for about a year. After a family member underwent surgery for a similar issue, I decided it was time to seek professional advice. I received a recommendation from my nurse practitioner and made an appointment to visit to Heartland Orthopedic Specialists. I have to say that they are EXTREMELY organized and professional! After checking in, I settled into a chair in the waiting room and planned to read email, etc. Well, that wasn't the case. I was called within 5 minutes, guided into an exam room, and met with the doctor so fast that I didn't have time to even pick up something to read. I have to tell you that I'm new to the area. I was used to sitting and waiting during every step of an appointment. Not the case here. They were right on schedule. The doctor spent enough time with me, and I felt comfortable. Their office was pleasant and the staff was all extremely friendly and personable. I received a call from my doctor for follow-up and treatment, and I have total confidence in him and his staff. I know I'm in good hands and receiving good care. All in all, it was a good experience." --  Dorothy C.”
– Dorothy
Treating Doctor: Dennis P. Weigel, M.D.

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