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Patient Testimonials

Share Your Experience!

Discover what our patients have to say regarding their office visit, surgical experience or recovery process. We also encourage our existing patients to share their own experience!

Laurel P

  • Spine Surgery

“It has been a year and a half since Dr Yuan operated on me and I wanted to share that I feel great. I have no back pain and can participate in all activities. I don't even remember that I had back issues until someone comes up to me a says, "how is your back?" Dr Yuan saved my life. I think he did a fantastic job an want everyone to know what a success the surgery was for me. I am so blessed to have had Dr Yuan as my surgeon!”

Tom Hummel

  • Hip Replacement

“Dr. Curtis Spencer has replaced both of my hips over a period of 2 years. My experience was nothing less then outstanding. I knew exactly what was going to happen, and why. It is amazing what the Dr's in this Orthopedic Group are capable of doing. Dr. Spencer...thank you for giving back my ability to walk pain free...not once, but twice. ”

Richard Cone

  • Total left knee replacement

“I would like to tell everyone of the great experience I had this summer with Dr Warden performing my knee replacement. My left knee was bone on bone for years and I couldn't put this surgery off any longer. I was very impressed with Dr Warden's courtesy and professionalism from the first visit on. I had the surgery on a Monday morning and by early afternoon I was up walking around the hospital pain-free with minimal assistance from a walker. For the first time in years I could bend my knee with no pain, thanks to Dr Warden's expertice. I went home from the hospital Wednesday morning feeling great. There was very little pain and swelling. This was managed very well by the ice packs. I'm now half finished with my physical therapy and have regained almost all of my desired range of motion. The physical therapy is very strenuous but also very essential to the recovery process. Like many other knee replacement patients say, "I wish I would have done this years ago". For anyone who is in need of knee replacement or even considering it, I would strongly recommend Dr Warden. Dr Warden, his nurses, the orthopaedic staff at Long Beach at Long Beach Memorial simply are the very best anyone could ask for.

DC Smith

  • Rotator cuff, labral tear, bone spurs

“After seeking the opinion of a few surgeons for my surgery I chose Dr. Pahl and I'm very glad I did. Pre-surgery he did a great job of explaining the source of my pain and laying out what he was looking for in surgery. He also explained the recovery time frame and managed my expectations right up front. His staff was great as scheduling surgery and managing the insurance component. Follow up appointments were positive and Dr. Pahl was very good at explaining my limitations until the next step of recovery/rehab was reached. Now I am almost fully healed and working to full recovery, ahead of where I thought I would be. Dr. Pahl never talks down to patients and communicates clearly as to what is wrong and how it can be corrected. I have recommended Dr. Pahl to several who are having shoulder pain.”

M. Martin


“If just having been diagnosed with RA in the past twelve months wasnat enough, suddenly my left shoulder was starting to weaken with pain and I found myself with limited mobility. My rheumatologist referred me to Dr. Pahl, saying he came highly recommended so I went with it a Not only was the entire orthopaedic staff warm and welcoming, it was a great preface to meeting Dr. Pahl, and his assistant Carolyn. Always having been athletic my entire life, Iave never required any type of surgery for anything so this was new water I was treading. CONCERN: After this surgery, will I abounce backa to moving my shoulder the way I used to? ANSWER: Yes, and then some! Dr. Pahl not only displayed confidence and is knowledgeable in performing a successful surgery, he (and his staff) have been extremely supportive in the pre- & post-surgery process... ! Dr. Pahl is a very personable individual and his laid-back mannerism speaks leaps and bounds of an extremely patient and understanding doctor. What would I say to my rheumatologist of her recommendation to Dr. Pahl ? He is one of the best! Thank you, Dr. Pahl”

Tony Petelo

  • back surgery

“Dr. Yuan,

Thank you so much for taking such good care of me and my injury. I could not have asked for a better doctor. I felt very safe and confident going into the surgery because of your expertise in showing us what you would be doing. After the surgery, my family and even nurses, were surprised by the low level of pain I experienced and the fast rate of recovery, and I know it is because of you. I appreciate everything you have done for me.

Thank you”

Glenn Kobata

  • Back Issues

“Kudos and gratefulness to Dr. Philip Yuan and his staff. Back surgery is a daunting proposition for anyone. After researching surgical options and highly qualified back surgeons, all roads led to Dr. Yuan.

From the very beginning, there was a level of trust that eased the anxiety being experienced. Dr. Yuan took his time explaining procedural steps and answering questions from me and my family member.

In the senior community in which I reside, back issues are always shared and discussed. When people ask for the name of a back specialist and surgeon, without hesitation Dr. Yuan's name is always my first choice.”

Michael Fortner

  • Right Shoulder Replacement

“I can barely believe this: Dr. Pahl replaced my right shoulder two years ago. It had been giving me a great deal of pain, and, in the end, it had caused so much pain at night that I was not able to sleep through a single night.

The Doc had told me that the shoulder was pretty much shot months before this, but had advised that I wait until the pain and dysfunction were affecting my daily life: shoulder reconstruction is not a procedure to enter into lightly. There's a lot of pain, and the therapy is often challenging. That's always great advice, and I lasted those months with manageable, tolerable discomfort.

When those sleeping problems started to affect my work general alertness, it was time. The Doc's amazing scheduling staff guided me through all the necessary steps and had me on his surgery schedule post-haste.

The surgery went quite well, and I was out of the hospital and back home the next day! That's when the really amazing part of this adventure started.

I was a veteran of two hip replacements, and knew the true and full value of post-op physical therapy. If you don't want to do the therapy, don't do the surgery! Well, I walked into Memorial Orthopedics top-notch PT facility, met Jason, and went to work. He was amazed at how quickly I made progress. Apparently, shoulder replacement PT is one of the more grueling kinds. But I was going through this without so much as breaking a sweat. It was -- and I say this with a vivid memory of the time -- almost painless. I was out of the arm sling that same week, and back to work ahead of schedule. And I wasn't feeling any static pain or even discomfort. Mostly, I wasn't feeling anything at all, except in the range of motion.

The amazing parts of this post-op experience were the conversations I had with other PT patients. Some were weeks ahead of me in time, but not returning to normal function as quickly as I was. I'm going to take credit for diligently complying with Jason's exercise schedule and icing and heating recommendations. But I can't take credit for any physical attributes or fitness that might have contributed to my rapid recovery.

All credit for my frankly amazing recovery and return to a normal, functional life and sleep pattern goes to Dr. Pahl and PT expert Jason Smith. An amazing team of highly skilled professionals second to none. case you're wondering why it took me two years to write this testimonial, I'll joyously tell you: I keep forgetting that I have a shoulder replacement at all. That darn thing feels better than the lefty! Here's to you, Dr. Pahl! Three Cheers!!”

Hanna Mulleary

  • Back Pain

“Dr. Yuan is the best! He gave me my life back! I am eternally thankful to him. ”

George S.

  • Shoulder replacement

“Like most successful doctors, Michael Pahl is a busy man. Despite a busy office environment, Dr Pahl always took as much time as needed to answer my questions in detail. His friendly bedside manner gave the confidence to have him perform, not one, but two shoulder replacements in the same year. Now, seven months after the last of the two, I can say without a doubt that my movement and rotation is greatly improved in both, even to the point I can now play some ball toss with the grand kids with little or no pain. I wish the rest of me worked as well! Thanks doc for the great work on the shoulders.

If you have shoulder pain, I highly recommend Dr. Pahl. My once painful shoulders feel great. The fact that Dr Pahl and staff are a pleasure to deal with is an added bonus!”

Judy T.

  • Reverse Shoulder Replacement

“I feel very blessed to have found Dr. Pahl. My other surgeon had just given up on me and I still could not move my arm after 3 surgeries. I came to see Dr. Pahl for a 2nd opinion on my right shoulder. He told me my shoulder was bone on bone and I need a shoulder replacement. 2 months later I had a new shoulder and felt better then I had in years. Dr. Pahl did an AWESOME job and the recovery time was VERY short. If you are trying to find a good surgeon you don't need to look any further, you found the BEST, Dr. Michael A. Pahl.”

Tom M.

  • Quadriceps reconstruction

“The full extent of my injury was not known until surgery because I cannot tolerate an MRI. When Dr. Pahl discovered my quad was completely torn with a 4 cm gap, he was able to change his surgical plan on the fly and repaired the injury using a graft. His creativity, flexible mind and surgical skill allows me to walk today. I continue to make progress under his supervision. He is a gifted surgeon and healer. His entire team is also great to work with. They are all terrific.”

Judi W.

  • Bilateral bone spur removal

“Dr Pahl has done surgery on both my right and left shoulders, and I could not be more pleased with the results. I can now use them both again, with complete range of motion, but without the pain I had for 10 months that had kept me from getting much sleep at night. He is a great surgeon who actually listened to me when I had questions about what could be done to relieve my pain.

I cannot thank him enough, nor can I say enough good things about him.”