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!
- L5-S1 Discectomy
In April this year I was diagnosed with a large bulging disc between L5-S1. I had been living with back low back pain for years. The bulge had finally become so large, it was pressing against my nerve causing extreme pain and numbness down my left leg. I had never experienced anything like this and was extremely concerned about my future health. From the onset, I found Dr. Tontz to be very engaged and easy to interact with. He is highly educated and communicates information and treatment options well. He is without a doubt the biggest patient advocate I have encountered. His walk before we run approach made me feel very comfortable with the intimidating process I was going through. My injury ultimately had to be remedied by surgery, but I appreciated the fact that he wasn't trying to sell me on surgery from the beginning. The surgery went amazing and I've been pain and numbness free since and working hard in physical therapy to get back on the job. The surgery center was top notch and the staff were friendly and completely compassionate. I would not hesitate to recommend Dr. Tontz to my family or friends in the future.
Sharon M. Anthony (Ticho)
- PT for a broken R Humerus
Wanted to give a HUGE "shout out" to ALL the team members at Cal-Ortho Institute Medical Associates, Surgical and Physical Therapy offices for helping me put my badly broken R arm back together. Each office with it's staff members made me feel welcomed and comfortable at each visit. They always greeted me with a smile, never made me wait long and walked me to the door after each appointment to say "see you next time". The journey was long, but I never doubted that I would soon be back to a life filled with the activities I so love to do. Many thanks to Dr. L. Randall Mohler, Ceci, Julia, Jo Jo, Brandon, Kristy, Kelly, Shane, Eden, Francesca, Leslie, Natalie and the reception staff at all the offices. Your professionalism and kindness were always appreciated. Thanks again everybody.
Sharon Anthony (Ticho)
- Shoulder & Bicep Tendon Surgery
Hi Dr. Schultz,
I just wanted to thank you again for doing an amazing job on my shoulder and bicep tendon surgery back in Feb! I just competed this last weekend in the World Masters Jiu Jitsu Tournament in Las Vegas and won GOLD!!! There is no way I would have been able to become a world champion if it wasn't for your ability as a skilled surgeon! Thanks again for everything!!!
- Kyphoplasty Surgery
My name is Guita H. and I wish to thank Dr. William Tontz Jr. for restoring my quality of life with his surgical skills and compassion. I have multiple spine fractures caused by severe osteoporosis. The first fracture on the thoracic spine occurred in 2012. The situation seemed stable until November of last year when I experienced a series of lumbar fractures.
Being referred to Dr. Tontz was the best thing that could have happened to me. In the first and subsequent consultations, he listened, reassured me, and communicated clearly with me and my family. The surgery was a success, and Dr. Tontz was thorough in his follow ups, as well as with his prescriptions. His staff at California Orthopaedic Institute are equally efficient and kind. At the end of last year, I did not think that I would be walking, swimming, and enjoying my family. Yet, here I am, only six months after Kyphoplasty surgery mobile, energetic, and optimistic.
- Multiple Orthopaedic Procedures & Follow up Care
Dear Dr. Mohler and Ceci, Dr. Tontz and Sorayma:
When I kept coming in with elbow problems, then knee problems, and then started presenting for shoulder problems, neck problems and then back problems...I always said that (despite loving my job) I would stop being a UPS driver on the line...and that I intended to move onto another, less physically strenuous job. Well if I caused y'all any physical strains of your own from toting around my ever-growing elbow-knee-fractured thumb-shoulder-abdominal/inguinal strains-neck-back chart...I apologize.
Thank you for your patience and understanding care over this last decade or so. I imagine there were a few times y'all may have wanted to shake me hard and yell at me...but that might have dislodged some other ligament or bone and we had enough of that, didn't we? Anyway, I wanted you to know I finally got the message and am finally moving on from being a UPS driver to a much less physically strenuous admin-type position with Amazon in Seattle.
I don't exactly know how to say thank you for keeping me together (as best as you could, despite my inability to move on...) but I'm sure whatever tattoo I get to cover this spinal fusion scar will definitely be in tribute to you.
Thank you all...you really, really helped me.
Phil Bergman M.D.
- Surgery for bilateral trigger thumbs by Dr. Randall Mohler
I am a medical doctor and recognize and appreciate excellent medical care and surgery. I had bilateral Trigger Thumbs. From the first visit, Dr. Mohler was polite, professional and very good at communicating with me. My condition did not improve with conservative treatment so I elected to have surgery. The surgery was a total success and resolved the problems with my hands. And, prior to surgery, my condition was affecting my work and giving me almost daily pain. As a surgeon, Dr. Mohler was fantastic. In the OR he was quick and explained everything that was happening. Surgery didn't take too long and the post op period was easy without significant pain. I instantly had improvement of my symptoms. I am sure presently that I am well on my way to a total recovery. Also, all the staff were great and took excellent care of me. I highly recommend Dr. R. Mohler to any patient.
Dr. Phil B.
- Fractured Humerous
Dear Dr. Mohler,
I wanted to take this time and persoanlly "thank you" and your office staff for providing me such wonderful health care thus far. It really means the world to me as I'm not one who fancies going to the docors office for check-ups & colds let alone having to see a surgeon for a broken bone. I have NEVER had one so you can imagine how frightened this ordeal is to me.
Your office staff including your assistant, Cesi Marron has always made me feel welcomed, and provides a level of comfort that can't be found in most medical establishments these days. Whenever I've called in be it for an appt., or a situation that made me panicked, she remained calm and reassured me that everything was going to be alright. You, yourself, have an amazing "bedside manner" as well, and I feel lucky to have you for my orthopaedic surgeon.
That all being said, I look forward to our next appointment on Monday, January 25th at 9:00am in hopes that my broken humerus will have even better aligned itself and I will have developed some callous in that rather large space.
Until then...hoping you, Ceci and your staff are having a fabulous week.
- Arthritic Knee
I'm a caregiver for my 90 year old mom, so I experience quite a few medical facilities. Bar none, California Orthopaedic Institute is the best run facility in San Diego. The entire staff, from reception to medical treatment is a pleasure to work with.
Dr. Mohler always has the time for questions and answers, and of course he is a great doctor. His assistant Ceci, is spectacular. She always returns phone calls, provides solutions to any questions and finds the right person to solve any problem.
At C.O.I., I always feel I'm in good hands! Thank you everyone.
- right knee replacement
I had the luck to be assigned to Dr. Randall Mohler for my care. I am a work comp patient, which in some offices can mean you are treated (or so it seems) as a patient of lesser status. This was DEFINITELY not the case with Dr. Mohler or his staff. I was treated very well and had no issues getting convenient appointments. I was also able to choose which hospital was more convenient for my surgery.
Dr. Mohler was very accessible and answered all my "stupid" questions. His assistant, Ceci, was an ANGEL!! She was able to quickly coordinate things with my case manager & adjustor, and repeatedly was able to get much needed, but not always authorized, physical therapy approved. Ceci was also very accessible and very very quick to return my calls.
I LOVE this Doctor, his assistant and staff and would recommend them without hesitation!
- Carpal Tunnel and Left Hip
In less than two years I had to have carpal tunnel surgery on both hands and a left hip replacement. I would like to thank Dr. Mohler for his kindness, caring demeanour, attentiveness and especially for the successful surgeries that have aleviated the pain and discomfort in my hands and arms and that has allowed me once again to be more mobile and walk without the use of a cane or walker. I would highly recommend Dr. Mohler. Thank you!
- Complete knee replacement
My name is Jan B and I want to tell you that I feel as if I hit the jackpot when I found Dr. Tradonsky! He is a superb orthopedic surgeon! In February, I had complete knee replacement surgery and less than 4 months later, I was off to England and, once again, climbing stairs in palaces and castles ---only this time without assistance and almost completely pain free! I love to travel and it was like having my life back. Seriously, often while on the trip, I FORGOT that I had a new knee! Thank you, Dr. Tradonsky, for giving me my life back!!!!!!!!
- Hip Fracture & Femur Surgery by Dr. Tradonsky
Dr. Tradonsky is the best! Not only did he perform successful, life-saving surgery on my mother in 2011 after a hip fracture at age 96, he also skillfully repaired her femur after a second fall in 2013 at the age of 98! That second surgery was no easy feat with all the metal rods, plates, and screws requiring a 14 inch incision. Now, at age 100 1/2, she is doing so well. My mother is mobile, healthy, happy and best of all....she has no pain!
Dr. Tradonsky is a miracle worker and my hero! Thanks again Dr. T.
- Right Total Knee Replacement, Bilateral ACL Reconstruction
Dr. Adsit has been my surgeon for over 10 years, gently guiding me through my knee problems. I could not have been blessed with a better surgeon and team! Dr. Adsit has surgically corrected my knee problems and they are better than ever! He has the touch and the skill to enable a full recovery that has allowed me to participate in activities that I have not been able to do for years.
It takes a "village" and they certainly have that at the Institute. From the Front desk staff, to the medical staff (especially Mary!) and the Physicians, the office runs like clockwork. I never feel like a patient when I am at the office, but rather a valued family member.
Orthopedic problems? This is your one stop cure!
- Surgery (Fractured Femur) and Rod Removal
In July 2014 a bike accident resulted in a trip to Scripps Mercy Hospital for emergency surgery. I live in North County San Diego but was injured near Coronado and I am so grateful I ended up in the care of Dr. Steven Tradonsky. I was walking post surgery within 4 weeks, recovered full range of motion very quickly, and my scars were minimal and continue to improve. Dr. Tradonsky is very personable and makes you feel comfortable and confident with every stage of healing. My post surgery appointments were easy and well managed. I chose to have my rod removed (that was supporting my now healed femur) at the Orthopedic Institute and was blown away with the caring staff. The facility is beautiful, very clean, and comfortable. Post rod removal I was walking within 4 days with minimal pain. Dr. Tradonsky also respected my choice to not take pain medications after leaving the hospital and I recovered incredibly well thanks to his remarkable work. I highly recommend Dr. Tradonsky and his team. You will be taken very well care of!
- surgical correction of torn miniscus both knees and regular joint injections
I have been working in the healthcare field for many years, and I honestly believe that Dr. Tradonsky is one of the best knee surgeons in San Diego. Studies show that quick recovery from surgery is directly tied to the length of time it takes to perform the surgical procedure. The nurses and technicians assisting the surgeries I had on both knees testified that Dr. Tradonsky holds the record for completion of successful orthopedic surgical procedures in the shortest time. I must say, I recovered from both my surgeries very easily, and I am no spring chicken. He is also very kind and caring, and consistently provides me with cutting edge treatments necessary to keeping me up and about. If you need knee surgery of any kind, he is your guy!!