Patient Testimonials

Patient Testimonials - Dr. Degenhardt


Testimonial - Richard Perry


As a southern California native, Richard Perry is well acquainted with surfing – he has been doing it for more than 40 years. Although an unquestionably healthy and active 77-year-old, Richard has found himself with various orthopaedic concerns along the years, which is what  brought him to Dr. Thomas C. Degenhardt and SRO.

I guess I’m a regular customer of Dr. Degenhardt’s. I first became a patient of his when arthroscopic surgery was still a new treatment  option. Luckily for me, Dr. Degenhardt was one of the only doctors at the time that had the experience and extensive training in arthroscopic  surgery and was able to give me the minimally invasive surgery I needed. Since then, he has successfully completed a number of restorative orthopaedic surgeries including total joint replacement in both knees which and has gotten me back to what I love the most. I have been physically active all my life – it is inconceivable not to be – and I am still active, thanks to Dr. Degenhardt.

With the help of Dr. Degenhardt, Richard was able to revive his passion for surfing at a time in his life that many people are accepting their  limitations on strength and mobility. Over the years, Richard  Perry has learned what thousands of other patients have discovered: Santa Rosa  Orthopaedic physicians care and pride themselves on getting you back to the  activities you love.


Testimonial - Brian Smart


“Dr. Degenhardt is an excellent doctor, and I appreciated his patience in explaining the surgical process. Best of all, my knee is as good as new.” – Brian Smart

Brian Smart is a rancher and line-cook up in Truckee, CA. Brian had stoically endured chronic arthritic pain in his knee for over a decade.  About eight years ago, Brian was bucked off a horse. The accident dramatically worsened the pain in Brian’s knee, and he could no longer walk. A friend recommended that Brian see Dr. Thomas Degenhardt at Santa Rosa Orthopaedic Group.

Dr. Degenhardt met with Brian, and replaced Brian’s knee soon after. Dr. Degenhardt has shown Brian Smart what thousands of other patients have discovered over the years: Santa Rosa  Orthopaedic physicians care and pride themselves on getting you back to the activities you love.

I was amazed at how suddenly the pain in my leg disappeared after Dr. Degenhardt replaced my knee. I was up and walking just one day  after my surgery, and I can now do just about anything, including skiing, hunting, horseback riding, and playing basketball. I’m 60 years old,  and I wish I had seen Dr. Degenhardt when I was 40. He’s an excellent doctor, and I appreciated his patience in explaining the surgical  process. Best of all, my knee is as good as new.


Testimonial - Dale Downing


“I never even think about my replaced knee. Thanks to Dr. Degenhardt’s surgical skill, I’m back out on the golf course pain-free for all eighteen holes.” ~ Dale Downing

At 70 years old, Dale Downing has been an active golfer for over thirty years. A few years back, Dale suffered a broken leg while working with  cattle. Unfortunately, his leg failed to settle properly as it healed. The bones in his leg rubbed against one another overtime, softening the  cartilage that normally provides a natural cushion. Dale could no longer walk without extreme pain, let alone find his way around the golf ourse. This is when he came to Dr. Thomas Degenhardt and SRO.

Before my knee replacement, I couldn’t walk more than 100 yards without  experiencing overwhelming pain. I feared that I’d never be able to golf again. I met with Dr. Degenhardt and immediately felt that I could trust  him to at least lessen my pain. Dr. Degenhardt replaced my damaged knee, and I was wonderfully surprised to be up and walking the same day.  Today I can feel no difference between my legs, and I never even think about my replaced knee. Thanks to Dr. Degenhardt’s surgical skill,  I’m back out on the golf course pain-free for all eighteen holes.

Recently, Dale participated in a marathon golf fundraiser. In just one day, Dale played 36 holes to raise money for one of his favorite charities. Dr. Degenhardt has shown Dale Downing what thousands of other patients have discovered over the years: Santa Rosa Orthopaedic physicians care and pride themselves on getting you back to the activities you love.


Testimonial - Jason Franci


“I really can’t say  enough good things about Dr. Degenhardt.” ~ Jason Franci

As the head coach of Montgomery High School’s football team, it’s hard to overestimate Jason Franci’s appreciation for the human body’s physical ability. When he’s not out on the field working with his athletes, Jason enjoys fishing and hunting, and working out at the gym four times a week. Needless to say, when he began having chronic pain in his knee, and then later his shoulder, the pain stood in the way of Jason’s physical lifestyle.

Dr. Degenhardt replaced my knee back in ’98, and it feels perfectly healthy today. When I began having problems with my shoulder about three years ago I knew exactly who to visit to ensure I’d receive the best surgical care out there. I really can’t say enough good things about Dr. Degenhardt. I know that I can trust him, especially after he successfully replaced both my knee and shoulder. In addition, he  serves as the team doctor to my football team, so that whenever one of my players suffers an injury on the field, Dr. Degenhardt is there to do  everything possible to save the season.

Dr. Degenhardt has shown Jason Franci and Montgomery High School what thousands of other patients have discovered over the years: Santa Rosa Orthopaedic physicians care and pride themselves on getting you back to the activities you love.