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Thank you for choosing Sierra Pacific Orthopedics 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 Sierra Pacific Orthopedics.

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Average Rating: 5 (2,034 reviews)

Patient Reviews

“"I found Dr. Glaser and the staff to be personable, professional, and direct in their approach to my condition. I felt comfortable from the beginning and feel certain the proper diagnosis and resolution will be achieved." -- Ralph S.”
– Ralph
Treating Doctor: Francis E. Glaser, M.D.
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“"Dr. Taylor always treats me like he really cares about hoe I am doing. I had a total knee replacement. He did a great job on the surgery and you can barley see the scar. I had some problems with the muscle afterwards and Dr Taylor got the best treatment for my problem. I have known Dr. Taylor for about 25 years and he seems like family to my family and me. Thank You."”
– David L.
Treating Doctor: David E. Taylor, M.D.
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“"On May 9, 2011, after years of extreme knee pain, I entered Fresno Surgical Hospital in the hope of an outcome that would at least lower my pain level. Dr. Eric Hanson had been recommended to me by numerous people, and after seeing another doctor in the area I decided to see Dr. Hanson. It was the best decision I ever made in my life! After seeing his physician assistant, surgery was scheduled for May 9th. I had reached the place where any pain was better than what I was enduring daily. Within a day after surgery, I knew that I had made the right choice! The surgery pain was already less than the previous knee pain. My progress was spectacular! At my two week check up I already had 90-degree movement and drove myself home from the office! I had no problems with swelling and my physical therapy was right on track. By my sixth week exam, I was at 140 degrees and my knee felt great! The only downside to my story is that in Nov. of 2011 while riding my bike down Hwy 1 in Pismo, I took a spill and now need a rotator cuff surgery! Needless to say I'll be seeing Dr. Hanson for that after the first of the year. I know every knee surgery does not turn out as well, but I think your chances are much better if you choose Sierra  Pacific Orthopedics. My son is having a total shoulder replacement next week and we hope he also has a very good result!"”
– Leta R.
Treating Doctor: Eric C. Hanson, M.D.
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“"Dr. Thaxter and his past and present physician assistants have always been very pleasant and extremely competent in their treatment of my various joint and muscle/tendon issues. The office staff has been great. Also,they have been able to get me in when I need to be seen or in the most recent case, I saw my primary MD on Tuesday morning, she said I needed an injection in my elbow for tendonitis and she said it had to be someone competent. The staff at Sierra Pacific Orthopedics got me an appointment with Robert Reynoso on Friday afternoon and I got my shot and by Sunday was much improved with much less pain. The office is pleasantly decorated and comfortable, everyone is genuinely friendly and helpful. I always recommend Dr. Thaxter and his staff when someone needs an orthopedic surgeon."”
– Jamie R.
Treating Doctor: Steven T. Thaxter, M.D.
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“"I had a total knee replacement. I knew from the beginning I wanted Dr Eric Hanson to be my doctor. My first appointment was with Greg, Dr Hanson’s assistant. Greg was wonderful he took his time he made me feel my concerns were important and he listened!  I am now three weeks out from my surgery so I am still in the recovery process. I am pleased with the outcome of my surgery everyday gets easier. It’s a painful process but it had to be done. Thank You Dr. Hanson and Greg for all your patience and caring! Also I would like to thank Jasmine, Dr Hanson’s nurse. You are wonderful Jasmine!!! When I was worried and had concerns you worked me in and I left feeling so much better. You are all a great team and THANK YOU SO MUCH." -- Donna N.”
– Donna
Treating Doctor: Eric C. Hanson, M.D.
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“"My experience up to this point with Sierra Pacific Orthopedics has been exceptional. I have always been amazed at how you guys service so many patients and yet do so on time and efficiently. I have had several operations and procedures at SPOC and in all cases the services and care was superior to anywhere else I have ever been. I have had ten operations  in total and the 11th will happen on August 23 as Dr. Thaxter and the medical staff will be repairing my knee. I have been operated on in numerous cities such as Detroit, Michigan, Newark, New Jersey, and Valencia, California. Nothing has matched Sierra Pacific Orthopedics and I don't expect that to change. Drs. Watson, Wiens, Thaxter, and others have all helped me and taken the time to make everything completely clear and understandable. They leave no stone unturned and never make promises they don't expect to deliver. I must commend one individual though, Dorothy, the surgery scheduler in Dr. Thaxter's office. Talk about someone who makes you feel cared for and cared about. She goes way outside the bounds of any job assignment to make totally sure that you have every answer and detail you could ever ask or want. She does so in a manner that makes you feel like family and there is nothing that evokes more confidence and security than that. I big thank you goes to Dorothy, the doctors, and the staff including the X-Ray, lab people, receptionists, and everyone else that plays a role on the Sierra Pacific Orthopedics team. God Bless."”
– Don T.
Treating Doctor: Steven T. Thaxter, M.D.
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“"I had a total knee replacement in December of 2006. It is perfect: no troubles or pain. I am scheduled for my second replacement for my right knee on October 1, 2012. I can't wait.  I'm looking forward to a night's sleep that isn't interrupted by knee pain."”
– Nancy F.
Treating Doctor: Eric C. Hanson, M.D.
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“"I received a knee injury at work in January and had just "okay" care with another facility for a couple of months. I was unhappy with the level of care where I was. I was told, "This is as good as it’s going to get. There is nothing surgical, so there is nothing we can do." After asking around to friends and co-workers I was referred to Dr. Thomas. I was immediately taken care of and began an aggressive regimen of medications and physical therapy. Only after a couple of weeks the pain started to improve by leaps and bounds.  After completing my physical therapy, I was again able to walk, run, exercise, and play with my toddler daughter as well as getting back to work and all the other fun outdoor activities my family loves. We have spent the last few weeks camping, hiking, and fishing.  I am so very grateful for the exceptional care provided to me by Dr. Thomas, his nurse practitioner Lisa, Kelly and Rick from physical therapy as well as the countless physical therapy aids that encouraged me to work harder and helped rehabilitate my knee back to where it is today. Thank you." -- Shayla N.”
– Shayla
Treating Doctor: Thomas W. Thomas, M.D.
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“"I was referred to Sierra Pacific Orthopedics through a good friend of mine. I needed knee replacement and was referred to Dr. Eric Hanson. I was first seen by Greg and was very impressed by him. I had an MRI in Merced, California with the X-rays told me that I was experiencing bone on bone. Dr. Hanson came in and confirmed. Everyone was very pleasant. I instantly had good vibes with the personnel. I had the replacement surgery and have since referred eight people to Dr. Hanson. They all have had knee replacements and one shoulder surgery. They are all very satisfied and I will continue to refer people to Sierra Pacific Orthopedics. I also had neck problems and asked Dr. Hanson for a referral to a Nero surgeon and was referred to Dr. Henry Aryan. I was impressed with him and had a five-disc fusion. It was very successful. I have referred two people to him and was also impressed. One had a very serious surgery, but is doing well. I am currently going to Greg for injections as I am going to have another knee replacement and will have Dr. Hanson perform the surgery.  Sierra Pacific Orthopedics is state of the art!"”
– Raymond F.
Treating Doctor: Eric C. Hanson, M.D.
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“"My latest adventure in orthopedic land happened on a quiet Saturday afternoon in February, as I was cleaning. (If I had been shopping it never would of happened, but that's another story.) A simple slip and fall shattered my left upper arm-incredible pain. I met with Greg with Dr. Hanson's office and he referred me to Dr. Thomas (aka, miracle worker who can put Humpty-Dumpty back to together again). After surgery and the implantation of a plate and six screws, I started my journey through rehab with Joanne Steele, a physical therapist and Shelly, one of the physical therapy assistants. It was a stressful time, but through it all, the staff at the Orthopedic Center and the Rehabilitation Center was terrific. Shelly, in particular, worked with me when the pain/frustration was the worst. Her gentle, but firm encouragement was exactly what I needed. Unfortunately, this is not the first time Joanne has helped me through an orthopedic adventure. I had arthroscopic knee surgery several years ago. She was terrific then and she was terrific again. She was the master of the process as she planned my rehab program. The supporting staff at the Rehab Center were great as well. They were all very friendly and professional.  Although I would never wish for another injury, I felt very comfortable with staff and the services they provided. I know my recovery would not have been the same if I hadn't received the care at Sierra Pacific Orthopedics. Additionally, one added benefit was that all services were there. My doctor, X-rays, MRI, blood tests, surgery center, and rehab center was all in one spot - that was great! I have recommended Sierra Pacific Orthopedics to my friends and co-workers.  Dr. Hanson, Dr. Thaxter, Dr. Thomas, and their staff have been terrific particularly, Dr. Hanson's physician assitant, Greg, who helped me when I was first injured." -- Pam H.”
– Pam
Treating Doctor: Thomas W. Thomas, M.D.
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