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Very positive experience with Dr. Guidi and his staff. I was referred to Virginia Sportsmedicine Institute for therapy and had an equally great experience there. I worked with several physical therapists plus the occupational therapist, and I am happy to report that my wrist is back to its pre-injury self! I would highly recommend both practices to family and friends!E.P.

Dr Guidi has kept me on the courts for more than 15 years and through five surgeries - tennis elbow, knees, shoulders. Amazing work. Pain gone. (Though I still miss an occasional up the line backhand, I can't really blame that on him.) And Dr Wellborn did an excellent replacement of my hip. Their staff are wonderful and always responsive. Great team!Richard N.

Great office staff and Dr. Paik was always extremely courteous, professional, and kind! They were sensitive to my financial situation and I always looked forward to my visits for a fractured arm.

Dr. Wellborn is not only a remarkably skilled surgeon who is responsible for several procedures in our family, but he stands apart in that he doesn't have the stereotypical surgeon's personality. He tries all possible measures to avoid the need for surgery, and he is engaging, friendly, reassuring, and articulate - he takes time to answer questions and explain everything so that a patient can understand complicated medical matters. His staff is similarly terrific, and Savena, his receptionist, is a delight - always warm, sympathetic, informative, and helpful.

In the past three years, after two bouts of Lyme disease and chronic arthritis,I had my left hip and right knee replaced by two different orthopedists. While the hip healed well, the knee remained swollen, stiff and painful for over 12 months. Even though I knew I had to face having the left knee replaced, I was very reluctant to go back to the same doctor who had basically told me I was impatient and just "a slow healer".

Fortunately, I was referred to Dr Wellborn to discuss my options. At our first meeting - and all subsequent- he sat next to me quietly discussing the situation. He recommended a cortisone shot to allow me to take a planned trip with less pain, followed by surgery when i felt ready. I felt immediately reassured, simply because Dr Wellborn listened carefully, examined the x-rays and explained the necessity for the surgery.

Three months ago I had the replacement surgery in the outpatient facility, and came home the same morning. Dr Wellborn allowed plenty of time before and after the procedure to talk to me and my husband and we knew I was in very good hands. I have made a great recovery this time. Physical therapy in the practice's unit has been excellent, but I feel the real reason for such a different experience with this knee is Dr Wellborn. His surgical skills, combined with his compassion and ability to engage with his patients, have resulted in a great outcome, and I could not be more grateful.

In fact, I have been impressed by every aspect of this process. At each appointment, I have been seen promptly, and have never felt rushed. Dr Wellborn's assistant, Selena, has been so helpful, friendly and totally professional. She is a wonderful public "face" for the practice. I also want to thank Sam in Billing - whoever thanks anyone in Billing? - for her utter patience in explaining the intricacies of insurance. Thank you all.

Dr. Wellborn recently replaced my right hip. When he recommended out-patient surgery I had never heard of hip replacements being completed as out-patient surgery. I'm glad I followed his recommendation. What an amazing experience! I arrived at the surgical center a 6:00am, surgery at 7:00, awoke around 9:30, drinking coffe and eating crackers by 10:00 and on my way home by 12:00.

Within a week I was walking upstairs unassisted and walking on the sidewalk for a block without a walking cane, this was after two home PT visits. The second week I walked up the Jefferson Memorial steps unassisted and by the third week I could walk over a mile. I was progressing much faster than I thought possible.

It has now been six weeks since surgery and I am walking over two miles. I even raked the yard today and I'm feeling great. My biggest problem is that I feel so good I have to make a conscious effort to slow down and not over do it. I completed PT twice a week and had a great experience with the PT staff. All along the way Dr. Wellborn's assistant Selena has kept me straight and has been a joy to work with. Office visits are on time, no waiting!

I can't say enough good things about Dr. Wellborn. After looking at other reviews from Dr. Wellborn's patients, they have described him perfectly with lots of deserving adjectives. I would like to add by saying he is top drawer, a class act, an exceptional surgeon and just a genuinely nice person. Thank you for a job more than well done!! Now I can get on with my life!


A "perfect" slip at figure skate practice left me with a broken kneecap, surgery, and an extended recovery. I am so grateful to have had Dr. Paik as my physician and surgeon at this very tough time. I met him within 24 hours of my injury and was immediately impressed with his professional knowledge and impeccable bedside manners. He put full thought and care into my treatment with the goal of getting me back to my prior activity level, kept me fully informed of what to expect, and worked with me to meet my needs along the way. He was genuinely enthusiastic about my progress - and there were certainly tough days in my recovery when his optimism helped keep me going. I truly feel I got the best care available anywhere for my injury. Recently I was finally able to lace up my figure skates and step back out on ice again, and I am incredibly thankful to Dr. Paik for getting me there. Thank you!! Jennifer

I was impressed with Dr. Guidi's professionalism and his bedside manner

If you are searching for a highly qualified orthopedic physician in the metropolitan area, I highly recommend Dr. Eric J. Guidi at the Nirschl Orthopaedic Clinic in Arlington, Virginia.  From the outset, I was impressed with Dr. Guidi's professionalism and his bedside manner in communicating with me as his patient.  These are two of the many reasons that he has been my orthopedic doctor for at least fifteen years.  I find him to be nothing less than an excellent physician.  Dr. Guidi listens to me as his patient, and he has always treated me with great respect.  He takes the time to explain my condition and informs me of my treatment options, including preventive care.  For example, when I expected Dr. Guidi to recommend knee replacement for a longstanding injury that had developed in chronic pain, he recommended preventive care with gel injections into the knee.  The treatment has been very effective, and I paid much less out-of-pocket fees for this non-invasive treatment than I would have paid for unwarranted surgery.I can also assure you from my experience that Dr. Guidi is a wonderful surgeon.  Several years ago, he operated on my elbow to repair a torn tendon from a weightlifting injury.  He did a great job!  After the surgery, Dr. Guidi gave me very good advice by asking me to change my technique rather than cease lifting weights.  I have no pain from that injury, and the arm feels great.  This is one of the many reasons why Dr. Guidi has been my longstanding physician, and I expect that he will continue to be an excellent orthopedic practitioner for many years to come.

The non-physician staff at the Nirschl Orthopaedic Clinic is very professional and friendly as well.  Scheduling an appointment is easy, and the office will send a reminder for you to confirm that you intend to make the appointment.  They promptly resolve billing and scheduling issues, and there is always a smile from their employees.  Finally, if you ever need physical therapy from highly skilled therapists, I have found their center to be the best of the best.

I do not receive any benefits from the Nirschl Orthopaedic Clinic for this review, nor was I asked by anyone to provide it.

Deborah G.

Thank you for the excellent care you provided

Dr. Nirschl, I want to thank you for the excellent care you provided for the partial tear in my patellar tendon. After having continuous pain in my knee for almost two years and trying several other treatment options with other physicians, I am now free of the pain. The Tenex procedure you and your team performed in your office went far beyond my expectations. The procedure was very quick and relatively painless. Moreover, the rests were almost immediate, and the recovery time has been remarkably fast. Within just two weeks, I could scarcely feel I had the procedure on my knee. I really appreciate what you did for me, and I can't tell you how thankful Iam to be out of the pain. Please pass my thanks to the Tenex representative and the rest of your fantastic team.Mike L.

I should have posted a comment a year ago

I went to Dr. Ochiai for a rotator cuff injury in my left shoulder. This injury had been progressively limiting the range of motion and strength of my left arm over a 2-year period. Dr. Ochiai examined it with a sonogram and found partial tearing of the infraspinatus muscle. He recommended physical therapy for five weeks and surgery only as a last resort. The resistance and stretching exercises started rehabilitating my shoulder in the first week. After about 4 months of doing the exercises at home my shoulder was pretty much back to normal. Although always be some injury predisposition there, I regained full range of motion, and as long as I do the rehab exercises regularly, I can do bench press, pull downs, and rows at the gym without pain or even discomfort. Thanks to Dr. Ochiai, I'm still pumping iron in my 60s.Marlo Lewis

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