Patient Testimonials

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!

Andrea Y

  • Orthopedic / Hands
He is my hero.. my hands hurt so bad and he explained so well the exam, what was going on, sent me for test and will be releiving my pain soon. Theresa is excellent too. 5 stars ***** thank you Dr. Jacobson. See you Tuesday the 18th.

Ron Kosanke

  • Wrist
Dr. Finkenberg put my wrist back together after I fell on a roof and my radius shattered like a light bulb. That happened in 1998 and my wrist is still as if it never broke. He took good care of me before during and after the surgery. Thank y’all

Ben I

  • Shoulder Labram
At age 34 I was a pedestrian when I was struck by a car at high speeds. Dr. Rynning repaired my almost completely detached labrum, a significant injury that required six anchors. The surgery was such a success that within 6 months I was discharged from rehab with full mobility in my shoulder. In addition to being an excellent surgeon Dr Rynning has the best bedside manner of any doctor I've ever met. If you require shoulder surgery I am sorry for you, but rest assured Dr Rynning is the best orthopedic surgeon in San Diego.

Pamela H

  • Shoulder and hip replacements
I have had both hips replaced by Dr. Bates and a shoulder joint replacement by Dr. Rynning. All 3 surgeries could not have gone better. The fact that beyond their skill they are good,caring people whom I recommend without reservation.


  • Orthopedic Surgery
Dr. Rynning is an EXCELLENT surgeon. More than that, however, is that he cares. He takes the time to explain what he is doing and why. Rather than doing what is easiest or quickest, he listens to your goals as a person and/or athlete and works with you to achieve what you need to continue a way of life. He is over the top patient with the patience’ impatience. Believe me, I tested him.


  • Back Surgery
I was amazed at the care given to me by the staff at Alvarado Hospital. I had back surgery and the staff was excellent. Doing more than I would expect from them, making sure I was as comfortable after the surgery as I could be. My doctor, Dr. Finkenberg, was also excellent and did a great job. Thank you all very much.

Alan Nowakowski

  • Meniscus Repair
Alan Nowakowski
A few years back Doctor Rynning did a rotator cuff repair of my right shoulder for what had been described as a massive tear. I had regained full function and resumed an active outdoor lifestyle. Late last autumn I injured my knee and a MRI revealed a torn meniscus. I sought treatment from the person who had been so skillful in repairing my previous injury. On January 11 Doctor Rynning surgically repaired my knee. Ten days later I rode my bicycle for an hour without difficulty or pain. I will turn 71 in ten days. I cannot overstate my thanks.

Keith W

  • Dr. Bates
I've been coming to Doc Bates for years. In my opinion, he has a heart of gold!!! There has never been one time he has not took the extra time to help me out and given me the coolest advice on taking care of my body and health. I wish all Doc's would follow his lead! Keith Woulard.

Doug Porter

  • Shoulder
Dr. Rynning did a total shoulder replacement in January 2020 for me. Can't say enough about his surgical expertise and his compassionate bedside manner - he is terrific and I would most highly recommend him. I saw 3+ orthopedic surgeons in the area and he is by far the best.

Darolyn B.

  • Collarbone (Clavicle)
Holy Moly, I was truly blessed when my PCP referred me to see Dr. Ralph Rynning for my fractured/dislocated collarbone! He really knows his stuff!. He explained everything to me so I could understand my options. He sincerely is a caring and compassionate man! Excellent surgical skills, and chair side manner! Thank you Dr. Ralph...going to miss our post op meeting, lol. Thank you so very much for your help!
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