About SCOS

Patient Testimonials

Dear Ms. O’Connor-Breedlove,

My name is Bruce Aird, and I’m writing because, as a former patient of your establishment, I wanted to tell you of the great experiences I’ve had at SCOS. I’ve been a patient twice, in both cases because of fractures sustained in bicycle accidents. In the first accident, I had several fractures to the left radius, and I went through setting, casting, recovery and physical therapy. That was a relatively minor injury with none of the fractures going all the way through the bone. My doctor then was Dr. Kyle Coker , and my therapists were Diane Coker, Danny Lam and Audra (sorry but I cannot remember her surname and couldn’t find it on your website). They were all great, and eventually with their assistance, I achieved full recovery of range of motion and strength.

The second accident was a lot more serious, as it was fractures to the left humerus just beneath the shoulder and to the right radius, both of which resulted in pieces breaking completely off, and requiring surgery. My physician this time was Dr. Ari Youdarian , and he went out of his way to make time to fit in the surgery before he left on vacation. He did both surgeries, and he did a superb job. That put me back in therapy with Diane, Danny and Audra again, and they did their usual fantastic job. Recovery of the wrist is already 100%, and I’m still working on the left shoulder, though no longer with the therapists.

What I wanted to tell you is what a first class operation you have from top to bottom. Your equipment and facility seem to be, if not state-of-the-art, more than adequate to meet most needs. But what makes it special is the people you have in every aspect of the facility, from reception where I was invariably greeted with a smile and a willingness to help that went beyond mere politeness, to radiology, to the nursing staff and everyone else. I watched your staff deal with irate and sometimes unreasonable people in the waiting area, and they always maintained their professionalism and courtesy, even when the patients didn’t really merit that with their behavior. I found myself looking forward to therapy sessions even though they were usually painful and uncomfortable because I liked your staff so much. And I simply cannot say enough good about my three therapists, Audra, Danny and Diane.

So basically, I received superb care, delivered with courtesy and kindness 100% of the time. I am grateful to SCOS for two excellent healing experiences and for all the help they gave me getting my life back on track each time. We are lucky to have your establishment here in Orange County for those times when recovery from injury is called for. Thanks again for everything.

– Bruce A. Aird, PhD
Principal Scientist,
Valeant/Bausch & Lomb Pharmaceuticals


To Dr. Veneziano & Staff

I had knee surgery at the Laguna Woods location on January 7th. I want to acknowledge some of the staff members.

My check-in was with Angie and she was very helpful with my co-pay.

My admitting nurses were Charito & Trent and they were very accommodating & pleasant.

My Procedure nurse was Megan who has a delightful manner. Too bad she is not a regular staff member. (traveler)

My recovery & discharge nurse was Amy who informed me with all my discharge instructions in a very simple easy to understand manner.

My tech assistant was Jenny who is awesome.

Of course the two physicians; anesthesiologist Dr. Cho (who assured me I would not be sick to my stomach) and of course he was right. and Dr. Veneziano, what can I say, I was told he is the best knee surgeon around and I am totally convinced. He expl ained th e surgery as well as what to expect after the surgery.

I was off work less than two weeks and I have had two post-op visits one with Kelsy who is fabulous. I recommend this site to everyone.

– Mary B, February 2016


Dr. Graham completed an osteotomy on my right leg last June, 2014. The operation was a complete success and my recovery time was less than 3 months (including PT). My right leg/knee and lower back are pain-free and I’m back to my regular activities. I highly recommend Dr. Graham and the entire team at South County Orthopedic Specialists. Kudos to a fine medical establishment and an excellent doctor!

– KB


I just wanted to thank Dr. Larry Gersten for taking care of my Hip injury. Dr. Gersten was very supportive, listened to my complaint, took time to go through my MRI and explain everything to me. Dr. Gerstenprescribed just one pill of calcium one a week and in less than six week, I feel I am already back to normal and my hip is already healed. Although I had a similar injury five years ago, but Dr. Gersten was totally different, his experience in his really showed up and I could tell. I definitely recommend Dr. Gersten to anyone looking for a great Dr. Again, I really appreciate your help Dr. and a big Thank you from my kids and family.

– MS, September 2014


I originally saw Dr. Veneziano for knee pain which turned out to be torn cartilage and a severed ACL. A year or two afterwards I went back due to shoulder pain caused by a torn rotator cuff. Both surgeries and recoveries went well and I’d recommend SCOS and Dr. Veneziano to anybody needing orthopedic work. He explained the problem, the options, and what to expect clearly so that I could make informed decisions about the treatment I wanted. The rest of the staff was also unfailingly polite and professional.

– Bob, January 2014


“It worked!” is what I said to Dr. Johnson the day after my surgery. I could tell the pain, weakness, and tingling was gone. I felt different and it felt right. I had needed anterior and posterior spinal fusion and disc repair for over 15 years. I kept putting off the surgery until my body finally gave out and I had no choice. Being referred to Dr Bryce Johnson was a blessing for me. Right from the first appointment Dr Johnson, Shayne and the staff made every effort to explain the procedures and put my mind at ease. I felt confident that I was in good hands. From pre-op to post-op my comfort and care was their top priority. I am now in my 3rd month post-op and each day I am regaining my strength. My heartfelt thank you to SCOS, Dr. Johnson, Shayne, Dr. Tang (vascular surgeon)and Saddleback Hospital.

– LG, March 2013


I live in Illinois and visit Orange County in the winter. In early 2012, my arthritic right shoulder became much worse and we visited SCOS. Dr. Montgomery did a complete replacement, and since Nov 2012 I have been playing tennis with zero pain. Not only is Dr. Montgomery a magician, but the entire staff is very professional and patient in helping us with our year-long battles with the insurance company. So glad I stayed in Cal for the surgery.

– JC, January 2013


Today, two months after my surgery on May 27th , a minimally invasive fusion, I am feeling once again like a new person. More than performing the surgery required, I am especially thankful to Dr. Johnson for the time he spent with me both prior to the operation and during my recovery. In all circumstances taking his time to explain to me exactly what was happening or was to happen and understand the effects I might be feeling. In the two weeks after the operation I must have called him four times and on each occasion he returned my call, took time to visit with me, and reach out so that I knew there was always someone in charge of my well being. I am very grateful to Dr. Johnson and the personal touch he gave to making me whole once again, I cannot thank him enough.

-AM, August 2012


Dr. Montgomery is the best orthopedic surgeon in the whole wide world. I have two new shoulders, and life is much easier for me now!

– AF, August 2012


Dr. Mongomery is outstanding! I am a Foot Specialist and perform foot surgery. I suffered with hip pain for years and needed a total hip replacement. When I met with him, he was kind, courteous and patient. He took the time to anwer all my questions. The whole experience with Dr. Mongomery made me feel confident he was the surgeon I was looking for.

I knew a total hip replacement was no walk in the park. But after the surgery they had me up the next day and I was walking without pain. In just 2 hours of surgery Dr. Mongomery changed the quality of my life for the better. As a healthcare professional, I tell all my patients who made my life pain free. Thank you Dr. Mongomery.

– KV, August 2012


I was so fortunate to have Dr. Wrobel as my orthopedic surgeon. My arthroscopic knee surgery was a HUGE success, with next to no pain, which just amazed me and my recovery was beautiful! I credit this to the amazing skill and expertise of Dr. Wroble. He is so kind, caring, easy to talk to and explained everything very thoroughly.

In fact, when I went in to my appts with a list of questions in hand, he answered them before I even asked. I know the success of my surgery is due wholly to Dr. Wroble. Thank you Dr. Wroble, as well as the very caring staff at Laguna Hills Outpatient Surgery Center.

– KL, April 2012


Dr. Lance Wrobel gave me my life back! I had a total hip replacement and was back to Zumba classes in about 4 months! From the beginning of the process with Manuel and Sonia to the actual surgery and post op care, I believe I got 5 star service. From the minute I arrived at Mission Hospital I was told how great a doc, Dr. Wrobel is with the lowest infection rate and most effective pain management. Each day while in the hospital, nurses, physical therapists, doctors, P.T techs etc. raved about Dr. Wrobel and they told me they wished all their patients went to him. I was confident that I had made the right choice for me but to hear from his peers made it even more validating. I will refer to him forever! Thank you Dr. Wrobel!!

– T, April 2012


I am an older patient who, although suffering many years from partial arthritis, has been a fairly active person all my life. After returning from a cross country flight to Houston, I began to experience an unbearable pain that left me bedside for almost a week. It was then that I had the good fortune to have found Dr. Bryce A. Johnson.

I am an older patient who, although suffering many years from partial arthritis, has been a fairly active person all my life. After returning from a cross country flight to Houston, I began to experience an unbearable pain that left me bedside for almost a week. It was then that I had the good fortune to have found Dr. Bryce A. Johnson.

Today, two months after my surgery on May 27th , a minimally invasive fusion, I am feeling once again like a new person. More than performing the surgery required, I am especially thankful to Dr. Johnson for the time he spent with me both prior to the operation and during my recovery. In all circumstances taking his time to explain to me exactly what was happening or was to happen and understand the effects I might be feeling. In the two weeks after the operation I must have called him four times and on each occasion he returned my call, took time to visit with me, and reach out so that I knew there was always someone in charge of my well being. I am very grateful to Dr. Johnson and the personal touch he gave to making me whole once again, I cannot thank him enough.

– AM, August 2012


Dr. Montgomery is the best orthopedic surgeon in the whole wide world.

I have two new shoulders, and life is much easier for me now!

Grazie mille,

– AF


Dr. Montgomery is outstanding! I am a Foot Specialist and perform foot surgery. I suffered with hip pain for years and needed a total hip replacement. When I met with him, he was kind, courteous and patient. He took the time to anwer all my questions. The whole experience with Dr. Montgomery made me feel confident he was the surgeon I was looking for. I knew a total hip replacement was no walk in the park. But after the surgery they had me up the next day and I was walking without pain. In just 2 hours of surgeryDr. Montgomery changed the quality of my life for the better. As a healthcare professional, I tell all my patients who made my life pain free. Thank you Dr. Montgomery.

– KV


Dr. Johnson For months I suffered with back, hip & leg pain. Dr. Johnson operated (MIS TLIF) on Tuesday morning. That same night I was up walking in the hospital hall. Thursday morning, I came home. Each day since has been better than the one before. Dr. Johnson is a young, dedicated, inspired & aggressive orthopedic surgeon & spine specialist; and a gentle and caring man. He is the best of the best. Thank you so much, Dr. Johnson!

– GP


Dr. Graham,

Hunter is doing great after the shoulder surgery. He is feeling tremendous! It’s an incredible feeling of relief to a father to see his son being able to have a normal life and enjoy his last two years in high school (just being a normal teenager). Before the surgery, Hunter was unable to use his arm at all without the possibility of dislocating it with each and every forceful extension of his arm. I am not just talking about wrestling either. I later found out from him that things were so bad that he could not throw a ball or swim or even just mess around with his buddies without popping his arm out of place and experiencing a great deal of pain. Of course, he never wanted to tell anyone due to the wrestler mentality. Needless to say, had you and your team not volunteered to assist him on December 21st (a date we will always remember) his life would have been severely altered and in a very negative way. It was not just Hunter who would have impacted. My entire family would have felt his pain AND especially me for having lost his insurance as we lost our jobs over the last 18 months.

So I just wanted to again thank you and your entire team…….. from top to bottom (the other doctors, nurses, front desk people, Kat) . You really changed my son’s life (and mine) in more ways than I can explain on email. It’s one of those things that will end up being one of those critical life lessons for Hunter (and my family) in the way he (we) treat people in the future.

We will never forget you and SCOS.

Please let us know if we can ever do anything to assist you or your company. Please pass this email along to your team.

Thank you!!!!!!!!!!!

– JC


This is way overdue. I was diagnosed with spinal stenosis, L4/L5 concern. Dr. Bryce Johnson was my surgeon for a Fusion on March 12, 2012. I, like anyone else with back problems was apprehensive to have the surgery done. Dr. Johnson placed me in a comfort zone and was NEVER pushy about moving forward. It was a decision that I had to make. Dr. Johnson was very professional, caring, and sensitive. With each doctors visit he gave me a great deal of time, answering every question. He had excellent bedside manners and always placing patient care as a priority. From the moment I awoke from surgery I was free of pain. As the saying goes, I got my life back. Without reservation I highly recommend Dr. Johnson.

– EA


Dr. Graham did a wonderful job on my left arm. I’m grateful!

– SW


Dr. Graham took the time to review the MRI, the written report, and performed an exam. He did not agree with the findings of the report and geve a detailed explanation of why. He was knowledgable, gentle and on target with his diagnosis and recommendation.

– SL


Dr. Graham was conscientous, a good listener, knowledgeable and very helpful. I feel he is an excellent diagnostition also. Thank You!

– MLN


Dr. Graham was so down to earth. He spoke on our level where we could understand everything! He is a really great doctor!

– KG