Dr. Richard Zimlich, MD

Dr. Richard Zimlich, MD

Orthopedic SurgeryMaleAge 55

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(843) 797-5050

Dr. Richard Zimlich, MD is a Orthopedic Surgery Specialist in Summerville, SC. He is affiliated with medical facilities such as Trident Medical Center and Trident Health System - Summerville Medical Center. He is accepting new patients. Be sure to call ahead with Dr. Zimlich to book an appointment.

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Lowcountry Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine

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(843) 797-5050
Lowcountry Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine93 Springview Ln Unit B Summerville, SC 29485
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Lowcountry Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine130 E 3RD NORTH ST Summerville, SC 29483
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Lowcountry Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine1951 Clements Ferry Rd Ste 100 Charleston, SC 29492
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    • Mon: 8:00am - 5:00pm
    • Tue: 8:00am - 5:00pm
    • Wed: 8:00am - 5:00pm
    • Thu: 8:00am - 5:00pm
    • Fri: 8:00am - 5:00pm
    • Sat: closed
    • Sun: closed
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Lowcountry Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine2880 Tricom St North Charleston, SC 29406
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Affiliated with Trident Medical Center Charleston, a highly rated hospital.

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Likelihood to recommend Dr. Zimlich

4.5

Based on 31 ratings

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  • Office environment (25)
  • Staff friendliness (25)
  • Appointment scheduling (24)
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  • Appointment was rushed (4)
  • Didn't explain conditions well (3)
  • Didn't listen or answer questions (3)
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Dr. Zimlich was very thorough, taking time to explain my procedure and all that was involved.
What went well
  • Staff friendliness
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
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Jan – Mar 16, 2021
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I saw Dr. Zimlich because of pain I was having in my knee. He was a great communicator and I was in and out of the office quickly!
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Wait times
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
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Feb 11, 2021
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i have been going to Dr. Zimlich and Lowcounty Orthopiedics for over 20 years now and have told family and friends that he is one of the best doctors i know.He has helped me so much, he is not only a gifted Surgeon but he is very kind and takes time to explain things and answer your questions. Everyone at Lowcountry Orthopiedics, the nurses, the office staff are the best! also, Dr Zimlichs Ortho P.A Sarah Folk is the absolute best, super kind and a great person as well.
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
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Joseph Lepore – Oct 07, 2020
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Dr Zimlich is the best orthopedic surgeon in South Carolina. He is kind, compassionate listening and explaining each and every step of your procedure. He replaced my hip and it was the best decision I made and he was the best surgeon for the job. I would recommend Dr Zimlich to anyone who needs hip, or knee surgery to look up Dr Zimlich at Low Country Orthopedic in Charleston SC h will make your joints happy again. God bless Dr Zimlich and his staff.
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
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Susan Simon – Aug 21, 2020
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I had total knee replacement in April of 2019 by Dr Zimlich. It was not the diagnosis I’d hoped for, but it became a blessing anyway. My mobility comfort is 100% improved! I feel that everything possible was done pre-surgery to reduce anxiety and I was given every tool possible to expect success. Of course, my job as the patient is to follow instructions and strive to meet physical therapy goals, but I feel I was able to do that because I was armed with all of the information I would need, had the best surgeon possible who did the perfect surgery and was encouraged and cheered on by his wonderful support staff. I just had my 15 month check-up and I’m happy to report that I’ve had NO issues and x-rays are still perfect! If and when the other knee needs replacement, I will definitely be going back to Lowcountry Orthopaedics and no one other than Dr. Zimlich!!
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Explained conditions well
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Joy – Aug 12, 2020
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Excellent orthopedic doctor/surgeon and practice! He replaced both of my mother's knee joints and has now done very well diagnosing and administering care to my right knee!
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Wait times
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
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William M. – Jun 17, 2020
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Dr Zimlich listens. He takes his time and explains what the problem is. Options for treatment are suggested and the decision is left up to me.
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Eric N – Apr 08, 2020
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I was seen early which was great. Everyone was very professional.
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Diane – Mar 13, 2020
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This is my first visit to Dr. Zimlich and so far he has shown me concern over the pain in my hip. After x-rays were taken he sent my information to an MRI department to have more images done. So far I am impressed. I have been dealing with this pain since 2017.
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Wait times
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
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R. Lane – Feb 01, 2020
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Dr. Zimlich was the worst dealings I have ever had with a so called professional. He was rude, condescending. He questioned whether I would do pt after he had talked to me for less than 5 minutes. What did he think I was there for? No empathy. I would never return to him. Good luck to anyone who chooses him. I gave him an one because 0 wasn’t an available option.
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Diane – Nov 16, 2019
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Dr. Zimlich’s patience and honesty with me is appreciated. I’m respected as a patient. I know this because he takes the time to listen to my concerns. Although I may want not to hear about any physical restrictions I may have its clear to me he’s genuinely concerned about my total well being and quality of life. Dr. Zimlich’s staff are professional and down to earth. Always a friendly hello and smiles.
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Wait times
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
1 person found this helpful
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Linda in Smoaks, SC – Jun 06, 2019
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Dr.Zimlich has a wonderful personality. Very pleasant and easy to talk to.
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Wait times
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
1 person found this helpful
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May 09, 2019
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Amazing! Great surgeon and love his staff. Walking better than I have in years. Highly recommend.
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Summerville, SC – Mar 14, 2019
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I have seen Dr. Zimlich in the past for other joint issues including surgery to repair a fractured elbow. He is very knowledgeable and a good surgeon. I didn't have to wait long, had xrays and was seen by Dr. Zimlich in a short amount of time. The entire staff was very efficient and nice.
What went well
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Summerville, SC – Mar 14, 2019
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I was referred to Dr. Zimlich by my doctor for my knee issues about three years ago. I am well pleased with Dr. Zimlich and everyone else at LowCountry Orthopaedics. They are all very friendly, very caring and the procedures used on my knee have worked. I highly recommend them.
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No results
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Janice in Bonneau, SC – Mar 09, 2019
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Dr. Zimlich has collected several hundreds of dollars through insurance for my three visits to him and I would say (with certainty) he couldn’t tell you the color of hair without looking at my pic. Cattle are treated with more respect and care than what Dr. Zimlich provides.
What went well
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Mayo Patient in Summerville, SC – Nov 12, 2018
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Dr Zimlich and his team were professional, measured, experienced and smart: just the kind of folks I wanted to do my knee replacement surgery. There timely and understandable answers were reassuring. His surgery allowed me to meet all of my goals involving walking, biking and swimming. When I first met with him I could barely walk. Now my knee replacement is a fully functioning joint! What more can I ask? THANK YOU Dr. Zimlich and your team! He has my strongest possible recommendation!
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Wait times
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
3 people found this helpful
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Bruce Barber in Moncks Corner, SC – Aug 16, 2018
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From start to finish my total knee replacement was amazing! Dr. Zimlich explained everything well and was very encouraging along the way. Everyone in the office was helpful and kind. I highly recommend Dr. Zimlich and his team. This has been a life changing surgery!
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Wait times
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
3 people found this helpful
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Heidi Jackson in North Charleston, SC – Jul 17, 2018
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Highly recommend this MD to all. He is caring, knowledgeable and a top gun in his field. Wish all MDs were like him! God bless.
What went well
No results
What could be improved
No results
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Cornelia Daly in North Charleston, SC – May 03, 2018
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Dr. Zimlich's Top Procedures and Conditions

Treatment Frequency
Joint Pain
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Treatment Frequency

Dr. Zimlich treats Joint Pain more than 100% of his peers

Dr. Zimlich treats this condition more than 100% of his peers

Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome or Knee Pain
very high
very high

Treatment Frequency

Dr. Zimlich treats Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome or Knee Pain more than 100% of his peers

Dr. Zimlich treats this condition more than 100% of his peers

Rating Includes other areas of care:

  • Knee Pain
Osteoarthritis
very high
very high

Treatment Frequency

Dr. Zimlich treats Osteoarthritis more than 100% of his peers

Dr. Zimlich treats this condition more than 100% of his peers

Rating Includes other areas of care:

  • Osteoarthritis of Ankle
  • Osteoarthritis of Elbow
  • Osteoarthritis of Finger Joint
  • Osteoarthritis of Hand or Wrist
  • Osteoarthritis of Hip
  • Osteoarthritis of Knee
  • Osteoarthritis of Shoulder
  • Osteoarthritis of Spine
  • Osteoarthritis of Toe
  • Osteoarthritis of Wrist
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Dr. Zimlich's conditions and procedures:

  • Achilles Tendinitis
  • Adhesive Capsulitis
  • All Shoulder or Elbow Replacement Procedures
  • Ankle Fracture
  • Ankle Sprain and Achilles Tendon Sprain or Rupture
  • Ankle Surgery
  • Ankylosing Spondylitis
  • Anterior Approach Total Hip Replacement
  • Arthritis of the Elbow
  • Arthroscopic Shoulder Surgery
  • Avascular Necrosis
  • Back Pain
  • Baker’s Cyst
  • Bi-Compartmental Knee Replacement
  • Broken Arm
  • Bursitis
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Chondrocalcinosis
  • Clavicle Fracture
  • Coccygeal Pain
  • Complications of Joint Prosthesis
  • Computer-Assisted Total Knee Replacement
  • Degenerative Disorders
  • Difficulty With Walking
  • Elbow Fracture and Dislocation Treatment
  • Elbow Fracture and-or Dislocation Treatment, Closed
  • Elbow Fracture and-or Dislocation Treatment, Open
  • Elbow Replacement
  • Elbow Surgery
  • Enthesopathy of Hip (incl. Trochanteric Bursitis)
  • Enthesopathy of Knee (incl. Bursitis of Knee)
  • Excision of Femur or Knee
  • Femur Fracture
  • Foot and Ankle Fracture and Dislocation Treatment
  • Foot and Ankle Fracture Treatment, Closed
  • Foot and Ankle Fracture Treatment, Open
  • Foot Fracture
  • Foot Surgery
  • Fracture of Hand (incl. Fingers)
  • Fractured Lower Leg
  • Hand and Wrist Fracture and Dislocation Treatment
  • Hand and Wrist Fracture Treatment, Closed
  • Hand Fracture
  • Hemi (Half) Hip Replacement
  • Herniated Disc
  • Hip Fracture
  • Hip Fracture and Dislocation Treatment
  • Hip Fracture and-or Dislocation Treatment, Closed
  • Hip Fracture and-or Dislocation Treatment, Open
  • Hip Pointer Injuries
  • Hip Replacement
  • Hip Replacement Revision
  • Hip Replacement, Cemented
  • Hip Replacement, Cementless
  • Hip Resurfacing
  • Hip Sprain
  • Humerus Fracture
  • Image-Guided Knee Replacement
  • Internal Derangement of Knee
  • Intervertebral Disc Disease
  • Joint Drainage
  • Joint Pain
  • Knee and Leg Fracture and Dislocation Treatment
  • Knee and Lower Leg Fracture Treatment, Closed
  • Knee and Lower Leg Fracture Treatment, Open
  • Knee Arthroscopy
  • Knee Cartilage Implantation
  • Knee Cartilage Repair
  • Knee Dislocation
  • Knee Fracture
  • Knee Osteotomy
  • Knee Replacement
  • Knee Replacement Revision
  • Knee Sprain
  • Knee Surgery
  • Lateral and Medial Epicondylitis (Tennis and Golf Elbow)
  • Lateral Collateral Ligament (LCL) Sprain
  • Leg Fracture Above Knee (incl. Hip)
  • Leg Fracture Below Knee (incl. Ankle)
  • Limb Pain
  • Medial Collateral Ligament (MCL) Sprain
  • Meniscus Surgery
  • Minimally Invasive Knee Replacement
  • Minimally Invasive Total Knee Replacement
  • Myelopathy
  • Nerve Root Injury and Plexus Disorders (incl. Pinched Nerve)
  • Non-Unions and Malunions of Fractures
  • Orthopedic Trauma
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Osteoarthritis of Ankle and Foot
  • Osteoarthritis of Hip
  • Osteoarthritis of Hip and Thigh
  • Osteoarthritis of Knee
  • Osteoarthritis of Shoulder
  • Osteoarthritis of Spine
  • Partial Knee Replacement
  • Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome or Knee Pain
  • Pelvic Fracture
  • Pseudoarthrosis
  • Reverse Total Shoulder and Total Shoulder Replacement
  • Revision of Shoulder or Elbow Replacement
  • Rotator Cuff Surgery
  • Rotator Cuff Tear
  • Runner's Knee
  • Sacrum Disorders
  • Separated Femoral Epiphysis Treatment
  • Shoulder Dislocation
  • Shoulder Fracture and Dislocation Treatment
  • Shoulder Fracture Treatment
  • Shoulder Impingement Syndrome
  • Shoulder Replacement
  • Shoulder Tendinitis and Tenosynovitis
  • Sprains and Strains (incl. Muscle Tear)
  • Steroid Injection
  • Stress Fracture of Foot
  • Synovial Biopsy
  • Systemic Chondromalacia
  • Tibia and Fibula Fractures
  • Total Hip Replacement
  • Total Joint Replacement
  • Total Knee Arthroplasty With Robotic Assistance
  • Total Knee Replacement
  • Unicompartmental Hip Surgery
  • Viscosupplementation With Hyaluronate

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About Me

Care Philosophy

Among Charleston’s leading and longest standing orthopaedic groups, founded by Dr. Joel R. Cox in 1975, Lowcountry Orthopaedics offers the most advanced...Read more

Specialties

  • Orthopedic Surgery

Board Certifications

Education

1998
OrthoCarolina Hip & Knee Specialists
Fellowship Hospital
1997
Medical University of South Carolina Medical Ctr
Residency Hospital
1988
University Of Notre Dame
Undergraduate School

Awards

Frequently Asked Questions

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What are Dr. Richard Zimlich, MD's top areas of care?

Dr. Zimlich frequently treats Joint Pain, Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome or Knee Pain, and Osteoarthritis. See all procedures and conditions Dr. Zimlich treats.

Where is Dr. Richard Zimlich, MD's office located?

Dr. Zimlich's office is located at 93 Springview Ln Unit B, Summerville, SC 29485. Find other locations and directions on Healthgrades.

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Affiliated Hospitals

Dr. Zimlich is affiliated with the following hospitals. Select a hospital below to learn more.

Learn more about how Healthgrades measuresHospital Quality.

Trident Medical Center

Charleston, SC

66% Patient Experience Rating, 3% lower than the national average

7 Awards Received

Award Highlight: Patient Safety Excellence Award™ (2018)

Trident Health System - Summerville Medical Center

Summerville, SC

7 Awards Received

Award Highlight: Patient Safety Excellence Award™ (2018)

East Cooper Medical Center

Mount Pleasant, SC

79% Patient Experience Rating, 10% higher than the national average

3 Awards Received

Award Highlight: Outstanding Patient Experience Award™ (2018)

Roper Hospital

Charleston, SC

79% Patient Experience Rating, 10% higher than the national average

18 Awards Received

Award Highlight: Outstanding Patient Experience Award™ (2018)