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Old 10-02-2008   #11
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talk to Hacket with steadman... he is a surgeon that doesnt push surgery if not really needed like other surgeons.

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Old 10-02-2008   #12
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When I finally had to have shoulder surgery, I went with:

Dr. David Grauer
1155 Alpine Ave., Ste 250
Boulder, CO 80304

I've had shoulder problems for years and have seen way too many ortho docs and he's one of the best I've ever been to. He was actually recommended to me by my physical therapist (Boulder Ctr. for Sports Med). She recommended him because his post op patients, according to her, consistently had better results, better rehab and quicker recovery.

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Old 10-02-2008   #13
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take what people say with a grain of salt. most people think that their surgeon is the best. after all, you wouldnt want one with cutting on you who wasnt. if you are going to have a procedure that is "uncommon" by todays standards, get somebody who does lots of them. they will have specific post operative expectations that somebody who only does a few a year wont have. a person that is unexperienced with that procedure may not know what works best for rehab.

dont be afraid to see another MD for another opinion or ask questions. but i would suggest doing your research and finding somebody who does lots of these "uncommon" procedures. just my 2 cents.
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Old 10-02-2008   #14
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Hit the nail on the head. . . shoulders are tough.
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i have not heard of this procedure before. i did a quick research on it and it said it was an uncommon procedure but had better than 60-70% success rate. that isnt to bad. shoulder are tough. there is no other joint in the body like it.

i would do as much research on physicans that do this procedure more than 200-300 times per year. have a consult with them, and go from there. the docs in vail do alot of shoulders, but i am not sure about that procedure. you want somebody who does it alot. dont be the guinea pig.
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Old 10-02-2008   #15
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Dr. David Oster at denver vail orthopedics. open surgery worked awesome and doesn't affect my paddling
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Old 10-02-2008   #16
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I had both rotator cuffs repaired this year by Dr David Weinstein at Colorado Center of Orthopaedic Excellence in Colorado Springs. He does a lot of shoulders and does the work for the Olympic Training Center. He set up and ran a clinic for the athletes in Beijing.
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Old 10-03-2008   #17
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My Buddies told me this thread was brewing- I had to throw in my two cents. Shoulder surgery is not something to go into lightly and once the decision for surgery is made the right procedure (scope/bone block/open/closed etc.) for the right person, taking into account many different factors, becomes critical. There are a lot of good surgeons around, you've got to find one that does a lot of shoulders but also understands the specific needs of different individuals and can fine tune the procedure and rehab around them. An NBA player has very different needs than a boater.....If you want to talk more give me a call or call Christina in my office directly- it will help you get past the front office which can sometimes be like an offensive line. 970 479 5866
Cheers and good luck
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Old 10-03-2008   #18
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I know you are looking for Colorado and I know some of these guys have to be great.
I crushed my shoulder two winters ago in Ketchum ( Idaho ) and was very happy with Dr. Tony Buoncristiani. He was one of the team docs for the Penguins and worked with the football team at Pitt before moving out to Idaho.

I was uninsured at the time, and he did some tests with numbing of my shoulder to see what was still attached and working in terms of muscles and ligaments. Saved me an expensive MRI or some other procedure.

Gave me some good exams, seemed right on the mark and recommended surgery as only the last option. He suggested aggressive rehab, specific movements and exercises to do or to avoid and I have almost a 100% recovery. (Snowboarding and kayaking 18 years - I don't think I was 100 coing into it)

Anyway if anyone in Idaho has shoulder probs I would recommend him highly.
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Old 10-03-2008   #19
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Field Blevins

Dr. Blevins in Durango repaired my shoulder. Basically my injury left very few options other than surgery. I agree with previous posters in that Physical Therapy is key, luckily my wife is a PT and i got daily treatment, as she knew she couldnt live with me if i couldnt boat.
Stay away from the lidocaine drip,(pain management??) post surgery, as there is now a class action lawsuit involving cartlidge deteration with lidocaine drip post surgery....
I'm 5 yrs post surgery, no issues whatsoever..I would go back to Dr. Blevins without a thought
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Old 10-03-2008   #20
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Dr. Abbott at Vail/Summit did a good job at fixing my pretty F'd up shoulder. He came strongly recommended as a shoulder specialist. He was also able to explain the procedure, problems, etc, much better than the other doctor I was going to. It was less than convenient to have surgery in Frisco, but I am glad I did. I definately recommend him. At the very least for a second opinion. Shoulders are complicated and I know a lot of people claim they wish they just did PT, but my case was the opposite, as my second dislocation really screwed things up. It more than likely wouldn't have happened if I had surgery in the first place. Everyone is different, but worth talking to a couple of doctors.

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