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Old 09-30-2010   #41
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Not sure if it's too late, but wanted to give you another name: Dr. Peter Millett (Orthopedic Surgeon | Elbow Knee Shoulder Specialist | Sports Medicine) of the Steadman Clinic in Vail. I have seen him as a patient and also know him professionally as I work with many physicians and surgeons in marketing. Now that I know how unique the Steadman Clinic in Vail (which is completely different than the other Steadman-Hawkins Clinics, btw) is, I would never go anywhere else for orthopaedic treatment. They have the largest orthopaedic research database in the world and track their patients so tightly that they are able to tweak their procedures on the fly based on their own outcomes. The physicians there are the best of the best and truly care about their patients - I know this from seeing them from a business side as well. Although he is in his early forties, Dr. Millett has an 80 page CV because of all the research he has done on shoulder injuries specifically and his teaching at Harvard and elsewhere (a bit of a medical prodigy). I spoke to one of his patients who had double shoulder replacement and asked him why, as another medical professional, he chose to travel so far to go to Dr. Millett. He told me "because I wanted to find the best". He had interviewed numerous surgeons across the country and found that, while most had done 50 of this specific procedure, Dr. Millett had done 500+. I have such incredible respect for Dr. Millett and his dedication to his patients that I could go on and on. He is truly a gem! Look at the patient stories on his website and you'll see how much his patients adore him. Hope this helps.


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Old 10-05-2010   #42
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Advice requested


I have read with interest the comments in this thread. I have a situation in which I have very little cartilage left in my shoulder. I also have a slight rotator cuff tear 50%. The surgeon I saw recommends a partial shoulder replacement (ball - no stem and a plastic implant in the glenoid). I am a very active guy (weightlifting, jog, ski, hike, camp) and am concerned that this will impact my activities long term. The other question I have is: is this procedure the best for my situation? I have heard of ream and run (biological resurfacing) & Joint Preservation and Cartilage Restoration Procedures for the Shoulder (CAM Procedure)

Any advice from anyone who had a similar problem. I live near Boulder. Any advice on the best surgeon for this type of repair? My surgeon is Dr. David Schneider of Cornerstone Ortho. Anybody have experience with him?


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Old 10-05-2010   #43
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Dr. Jon Ericson in Boulder did my left shoulder and I'm very pleased with the work he did. I know a few surgeons who go to him to get their orthoscopic work done.
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Old 10-24-2010   #44
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Best Shoulder Surgeon in Colorado - CAM Procedure for Preserving the Shoulder Joint

mdunn, I just caught back up with this thread. As I mentioned in a previous post, Dr. Millett with the Steadman Clinic in Vail is the among the most cutting edge shoulder docs in the country. He has developed procedures for younger people with arthritis and other issues impacting the cartilage in the shoulder that preserve the joint. No one else in Colorado is doing these types of procedures. I believe the CAM procedure for comprehensive arthroscopic management which you mention was invented by Dr. Millett. It works well to preserve the shoulder joint, allows you to return to HIGH level activities, and doesn't burn bridges for the future if further surgery is ever needed. I'm sure he could give you more information by phone or if you contact him via his website Hope this helps! Good luck!

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