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Old 10-02-2008   #1
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Best Shoulder Surgeon in Colorado

Who is the best shoulder surgeon in Colorado? I have already had surgery by Dr. Sterrett at the Vail Orthopedic Center and was not at all happy with the results.

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Old 10-02-2008   #2
Avon, Colorado
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My opinion...you probably already had the best shoulder surgeon. He has done 3 knees in my family. we loved him and the facilities.

I'm sure there are plenty of doctors in Denver that are great.

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Old 10-02-2008   #3
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I had a shoulder done wit Dr. Gloria Biem in Crested Butte and was not that happy with the overall treatment or results.

It taught me to NEVER get surgery unless 110% absolutely necessary. If you can re-hab naturally, do it - event if it'll take longer.

Anyway, I hear Dr. Cunningham of Vail Summit Orthopedics is the way to go. My PT's in Salida HIGHLY recommended him. I have met him and he seems like an excellent doc.
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Old 10-02-2008   #4
Avon, Colorado
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Very True Meng...i have dislocated my shoulder 3 times and always decided aggressive rehab. The shoulder has not bothered me in 5 years now.
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Old 10-02-2008   #5
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Salida, Colorado
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where do you live?

There's quite a few good surgeons around.
No amount of money is worth your free time!
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Old 10-02-2008   #6
Ridgway, Colorado
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Dr.Andrew W. Parker
Orthopedic Associates

He did my shoulder last October....stabilization due to dislocation....did it arthroscopic....very happy with results. I think he is rated as one of the "Top Docs" in 5280 magazine this year. The place is crazy busy though....I had to wait 2 hrs in the waiting room for a follow-up appt one time. Good luck..any way you slice it, it's not fun.
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Old 10-02-2008   #7
Indian Hills, Colorado
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i worked at vail hospital for 3 years with both steadman/hawkins group and vail summit orthepedics. if it were my shoulder i would have dr hackett with steadman/ hawkins cut on me. a close second is dr millett with steadman/ hawkins. and third choice would be dr abbott with vail summit orthepedics.

but so much of the outcome is your physical therapy. howard head at vail hospital is awesome. you have to remember that these guys work on some of the best in the world, both surgeons and PT's. take your time, it is an investment. but agreed, dont have surgery unless absolutly necessary.
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Old 10-02-2008   #8
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Bone Block

Thanks for the help. I'm going for the bone block procedure so that it is totally bomber for good. Does hackett or anyone else someone knows have a lot of experience with this procedure?
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Old 10-02-2008   #9
Indian Hills, Colorado
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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   #10
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I have heard some great things about Dr. Field Blevins in Durango. He worked under the steadman / hawkins clinic before moving to Durango. I understand He is THE shoulder guy in this area. animas orthopedic assoc.

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