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Old 05-29-2005   #1
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Shoulder doc recommendations?

I haven't seen my MRI results yet and so I am still hoping for the best.

However, if it turns out that I tore some shoulder ligaments I was wondering if anyone in denver/boulder has a good recommendation for a skilled orthopedic surgeon who specializes in shoulder repair. Thanks,


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sorry to hear about that. hope for the best. i can't vouch for the surgery part but i can give you a good doc for the therapy part. alison syrja. here's her email & phone #s Cell 720-771-2243
1-888-650-7653 ext 20.

i think her good work kept me from surgery and i know several people with knee problems that's she kept from the knife. she's an athlete so understands what's going on. aside from me she works with several other kayakers on shoulders, wrists, forearms, name it.



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that's extension 202 not 20.
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I have been very pleased with the work of Lori Fulkerson at Boulder Orthopedics. Three years ago she repaired a torn labrim, acromial decompression (bone spur), other repairs to my right shoulder. Now I only whsh that my left side was as good. I also know of others who have had good experiences with her. Sorry about the bad timing for you. Good luck!

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Dr. Randy Viola with the Steadman-Hawkins Clinic in Vail. These guys are considered by many to be the best.
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get it fixed....if your family has a history it will get worse. I've had mine worked on twice...both in Alaska. The first operation didn't hold so the second time he cut me it is strong but my other one is weaker.
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thanks for the input. For those of you that had surgery, was it open or arthroscopic? How about recovery time? I have heard about six months for a bankhart time for ski season anyway!
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I'm 3 months to the date post-op for a torn posterior labrum. They went in and did a glenoid capsul reduction as well as a few sutur anchors to reattach my 7-11 tear on my left shoulder.

I have been on 3 days of easy rivers (2 months post op) and just ran section 4 of the chattooga yesterday. Shoudler feels good.

Get an ortho that only does shoulders. Look for the shoulder fellowship tags.

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shoulder injury

Most of the advice (get an orthopod that specializes in shoulders!) is pretty right on in my opinion. I am a radiologist (specializing in musculoskeletal) and the care derived from a shoulder specialist is generally, how your body reacts to the surgical repair and or rehab are also very big issues. good luck
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I had a Bankardt at the end of August and skied the whole season... I didn't use poles for most of the season though and had my arm in a sling for the first few months. (the reason I started wearing a helmet.)

I got in my boat for the first time in Feb on Boulder Creek (in the good old days when it used to run at night in the winter...) and flipped and swam... But by boating season I was back boating and ran some class 5 that season.

It may have helped that I was in grad school and focused a rediculous amout of time on rehab. But it was way stronger after the surgery.

This was just my experience, but 7 years later I'm very glad I went and got it fixed. It's way more stable than the one I didn't get fixed. Even felt fine crashing into a rock upside down on Gilman this weekend

Good Luck!

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