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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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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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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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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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where do you live?

There's quite a few good surgeons around.
 

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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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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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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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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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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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When I finally had to have shoulder surgery, I went with:

Dr. David Grauer
1155 Alpine Ave., Ste 250
Boulder, CO 80304
303-449-4545

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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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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Hit the nail on the head. . . shoulders are tough.
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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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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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
Tom Hackett MD
 

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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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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
Kelly
 

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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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