Best Shoulder Surgeons???

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Topic Title: Best Shoulder Surgeons???
Created On: 12/23/2008 10:30 AM

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 06/11/2012 11:34 PM

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ruinedshoulder

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Please at least talk to Dr. Matsen, he's very accessible and has changed a lot of lives
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 06/11/2012 08:04 AM

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SuzS

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I would recommend Dr. Peter Millett, shoulder specialist at the Steadman Clinic in Vail. He is a US News Top Doctor rated in the top 1% of his specialty and well-known for his research in joint preservation and for perfroming revision surgeries. You can check him out here: http://drmillett.com


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 05/28/2012 01:52 AM

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Jeniffer

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I would suggest you to go with Dr. Zehr in Florida. He is an experienced doctor who has a great team to operate the patients.
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 05/19/2011 08:06 PM

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FullROM50

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Hello Jill74,
My shoulder was in very bad shape. The humeral head was entirely destroyed by arthritis, the socket wore down and the labrum shreadded. I had a ream and run shoulder replacement performed by Dr. Moskal in Sellersburg, IN near Louisville, KY about a year and a half ago. This was my first shoulder surgery and it was 100 percent successful. The ROM and strength are completely restored to where they were before the onset of arthritis over ten years ago. I take no pain pills of any sort. Because of the characteristics of the ream and run procedure I have no restrictions and the longivity of this repair should exceed conventional TSR by far.

I don't know if this will help you, because your situation is very different. You have gone down a path of repeated surgeries, which apparently did not provide the desired relief or functional improvement. I mentioned Dr. Moskal to you, because I know him well enough to know that he would not do another surgery, if he wasn't absolutely certain that an improvement of your situation from your perspective was achievable. You have one thing going for you, and that is your relatively young age. I would give him a call and schedule an appointment.

Besides the alarmingly high count of surgeries you've endured, I know too little to recommend whether the ream and run would be a choice to consider. I believe individuals who choose the ream and run have a very strong desire to go back to an active life style, and are willing to deal with the slightly longer time to fully recover. I'm confident Dr. Moskal will give you a very honest opinion and if he recommends another surgery, he will be realistic about what to expect.

Hope this helps. Good Luck

FullROM50

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 05/11/2011 12:23 PM

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Jill74

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HELP!!!! I saw your post on the three shoulder surgeons that you would suggest. I have had 13 shoulder surgeries and 1 surgery to fix the axillary nerve which was severed during surgery #13 - note - nerve surgery was not successful! I have gone to HSS and had 8 surgeries with Dr. R. Warren - Giants Team Dr. and they have not helped. I saw Dr. JP Warner in Boston a month ago and he said that due to the shoulder problem plus the axillary nerve problem that the only available option is to fuse the joint. I am 36 yr old and do NOT want to have this done.

I would appreciate any suggestions or referrals that anyone has.

Thank You!
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 10/25/2009 08:11 AM

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swank

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Glad your surgery went well. I am thankful to live in this area where we have so many great hospitals and doctors to choose from.
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 10/24/2009 09:24 PM

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Mommom8

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After 5 shoulder surgeries over a 20 year period, I finally gave in to having TSR. My Orthopedic Surgeon who was going to do it decided after my Cat Scan that a shoulder specialist was needed since the damage was so severe ( My clavicle had to be totally rebuilt as well ) so she sent me to Dr. Raymond Hui in Lawrenceville, GA. He is the main shoulder doctor for NFL players and is excellent. Gwinnett Medical Center has some of the best care in the country, which is where he operates. I have had both shoulders totally replaced and while the therapy is nothing to look forward to, being out of constant pain is such a relief. The last one was almost 4 years ago and I am sure that I would have never made it to 69 if I had not gotten this surgery. The pain had gotten unbearable. The second one was much easier than the first, too.
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 12/23/2008 08:14 PM

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Michael14668

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Here is Dr Williams doing a TSR...http://www.or-live.com/Depuy/2053/event/rnh.cfm?
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 12/23/2008 07:51 PM

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Michael14668

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Hi Packfan,If I were in your shoes... there would be 3 surgeons in the US (and only 3) I would contact today.JP Warner - Harvard Joe Iannotti - Cleveland ClinicGerald Williams - Rothman Institute (Philadelphia)Simply put, they have done more shoulder replacements on the East Coast than anyone else. They take on the complex revision cases that others send to them. In fact, they wrote many books on complex revision surgery.I've let all 3 operate on me, all 3 have given me excellent results. My good friend is a shoulder surgeon in NYC (HSS), he told me long ago if any of these guys can't fix you, you can't be helped.Good luck.
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 12/23/2008 10:30 AM

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packfanPosts: 24Joined: 07/25/2007 I will make this post on several topic spots here on the site. I realize that opinions on shoulder surgeons are varied and driven by many variables. Many depending on personal experience, care received, outcome, and years of experience, as well as some on demographics and location.Quite simply I would like some of your expert opinions and suggestions, thoughts, etc. on who you feel is the very best shoulder surgeon out of the many and why? Since I live in North Carolina I would prefer to keep it logistically favorable, so for that purpose alone I would like to keep the suggestions to east of the Mississippi although I realize there are many very good doctors on the west coast. I am soon to be 55 and have in the past 14 months had a Hemi Resurfacing with CAP (Just the Humeral) and a quasai (Sp?) capsular release with bicep tenotomy. The CAP was chosen by the surgeon because I work in a semi-manual job and always have been athletic and active. Since the Hemi surgery in 07 I always have struggled with chronic symptoms in the front of the shoulder. It almost feels like the bicep tendon is being restricted or impinged but since the long head was released with the tenotomy I didn't think this was possible. The reason for the tenotomy was explained to give me relief from this persistent ache/pain. I even had a different surgeon tell me the CAP looked too large to him. As well, since the CAP resurfacing there has been a tremendous strain on my neck on the same side and I have developed severe neck issues. I feel this may be caused by the CAP's extra weight or size and may have increased the instability of the AC joint. This I believe has thrown the shoulder geometry off. The space where the AC joint was resected has increased significantly and feels like a downward pull on that side. I've developed my own theories to the possibilities and would like to hear your thoughts as well from all the vast experience out there. I'm not sure if this (Hemi) can be or needs to be revised but honestly, this has been life altering (not in a good way) and it has restricted me and almost broken my spirit, so I just want it over once and for all. I want the next surgery to be the last and the "successful" one even if it means going to a total shoulder revision. Since I"ve always been very active my hope is it can be resolved without going to a total shoulder. Yet, I would like to have it done by the very best regardless.All your physician suggestions and thoughts are endeared and very appreciated. Everyone have a very blessed Christmas.Background: SAD/AC Joint Resection (1992), Debridement (1993), Hemi Resurfacing (2007), Capsular Release & Bicep Tenotomy (2008)Packfan
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