Dr. Millett & Patient News
Major league baseball player, Danny Espinosa began to experience pain in his wrist after getting hit by a pitch in April of the 2013 season. After receiving treatment and rest, Espinosa was not improving, and was put on the disabled list in June 2013. His lack of improvement brought on speculation. After hurting his shoulder in September 2012, many began to speculate that Espinosa had a possible rotator cuff tear.
Dr. Peter Millett was sought out to give more insight on rotator cuff tears. As a shoulder specialist at The Steadman Clinic in Vail, Colorado, Dr. Millett is well versed on the topic of rotator cuff tears and the treatment options. Dr. Millett did not have specific information on Espinosa’s case, but did make it clear that the severity of the injury depends upon the size of the tear.
Dr. Millett continued by stating that surgical repair immediately after a rotator cuff tear is not always recommended, due to the increase in stiffness and limited range of motion that can occur. In the cases of a partial tear, it is best to rehab the shoulder and strengthen the muscles around the tear.
To read more about Danny Espinosa’s case and Dr. Millett’s educational information, please click here.
Peter Millett, MD was selected as a keynote speaker for the 41st annual Percivall Pott Scientific Meeting at the historic St. Bartholomew’s Hospital in London, England. The Percivall Pott Club is one of the oldest, most prestigious orthopaedic training programs in London. Organized and led by the programs’ trainees, this annual meeting serves as a forum for research to be presented by trainees within the rotation as well as international members of the sports medicine community.
Dr. Millett presented on “State of the Art in Rotator Cuff Repair.” As a pioneer in arthroscopic shoulder surgery, Dr. Millett has conducted extensive research on the topic of rotator cuff repair. Using innovative treatment options, Dr. Millett continues to dedicate himself to orthopedic research and sports medicine in the United States and around the globe.
Peter Millett, MD has been selected as an honorary member of the German Arthroscopy Association (AGA). AGA is a society that fosters education on advanced surgical techniques among elite physicians around the world. AGA is the most prestigious orthopaedic groups in Europe that provides thought leaders a forum to exchange innovative ideas.
As an honorary member, Dr. Millett was selected to lecture on his comprehensive arthroscopic management (CAM) procedure at the Association’s 2013 annual meeting in Wisenbaden, Germany. The CAM procedure was developed by Dr. Millett to help delay total shoulder replacement for young, active patients with shoulder osteoarthritis. In addition to his lecture, Dr. Millett conducted a workshop on rotator cuff repair.
To learn more about Dr. Millett’s AGA experience, please click here.
Professional Ironman triathlete, Mary Beth Ellis has been competing in triathlons for almost ten years. Finishing fifth in the 2012 Ironman World Championships, Ellis was considered a strong contender for the 2013 Ironman World Championships in Kona, Hawaii. With only a month left of training, Ellis took a crash on her bike that shattered her hopes of winning the 2013 Ironman World Championship title.
With a broken collarbone, Ellis returned home to Boulder, Colorado with hopes to find a doctor who could help her reach a full recovery in time for the 2014 triathlon season. Ellis discovered Colorado shoulder specialist Dr. Peter Millett at The Steadman Clinic in Vail, Colorado. After an evaluation, Dr. Millett believed that Ellis could in fact compete in the 2013 Ironman World Championships. On the evening of September 12, one month away from the competition, Ellis was taken into surgery to repair her comminuted distal clavicle fracture (collarbone break).
Through the use of a specially designed plate and a minimally invasive technique, Dr. Millett used an innovative treatment technique that would allow for a quicker recovery. Dr. Millett and his team at The Steadman Clinic put Ellis on a rigorous physical therapy plan that will hopefully get her to the start line on October 12. “Thanks to Dr. Millett and the Howard Head Physical Therapy team - and much to my amazement - I was biking and running immediately and swimming in less than a week,” said Ellis. Ellis is continuing to work towards the goal of competing in the 2013 Ironman World Championship.
Dr. Millett has been able to develop innovative surgical techniques through vital research conducted at the Steadman Philippon Research Institute. Ellis was so impressed by the advanced surgical techniques that enable athletes to continue competing in the sports they love that she has started a fundraiser for the Steadman Philippon Research Institute.
To learn more about Ellis’ story or to learn how to donate, please click here.
Dr. Peter Millett's CAM Procedure Proven Effective to Delay Shoulder Replacement for Active Patients with Shoulder Osteoarthritis
The Comprehensive Arthroscopic Management (CAM) procedure, developed by Colorado shoulder specialist Dr. Peter Millett, was recently featured in PRWEB. The CAM procedure is a viable surgical option to delay shoulder replacement for young, active patients suffering from shoulder osteoarthritis (OA). Dr. Millett, Director of Shoulder Surgery at The Steadman Clinic in Vail, Colorado, conducted a research study on the effectiveness of the CAM procedure.
Shoulder osteoarthritis is a common cause of shoulder pain in people of all ages. Dr. Millett's study used 29 active patients who were diagnosed with advanced shoulder osteoarthritis and were otherwise candidates for shoulder replacement. Dr. Millett treated each patient with the CAM procedure. Through survey evaluation and frequent follow-up, the study found that this joint-preserving arthroscopic treatment technique reduced pain, improved function, and delayed the need for shoulder replacement. For young, active patients, this shoulder treatment method is a highly recommended option.
The full article is available here.
Peter Millett, M.D. has been recognized as a 2013 Patients’ Choice physician. This award is given to physicians based on patients’ appreciation and praise for the quality of care and service they provide. There are over 870,000 active physicians in the U.S. and only 5 percent are recognized and honored with this award.
Every month, more than 200,000 patients across the U.S. provide online feedback about their doctor experiences. The various components assessed by patients are: bedside manner, doctor-patient face time, follow-up care, ease of appointment setting and courtesy of office staff. Dr. Millett, a shoulder specialist at The Steadman Clinic in Vail, Colorado, and his team have received outstanding reviews from his patients in every category and continue to provide quality care to every patient that walks through the door.
Orthopedics This Week Recognizes Dr. Peter Millett as One of the Top 28 Shoulder Surgeons in North America
Dr. Peter Millett has been recognized by Orthopedics This Week as one of the Top 28 Shoulder Surgeons in North America. Dr. Millett, an orthopedic shoulder surgeon and sports medicine specialist at The Steadman Clinic in Vail, Colorado, has made this prestigious list for two years in a row. The list was compiled through information obtained by telephone surveys from thought leaders in the field of sports medicine. Dr. Millett is a true innovator in the realm of arthroscopy and is constantly researching new innovative treatments for injuries related to the shoulder and knee.
The full list by Orthopedics This Week is avaliable below.
Dr. Peter Millett Featured in The American Journal of Sports Medicine for Arthrex SpeedBridge Technique for Rotator Cuff Tears
Peter Millett, M.D., was featured on the cover of The American Journal of Sports Medicine (AJSM) for his help in the development of the Arthrex SpeedBridge technique. AJSM is the leading journal for innovative treatment techniques in the field of orthopeadic surgery. The SpeedBridge technique is a surgical treatment used for rotator cuff tears which is efficient, secure and enhances the footprint compression to maximize contact between tendon and bone.
Dr. Millett gave an update on the SpeedBridge technique at the 2013 Arthex Faculty Forum. His speech used biomechanical cadaveric data, in vivo animal data, and clinical data to outline the rationale of the SpeedBridge technique.
Peter Millett, M.D., has been selected by the NHL/NHLPA Joint Health and Safety Committee to serve as the Second Medical Opinion Physician on the NHL/NHLPA Second Medical Opinion List (the “List”). The List is an established provision that allows players the opportunity to seek a second opinion on a diagnosis prescribed by their Team Physician. Dr. Millett will serve as a member of the List for the 2013 NHL/NHLPA season.
"It is a great honor to serve the NHL and NHLPA in this capacity," said Dr. Millett. This elite selection is based off of Dr. Millett’s specialization, expertise, and location. Dr. Millett specializes in disorders of the shoulder, knee, and elbow as well as the treatment of all sports injuries. U.S. News and World Reports has ranked Dr. Millett among the top 1% of orthopedic surgeons. He has also been awarded the distinctions of "Top Doctors" and "Best Doctors in America.” Working at The Steadman Clinic in Vail, Colorado, Dr. Millet continues to develop innovative, minimally invasive treatments for a variety of sports injuries.
"It is my pleasure to be associated with the top professional league in the sport of hockey and to care for such a dedicated group of athletes," said Dr. Millett. Dr. Millett and his team look forward to the upcoming NHL/NHLPA season. If you would like more information on the NHLPA, you can visit their website: NHLPA.
Orthopedics This Week published an article: CMS Wants More Tender Loving Care? + Simulation or Hands-On Bioskills? + Checklists Cut Death Rates 47% Marketing 101 for Surgeons. The article focuses on four main sectors of the medical industry – patient care, surgical skill, surgical organization, and accessible education. Each element analyzes how to improve overall patient satisfaction.
Peter Millett, M.D., Director of Shoulder Surgery at The Steadman Clinic in Vail, Colorado, was selected to discuss the topic of surgical skill. Practice makes perfect, and without hands-on experience surgeons cannot produce an optimal outcome. The Steadman Clinic offers a fellowship-training program that allows trainees to get hands on practice in the bioskills lab. “It’s like a flight simulator for pilots. You create potentially real surgical scenarios where it’s acceptable for the trainee to be less than perfect so they can practice, improve, and learn from their mistakes,” said Dr. Millett. Along with being able to practice surgical technique and skill, the trainees at The Steadman Clinic are also advised by experts in their field, like Dr. Millett.
With a growing focus on patient satisfaction, the industry is beginning to recognize that hands-on, surgical experience is essential to producing better outcomes for patients. Today, several major manufactures offer fellowship-training programs that focus on lab experience.
The greatest obstacle that surgical skill currently faces is an exact measurement of performance. Quantifying surgical skill on a satisfactory level is difficult to objectify. “The credentialing bodies are trying to make headway in defining these things, but we still have a long way to go,” said Dr. Millett. Producing a quantifiable measurement will increase the level of surgical skill, and ultimately increase the level of patient satisfaction.
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