Dr. Millett & Patient News
Photo with Allen Holowecky from Naples, Florida. Allen is a senior engineer with Arthrex and is working with Dr. Millett to design new shoulder implants for various shoulder problems.
Peter Millett, M.D., conducted an informational course on the shoulder and sports medicine in Vail, Colorado. Attracting eliete physicians in the field of orthopeidcs, the course focused on shoulder conditions and newly developed treatment options. The course was sponsored by Arthrex, the leading manufacturer for surgical implants and repair techniques in the field of sports medicine.
Dr. Millett’s lectures focused on shoulder instability, rotator cuff repair, and AC joint separations. Minimally invasive procedures for these common maladies were discussed between visiting faculty and participating surgeons. Through these discussions, innovative treatment options continue to develop and adapt in the field of sports medicine.
|One year ago Dr. Millett repaired Barbi's ACL, MCL, and meniscus along with Larry's proximal humerus fracture after his buffalo attack. Today, Larry and Barbi are fishing together and spending time with her family in Vail.|
It has been over a year since the 2,000-pound Cape buffalo attacked and nearly killed Larry Trotter II. It has taken multiple miracles to allow Trotter to hug each of his children and grandchildren today. Last summer, in search of an adventure, Trotter decided to go on a 25-day archery hunting African safari. At the last second, Trotter was persuaded by his professional hunting guides to include Cape buffalo to his list of game. Little did he know, that within 25 minutes of his first excursion he would be face-to-face with an angry Cape buffalo.
Standing in the open terrain, the Cape buffalo spotted Trotter and began to charge. Trotter, a former college athlete and world record holder in rowing - standing at 6-foot-4 inches, 220 pounds - was no match against the 2,000-pound rouge animal. At that moment, he heard an angel’s voice speak to him. The voice told him, “Get rid of your bow and arrow, turn around and run as fast as you can.” Trotter could not outrun the animal, but the momentum he gained and padding he had in his backpack ameliorated the initial impact from the buffalo.
A water buffalo hunts its prey by tearing it into pieces with its horns and then stomping on it to insure death. The initial blow launched Trotter 15 feet into the air. The second charge caught him from behind - hooking his left arm and flipping him into the air - breaking multiple bones and convincing Trotter he was dead.
Returning from his out-of-body experience, Trotter heard a second angel’s voice as the buffalo charged him a third time. The voice told him to put his boots on the beast’s horns and push away. That second command saved Trotter’s life.
The four professional hunters shot the buffalo nine times before the animal collapsed just inches in front of Trotter – his near death experience was finally over. One of the hunters told Trotter that during the last attack it looked as if angels were surrounding him, and pushing the animal away for him.
Trotter, a Vail, Colorado native, was rushed to Dr. Millett at the Steadman Clinic were he was treated for a proximal humerus fracture. Today, Trotter focuses on faith and family and knows how fortunate he is to survive an attack by one of the world’s deadliest animals. “Without the excellent surgical reconstruction and care provided by The Steadman Clinic, Vail Valley Medical Center and Howard Head Physical Therapy, I would not be rowing, water skiing and snow skiing again,” Trotter said.
To read more on Larry Trotter's story please view The Vaily Daily News
In June, Dr. Millett gave the Grand Rounds of Columbia University for the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery. During his lecture, which was entitled: Current Concepts and Controversies in Rotator Cuff Repair: What is the State of the Art in 2013?, Dr. Millett explored some of the basic anatomical and biomechanical laboratory work, which serve as the basis for today's modern arthroscopic rotator cuff repair. Rotator cuff tears affect millions of people worldwide. Surgical repair for a torn rotator cuff is one of the most common orthopaedic procedures performed annually in the United States. Dr. Millett continued by sharing innovative techniques for arthroscopic rotator cuff repair. These techniques have achieved superlative outcomes for Dr. Millett’s patients. "We not only alleviate pain, but also, restore function back to normal and hasten recovery by aggressive rehab programs and optimizing biologic healing," said Millett during the lecture.
It was a particular honor for Dr. Millett to present at Columbia University, due to their long history of excellence in shoulder surgery. For many years, Columbia was considered the worldwide epicenter for shoulder surgery. Dr. Charles S. Neer, a surgical giant and the father of modern shoulder surgery, practiced and taught at Columbia. "It was a distinct honor for me to share our work with the faculty and students at Columbia University given their rich history and contributions to the field," said Dr. Millett.
Dr. Millett’s Grand Rounds lecture on arthroscopic rotator cuff repair was well received by the audience. Dr. Bill Levine, Vice Chairman of Education in the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at Columbia University said, "Dr. Millett was selected as a visiting grand rounds speaker by our residents and did not disappoint! He was terrific in both the social and professional arenas helping to educate our residents, fellows, and attendings. It was a pleasure to host him at Columbia.”
Cristy Sada of Mexico – Remains Brave Through Elbow Fracture Surgery Following Painful Snowboard Injury
Cristy Sada, a spirited 9-year old from Monterrey, Mexico, learned first-hand just how painful an elbow fracture can be. This past March while snowboarding with her family in Vail, Colorado, she experienced an elbow injury of her distal humerus.
It was over the Easter holiday, when Cristy’s family headed to Vail for some family fun, skiing and snowboarding. Cristy, who is a fan of both activities, spent the first half of her trip skiing. During the second part of her trip, she was on her snowboard when she fell and injured her elbow. The ski patrol took her to Vail Valley Hospital where the family learned she had a complex fracture of the distal humerus that went into the elbow joint.
“We were in the emergency room dealing with Cristy’s elbow injury and determining our next steps. It was then when I remembered that a friend of ours had undergone surgery with Dr. Peter Millett, and she had spoken so highly of him. When we found that Cristy needed surgery for her elbow fracture, we asked for Dr. Millett. He promptly evaluated her and told us he would perform the surgery. We were thankful that he was going to be able to help our daughter,” said Federico, Cristy’s father.
Dr. Millett performed the arthroscopic elbow surgery to correct the fracture that Cristy suffered. According to Dr. Millett, “This was a very bad injury and it is typically very painful. Yet, Cristy was very brave and calm. Everything went very well with her surgery and both Cristy and her parents have been such a pleasure to work with.”
After surgery, Cristy’s family stayed in Vail for a few days to work with Dr. Millett’s team while she recovered. Once Dr. Millett gave them the green light to return to Mexico, she left with a new cast, signed by Dr. Millett himself. Just several weeks out of surgery, Cristy is feeling great and is back at school and learning to write with her left hand.
According to Federico, “Cristy’s recovery since her elbow injury has been amazing, and Dr. Millett and his entire staff have been outstanding. We are going back to Vail in 6 weeks for a check-up. I’m positive that Dr. Millett will be equally as pleasant and bring us some good news regarding how her elbow fracture has healed.” A full recovery is expected and according to Dr. Millett, “I am sure Cristy will be back in action in no time!”
For more information regarding elbow fractures and to learn more about elbow injury treatments, please contact the office of Vail, Colorado shoulder surgeon, Dr. Peter J. Millett.
Double row repair surgery for rotator cuff injuries is becoming preferred method of treatment for rotator cuff tears. However, according to Dr. Peter Millett, a Vail, Colorado shoulder surgeon, while healing rates are improved with this rotator cuff injury treatment method, there is still not enough research to show that it offers better clinical outcomes.
Dr. Millett made this statement recently for Orthopedics This Week in an excerpt that compares the double row and single row rotator cuff repair techniques. He states, “Many of my colleagues and I believe that double row repair is biomechanically stronger and anatomically better than the single row approach. We believe that this will result in better clinical outcomes, although, to date, clinical studies haven’t borne that out. Sample sizes have been small, however, and follow-ups have been short. Larger, longer term studies are needed.”
The rotator cuff is an area of the shoulder that is made up of four muscles. It’s this grouping of muscles that is responsible for stabilizing the shoulder joint and providing the strength it needs to move. Rotator cuff injuries are common, especially among the athletic population. A double row rotator cuff repair refers to an anatomic restoration of the original rotator cuff 'footprint' (the exact size, shape and makeup of the rotator cuff). This rotator cuff injury technique uses arthroscopic keyhole surgery to repair the tendons to their natural anatomy using a double-row of sutures rather than just a single row. A single row approach does not re-establish the normal footprint anatomy.
The controversy between both approaches was discussed in detail during the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons/American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine winter meeting in Park City, Utah. During this meeting, Dr. Millett attended and participated in this ongoing discussion.
See full article: Double or Single Row Rotator Cuff Repair
Castle Connolly Medical Ltd. has named Dr. Peter J. Millett "Top Doctor" for 2013.
An orthopedic shoulder surgeon and sports medicine specialist with The Steadman Clinic in Vail, Colorado, Dr. Millett has been accorded this honor for consecutive years.
“Being selected for inclusion in America's "Top Doctors" is a very significant achievement given to only 1% of American physicians" according to Castle Connolly Medical's President and CEO Dr. John Connolly.
"Top Doctors" are nominated by their peers through an online nomination process. Each year, tens of thousands of physicians cast many tens of thousands of nominations. Nominated physicians are then screened by the Castle Connolly physician-led research team. Selections of the finalists are based on criteria including medical education, training, hospital appointments, disciplinary histories and much more.
"The world of American doctors includes incredibly high quality medical professionals, yet some stand out. Our list of Top Doctors is based on referred doctors' exceptional work and outstanding conduct. My congratulations to Dr. Millett.”
Paula Moltzan, world-class professional skier and a former patient of Vail orthopedic surgeon Dr. Peter J. Millett, shines on the slopes. Thanks to SHAPE magazine Moltzan shows that she shines in the training studio too.
With Dr. Millett's assistance Paula made a full recovery from serious shoulder injuries. Podium successes across the world followed and Paula made the U.S. Ski Team. She is now a serious contender for medals at the 2014 Winter Olympics.
Paula recently teamed up with Shape magazine for a sneak peek at her fitness routine secret - proprioceptive training. Skiers must maintain balance, control, and strength on the mountain. In the Shape article Paula shows how she gains and maintains her stability with plyometric moves.
Dr. Millett and his entire staff are extremely proud of Paula’s continued success.
See the full story in SHAPE or click here: Are You as Fit as a Pro Skier?
Keep up with Paula Moltzan's continued success on her website: http://www.paulamoltzan.com
Dr. Peter J. Millett, orthopaedic shoulder surgeon and sports medicine specialist in Vail, CO, recently returned from Munich, Germany where he attended and participated in the International Shoulder Course.
This renowned event, attended primarily by European sports medicine, orthopaedic and shoulder surgeons, as well as shoulder specialists and surgeons from other parts of the world, including the United States, provides the latest information associated with orthopaedic shoulder treatments. Also presented during the meetings were updates on the latest research as they pertain to PRP, improved diagnostic testing techniques, and surgical procedures for the shoulder. Dr. Millett attends this important conference annually.
During the event, Dr. Millett led a surgical procedure on arthroscopic surgery. Some of the courses taught and lectures presented this year included multi-directional shoulder instability, rotator cuff repair, shoulder replacement surgery, and new techniques to treat the symptoms and manage osteoarthritis, along with many other topics.
Shoulder Surgeon in Vail Listed as "Top Doctor" by U.S. News and World Report - Dr. Peter J. Millett
Dr. Peter J. Millett was recently listed as a "Top Doctor in America" by U.S. News and World Report. With close to a million doctors in a variety of fields and specialties, less than just 1% of physicians make the cut. Peer nominations are the primary votes that allow a doctor to achieve this great success and recognition. Dr. Millett received the highest ranking that an orthopedic surgeon can make on this list.
U.S. News Top Doctors was developed in collaboration with Castle Connolly Medical Ltd., publisher of America's Top Doctors® and other guides, and was built upon data from Castle Connolly's Top Doctors™.
Dr. Peter J. Millett Performs Double Row Rotator Cuff Repair Surgery Streamed Live to 2,000 Medical Professionals at ArthoLondon 2012
Dr. Peter J. Millett, Orthopedic Shoulder Surgeon and Director of Shoulder Surgery for The Steadman Clinic in Vail, Colorado, recently traveled to London, England for the 4th International Symposium of Surgical and Biological Treatments in Orthopaedics, Sports Medicine and Distal Extremity Pathologies. This extraordinary event brought surgeons, researchers, and medical professionals together from around the world and included an update on the latest surgical techniques and advancements in the area of biologic healing enhancement.
During the event, Dr. Millett performed a live surgical demonstration implementing a rotator cuff repair technique that was watched live by close to 2,000 gathered medical professionals from all over the world. Prior to the surgery, Dr. Millett gave a brief PowerPoint presentation on the Knotless Double Row (Anatomic) Rotator Cuff Repair. In a nearby large auditorium, eight oversized screens streamed the surgery live.
The symposium took place on September 28th and 29th at the Excel center in London which was also an event site during the 2012 Summer Olympics. The live surgery completed by Dr. Millett showcased new, advanced techniques in the area of rotator cuff tears and injuries. In addition to the live surgical presentation, the symposium offered guests medical presentations, debates, panel discussions, and new research into the area of orthopedic surgery.
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