"My prayers have been answered! All thanks be to Dr Peter J. Millett and The Steadman Clinic, as well as The Howard Head Sports Medicine Physical Therapists! Earlier this year, I sustained shoulder injuries as the result of a buffalo attack while hunting (see full story). Here is my outcome as of today, November 14, 2012: This is the 6th week of healing and physical therapy since the 3rd surgery October 6th, and my shoulder is at full range of motion and maximum range per prescription for external rotation! It's been a tough journey since the attack July 3rd, but all prayers have or are currently being answered. It is with a humble heart my cup runneth over with thankfulness and awe. Thank you everyone for your prayers and assistance as this process has evolved from life threatening to possible loss of limb to possible loss of function to the final leg of this marathon of full recovery! Amazing! God Bless."
Larry Trotter, Vail Valley, CO
"In March of 2012 I tore my right ACL and damaged my meniscus while skiing. In April I traveled from Rhode Island to Vail where Dr. Millett patched me up for the second time in six years. Just recently, in September, I did a Half Iron triathlon and had a personal best in this race. I can’t say thanks enough to Dr. Millett. I committed to this race early in my recovery as a goal to work for, planning that I would just do the bike and swim. I never thought I could do the run. On race day there was never a twinge of pain in my knee and all went extremely well. I owe a great deal to Dr. Millett, his staff, and the Howard Head PT Clinic for my outcome. My life is centered around being able to do physical things and I can’t fathom not being able to be actively involved. There are plenty of good surgeons in New England, but it has been worth it, traveling to Vail, for the best possible outcome. Thanks again for everything!"
Glenn Browning, Hope Valley, RI
"I can't thank Dr. Millett enough for his kindness, his total class, and all of his extra efforts to help sort out my left proximal humerus varus malunion and shoulder issues. He really is a world-class super star expert! I have had a long journey with my left surgical neck fracture since I fell in 2007. I used to work out with swimming and do resistance training with weight machines. The fracture of my left surgical neck and subsequent malunion took that all away. Dr. Millett's initial assessment and thoughts, and his suggested options may give me some significant improvement and this has given me hope that maybe my left shoulder function can be restored to a significant degree and also the pain in my shoulder will be improved. He was so kind to review the various options and answer my many questions. I also want to say how extremely kind and helpful Dr. Millett's assistant, Susan Sabido, has been. She is truly world class and she is an exceptional example of a true first rate professional. She was most positive, upbeat and solution-oriented. She was beyond kind and helpful in finding a way for me to get in to see Dr. Millett. I can't thank Dr. Millett enough for all of his time, interest and extra efforts. He really added a whole new dimension to my shoulder assessment and this means more to me than you will ever know."
Edward D. Corboy, Jr., M.D.
"I was recently scheduled to have a total shoulder reversal, an obviously complex and painful surgery. Prior to the surgery, I spent time researching the best doctors and hopsitals across the country and found Dr. Peter Millett and the Vail Valley Medical Center. I traveled from Iowa, nearly 13 hours, to have Dr. Millett and his professional team conduct my surgery. My surgery went exceptionally well and the compassionate care I received from doctors and staff was remarkable. I could not be happier with the outcome. I want to sincerely thank Dr. Peter Millett and his entire team. Everyone at the medical center who participated with my care was exceptional. I know there were many others who made my stay one of the best. Thank you to all!"
Richard Arnold, Iowa State Representative, Seventy-Second District
"While vacationing in St Maarten in 2009 I slipped down 12 wet concrete steps, and landed on my side with my left arm extended over my head. I have been a competitive tri-athlete for about 23 years and my first instinct was to get in the ocean to gently work out the muscles surrounding the shoulder. Luckily, I am also an acupuncturist and was able to use this therapy to keep the pain and swelling under control. After arriving home from vacation I had an MRI and was diagnosed with a SLAP tear (Superior Labrum Anterior and Posterior) of the labrum. Surgery was my only option for a complete recovery.
I did a lot of networking and found Dr. Millett at The Steadman Clinic in Vail, Colorado. It is a bit of a drive from Colorado Springs, but it has been worth it. My desire was to continue competing in triathlons, and thus I had some concerns about my future. I was concerned that my biceps would not be symmetrical after having to transpose the long head and re-attach it elsewhere, but Dr. Millett knows his craft and not only was the surgery a success, my worries were put to rest as everything healed just as it should.
I have been so pleased with the outcome of this surgery; I was equally impressed by the physical therapy department as well. During my recovery, I continued with all the tools that I knew from my own profession, as well as the protocol that was set out by Dr. Millett. At times it would have been easy to NOT come home from a long day and do my PT routine, however, I have seen many patients in my Clinic who did not follow the rehab recommendations; who did not get good results, and thus blame it on a “bad” surgery. I knew that I HAD to do as much as I could to help me get back to where I wanted to be. Dr. Millett and I were truly partners in my success.
Last year I met my goal to compete in a Half Ironman before I turned 60…and I now have two of them under my belt. Thanks to Dr. Millett, I’m able to remain active and competitive as I train and race. I owe all of my gratitude to him and his entire staff."
"In February of 2011 I decided to resume skiing after a hiatus of about 20 years. I was a fit 69 year old and I figured I would be fine. On the third day of skiing I caught an edge on a gentle slope and fell on my right shoulder. I was with a friend, a physician, who happened to be the coroner of Teller County. Thankfully I didn't need his services, but when he saw my collar bone sticking up he diagnosed an AC separation.
Another friend and neighbor suggested the Steadman Clinic. He had had surgery there for an ankle problem. I called the clinic and was referred to Dr. Peter J. Millett. About a week after my injury I went to see Dr. Millett in Vail. From the minute I arrived at the office I was treated with concern, professionalism and courtesy by the staff. My injury was explained to me in detail and the options were clearly laid out.
Dr. Millett explained that my injury (a grade five) required surgery if I wanted normal function. He said "we can do it next week." I had the surgery, my pain was minimized. The Vail Valley Hospital provided excellent and compassionate care. After a couple of months I was back to performing normal activities. Now, that a year has gone by I feel extremely lucky to have found Dr. Millett. I am skiing again, riding my motorcycle and intensely working out. I test myself by comparing my weight lifting before and after surgery and I am 99% back.
Dr. Millett is a magician as a surgeon, but he has none of the arrogance or impatience people generally associate with great surgeons. He sits down with his patients and makes sure they understand their procedures and potential outcomes. The staff at the clinic is also great. They even go to bat for their patients with their insurance carriers. Even though I am not a professional athlete, I feel I got the royal treatment from Dr. Millett and his staff and I'd bet all his patients feel the same way. "
“Dr. Millett restored the quality of my life. He is the epitome of a medical professional—extremely competent, highly knowledgeable, committed to his field, and ethical. My saga started with an ACL injury and ACL repair following a skiing accident. The repair resulted in a stiff, painful knee that would not bend. This severely limited my life. The original surgeon who performed the repair assured me that things would get better with continued ‘hard work,’ but this was not the case.
After months, I searched the Internet for information about what might be going on. After much reading, I thought I was probably suffering from arthrofibrosis, a condition associated with ACL surgery and immobilization. The web site referred me to specialists for this condition and I chose Dr.Millett. I was terrified to have another surgery, but Dr. Millett suggested that I would benefit from a surgery where the scar tissue would be removed, followed by extensive physical therapy and rehab. He patiently answered my many questions about the procedure.
The surgery went great and two weeks after, I was walking to get to my appointment. This is something I could not have done previously. I spent time in physical therapy and was able to ride my horses again that summer. By the following winter I was back on skis. I never thought this would be possible and it would not have been possible without Dr. Millett’s knowledge and help. I believe that I would have progressed to permanent disability without his intervention. I am therefore forever grateful to Dr. Millett for giving me my life.”
“I had my shoulder surgery done by Dr. Peter Millett at the Steadman Clinic in Vail, Colorado. I couldn’t be any happier with the professionalism, results of surgery, and rehabilitation program that I was given by Dr. Millett and his team! Dr. Peter Millett, thank you so much for helping me to get back on the ice healthier then ever. You are truly the BEST at what you do!”
Serge Payer, Professional Hockey Player
NHL: Minnesota Wild, Ottawa Senators
“The highest compliment which can be paid to a surgeon is to call him a surgeon’s surgeon. This is how I would describe Dr. Millett. His surgical skills are elegantly blended with an affable, compassionate manner, and he is self-critical to the degree that he is always trying to improve his craft. His fellow surgeons recognize this and therefore are pleased to seek him out as their provider. Dr. Millett is without peer in the Rocky Mountain Region and is recognized on a National and International Level for his care of patients with shoulder problems. I would be happy to send him any member of my family either for management of a routine or a complex problem of the shoulder.”
Jon J.P. Warner, MD
Chief, The Harvard Shoulder Service
Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery
Harvard Medical School, Massachusetts General Hospital
“Dr. Millett put me back in the game! I was told by other surgeons that I would never play competitive tennis again and should think about giving up the sport completely. Thanks to Dr. Millett, I currently have a National Doubles ranking of #7 and plan to go even higher!”
San Francisco, California
“For many years, pain in my shoulders altered my range of motion to the point that routine activities became chores. Sleeping through the night without pain was an ‘impossible dream.’ Despite all the pain associated with shoulder movement, I continued to play catch with our grandchildren and to ski and play golf. All of those activities resulted in, at least, three days of more than usual pain. Having exhausted all reasonable therapies including arthroscopic surgery, I sought counsel for total shoulder replacement.
My local orthopedic surgeon recommended Dr. Millett. There are no words to adequately describe my gratitude and the good fortune brought about by that recommendation.
I need to say, total shoulder replacement surgery is no magic bullet. To be successful, it requires the brilliance, skill and dedication of a great surgeon and his ENTIRE capable staff. Dr. Millett performed the first of my two total shoulder replacements in March of 2004. He did the second one in October. From the beginning, I listened carefully to everything Dr. Millett had to say. He ordered and reviewed all the ‘pre-op’ tests, discussed surgery information, outlined my detailed pain management protocol, explained the up and downsides of the procedure, and he answered all my questions with patience and understanding.
At this writing I am 10 weeks past my second shoulder replacement. My physical therapist tells me in two weeks or so, when I reach 100% full range of motion, I will be finished with formal therapy and head back to the gym where I will do further shoulder and overall strengthening exercises. Whatever pain I have left in my shoulders is a very small fraction of my pain before shoulder replacement surgery. If you are contemplating shoulder replacement surgery, I hope you can proceed with the same confidence in Dr. Millett as I had.”
Jerry R. Giuliano
“It is with great pleasure that I can attest to the outstanding care I received from Dr. Peter J. Millett and the Steadman Clinic. The preparation, the operation, the rehabilitation and the follow-up have all been at the highest level of medical care one can hope for. Everything you guys do in Vail is world class and cutting edge. One feels extremely at ease with the whole environment. After the surgery by Dr. Millett, my knee is now back to 100%, and I have resumed running with no pain whatsoever. I truly believe that your group is the best in the world particularly when it comes to treating elite athletes.”
Pierre Boivin, President
Montreal Canadiens Professional Hockey Team.
“I came to Dr. Millett at the Steadman Clinic in Vail because my first shoulder surgery, done elsewhere, failed. I had my shoulder re-fixed arthroscopically by Dr. Millett. My entire experience with Dr Millett, his staff, and the rehabilitation program at Howard Head was nothing short of exceptional. They provided professional services and friendly staff members. I am now looking forward to getting back on the volleyball court for my last season in college thanks to Dr. Millett and his team!”
Amber Sutherland, Captain, Women’s Volleyball Team
University of Colorado
“Having been diagnosed with a torn meniscus and recommended to have a meniscectomy (meniscus tear repair surgery), I was very concerned about the prospects for arthritis in later life and sought a second opinion at the Steadman Clinic. I was impressed with the amount of time spent on diagnosis, including a thorough investigation of my current level of physical activity and my aspiration for physical activity in the future. The conclusion was that a repair seemed feasible if I was committed to a long process of rehabilitation. Dr Millett was able to repair the meniscus and I am, after 6 months, back to a high level of performance in all the sports I previously pursued (the winter has not yet started, so fingers crossed!).”
Partner, Blue Sky Capital
New York and London
“I was reluctant to have rotator cuff surgery because my previous surgery resulted in a long painful recovery. Almost immediately following Dr. Millett’s surgery I had excellent range of motion and little pain. It has been only several months since surgery and I’m hiking in the Italian Alps. My shoulder is doing great. I am having no trouble hiking 6+ hours a day with 15 or 20 lb backpack. Dr. Millett did a great job!”
Las Vegas, Nevada
“I am very pleased with the recovery my shoulder has made since Dr. Millett repaired my shoulder separation and shoulder instability. I was a bit nervous about having surgery, but I could feel that my shoulder was not going to recover unless I had the ligaments repaired. Dr. Millett and his team took their time going over everything I could expect during and after the surgery. They were patient and thorough. At this point, I’m right on track for a full recovery and am looking forward to another ski season completely confident that I will be able to perform as well as ever.”
Vail Ski School Instructor and Trainer
Vail Demonstration Team (Aspen World Champion 2005)
PSIA Examiner and Trainer
“Three years ago, I was having a hard time doing what I love because of my knee pain. It got worse and worse and I decided to visit Dr. Peter Millett at the Steadman Hawkins Clinic in Vail. After discussing the options with Dr. Millett and my dad, I decided to have surgery to fix my knee. Two days later, I had the surgery and that same day was able to leave the hospital! I followed up with rehab at the Howard Head Center and was off crutches in no time at all. Later that fall, I was back in Austria training for the winter ski season and was able to resume ski racing. I am now pain free and back to competitive form! I am very grateful to have had such a fast recovery from a problem that can be career threatening. Thank you, Dr. Millett, for everything!”
Ski Racer, Burke Mountain Academy