There is something I really want to say, and you’re welcome to pass this along to anyone at your practice would be interested in hearing it. You may or may not know this, but I had an eerily similar surgery to my right shoulder in 2008 as I did with this surgery. It was damn near identical. The difference in my level of general discomfort, need for pain management, ability to function, rate of progress, and overall recovery after the first two weeks post op is nothing short of astonishing. This surgery recovery has gone so much better I cant believe the difference. It is truly remarkable. As long as I don’t do something stupid, I’m starting to believe that recovering in 4 months is a very realistic possibility. Shoulder surgeries for people at the fire department has become sadly and frighteningly commonplace. We have about 150 people on our fire department, and in the last year 8 of us have been out with shoulder surgeries. Crazy, right??? Anyway, my point is that the recovery time for shoulder surgery before being able to return to regular duty typically has been about 8 months across the board. Not good.
I am extremely grateful that I made the decision to seek out your practice for this surgery. I couldn’t be happier with how things have been going. My heart felt thanks to Dr Millet and all of the staff at the Steadman Clinic for the chance that you have given me to return to “normal” sooner rather than later. No easy task for someone my age and in my chosen profession. I am genuinely very impressed.
“I never knew how important shoulder stability was to proper ski technique before my accident. Living with the injury I could not do the intensity, duration and frequency of exercise needed to return to competitive form. Dr. Millett and his team were able to repair my shoulder and, in so doing, repair my life. I could never be as happy as I am now if not for Dr. Millett. Getting back to Masters World Cup competition within a year of surgery was a celebration of success.”
“I want to thank The Steadman Clinic and the Steadman Philippon Research Institute (SPRI) for my visit the first week of December. My friend Gilbert Moatshe is doing research at SPRI and I was able to come over from Norway for a week. I received in the best possible way from all physicians, students and fellows. Dr. LaPrade let me follow him for two days in the OR and one day in the clinic. Dr. Millet invited me to join him in the OR for one day. I was also able to see biomechanical research and dissection with Gilbert Moatshe.
Besides the interesting days in the Clinic I was taken care of socially for an awesome days on beautiful Vail Mountain looking like a winter wonderland these days.
I’m very grateful for my tremendous stay and hopefully I will be back soon.”
Millie Schembechler Professor of Adrenal Cancer
Director – Endocrine Oncology Program
University of Michigan
“Numbers are just numbers right?? But for my climbing family and friends, numbers can both ‘keep us grounded’ (hmmm, I am not as good as I thought I was) as well as propel us up a boulder or mountain, (a route, a problem, a wall, a rock face) Now to the “numbers” —- It has been 9 months since a major shoulder operation to repair the massive tears of my rotator cuff muscles with re-attachment of 3 left shoulder muscles (supraspinatis, infraspinatis and biceps tendon) using 6 inserted anchors/pins. Shout out to amazing orthopedic surgeon Peter Millett, MD Orthopedic Surgeon – Sports Injuries (Vail Valley Medical Center) and outstanding physical therapists/trainers – Nico Brown at Howard Head Sports Medicine and Medical Provider – USA Climbing) and Dale Hazard (University of Michigan MEDSPORT). It has been a journey of professional rehab with these amazing folks together with guided self-rehab every day 4-6 AM and a slow climbing progression over the last few months. Now the drumroll!!! This old guy at 52 just climbed a bunch of V6 and a V7 bouldering problems (his first at these levels) over the last couple week. Feels good to be back on rock with shoulders that are probably stronger than preinjury. I know, I know, they are indeed just numbers and some would say the climbs were weak, indoor problems and/or rated too high. Maybe!!! Doesn’t matter what matters is the journey and the motivation to return so I can still climb with my kids and wife, Lisa. So like a young schoolboy I am giddy and grateful to be back.
Onward and upward….”
Rotator Cuff Repair
“This is what can happen when you have a great doctor put your shoulder back together. I am doing great! Leslie and I spend the winter in Arizona training my horses and competing in big roping competitions. My shoulders is great. Thanks a lot!”
X-A-M Sports and Entertainment, Agent for Colin Kaepernick
“Just wanted to express our gratitude in all of the work you have done with Colin. When we had the ability to choose any doctor in the country to make sure Colin received the highest level of expertise in getting him healthy, you came highly recommended as you know, and from our perspective you have more than lived up to your impeccable reputation. It would be an understatement to say that Colin is extremely happy with his progress to this point.
In addition, we would like to thank you for really going above and beyond to ensure that the 49ers medical staff was, and continues to be, kept up to date every step of the way. In my experiences, the level of detail and frequency of your communication with the 49ers has been second to none, both with updates before/after the procedures you performed, as well as the updates in Colin’s treatment to date.
Once again, we can’t thank you enough, and Colin knows he absolutely made the right decision in his medical care.
Rotator Cuff Surgery
Taos, New Mexico
48 hours following rotator cuff surgery Dr. Nancy Resnick said, “I’m the Poster child for happy post op person – I can pronate/supinate at the elbow and my shoulder doesn’t hurt at all.”
Complex Revision AC Reconstruction
“I’m back in the saddle and hope to start back up with the hunter-jumper show circuit! All thanks to Team Millett.”
Chief Scientific Officer of Steadman Philippon Research Institute
Tricep Tendon Injury
“Injury on January 13, almost full tear of tricep tendon. January 14, surgical repair by Dr. Millett. January 15, no sling needed and I gave a keynote lecture. January 16, no pain medication. January 17, small walk in vail. January 18, travel to Houston. January 19, 5 mile run with no pain!
Thank you Dr. Millett. This is within the SPRI and Steadman clinic mission, keeping people active.”
My days of Professional Swimming and Pro-Beach Volleyball are long behind me now. I just turned 52 years old a couple of weeks ago. But when you are a lifelong athlete, you have a natural intensity, focus and basic personality type that is applied to all life activities and pursuits.
I put my shoulder surgeries off for 20 years and managed to function well enough in my various activities; or so I thought. Before I came to Dr. Millett, I was limited in the sports I could do, the clothes I could wear, the movements that I felt comfortable in performing. Basically, I had a great deal of daily fear knowing that at any moment, if I wasn’t hyper-vigilant, either of my shoulders could dislocate.
Dr. Millett has changed my life. Psychologically and emotionally, I am calmer. I have less fear in general and this gives me more joy and pleasure in life. I can adventure travel and engage with life activities without worrying and doing advance planning for if my shoulders happened to dislocate in a remote part of the world. Since my surgeries, I have traveled to Africa, Myanmar and scuba dived in Thailand.
Physically, I am healthier and in even better shape than before the surgeries. I play tennis intensely. It is my new sport and I enjoy the learning progression. Even though I am not competing professionally as I did in my other sports, I do play tournaments a couple times a year. Thanks to my stable shoulders, I have worked my way up the ladder so that most of my female opponents now are college level players. One of my latest weapons that is developing well is a wicked overhand serve. I definitely need a strong serve to continue competing and developing at this level.
I feel my life has a wonderful balance now that was missing before. To sum everything up, I feel free. Thank you so much, Dr. Millett, for your exceptional skills and commitment to healing. I am honored and appreciative beyond words to be one of your patients. Thank you for how you change people’s lives for the better.