225px-Christopher_HigginsWhen professional NHL hockey player, Chris Higgins, the forward for the Montreal Canadiens, left a game early in February of 2010, the team told the press it was due to an “upper-body injury.”  What they didn’t know was that Higgins was suffering from a broken clavicle—more specifically—a fracture to his right collarbone along with a labral tear.  In fact, Higgins played more than a dozen games with this injury until Vail orthopedic shoulder specialist, Dr. Peter Millett, operated on the broken clavicle with labral tear to repair it the following June.  Immediately after surgery, a strict rehab and physical therapy program was put into process under Dr. Millett’s strict orders.  One might think that as an NHL hockey player, Chris Higgins would have had an easy comeback from the surgery to repair his clavicle injury, but in fact, the rehabilitation has been months of hard work and sweat that he consistently partakes in with his personal trainer.  Dr. Millett is notably one of the best Vail orthopedic shoulder specialists for athletic injuries and under his regime, Higgins is expected to make a full recovery and comeback for the next NHL season.

See Warrior Higgins Rebounds Quickly from June Shoulder Surgery:  Star Forward Played Last 17 Games with Broken Collarbone for full article.

While clinical studies support the effectiveness of these procedures, individual results may vary. There are no guarantees of outcome. All surgeries involve the risk of major complications. Before you decide on surgery, discuss treatment options with your doctor. Understanding the risks of each treatment can help you make the best decision for your individual situation.  Always ask your doctor about all treatment options, as well as their risks and benefits. Only your doctor can determine the appropriate treatment for your situation. The clinical information and opinions, including any inaccuracies expressed in this material by patients or doctor are not necessarily those of Peter Millett, MD and should not be considered as substitute for medical advice provided by your doctor.