Surfing, NCAA Division 1 Soccer Player
My son had an injury to his sternoclavicular joint. He went to 4 orthopedists who specialized in shoulder surgery over 18 months. He was told it would heal on its own by 2 doctors and 2 told him the surgery was too dangerous. We sent his CT scans to Dr Millett. Dr Millett called my son personally to tell him he could do the surgery.
He flew to Denver on a Monday, had the surgery, and returned to North Carolina on Friday. After 4 months of physical therapy, he began to sleep comfortably for the first time in 18+ months and after 6 months he was teaching surfing, surfing himself and is now playing soccer again.
Having an active son return to his active lifestyle is a gift for a father that cannot be measured.
Dear Dr Millett,
I can’t express how happy I am to tell you all the symptoms I had prior to my right sternoclavicular joint resection, are all nearly completely gone. Even my TOS symptoms which I developed in April!
I could even tell a difference in the recovery room, this was of course before all the swelling and pain set in from surgery but I could finally swallow without feeling like something was in my throat.
I was completely off all pain meds by the 6th day post-surgery and have noticed steady improvement with each week.
I still am sore at times but it’s manageable and becoming less frequent.
My physical therapist Adam Hart, is also great in helping me regain my strength and full range of motion. He also faxed some PT notes to your office to give you a better idea what my measurements are.
Currently, I’m dealing with a lot of painful muscle spasms in my neck, shoulder, and scapula but know this is normal considering I was mobilized for so long. Physical therapy and deep tissue massage are helping relieve these spasms for me.
Overall I’m very pleased and grateful to you for doing such a fantastic repair. After having so many surgeons refuse my case I was beginning to loose hope but you have given me great hope again for the future.
Laura Bell – Reece Bell’s Mother Reece Bell 2017 US Ski Team U16 National Slalom Champion
“Reece Bell is the 2017 United States Ski Team Slalom Champion. After receiving her title Reece dislocated her right shoulder and tore her labrum. Dr. Millett repaired the tear and checked in with Reece throughout her recovery period. He also kept both my husband and I in the loop from our initial meeting through her release to snow. It was very comforting to know that he was looking after Reece’s best interests long after surgery. His team coordinated and communicated with the physical therapists and chiropractors Reece saw during her recovery
After a nine month absence of racing Reece raced her first slalom as a member of the British Ski Team.
She started the two-run race with a bib number of 89. She won the race with almost a half-second margin and most importantly reported she had “no shoulder pain” after bashing numerous gates. Thank you to the entire Millett team!”
Former College Baseball Pitcher “As a former college athlete and weekend warrior I started experiencing pain and tightness under my right scapula region in late 2012. I saw two orthopedic surgeons close to home in California who didn’t know what was going on and sent me to physical therapy. After almost a full year of physical therapy and hopelessness I did some research and came across Dr. Millett and his experience in treating injuries and symptoms around the scapula region. I had exhausted all resources close to home and knew if I wanted to get down to the bottom of what was truly going on I needed to seek a consult from Dr. Millett. I booked an appointment in early 2014 and flew out to see Dr. Millett to get my life back. I saw him first thing in the morning and within minutes he knew what was going on and ordered an MRI, which I received that same day, to confirm his diagnosis. Sure enough he diagnosed me with snapping scapula syndrome as a result of a chronically inflamed bursa between my scapula and rib cage. Luckily he knew how to treat this and had a track record of successful surgeries. Before I left Colorado I booked surgery for the following week and came back to see him. Surgery went phenomenal and I can’t tell you how terrific the pre and post operative personnel were at the hospital and PT clinic. I stayed in Vail for a few days to do PT with Dr. Millett’s staff and to monitor the operative site. After that I flew home to rehab with a therapist close to home and within 3-4 months I was back doing the things I enjoy. Dr. Millett gave me a second chance at a healthy, active lifestyle and I couldn’t be more indebted to him. He is world class and I tell anyone near or far if you want to be treated by the best, don’t hesitate to travel to see the best even if you are an out of state patient like me. Thank you Dr. Millett.”
“Dr. Millett is the best surgeon I have ever met. He made me feel confident and comfortable with the knowledge and skill set he possessed in doing my son’s shoulder surgery. I highly recommend this doctor and his team to anyone.”
“Four months after my shoulder surgery (3/20/17) I hiked the Hope Lake trail near Telluride (3.3 miles each way, moderate terrain) with my 4 sons and 2 daughters-in-law (photos below). Ten weeks ago I was re-learning how to walk with both arms. I also met the original goal we set of playing 18 holes of golf within 4 months, which I did twice this week in Telluride.
I still have a little more work to do in reaching full range of motion, especially external rotation (very stubborn) and getting back to full strength, but overall I’m very happy with my progress considering I’m almost 62. I never imagined I would recover so quickly after such a serious injury.
Thanks again for everything you and your team at the Steadman Clinic and Howard Head PT did to help me recover from my shoulder injury.”
Managing Partner, Real Estate “Dr Millett; Sheryl and I wanted you and you entire staff to know how appreciative we are for the highly professional, caring, and sensitive care you have given Sheryl. From the girls in the front (Corrine we have known for 25 years), Amy and Amanda, the fellows, Joe and the entire staff at PT, the experience has been the best we have ever had in the medical world. Your approach to healing and welfare are unmatched. We are only too sorry we have to go back to Dallas for the remainder of her care. Thank you for everything. Best regards Eliot & Sheryl Barnett”
Congratulations to Max Clark – back in action and pursuing his love for whitewater kayaking after arthroscopic bony Bankart surgery to stabilize his dislocating shoulder!
“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.”