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  1. Dubwrx

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    Hello all,
    I'd like to start by saying that I've seen a couple threads on this and it has me excited for my future (as previously I was nervous about my ongoing condition).

    Secondly there is a lengthy backstory if you wish to skip to the end I fully understand!

    I'm 38, and have already had my left hip rebuilt (my words). Actual procedure was anterior labrum tear, micro fracture, and cadaver tissue for tendon or ligament. Nov 8th 2016. Unfortunately at that time all I remember hearing the OS say was by the end of the surgery and post op PT that I could get back to my passion of hockey (goalie), and snowboarding! In actuality it was almost 3 months before I was cleared for touch down weight of the left leg and unfortunately ran out of savings and ended up back to work (self employed electrician) way too soon to get bills paid.

    Flash forward a year or so and my right hip and lower back are so inflamed that I've shut down my business, my wife is now supporting our family of 5. I pulled the trigger and went to my primary care dr who did a basic evaluation of the symptom and by end of visit (paraphrasing: no more construction work or much else until you fix your hips, by either rebuild or replace).


    Now to my question, sorry for lengthy back story!

    My PCP insisted on me finding a OS that will work on my age group with LOTS of experience in my age group.

    Problem is that when I get to web sites or the Dr's I'm researching there is NO INTELL on how many they perform and the line I keep getting is "make an appointment with the dr and you can ask him then". This doesn't work on many different levels for me. Expense, time, and pain level I've been living with for over 2 years.

    Any suggestions on how to proceed?

    Basics of me:
    -38 male, in great shape less the hips (and now lower back, I feel is related to hips).
    - Living close to Boulder co, but willing to travel ANYWHERE in Co as long as my BCBS insurance is accepted. (Rebuild was done in Aurora at cu hospital, a fantastic facility)

    Dr said something to the effect of this needs to be done 2 months ago, lol. I replied with got some winning logo numbers for me?

    Anything I missed I can reply to.

    Thank you all for your help in advance!
     
  2. Jaycey

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    @Dubwrx Welcome to BoneSmart! The first thing I did was change your thread title. You will get more input from our members in your area this way.

    Yes, it's very good to find someone who specialises in younger patients. Unfortunately there aren't a lot of tools to do this in the US. Here's some input from one of our members in the states on general searches:

    http://www.checkbook.org/surgeonratings/ is done by a not-for-profit consumer organization. Doesn't cover all types of surgeries, just mostly high risk procedures. (a plastic surgeon I saw for a hand issue is not listed, for instance).

    https://projects.propublica.org/surgeons/ ProPublica is a nonprofit journalism organization. This covers 8 elective procedures (including Hip and Knee) and surgeon scorecards based on complications encountered. Downside is that they only track Medicare patients, so a large segment of patients with other insurance aren't included. Has a lot of search and graph options, including by hospital in a particular state.

    https://projects.propublica.org/docdollars/ See which doctors took money (and how much) from drug and device makers. Only through 2015, though. Not always a bad thing, as some surgeons may be receiving payments when they have invented or helped develop a new medical device.

    I'm going to tag my colleague @Jamie to see if she has any input on your question.
     
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    Thank you for your assistance! That's a ton more than I had yesterday, I'll get to my homework today!!
     
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    What you have experienced with the lack of good information on the various surgeons' websites is something we beef about all the time! Doctors don't seem to realize how to properly market their skills! Many times you must do just as you have and call the offices to ask your questions. When you get someone (usually an admin type) that gives you a response like you posted (make an appointment and talk to the doctor), ask to speak with the surgeon's nurse. You may have to leave a message, but ask if the doctor routinely works with patients in their 30's and explain that you need to know that BEFORE an appointment is made so as not to waste anyone's time.

    Let me do some checking as I don't currently have any surgeons from Colorado on my list of recommendations.
     
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    @Dubwrx Hello, I can't help with a specific OS names, but did your PCP not have any recommendations or referrals for you? Seems unhelpful to be so specific about who you should see but then not provide you with some guidance. I would think you should have some luck finding a doc in the greater Denver area or some of the other population centers like Colorado Springs.

    I've visited the Boulder/Estes Park area many times - my FIL has a vacation home in Estes Park. So beautiful in the mountains and I'm sure you are anxious to get back to your profession and active lifestyle after your hip is fixed.
     
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  7. Dubwrx

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    @jaydub63
    My dr did have a couple of recommendations, HOWEVER speaking with a friend's father who recently had his hip replacement one of the Dr's that was recommend was highly NOT recommend due to personal reasons that he and I see eye to eye on.

    Spent the day talking with my insurance co doing my due diligence on who will work with my plan.

    Hopefully the link will assist me further.

    Wish I had known about this forum Nov of 2016 when I had my left hip rebuilt!
     
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    @Dubwrx don't know if you're close to Vail but I recall reading that Marc Philippon treats pro athletes eg, the Warriors, and the esteemed Joel Matta from Santa Monica recently joined the clinic. They are top OSs and def worth checking out!
     
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    Thanks! I have a few friends in Beavercreek. I migjt just have to go on "vacation" amd go check them out!!
     

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