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By dancesatmoonrise
Apr 5, 2011
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Can anyone recommend a hand surgeon in Denver or Boulder (or anywhere in Colorado) who has had reasonable experience treating and operating hand injuries in high level climbers?

Much appreciated, thanks.


Jim

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By FCJohn
From Fort Collins, CO
Apr 5, 2011
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Jim,

You should give the Orthopedic Center of the Rockies a call and ask for Ken Duncan. He's a bad ass climber and a hell of a surgeon

orthohealth.com/index.php/our-...

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By Chad Volk
From Boulder, CO
Apr 5, 2011
Dr. Gordon surgically repaired my dislocated wrist a little over a year ago. I've been climbing on it for a year and everything has been fantastic. I highly recommend him. Looking for a Dr. isn't much fun. I went through it last year. Send me a pm if you have any questions.

Dr. Gordon

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By dancesatmoonrise
Apr 6, 2011
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Thanks, gents.

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By EMT
Apr 6, 2011
me bouldering in MT
If you are a high level climber and value that I'd recommend leaving Colorado for your surgery. Boston,L.A., san fran. Or new York will have the best in the world. Poss. Some one affiliated with a university! If you want the best in a state with a population the size of most small cites then....

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By jafrizza
From Golden CO
Apr 14, 2011
Halfway there.
what ever you do dont go to DR Jon Pav in wheat ridge he ruined my hand trying to fix a boxers fracture.Granted it was a really bad one but now i have no movement in the knuckle and a cubic crap ton of pain

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By J Choi
From Andover, MA
Apr 14, 2011
EMT wrote:
If you are a high level climber and value that I'd recommend leaving Colorado for your surgery. Boston,L.A., san fran. Or new York will have the best in the world. Poss. Some one affiliated with a university! If you want the best in a state with a population the size of most small cites then....


Not sure that I agree with that statement. A lot of hand doctors do not see climbing related injuries and the cost of flight, hotel, and finding the time might be prohibitive. That having been said, Dr. Stephen Paul in Boulder is great and has seen climbing related injuries if you can schedule him.

Also if an orthopedic hand surgeon is too easily scheduled then keep in mind that it might be a reflection of his skills ;-)

When I had a hand injury, I recovered through a combination of rest, self research, and physical therapy. But I don't know your situation.

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By Crag Dweller
From New York, NY
Apr 14, 2011
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Dr Davis Hurley at Advanced Orthopedics.

He sewed two ligaments in my thumb back together last spring. It took him 15 minutes from the time felt a bit drowsy until I came to and he was closing up.

I couldn't do anything at all w/the thumb for 9 weeks per Dr's orders. But, as soon as I was able to get back on the rock, recovery came quickly. Today, I can't even tell I had the surgery except for a very small scar.

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By dancesatmoonrise
Apr 14, 2011
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Thanks, guys. Still researching it, so the info is very helpful.

-Jim

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By Rick Gordon
Aug 25, 2013
You should see Dan Master with Mapleton Hill Orthopaedics in Boulder, CO. He is an awesome climber and fixed my wrist after I tore a ligament and got me back climbing again. Check him out.

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By boo
Aug 30, 2013
If you can and will leave CO, check out David Ruch at Duke University in Durham, NC. He's great. He's seen a lot of climbers and piano players.

Even if you can't see him for the procedure, once you have films and/or discs of xrays, you could contact him for a second opinion.

That way you could move forward with some confidence.

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By Fred Knapp
Jan 22, 2015
Dr Kavi Sachar

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By Jim Fox
From Westminster, CO
Jan 22, 2015
Fred Knapp wrote:
Dr Kavi Sachar


Dr. Sachar is a great guy and a talented surgeon. Don't know if he climbs,

Dr. Mitchell Fremling in Broomfield is a very good hand surgeon.

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By Jim Fox
From Westminster, CO
Jan 22, 2015
Also Dr. Clinkscales and Dr. Yi are very good. Office in South Denver though.

Dr. Bierbrauer at Cornerstone Ortho is a good surgeon. Office in Louisville.

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By Shane Zentner
From Colorado
6 days ago
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Dr. Phil Heyman. I visited him about ten years ago regarding a sprained finger pulley. Several people in his office, including a physical therapist, are climbers who understand climbing related injuries, specifically hand injuries created by the stresses and tears created from climbing.

Highly recommended.

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By Jim Fox
From Westminster, CO
6 days ago
Just realized that the OP was in 2011. Doubt the OP is still looking for a doctor.
If anyone else needs a hand surgeon, I strongly recommend Dr. Fremling in Broomfield.
I am a doctor myself (not a surgeon) & see a lot of hand injuries. I refer to Dr. Fremling when they need surgery & he is excellent.

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By john strand
From southern colo
6 days ago
EMT wrote:
If you are a high level climber and value that I'd recommend leaving Colorado for your surgery. Boston,L.A., san fran. Or new York will have the best in the world. Poss. Some one affiliated with a university! If you want the best in a state with a population the size of most small cites then....


I'm not sure I agree with this..originally from Boston and there are TONS of great Docs. but..so many of them relocate that there are good Docs all over.

My hand/elbow guy Shourbaji is from TN, trained in Boston and now is in Lone Tree climber of 15 years..understands pretty well.

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