ACL Tear Questions and Answers with Vail Knee Doctor Bill Sterett, MD

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The right time to have an ACL operation is when the knee is ready to handle the intensive rehabilitation required afterwards.  We have presented a study looking at the risk of developing scar tissue enough to require more surgery.   

When the knee has limited swelling, 0-120 degrees of motion and can do a straight leg raise without a lag it is ready for surgery.  This may take 1 day or 1 month to “get ready”.

Here's what's need before you undergo ACL Surgery:


read more on Dr. Sterett's official blog #ACLtear #ACL Recovery #ACLSurgery # ACLreconstruction posted: August 8, 2015
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Vail ACL Doctor...or Pro Dancer?

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Dr. Sterett (aka The Country Triple-Step Kid) laid it all on the line to raise money for some of the many children who benefit from the VVF's amazing philanthropy by showing off his dancing skills. All told, Dr. Bill raised over $20,000 for the foundation!


Watch the Video here... posted: July 31, 2015
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Alternative Therapies for Arthritis

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Today we're going to take a few minutes to talk about alternative therapies for Arthritis, including nutritional supplements and anti-inflammatories.  Using these alternative methods to surgery can help ease the pain if you are arthritic.  Let's dive right in!
read more on Dr. Sterett's official blog... posted: July 29, 2015
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High Tibial Osteotomy

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While historically the result of a high tibial osteotomy (realignment) adds an average of approximately nine years to the life of the knee, we are hoping that by adding a chondral resurfacing procedure, and performing this procedure on the inner side of the knee, this will be an even greater improvement. Read more...

posted: July 20, 2015
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Why Is Vail a Hub For ACL Surgery?

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One of the major injuries we see in Vail are ACL (Anterior Cruciate Ligament) tears. As evidenced in the diagram below, the ACL is responsible for the vast majority of knee joint stability, making it a vital component of knee health to an athlete. READ MORE ON DR STERETT'S BLOG posted: July 14, 2015
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I Tore My ACL This Winter...Now What?

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I don't need to tell many of you that this last year was a fantastic ski season. For me this meant working with the US Ski Team right here at Beaver Creek for the 2015 World Championships, and some great local action with family and friends in the Vail Valley and Summit County.

Unfortunately many of you did not escape this winter without tearing the dreaded ACL, or "Anterior Cruciate Ligament". I know, because I saw many of you. The ACL provides our joint with stability for all of our rotational sports.
read more on "The Knee Doctor" blog
 

posted: July 5, 2015
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Shoulder Replacement Surgery Questions

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Are you considering shoulder replacement surgery?  If you are experiencing chronic pain or other symptoms that are prohibiting you from living an active lifestyle, shoulder replacement surgery may be a procedure that will help you reclaim a pain-free life. Read More on Dr. Sterett's new blog

posted: June 15, 2015
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Dr. Sterett to Perform Shoulder Replacement Surgeries at Vail/Summit Orthopaedics

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Dr. Sterett will now be performing all shoulder replacement surgeries at Vail/Summit orthopaedics, it was announced recently. 

"I'm pleased to be able to continue to serve the Vail community and Summit County in this capacity," said Dr. Sterett, who specializes in knee and shoulder sports medicine. "Every day I wake up excited to get to work and help people get back on track with their optimum health."

To find out more about Vail/Summit, please visit www.vsortho.com And visit Dr. Sterett's new enhanced blog site at www.williamsterett.com posted: June 5, 2015
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DR. STEADMAN RETIRING

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I trained as an Orthopedic Surgeon under Dr. Steadman and Dr. Hawkins in 1993 and then joined them in practice in 1994, practicing with them until 2011.  I think I was asked to be part of every complicated procedure Dr. Steadman performed during that time, and I would not trade my experiences there for anything in the world.  Other than Shirley Carlson, his long time surgical nurse, no other person has scrubbed in to more surgery with Dr. Steadman than myself. 

A wealth of surgical experience for sure, but what I really learned from Dr.s Steadman and Hawkins was how to treat people.   They were true gentlemen with their patients and I hope I am doing a reasonable job emulating them in my practice.  Dr. Hawkins is still going strong in South Carolina and we stay in close contact.  Dr. Steadman retired this year after more than 40 years of practice and I wish him the very best.
  posted: December 16, 2014
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Women In Sports

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As an orthopedic surgeon in Vail, Colorado, I have had the pleasure of being the head team physician for the US Women’s Ski Team since 1997, and have been one of the US Olympic Committees designated physicians for the past 4 Winter Olympics.  From Picabo, Bode, Lindsey and now Mikaela I have been so blessed to witness and be part of some pretty spectacular events.  In the Olympics, we have seen some fantastic American Hockey experiences, bobsledding and my introduction to short track speed skating with the rise of Apollo Ono.
 
We all have heard that women in sports have a much higher injury incidence than men, and that ski racing has a pretty spectacular injury history as well.  By being in the middle of these high risk professional female athletes I have been able to gain a great experience not only with treating these top level athletes, but having to make appropriate decisions about when it’s the right time to let the athlete return to the sport they love.
  posted: December 16, 2014
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