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  • Elbow Fracture
  • Ulnar Collateral Ligament Reconstruction
  • Elbow Fracture
  • Distal Biceps Repair
  • MCL Sprain-
    PRP Treatment Therapy
  • Elbow Arthroscopy
  • Labrum Repair
  • AC Separation
  • Shoulder Replacement
  • Anter-Inferior
      Capsular Shift
  • AC Separation
  • Bilat TSR
  • Hemiarthroplasty
  • Removal of Clavicle
    Fracture Fragment
  • Reverse TSR
  • Latissimus Dorsi Tendon Transfer
  • KNEE
  • Meniscal Repair
  • Patellar Stabilization
  • Microfracture
  • Meniscal Repair

Stefan - AC Separation

One day before my 72nd birthday, while I was working out on my road bicycle I was hit by an SUV and was thrown onto the road. I saw a local orthopaedic surgeon and was told that I had a type III AC separation. He recommended surgery, but I did not feel comfortable with his suggested procedure.

Shortly after the accident, my oldest son announced that he wanted to climb Kilimanjaro, the tallest (19,340 feet) mountain in Africa, for his 40th birthday. I agreed to join him, but was worried about climbing with my injured shoulder.

My brother suggested I go to Columbia University's Center for Shoulder, elbow and sports medicine and I made an appointment to see Dr. William Levine, who confirmed that I did have a type III AC separation and I was more comfortable with Dr. Levine's suggested reconstruction.

My surgery was performed on November 1st – only two months before my scheduled climb. After the surgery, I was relatively pain-free and did not require the use of any pain relief medication. After 5 weeks, the shoulder was healed enough to remove the brace and start rehabilitation. At 8 weeks, the arm was almost pain-free and often felt totally normal.

I arrived in Africa and by January 1st had started the difficult portion of the Kilimanjaro climb. Although I was careful to avoid over stressing my right arm, I did use it for the scrambles and never felt any pain. I don't think I could have made the climb without surgery, and I am really impressed with Dr Levine's surgical skills and care. In addition, I am also impressed with the professional attitude of the staff. Appointments are easy to make and I never have to spend a lot of time in the waiting room.

Thanks Dr. Levine for fixing my shoulder!

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