Orthopedic Surgeon Referral

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I tore my rotator cuff (full tear) and am wondering if any Edhat readers have had shoulder surgery locally and can recommend an orthopedic surgeon.

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RICHARD50 Mar 16, 2019 11:33 AM
Orthopedic Surgeon Referral

Take this piece of advice from a 69-year-old Retired Nueroradiologist... DR. CHRIS PROCTOR is THE SHOULDER surgeon in SB!!!! Had my non-dominant shoulder done six years ago by Dr.RYU...NEVER again. Did my research on education, awards, research, etc., Talked to post-op nurses And post-op physical therapists, as well as people at the gym. DR. CHRIS PROCTOR is very friendly and uses cutting edge techniques. A little bit of aching in the shoulder, No Pain. My previous surgery gave me excruciating pain for a long time And that Previous Doctor was not friendly.

Baseball guy Mar 07, 2019 06:23 PM
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50 years of hard athletics, and I will only let one ortho touch me - Vic Tacconelli. Did a clavicle reduction instead of a rotator cuff rebuild - because I was beyond my competitive years, and the recovery is so much faster and easier. I played shortstop in local softball for 30 years thereafter - no problem. Pitched at Yankee Fantasy Camp at age 60 - no problem. Scoped my knees a few times, and some other procedures. Great bedside manner. He is the BEST !!! One free office visit and you will know he's your guy.

a-1552032375 Mar 08, 2019 12:06 AM
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He is a sweetheart. He saw my mother, and when I saw him for a cracked leg bone and had no insurance, he gave me an xray & a walking boot & charged me $100.

scott14 Mar 07, 2019 10:16 AM
Orthopedic Surgeon Referral

Dr. Steven Hollstien, MD is an orthopedic surgery specialist in Santa Barbara, CA. He graduated from University Of California, Davis, School Of Medicine and specializes in orthopedic surgery. 805-967-9311, Orthopedic Surgical Practice of SB 5333 Hollister Ave., Ste. 150 Santa Barbara, CA 93111 He has helped my son, a runner, who had a terrible leg injury. He also helped me with a hand injury. Excellent doctor, Great guy!

paglinsb Mar 07, 2019 09:06 AM
Orthopedic Surgeon Referral

Dr Zmolek and Dr. Dunbar at Sansum Clinic https://www.sansumclinic.org/medical-services/medical-service/details/orthopedics

a-1551973527 Mar 07, 2019 07:45 AM
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Dr.Ryu's cold manner left me so nervous so I went to Dr.Thomas Knapp in Santa Monica, he was fab! then back up here for PT at Hayshida,' It all worked I was actualy healed and Im not a kid ! Love that Dr.Jervis Yau at Ryu's, hip is his specialty,

MickiD Mar 07, 2019 07:39 AM
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Dr. Yau, located at the same place as Dr. Ryu did my rotator cuff surgery. I am OK now. And like others said, LOTS of PT and follow it to the T. I also suggest to avoid the surgery if at ALL possible. If you are able to do PT to heal it, I suggest that. If you are so bad that you cannot lift your arm and are already sleeping sitting straight up, then you may want to opt for surgery. Get a recliner chair, as you won't be sleeping flat for a LONG time. Good luck. I hope I never have to have it again, on either shoulder.

tinker1 Mar 07, 2019 07:01 AM
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I have a theory the worse the bedside manner the better the drs skill. I nominate dr ryu but the posters are right take it seriously

a-1551960503 Mar 07, 2019 04:08 AM
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Just a cautionary note: Some years back both my shoulders froze up. Could barely reach high enough to wash my hair. Horrible pain. Loads of Advil. I spent $1,000s going from doctor to physical therapist to rheumatologist to massage therapists, and tried acupuncture, too. Myotherapy did help somewhat. Even a $500 MRI scan that no one looked at. Guess what? Not only was I told, repeatedly, that I had torn rotator cuffs (in both shoulders?!?), I was told I needed surgery: $10,000 per shoulder. That surgery- recommending quack even tried to physically force my shoulders into proper alignment. Excruciating. Torture. Turns out the entire nightmare experience was all due to---------menopause. No kidding. One day both shoulders came good, all on their own. Absolutely fine now.

KevinSB Mar 07, 2019 02:04 AM
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Ryu did a great job on my dominant arm rotator cuff clean out. It’s like it never happened now. I did A lot of “prehab” with Maury Hayashida for several weeks prior and I think that made my recovery very quick. Ryu is timely, not unfriendly and I wouldn't Call him a very curious doctor. He’s to the point and successful.

EastBeach Mar 07, 2019 12:26 AM
Orthopedic Surgeon Referral

I saw Dr. Ryu for knee problems after years of playing indoor & outdoor volleyball. Turns out I had "jumper's knee" (xray also showed diminished cushioning behind the kneecaps). A long layoff and lots of PT did the trick. My impression of Dr. Ryu was he's serious about helping and wants his patients to be equally serious and attentive. My dentist and his wife had rotator cuffs repaired by Ryu and a few volleyball friends have had Ryu repair their ACL's.

a-1551937135 Mar 06, 2019 09:38 PM
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Ryu is good, BUT his bedside manner & overall demeanor is like that of a cold, egocentric dead fish. You can do far better unless that's not important.

oops Mar 07, 2019 07:17 AM
Orthopedic Surgeon Referral

My experience as well as my family's is 180 degrees opposite. He once phoned me on a Easter Sunday to see how I was doing following surgery earlier that week. He has also come in on w/e's to see us for unscheduled appointments. He's very efficient unlike other practices where doctors have to come in & out several times or draw out the appointment while they read your results for the first time. Dr Ryu has already evaluated your results (xray's, MRI's etc...) prior to entering the examination room and with some dialogue with the patient has a recommended course of action. He'll answer questions as long as you have questions.

CoastWatch Mar 06, 2019 06:36 PM
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Interesting fact about ortho surgery in Europe... The Physicians administer small doses of blood thinner prior to the procedure and follow up with higher doses for 2-3 weeks post surgery- Not a practice exercised here, in the U.S. If you throw a blood clot- it could stroke you out or kill you...

a-1552017059 Mar 07, 2019 07:50 PM
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Looks like 3 DV'ers don't understand medicine . O well don't believe me I don't care but it's true. I injected 12 nurses injected 2.

a-1551932075 Mar 06, 2019 08:14 PM
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I self injected a blood thinner called Lovenox Injections 2 days before and 10 days after total hip replacement performed at GVCH by Dr. Ryu's partner who specializes in Hip replacement. 2 new hips 0 complications.

915films Mar 06, 2019 06:21 PM
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Dr. Dunbar repaired my rotator cuff last spring and its like new. I wouldn't hesitate to take any of my family members to him. He has my full recommendation .

Lucky 777 Mar 06, 2019 06:17 PM
Orthopedic Surgeon Referral

Dr Zmolek made me WAIT three months to evaluate my MRI, and then told me my injury was not repairable. I went to UCLA and they rushed me into surgery, saying allowing it to atrophy made it very difficult. But the surgeon did a fine arthroscopic reattachment of the two tendons that were severed, and I am 100% now with almost no scars. The surgeon Dr Seth Gamradt is a shoulder specialist and now at Keck Medical center in Los Angeles. You are NOT limited to local surgeons, get the best you can.

Flicka Mar 06, 2019 04:30 PM
Orthopedic Surgeon Referral

Dr. Gallivan is my recommendation. He has done a hip replacements and 3 knee replacements for our family members. A friend on the board of Cottage says he is the best, the Doctor our friend choose for a horribly fractured knee.

SoCalMommy Mar 06, 2019 04:00 PM
Orthopedic Surgeon Referral

Dr. James Zmolek is very knowledgeable, patient and thorough. He is easy to talk to and easy to understand.

Rob Egenolf Mar 06, 2019 03:03 PM
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Ryu is great but he is very busy I decided to use Chris Proctor at ALTA for my rotator cuff repair. I had great results, a rapid recovery, and was very happy with the process. My advice is to prepare well in advance of the surgery with PT and yoga. Avoid opiods following the surgery if you can Work hard and be consistent at physical therapy. I chose Art Van Leuven at SB Physio for my PT and was very happy with their entire team.

a-1551911313 Mar 06, 2019 02:28 PM
Orthopedic Surgeon Referral

Dr. Ryu is the best in the biz, just be sure you follow his instructions to the letter. He's very specific about physical therapy and if you slack off it'll greatly affect your progress. If you're an athlete, he'll be great and encourage you, just don't be late to his appointments.

Gordo Mar 07, 2019 03:27 PM
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Agreed. Dr. Ryu fixed my rotator cuff such that it's as good as new. His bedside manner is fine. He's like the old Sgt Friday on Dragnet 'Just the facts, maam'. He and I got along great.

a-1551931071 Mar 06, 2019 07:57 PM
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458ED- I read similar reviews that said that, but I never had that experience. I showed up early to appointments and followed all his rules and he was really nice and pleasant to me.