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Jason's Story

  • Author: Jason K
  • Date Submitted: Dec 21, 2015

“Prior to surgery I asked a top orthopaedic surgeon who he would use should he need shoulder surgery. His answer was one word - Petrie.”

Dear Dr. Petrie and Staff,

I would like to thank you all for the outstanding care and very pleasant experience during my recent surgical procedure at your facility.

Arthroscopic surgery is readily available but I consider Dr. Petrie’s input, demeanor and experience as the most important factor in making my choice of surgeon.

My shoulder problem had existed for almost 20 years, with the last several being painful and the months prior to surgery being unbearable. The main issue for all the other surgeons I had consulted with over the years, was that my MRI exams indicated that my shoulder was text book perfect. The result was that I was misdiagnosed time and time again. Then I was fortunate to meet Dr Petrie. He first explained that MRI’s were not always conclusive and that after a few motion tests I clearly had a problem. When he heard that the issue started in the early 1990’s he immediately suggested surgery. His explanation was simple. He explained that there was something wrong but he could only tell for certain if he could look into my shoulder. The downside would be three small cuts but the upside was enormous if the problem was resolved. Dr Petrie was as confident as I had ever seen anyone and I was sold. Finally I had found someone who was giving me credible feedback and a hopeful solution. There was no rotator cuff or labral tear. I had tried everything else, so I had nothing to lose. My surgery was quick and Dr Petrie found the problem instantly. As an avid golfer I had gone from scoring in the low 70’s to barely been able to hit a ball anymore. Six weeks after surgery I was practicing and twelve weeks later my game has returned to normal. I am pain free and do not have to play golf on painkillers and icing afterwards. I am finally pain free and have quality of life again. The difference between Dr. Petrie and all the other doctors I met over the years is they couldn’t get beyond the MRI and listen to me. He did, because he really knows what he is doing. Prior to surgery I asked a top orthopedic surgeon who he would use should he need shoulder surgery. His answer was one word – Petrie. I couldn’t think of one better myself!”

– Dr. Petrie Patient, Jason