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I was in St. Louis for yet another appointment with a surgeon to try and plan an arthroscopic labral hip repair (at an unrelated office). I arrived and found that no such appointment existed! Panicked, as I had driven over three hours from home, I began searching for surgeons.

Near tears I explained the issue to a member of Dr. King’s staff. Not only was his office helpful and courteous, but within the hour they had taken care of everything I had been attempting to do for months (granted I had medical records in hand).

Amazing, pretty much sums up my experience.

Dr. King LISTENED to my opinions and gave me real advice. His staff was quick and efficient without being impersonal.

In the four months prior I had MRI, multiple X-Rays, specialist referrals, injections, and PT appointments to identify the issues and ready myself for surgery. For four months not one of the professionals I saw asked me what I wanted to do or how it affected my daily and future activity.

What a blessing in disguise that the appointment I had originally scheduled that day had never been put in the system. Those four frustrating months were over as soon as I stepped through the doors to Dr. King’s office.

- Amy.

After the surgery, I did definitely notice a decrease in knee pain and was able to ride my road bike and mountain bike again with no problems at all. I think Dr. Milne does a great job of spending time with patients in the office and explaining the medical issues to them. In addition, I was very impressed with Dr. Milne’s staff who were always quick to respond to questions via phone call and were courteous in the office.

Although I have not fully recovered from what ails me, I don’t think it has anything to do with a lack of care on the part of Dr. Milne or his staff. I would definitely use Dr. Milne for future joint issues and would definitely recommend him to a friend.

- Ben E.

It’s been 11 months since my rotator repair. Flexibility and strength is back 100%. I’m a carpenter, and routinely lift heavy tools and materials. No pain, no problems. My only regret is that I didn’t have this done years ago.

- Mark B.

Since being treated, I have been doing great. I run 3 to 4 times a week and completed the St. Louis Rock N Roll Half Marathon in October of 2012. On occasion, I do have tightness in the right knee but simply stretch and use a roller along the ITB area of the leg. I have continued with strength training and plan to complete another half marathon in March of 2013.

- Krista T.

Everybody there was top notch!

- L.H..

Dr. Milne and his team were amazing to work with………After being told that there “wasn’t anything wrong” with my shoulder by a local doctor (but still experiencing extreme pain), I was lucky enough to be referred to Dr. Milne! He listened to my symptoms, ordered the appropriate tests, and eventually scheduled surgery. Even though it will be some time before I”m back to full strength, I so appreciate everything he did for me!!!

- Kerri M.

There is a difference!…

After gradual increasing pain in the shoulder while playing softball, it came to a head while playing in the over 47 senior baseball league – to the point of no mas throwing a ball. First Ortho I see has me do an MRI and diagnoses me with supraspinatus impingement. Then has me come in for a cortisone injection. He jabs away, with me nearly going through the roof. Absolutely no relief. He says he needs to perform a subacromial decompression (shaving some bone off). Me: I think I’ll wait and see…

Fast forward three years. Pain is bad and need some relief. Decide to see Michael Milne, Cards shoulder doc who was referred by our HS team ortho doc in the same office.

Go in for initial visit, xray, etc. Doc: Pretty sure it’s not an impingement. Scheduled MRI, but with dye – says only way to know about the soft tissue – asks why the other doc didn’t have that done (:-/).

Go back in for results – a few friends called it correctly in advance: Torn labrum.

So what to do… Michael says “don’t ruin your summer, schedule the surgery for fall.” I’m thinking “fine, but I can’t move my arm in the morning for a few hours. ” He says to come in for a cortisone shot for the pain. I’m thinking “great, that worked like zero last time, and the pain from the shot was worse than a broken bone.”

Nevertheless, I agree to the injection. I arrive at his office a few days later and someone greets me and ask “are you ready for this,” in a bothersome tone. Me, Uhhh, I think I can handle it.

Second thing different (dye injection MRI was first) was that he used a portable CT machine to locate exactly where the injection should go. I honestly don’t remember if the previous ortho used a numbing agent, but because he was at risk of my left hand from the pain, it either didn’t work or didn’t use any.

Post injection: So, Doc Milne, says I would feel some pain for a few days afterwards. That’s the only thing he’s been wrong about! Feels better than new, but of course the shot will wear off.

Bottom line: See a specialist! And if it’s a shoulder or knee, see the guy who is the cards team guy for those areas -

- Gene K.

My rotator cuff surgery in Jan 2007 was most successful. My pain was minimal and my range of motion is very good. My thanks to Dr. Milne for these great results!

- Loretta R.

I had my ACL replaced a year & a half ago…I am back on the tennis court playing competitively and since the first ortho told me I was too OLD for ACL replacement, I am certainly greatful for Dr. Milne’s significantly more encouraging attitude!

- Deb K.

Everything with my right knee is working fine. Since the meniscus surgery and clean-up back in May, I am back to playing basketball 2-3 times a week with 50+ age groups. Hope all is well with the Milne team and thanks for the follow-up.

- Jim K.


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