Steven Myers, MD
Whether it’s patient-satisfaction surveys, or ratings for surgical success without complications, or alpine downhill skiing, Dr. Steven Myers likes coming in first. And he often does. According to national ratings compiled by the news organization ProPublica, he ranks among the state’s top orthopedic surgeons in the categories of patient satisfaction and completing complication-free procedures.
After skiing competitively for the University of Utah, Dr. Myers went on to become a board-certified orthopedic surgeon, and completed a fellowship in hip and pelvic reconstruction in the skiing paradise of Switzerland.
In 2003, Dr. Myers was the first orthopedic surgeon in Colorado to offer a new minimally invasive approach to total hip replacement, and has perfected the technique to make it an out-patient procedure for some patients. In the past, to send a patient home on the day of a total hip was thought to be impossible.
Since Dr. Myers received training in the procedure, known as the anterior approach, in 2002, it has become increasingly popular, and with good reason, he believes. “Recovery is easier, and faster for most patients, and there is less pain” with the anterior approach, says Dr. Myers, who has successfully performed more than 4,000 anterior total hip replacements.
Dr. Myers prides himself on his attention to detail, which starts with a comprehensive pre-surgical evaluation and case review for each patient. He and his medical staff thoroughly review all cases together, carefully going over any other health conditions that should be addressed before or during the procedure.
“We do that every week for every case,” Dr. Myers says.
He believes that being thoroughly informed doesn’t end with the medical team, but extends to the patient as well. “Each patient has a personalized visit with the care team to review the procedure. When they come to surgery they are as informed as they can be. An informed patient tends to have a better experience.”