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Meet Michael J. Huang, MD
- Sports Medicine
- General Orthopedics & Fracture Care
- Hip, Knee & Shoulder Surgery
- Minimally Invasive Surgery
- Arthroscopic Surgery
- Joint Preservation Surgery
What is your specialty?
I specialize in treating Orthopaedic Sports Medicine injuries. My treatments involve both surgical and non-surgical options. If surgery is deemed necessary, I focus on minimally invasive techniques. In addition, I have significant interest in biologic treatments including platelet-rich plasma injections and even stem cell injections.
What is your background and training?
My sports medicine fellowship was completed at the Steadman Clinic in Vail in 2006-2007. Prior to that, I completed my orthopaedic residency at the University of Iowa and my medical school at Washington University in St. Louis.
When and why did you choose your specialty?
Treating athletes of all ages and backgrounds has always been rewarding to me. Helping patients get back to their desired activity level using minimally invasive techniques has been extremely gratifying.
What are some common injuries or pain that you see?
Shoulder – rotator cuff tendon tears, shoulder instability
Knee – ACL tears, meniscus tears, cartilage tears
Hip – tears of the labrum, hip impingement (femoroacetabular impingement)
Are there any areas of your specialty that you are most passionate about or find most interesting?
I enjoy all aspects of my specialty. The most unique portion of my practice involves hip arthroscopy and treatment of hip labral tears and femoroacetabular impingement or hip impingement. Very few orthopaedic surgeons perform these procedures which makes my practice somewhat different.
What types of procedures do you perform?
Shoulder – arthroscopic rotator cuff repair, arthroscopic labral repair
Knee – arthroscopically aided ACL reconstruction, meniscus repairs, cartilage repairs
Hip – arthroscopic hip labral repair, labral reconstruction, hip impingement removal
What are you able to do for patients today that you were not able to do five years ago? 10 years ago?
The largest changes have been in the arthroscopic techniques that we use now versus 5-10 years ago. In fact, 10 years ago, hip arthroscopy techniques were just being developed. Now, we can perform these procedures in an outpatient setting with excellent results.
What is a common misconception patients have in your area of specialty?
The most common misconception is that all I do is operate. Yes, I am an orthopaedic surgeon, but greater than 90% of my patients are treated with non-surgical options.
What is your patient care philosophy?
I like to craft orthopaedic treatment plans for my patients on an individual basis. I am generally very conservative. If surgical treatment is necessary, I make the decision with the patient and not for the patient.
How long have you been in practice?
9 years after fellowship.
What do you like most about being a doctor?
Learning about my patients.
What was your first job?
What is your favorite food?
What do you like to do in your free time?
Spend time with my family and ride my mountain bike.
To learn about Dr. Huang's credentials, visit his provider page.