Orthopedic surgeon brings services to Craig

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By JOSH NICHOLS
Daily Press writer
For those weekend warriors who have a habit of breaking a bone here and there, help has arrived.
Andreas M. Sauerbrey, M.D. and Michael Sisk, M.D., surgeons at Orthopaedics of Steamboat Springs, will rotate with one another coming to The Memorial Hospital in Craig.
Sisk will be at TMH on Mondays and Wednesdays, while Sauerbrey will be in Craig on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
Pam Thompson, community relations director at TMH, said Sauerbrey's specialized training in the upper extremities is difficult to find.
"It's a specialty that is very hard to come by," she said.
Sauerbrey specializes in shoulder, elbow and hand surgery, which is somewhat unique in the medical field.
"It's unique because I did all of them," he said. "Some doctors might do one or the other, but I stayed on to do the hand training."
Sauerbrey, who is originally from Bend, Ore., first moved to Colorado to complete his orthopedic residency at the University of Colorado.
He subsequently performed fellowship training in shoulder, elbow and hand surgery at the University of Pennsylvania and Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia.
His specialty includes conditions affecting upper extremities including sports, trauma, arthritis and reconstructive surgery.
Being from Bend, Ore., Sauerbrey has had no difficulty adjusting to small town life in Northwest Colorado.
"Life in Bend is very similar to Steamboat and Craig," he said.
He also realizes that it is an area where the services of an orthopedic surgeon are often needed.
"With the athletic population around here, we see a lot of broken wrists and shoulder injuries," he said. "You also see a lot of the ranching community coming in with arthritis."
According to Thompson, people in Craig will benefit from the new addition to the TMH staff.
"An orthopedic surgeon is an exciting addition to our staff because we have a community that will need it through sports, ranching and other work-related injuries," she said.
Appointments can be scheduled with Dr. Sauerbrey and Dr. Sisk by calling TMH at 824-7180.

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