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Patient Testimonial: Why Choose Vail-Summit Orthopaedics & Neurosurgery

Updated: Feb 14


Mike Brumbaugh — Vail Valley local, owner of Venture Sports, founder of the Bighorn Gravel race, rock climber, mountain biker, road rider, skier, and all-around outdoor enthusiast — sought relief from chronic back pain.

Patients often face many choices in the quest for the ideal orthopedic surgeon. The desire to secure the services of the best orthopedic practice is paramount. Amidst the sea of options, it becomes challenging to discern which orthopedic doctor stands out in the field. Vail-Summit Orthopaedics & Neurosurgery is the top choice as the best orthopedic practice solidified by many highly satisfied patients. From professional athletes to weekend warriors alike, VSON patients attest to the expertise of the world-class care from the VSON orthopedic surgeons.


Mike Brumbaugh and the VSON Difference


Among the many testimonials, one patient's experience encapsulates what sets Vail-Summit Orthopaedics & Neurosurgery apart. Mike Brumbaugh Vail Valley local, owner of Venture Sports, founder of the Bighorn Gravel race, rock climber, mountain biker, road rider, skier, and all-around outdoor enthusiast sought relief from chronic back pain. His journey with VSON began with an appointment that defied expectations. 


"Throughout the entire process, I felt like the most important patient they have ever had," Mike recalls.


Despite lacking the celebrity status of the athletes whose photos adorned the walls, he received highly personalized care the true VIP treatment.


Expert Collaboration in Orthopedics and Personalized Care


Physiatrist Dr. Raub and his team at VSON displayed a level of attentiveness rarely encountered in medical settings. 


"They actually seemed like they were listening intently and cared about what I was saying," Mike recounts. 


This departure from the usual transactional nature of medical visits left a profound impression. In collaboration with VSON's neurosurgeon Dr. Braxton, Dr. Raub devised a comprehensive treatment plan tailored to Mike's needs and outdoor lifestyle. 


"Having two of 'the best' spine experts working together for a normal guy like me... I was pretty blown away."


Empowered Decision-Making and Supportive Care


In collaboration with Dr. Braxton, Dr. Raub devised a comprehensive treatment plan tailored to Mike's needs and outdoor lifestyle. 

Opting for a less aggressive approach initially, Drs. Raub and Braxton explored conservative treatment options before ultimately proceeding with surgery. Despite the eventual need for a microdiscectomy with Dr. Braxton, Mike appreciated the shared decision-making process. 


"They ultimately let me have a vote in the decision-making process. What a novel concept." 


Mike felt empowered and well-informed throughout the journey, a stark departure from previous medical encounters.


Compassionate Support Every Step of the Way in Orthopedics


The personalized care extended beyond the surgical suite. The VSON team facilitated every aspect of the process, including navigating insurance complexities. 


"It felt like I was being assisted by a customer service or concierge team as opposed to a doctor's office," Mike said.


This support alleviated much of the stress associated with undergoing surgery, allowing Mike to focus on recovery.


Reassurance and Follow-Up Care from Top Orthopedic Doctor


On the day of surgery, Dr. Braxton's compassionate demeanor provided reassurance amidst nerves. 


"He was incredibly kind and patient. He never once seemed cocky or made me feel dumb for being nervous." 


Post-surgery, the attentiveness of the VSON team persisted, with frequent check-ins ensuring Mike's comfort and well-being. 


"If I needed anything at any time, they diligently called me to check how I was doing."


The Best Orthopedic Practice: Vail-Summit Orthopaedics & Neurosurgery


As Mike progressed through recovery, the impact Vail-Summit Orthopaedics & Neurosurgery had on his life became very evident. 

As Mike progressed through recovery, the impact Vail-Summit Orthopaedics & Neurosurgery had on his life became very evident. 


"My pain is pretty much entirely gone," Mike said. "I am looking forward to riding, skiing, and biking harder and stronger than I did in my 40s." 


The transformative experience reaffirmed his conviction that VSON is the pinnacle of the best orthopedic care. 


"If you want THE BEST team to fix you and serve you from start to finish, then there is only one choice, and that's the men and women at Vail-Summit Orthopaedics & Neurosurgery!"


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