I went to Dr. Kelleher after having issues with my shoulder for years. After x-rays and a MRI, he suggested surgery for a bicep tear and possibly an issue with my rotator cuff. I was only in the area for the summer, but rather than go home to Austin to have it done, I elected—because I trusted Dr. Kelleher’s opinion—to stay in MT an extra couple mos so that he could do the surgery. (I should say that when I mentioned the possibility of having the surgery done elsewhere, he offered to help me find a good surgeon there, which made me trust him more, since it appeared that his concern was for my welfare, not my money.)
I trust that doctors know infinitely more than I do about their specialties,but many doctors are always reminding you of that fact by talking down to you, explaining things to you in obscure and abstract terms, or not spending at least enough time with you to ascertain your level of fitness or overall heath.
In my dealings with Dr. Kelleher, he was always straightfoward about what was going to happen in surgery and—more impressive—what could happen afterward…and how much that depended on me, my work with my PT, etc. He is not one to pretend to know exactly what is going to happen. He’s not going to make false promises, though he did tell me just before I went under for surgery that I would be back in the pool the next day. Or maybe that was the anesthesia talking?
Everyone I talked to about him had only good things to say. I join the chorus and sing the man’s praises. He’s a straight-up, down-to-earth dude.
I hope I never have to see him again. But if I have further issues, I would not hesitate to ask for his help.