Phillipon is good but you can get it done down in the Front-range or other facilities for less expensive. I wouldn't let him do my surgery unless he was positively the only one doing it and stayed in the room until my case was done. He is really good but he takes a really long time to do it because he is teaching other people. There are others that do just as good a job. The extended time under anesthesia is what I worry about personally. I worked up there with them for years.
As for getting both done, I would. Most people that have one done, get the other done within a year or so.
Also, if Marc does do it, get it done in the Surgery Center and not the hospital. The SC cost less overall than the hospital will. Most plans will not cover it as it is out of network. There are a TON of people that come up and do it as cash pay....
Thank you Argo, I've seen your posts in the CO conditions thread, and value your opinion seeing as you work up there.
The specialist I was referred to (from another specialist here in Lakewood) is Dr. Ellman, he was highly recommended and think he worked out of the Steadman Clinic up there? His bio says he specializes in this particular hip problem and consults for the US ski and snowboard team for what it's worth. He does surgeries here in the front range and it appears he isn't in Vail anymore, I was just going on what the last specialist told me.
Will look into this Dr. Phillipon and make sure to ask the questions you mentioned here. Very helpful info.
As for the cost, I had planned to just buy a premium insurance plan with a low deductible during open enrollment next month and make certain that the Doc I choose takes the plan I enroll in. I can't believe people do cash payment for this.
Funny thing is I don't even know how the hell I tore the labrum, I just started getting an occasional random sharp pain, and usually an uncomfortable dull ache that kept me awake at night in my right hip. It's not like I slammed and knew something was wrong, it just slowly started hurting, more and more as the years have gone by. Could have been a surfing incident about 5 years ago where my back foot stayed on my board as it slipped out and I sort of did a split. Hell if I know, only thing I can remember that might have affected the hip.
Anyways, thanks again, advice has been much appreciated.