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Patient Testimonials – Steven Struhl MD


The River Road route next to the Hudson River (just under the George Washington Bridge) is a popular ride for cyclists seeking a hill climbing workout near New York City.

Peter C. has been in sports all his life and loves the adrenaline that cycling provides. On a gorgeous day in August 2013, he decided to do some hill training on the River Road route that resulted in disaster with a grade 3 ac joint separation and broken ribs. While going downhill at 27 mph with a couple of cars trailing behind him, he noticed a fallen rock that he thought he could maneuver around without merging in front of the cars behind him. Unfortunately, his left pedal caught the side of the rock and it catapulted him and his bike into a boulder wall that was 7’ away. Peter’s right side took the majority of the impact and resulted in him suffering a type 3 separated shoulder and 6 broken ribs. He spent 2 months in recovery in a New Jersey hospital due to this tragic bike accident.

After extensive physical therapy and time to heal, he followed the advice of his previous Orthopedic Surgeon (who performed surgery on a past knee injury) that he should just “wait and see” when it pertained to his ac joint separation. “I could not pull up on the handlebars nor ride properly on my road bike. I refused to live like that”, explained Peter C. He then began his search to find the best orthopedic surgeon who specializes in shoulder surgery in New York.

He found Dr. Steven Struhl online and saw his video on his breakthrough patented ac joint separation surgical technique, which he thought was better than any other procedure he researched so far. Peter then went to his previous Orthopedic Surgeon and referenced Dr Struhl’s continuous loop technique to repair his ac joint injury and asked for his thoughts. That doctor mentioned that type of shoulder separation surgery technique is beyond his expertise.

Immediately after that appointment Peter C. called Dr. Struhl to schedule a consultation. He felt extremely comfortable with Dr. Struhl and his staff’s attention to detail, years of experience, and the proven results Dr. Struhl has been able to obtain due to his double endobutton “continuous loop” ac joint separation surgery. Understanding that the endobutton continuous loop is twice as strong, more reliable, and has a shorter ac joint recovery time; Peter then scheduled Dr. Struhl to perform the ac joint surgery on his shoulder on November 21, 2014.

“My range of motion right now is around 95% and is excellent. I can’t believe it”, explained Peter. He was able to get back on his road bike for the first time at the end of May 2015 and could not believe that he was able to feel comfortable to ride again so quickly after his bike accident.

“I highly recommend anyone who has suffered a shoulder injury like I have with my grade 3 ac joint separation to schedule a consultation with Dr. Steven Struhl. I am so happy that I spent the extra time searching for a shoulder specialist and found Dr. Struhl’s website so I can get back to living my life”, proclaimed Peter C.

– Peter C.
Type 3 AC Joint Separation


Gimbels Ride is Westchester’s premier and longest running race pace group for cyclists in the Northeast. The Gimbels Ride has been around for 50-60 years for very competitive riders and has been featured in Bicycle Magazine. During the Summer time you could expect to see over 65 riders.

For Mike D. a competitive cyclist who competed in triathlons and biathlons, the Gimbels Ride was the perfect competitive race group to hone his skills until a rider in his pack ran into him and he suffered a grade 4 AC Joint Separation.

Mike D. went to 4-5 different “shoulder specialist” orthopedic surgeons in Westchester County, and he was disappointed with the recommendations like, “Leave it alone…fix it down the road…wait and see” “It was painful and I could not see living like that”, explained Mike D. Therefore, he began his thorough research online on different techniques to fix his shoulder separation.

Mike shared his frustration that he found several different procedures to fix his ac joint, but no one seemed to be able to agree on a reliable fix. Hearing that “some times it works and some times it does not.” made him skeptical. “A lot of doctors do the attachment and tie down with knots, but I could not get a straight answer on if they also fixed the ligaments.” , stated Mike D.

Determined to find a solution so he could get back to the active life he enjoyed, he found Dr. Steven Struhl’s AC Joint Separation website with his U.S. patented “closed loop double endobutton” shoulder separation surgery technique. He explains, “After reading about the procedure that Dr. Struhl developed it seemed simpler and a better idea. Where the loop was stronger, more reliable, and smaller incisions It just made sense to visit Dr. Struhl’s sports medicine office in Westchester.” During his visit, Dr. Struhl explained everything in-depth and he explained that he knows that his “continuous loop” ac joint separation technique works, and that Dr. Struhl also felt that he could repair his ligament.

Mike decided to have his shoulder separation repaired by Dr. Struhl and is thrilled with the results. His shoulder is almost as good as new. Over time his shoulder got better and better and stronger and stronger. Mike is now lifting as much weight as he was prior to the surgery and still doing his 3 sets of pushups and pullups, and is back to riding every weekend.

– Mike D.
Type 4 AC Joint Separation


As far as awesome winter sports go, snowboarding is definitely one of the best. As far as sports injuries go, snowboarding is capable of inflicting some of the most painful injuries. Jason B. can attest to that fact after he sustained a Stage 5 Shoulder Separation while he was recently snowboarding in Vermont.

Jason injured his shoulder when he caught an edge on his snowboard (catching an edge is when a snowboarder is tripped up by the leading edge of their snowboard getting caught in the snow) and he had no time to even get his hands out to protect him. To make matters worse, the local doctors he went to see recommended against surgery for his shoulder injury, with no positive prognosis in sight.

Since Jason was not terribly keen about the prospect of permanently limiting his shoulders range of motion, having ongoing localized pain, painful clicking and popping, shoulder fatigue, and a lack of endurance, not to mention having an unnecessary permanent disfigurement, he did a web search to find a real solution.

His search to find an early stage treatment, using the keywords “AC Joint Shoulder Separation,” yielded just the results he needed. He found Dr. Steven Struhl’s website, and made an appointment right away. Jason met with Dr. Struhl, and learned of his Patented AC Joint Separation technique, so he elected to have Dr. Struhl perform the surgery. You can learn more about the AC Joint surgery and the effectiveness of Dr. Struhl’s Patented technique by watching the video by clicking the above link.

Prior to Jason’s successful surgery, his right AC Joint was 300% higher than normal, and now it is perfect! Jason says this was the “best decision he has ever made.”

After the surgery, and seeing the x-ray after 8 weeks, Dr. Struhl stated, “You can’t get better than that!”

AC Joint injured shoulder

Jason views Dr. Struhl as a “miracle worker,” who has allowed him to continue to do the things he enjoys in life, enjoying the full use of his dominant shoulder again.

We are so grateful that Jason is feeling better and found Dr. Steven Struhl, who has once again, proven himself as one of the finest Orthopedic Surgeons in New York.

– Jason B.
AC Joint Shoulder Separation