Thomas Hinterlong’s Story

Shoulder surgery got this former police sergeant back to the job he loved

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Thomas Hinterlong

Before his shoulder surgery, former Aurora police sergeant Thomas Hinterlong had to limit his daily activities. The surgery let him him return to full duty at the job he loved.

“I have full motion and no pain,” he says. “They did an outstanding job.”

Thomas injured his shoulder in a fall and had his surgery soon after. “I knew I tore something,” he says. “I got it fixed right away.”

Arif Saleem, MD, an elbow and shoulder surgeon with Castle Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine, performed his surgery, which included an arthroscopic rotator cuff repair. Following the surgery, Thomas did physical therapy to strengthen his shoulder. His therapy was with Janelle Szweistis, PT, a physical therapist with Castle Orthopaedics.

“The whole crew did a phenomenal job,” he says. “They were very professional. They explained everything and told me what to expect.”

Thomas is no stranger to Castle Orthopaedics. In the two years before his shoulder surgery, he had two hip replacements — both performed at Castle Orthopaedics.

Now retired, Thomas was pleased that he was back to full duty just six weeks after the hip replacements. After his shoulder surgery, he returned to full duty in 14 weeks.

“I could not ask for better outcomes,” Thomas says. “It was good to be able to get back to the job I loved.”

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