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Meet Doctor Brian Butzen

Board-Certified Fellowship-trained Orthopedic Surgeon

Specializes in Injuries and Conditions from the shoulder to the finger tips

Special Interests in Sports Injuries

Experienced in the Latest Advanced Surgical Techniques

Well-Versed in Non-Surgical Treatments

Procedure Room Surgery

Doctor Butzen performs many surgeries in his in-office procedure room. This is convenient to patients, safer , and with cost savings up to 85% of the cost, compared to the same procedure in the operating room. These are the surgeries that he commonly does in the procedure room:

Carpal Tunnel Release

Trigger Finger Release

Dupuytren’s Release

Tendon Release

Extensor Tendon Repair

Laceration Repair

Ganglion Cyst or Soft Tissue Mass Excision

Simple Hardware Removal

For more information about this surgery option, CLICK HERE to see the Procedure Room Handout


My office is in the Animas Surgical Hospital building. The address is:

575 Rivergate Lane

Suite 105

Durango, CO 81301

To get there from downtown Durango, follow Highway 3 (East 8th Avenue) South.  Turn Right onto Sawmill Road. Follow the road down hill and bear right onto Rivergate Lane. Our building is located at the end of the strip on the right.

Call (970) 259-3020


About Doctor Brian Butzen

Doctor Butzen is a fellowship-trained board-certified orthopedic surgeon in Durango, Colorado. He specializes in upper extremity diseases and trauma from the shoulder to finger tips, and sports injuries of the upper and lower extremity. His fellowship training (an additional year of training beyond a 5-year orthopedic surgery residency) was in hand and upper extremity surgery and microsurgery (use of a surgical microscope for nerve and blood vessel repairs).

Doctor Butzen was born and raised in Wisconsin, where he was active in sports and outdoor activities, traveling to Colorado and Durango many times for hiking and backpacking, falling in love with the area. He completed his undergraduate training at the University of Wisconsin - Madison. His medical school (MD) training was at the Medical University of Ohio. He completed his 5-year orthopedic surgery residency at State University of New York - Upstate Medical University in Syracuse in 2012, and completed his one year fellowship at the University of Southern California (training at Los Angeles County Hospital in downtown Los Angeles) in 2013. He eagerly made the move to Durango to join Animas Orthopedic Associates after his graduation.

His residency in orthopedic surgery was well-rounded with great exposure to all facets of orthopedic training including total joint replacement, pediatric orthopedic surgery, foot and ankle surgery, and musculoskeletal trauma. His residency experience with high level sports injuries was excellent, providing sports team coverage to Syracuse University, Cortland College, Minor-league baseball team the Syracuse Chiefs, AHL hockey team the Syracuse Crunch, and Cornell University. Through this training, Doctor Butzen has developed surgical skills utilizing minimally-invasive techniques to maximize surgical outcomes, primarily of the shoulder, knee, and ankle.

Following residency training, he attended the Hand and Upper Extremity fellowship at the University of Southern California, with training at the busy Los Angeles County Hospital. This training focused on trauma and conditions of the upper extremity, from the shoulder to finger tips. His fellowship also provided training in peripheral nerve injuries, microsurgery, and soft tissue reconstruction of the upper and lower extremities.

His hobbies include downhill and nordic skiing, mountain and road biking, trail running and spending time outdoors with his wife and two young sons. He is happy to be in Durango, and is committed to providing quality medical care to his patients.



University of Wisconsin - Madison
Madison, WI


Medical University of Ohio
Toledo, OH


State University of New York - Upstate Medical University
Syracuse, NY


University of Southern California / Los Angeles County Medical Center
Los Angeles, California


American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons
American Board of Orthopedic Surgery
Colorado Medical Society
La Plata County Medical Society
Four Corners Hand Center


 Animas Surgical Hospital