About Doctor Butzen

Board Certified in Orthopedic Surgery

Doctor Butzen is certified by the American Board of Orthopedic Surgery (ABOS) in 2015, the first year he was eligible for this honor. He scored in the top quintile in the written portion of this examination.

Fellowship Training in Hand and Upper Extremity Surgery

Doctor Butzen completed a fellowship in 2014 at the University of Southern California (USC). During this additional year of training, beyond the 5 years of residency training in orthopedic surgery, he performed hundreds of surgeries on upper extremities, from the shoulder to finger tips. In addition, he has specialty training in microvascular surgery, peripheral nerve surgery, and soft tissue reconstruction.

Specializes in Injuries and Conditions of the Upper Extremity

Following his specialty training, he has maintained an active practice, continuing to provide quality care, serving the Durango, Colorado community and Four Corners region. 

Special Interests in Sports Injuries

Doctor Butzen has a background in sports, and therefore has special interests in treating sports injuries, including the hands, wrists, elbows, shoulders and knees.

Experienced in the Latest Advanced Surgical Techniques

Treating upper extremity injuries and conditions can be difficult. Traditional techniques have been shown to lead to higher levels of postoperative stiffness, more pain, and slower return to sports or work. Doctor Butzen has extensive experience in the latest surgical techniques, including:

  • All-Arthroscopic Shoulder Rotator Cuff Repairs
  • Superior Capsular Reconstruction, for chronic rotator cuff tears of the shoulder without arthritis
  • Reverse Total Shoulder Replacement, for chronic rotator cuff tears of the shoulder with arthritis
  • Standard Total Shoulder Replacement
  • Shoulder Fracture Treatment
  • Elbow Arthroscopy
  • Elbow Ligament Reconstruction
  • Elbow Fracture Treatment
  • Wrist Arthroscopy
  • Wrist Fracture Treatment
  • Surgical Repair of Lacerated Tendons in the Hand, Wrist, or Forearm
  • Microscopic Repair of Injured or Lacerated Peripheral Nerves (upper and lower extremities)
  • Endoscopic (minimally invasive) Carpal Tunnel Release
  • Treatment of Arthritis of the Base of the Thumb with early motion and strengthening

He selectively performs these procedures because of the quicker return of function, improved durability of these repairs, improved functional outcome, decreased pain, improved range of motion, and faster recovery.

Well-Versed in Non-Surgical Treatments

He is able to distinguish between surgical problems and conditions that can be adequately treated conservatively, with treatments such as physical therapy, bracing, injections, or alternative medicine treatments.

In-Office Procedures Save his Patients' Money

Doctor Butzen performs many simple procedures in his in-office procedure room, which saves his patients thousands of dollars in medical charges compared to the same procedure performed in a hospital setting. He is selective about the complexity of surgeries that can be performed in this way, and the patient always has the option of undergoing these procedures under general anesthesia if desired.

Operates at Animas Surgical Hospital

Doctor Butzen performs his formal surgeries, inpatient and outpatient, at Animas Surgical Hospital, in Durango, which has one of the lowest infection rates in the United States and has been named as a top hospital in national ranking since 2011.


Brian Butzen, MD - Durango Orthopedic Surgeon