Dr. Blake Miller

Orthopedic Surgery
Grand Rapids, MI
15 years experience male

Locations

Spectrum Health

Grand Rapids, MI

Address

4100 Lake Drive Suite 300, Grand Rapids, MI
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About

Bio

I have completed residency at St. John Oakland Hospital in the Detroit Metro area and finished an orthopedic trauma fellowship at Rutgers' University Hospital in Newark, NJ. I have an interest in complex fracture surgery, pelvis and acetabular recontruction and malunion/nonunion treatment and surgery.

Specialties
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Orthopedic Surgery

Trauma Surgery

Licenses

United States: Michigan

Languages spoken

English

Doctor Q&A

251 Answers
60 Agrees
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A male asked:
Dr. Blake Miller
Orthopedic Surgery 15 years experience
Bad idea: I think elective bilateral surgery is a bad idea. For mobility reasons, I think it's better to have staged surgery so you have a "good" or "better" le... Read More
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A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. Blake Miller
Orthopedic Surgery 15 years experience
Numb toes: With an injury to the ankle of that magnitude, it can irritate the nerves around these ligamentous structures and capsule. The numbness in the toes sh... Read More
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A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. Blake Miller
Orthopedic Surgery 15 years experience
Depends: Depends on the location and type of osteotomy that is being done. Also it depends if they're playing or nailing the bone after the osteotomy.
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A 59-year-old female asked:
Dr. Blake Miller
Orthopedic Surgery 15 years experience
Hard to tell: Depending on the severity of compressing and duration of the symptoms, you could have permanent risidual numbness, but only time will tell. Nerves hea... Read More
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A 24-year-old male asked:
Dr. Blake Miller
Orthopedic Surgery 15 years experience
Pes anserine : usually running will cause the bursitis to flare. The semitendinosis could certainly tear, but this would be more rare than just a flare.
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A 34-year-old female asked:
Dr. Blake Miller
Orthopedic Surgery 15 years experience
Not likely: Bone sarcomas or metastatic lesions rarely present in this fashion. A painless bump that moves most likely is not cancer. Especially in the patella, t... Read More
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A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. Blake Miller
Orthopedic Surgery 15 years experience
9 weeks post injury: There was one report in the Journal of Bone & Joint Surgery regarding driving after ankle fractures and the conclusion was that breaking strength ... Read More
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A male asked:
Dr. Blake Miller
Orthopedic Surgery 15 years experience
Avalox: yes, I would stop taking it and see your physician. Avalox is a fluouroquinolone and can cause tendon irritation and weakness in some individuals lead... Read More
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A 16-year-old female asked:
Dr. Blake Miller
Orthopedic Surgery 15 years experience
Probably does show: your x-rays likely do show evidence of Osgood-Schlatter's but it's likely projectional and not easy to see. It all depends on the x-ray tech taking th... Read More
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A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. Blake Miller
Orthopedic Surgery 15 years experience
Unlikely: Osteosarcomas or Ewing's sarcoma or even synovial sarcomas are rare diseases. There are genetic predispositions to these diseases, but the bone sarcom... Read More
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A member asked:
Dr. Blake Miller
Orthopedic Surgery 15 years experience
Bowed legs: Bow-legs in a child should correct around age 8 or 9. If they do not, this indicates there might be a structural issue. There are many different types... Read More
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A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Blake Miller
Orthopedic Surgery 15 years experience
Theoretical: This is theoretical. Adipose tissue possesses an enzyme called aromatase that coverts your steroid hormone to Estrogens that is osteoprotective, but o... Read More
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Blake Miller
Orthopedic Surgery 15 years experience
Depends: Pes planus can be a result of genetic factors, joint laxity, anatomic variances and posterior tibial tendon degeneration (adult-acquired flat feet).
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A 36-year-old male asked:
Dr. Blake Miller
Orthopedic Surgery 15 years experience
Lateral release: There is little benefit to performing a lateral release. Lateral patellar tilt is an indication, but patellofemoral problems are very difficult to tre... Read More
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A 30-year-old female asked:
Dr. Blake Miller
Orthopedic Surgery 15 years experience
Clavicle fracture: Are you sure it was healed from original fracture? Sometimes you can have a clavicular nonunion (never healed), but can aggravate the nonunion and wil... Read More
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A 58-year-old female asked:
Dr. Blake Miller
Orthopedic Surgery 15 years experience
I'd recommend NWB: I'm not sure what the fracture looks like. If its truly a medial condyle fracture, i would recommend non-weight-bearing. Without knowing the fracture ... Read More
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A 44-year-old female asked:
Dr. Blake Miller
Orthopedic Surgery 15 years experience
Discrepancy: Sometimes surgeons and radiologists lack consistency with their diagnoses. Surgeons have the luxury of evaluating patients clinically. The surgeon may... Read More
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A 42-year-old female asked:
Dr. Blake Miller
Orthopedic Surgery 15 years experience
Finger dislocation: Use athletic tape and buddy tape your small finger to your ring finger for about 3-4 weeks to protect it and get it moving. The swelling and pain will... Read More
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A 18-year-old male asked:
Dr. Blake Miller
Orthopedic Surgery 15 years experience
Two to three days: Two to three days would probably be adequate unless you're doing high-intensity training. Then maybe 5-6 days for the muscles to repair.
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A 69-year-old male asked:
Dr. Blake Miller
Orthopedic Surgery 15 years experience
Typically not: No, most of your motion is gained within the first three months and be fully reached by about a year out. The gains you will have after that period wi... Read More
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A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. Blake Miller
Orthopedic Surgery 15 years experience
Sutures: Yes, that's normal. Suture removal is not painful.
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A 44-year-old female asked:
Dr. Blake Miller
Orthopedic Surgery 15 years experience
MRI finding: There are a few different images that are created when using an mri, the most common being t1-, t2-weighted and stir, images. I'm assuming you're look... Read More
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A 30-year-old male asked:
Dr. Blake Miller
Orthopedic Surgery 15 years experience
No: Or should I say it's highly unlikely. Vitamin d is involved in calcium metabolism, whereas inflammatory arthritis in an immune phenomenon. Vitamin d h... Read More
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A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. Blake Miller
Orthopedic Surgery 15 years experience
Muscle pains: Vitamin d deficiency is not associated with muscle pain. It is involved in calcium and bone metabolism. Your muscle pains are likely secondary to some... Read More
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A 55-year-old female asked:
Dr. Blake Miller
Orthopedic Surgery 15 years experience
Possible nonunion: The tibia is notorious for not healing. It's possible that it never healed and you've developed a nonunion, for several different reasons. I'd make an... Read More
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A 44-year-old male asked:
Dr. Blake Miller
Orthopedic Surgery 15 years experience
Hip fracture: It's very difficult to predict. You're young and the amount of displacement of the hip at the time of surgery predicts the chance of femoral head necr... Read More
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A 33-year-old male asked:
Dr. Blake Miller
Orthopedic Surgery 15 years experience
Terminology: Subchondral edema means you have a bone bruise under the cartilage in your knee representing microfractures in the trabecular bone. Sclerosis means ha... Read More
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A 66-year-old male asked:
Dr. Blake Miller
Orthopedic Surgery 15 years experience
Follow-up: You'll need to follow-up with your surgeon to determine if the meniscus is retorn.
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A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Blake Miller
Orthopedic Surgery 15 years experience
Discontinue: You may be having a histaminic reaction to the cholestyramine. I'd stop the medication or take Benadryl (diphenhydramine) to see if the itching improv... Read More
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A 20-year-old male asked:
Dr. Blake Miller
Orthopedic Surgery 15 years experience
Axial neck pain: This sounds like a typical presentation of axial neck pain, which can have many different causes. If you start having numbness/tingling in the upper ... Read More
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A 46-year-old female asked:
Dr. Blake Miller
Orthopedic Surgery 15 years experience
Hoarseness: It is variable. It can be a few days to permenantly. Very rarely is it permenant. The recurrent laryngeal nerve, which innervates your larynx requires... Read More
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A 45-year-old male asked:
Dr. Blake Miller
Orthopedic Surgery 15 years experience
Neuropathy: What did you do for the nerve entrapment? Sounds like similar symptoms. I'd follow-up with an orthopedist for an evaluation.
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A 40-year-old female asked:
Dr. Blake Miller
Orthopedic Surgery 15 years experience
Hard to know: It's hard to determine as we do not know the injury you sustained to get the first fracture. Without knowing the trauma you had, bone density or medic... Read More
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A 59-year-old female asked:
Dr. Blake Miller
Orthopedic Surgery 15 years experience
Sometimes: Occasionally, in bad cases you can see a bony traction spur or fragmentation at the inferior pole of the patella. Mri would also show it, but mriis be... Read More
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Blake Miller
Orthopedic Surgery 15 years experience
Lots of things: There are many reasons to have left arm pain: neurologic, vascular, musculoskeletal, infectious, etc. There are lots of pain generating structures in ... Read More
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A 38-year-old female asked:
Dr. Blake Miller
Orthopedic Surgery 15 years experience
Likely incorrect: They never get long-leg films. Most of the time it's a perceived leg-length discrepancy (lld) over a true lld from a pelvic obliquity. That's a common... Read More
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A 44-year-old female asked:
Dr. Blake Miller
Orthopedic Surgery 15 years experience
Hot tub: Ask your physician, but should be ok if the wounds are completely healed.
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A 52-year-old female asked:
Dr. Blake Miller
Orthopedic Surgery 15 years experience
Osteopenia: Calcium is commonly not an issue as dietary calcium is often sufficient with most people's daily dietary intake. More commonly, osteopenia/osteoporosi... Read More
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A 37-year-old female asked:
Dr. Blake Miller
Orthopedic Surgery 15 years experience
Dietary change: Look at eatingacademy.Com and search youtube videos on richard lustig, md, mary vernon, md and steven phinney. I think a low-carbohydrate diet, high f... Read More
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A 44-year-old female asked:
Dr. Blake Miller
Orthopedic Surgery 15 years experience
Depends.: Depends on the problem. The joint effusion (swelling) indicates either likely a meniscal tear or chondromalacia (cartilage derangement) of the kneecap... Read More
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A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. Blake Miller
Orthopedic Surgery 15 years experience
Evaluation: Knee dislocations and patella dislocations are two different things. I'd assume you are having a patellar dislocation. There are several reasons for t... Read More
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A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. Blake Miller
Orthopedic Surgery 15 years experience
Depends: Metastatic carcinoma portends a poor prognosis, typically. There are a couple of possibilities such as a plasmacytoma/multiple myeloma or metastatic d... Read More
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A member asked:
Dr. Blake Miller
Orthopedic Surgery 15 years experience
Broken nose: "ala" means "wing." you fractured the lateral aspect of your nose. Protection and non-operative treatment if nondisplaced. It'll heal in about 6 weeks... Read More
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A 38-year-old female asked:
Dr. Blake Miller
Orthopedic Surgery 15 years experience
Not necessarily: These are general diagnoses that have little description as to the pathology that is occurring. An x-ray can occasionally identify pubic fragmentation... Read More
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A 22-year-old male asked:
Dr. Blake Miller
Orthopedic Surgery 15 years experience
Keinbock's: Cystic changes in the lunate indicate potentially keinbock's disease, which occurs most commonly when the ulna is slightly shorter than the radius. So... Read More
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A 26-year-old male asked:
Dr. Blake Miller
Orthopedic Surgery 15 years experience
Another surgeon: If you've had 3 tfcc repairs in the last six years, this is becoming an exercise of futility. I'd recommend seeing another hand surgeon for a second o... Read More
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A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Blake Miller
Orthopedic Surgery 15 years experience
Hard to say: Recovery from a compressive neuropathy can take several months to a year to completely recover depending how much damage to the nerve was caused and t... Read More
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A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. Blake Miller
Orthopedic Surgery 15 years experience
Strengthening: Exercising the muscles surrounding a hypermobile joints will help with dynamic stabilization and become less prone to injury.
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Blake Miller
Orthopedic Surgery 15 years experience
Rotator cuff: Rotator cuff disease is sometimes difficult to diagnose on exam. Some of the key features are age of onset and awakening you from sleep. Rotator cuff ... Read More
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A 34-year-old female asked:
Dr. Blake Miller
Orthopedic Surgery 15 years experience
No: Wrist injections are tolerated by most. You'd get poked with two needles over one. I anticipate you'll be able to handle it just fine.
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Mar 30, 2015
Dr. Miller is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Mar 31, 2015
Dr. Miller is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Thank you, your answer or tip was very helpful! Only problem is my left leg keeps breaking n ortho refuses to fix meniscus or debride both knees before tear I was walking wit crutches fine
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Thank you, your answer or tip was very helpful! Wheelchair is because I can't full weightbear on left leg n right leg has meniscus tear with arthritis leaving me unable to weightbear
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Thank you, your answer was very helpful! I decided to go to mtg gp after i read your reasons. Im now in a cast and have an appointment at the fracture clinic next Tuesday. Thank you

Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

Des Moines University
Graduated 2008MD

Residency

St John Providence Health System

Awards

Top Doctor, First Place, Royal Oak, MI - Winter
2013
Top Orthopedic Surgeon , Second Place, Michigan - Winter
2013
Most Influential, Second Place, Royal Oak Region, MI - Summer
2013

Affiliations

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
AO North America
Orthopaedic Trauma Association
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