Dr. Pevny is originally from Bratislava in the Slovak Republic. He is the fourth generation of doctors in the Pevny family. His great-grandfather was surgeon general of Austria Hungary, from which Czechoslovakia formed after World War II. His great-great grandfather was the first radiologist in Czechoslovakia. Dr. Pevny’s father was a prominent pulmonologist in Czechoslovakia before fleeing to the United States in 1968 with his wife and two young children to further pursue his career in medicine.
Dr. Pevny grew up in Houston, Texas. He attended Texas A&M University and graduated with honors while obtaining a degree in biochemistry. He subsequently earned his medical degree from the prestigious Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas. His orthopaedic surgery residency training was performed at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center. His passion for sports led him to Aspen to complete the Rocky Mountain Sports Medicine Fellowship. Dr. Pevny joined the Aspen Valley Hospital medical staff in the summer of 1996, at the completion of his sports medicine fellowship.
Dr. Pevny’s professional interests include sports medicine, in particular disorders of the shoulder and knee. Dr. Pevny also specializes in joint replacement surgery of the knee and shoulder. Dr. Pevny established the joint replacement surgery program at Aspen Valley Hospital which, prior to his arrival, was not available.
Dr. Pevny is an active participant in many local and national orthopaedic societies, remaining current in the latest orthopedic technologies. Dr. Pevny is also actively involved in research in the area of sports medicine and joint replacement. He is involved in teaching the newest techniques in knee and shoulder surgery, as well as joint replacement. Dr. Pevny is an active lecturer and has published numerous articles as well as book chapters.
Dr. Pevny lives in Aspen with his wife Lori and three children — Jack, Nicholas, and Sophia. He enjoys skiing, biking, running, and golf.
NEWLY PUBLISHED RESEARCH ON ANTERIOR CRUCIATE LIGAMENT RECONSTRUCTION
Congratulations to Andrew I. Larson, B.S.M.E. and Fellow Alumni Daniel P. Bullock, MD of the Aspen Sports Medicine Foundation and Tomas Pevny, MD of Aspen Orthopaedic Associates.
In the July 2012 editions of Arthroscopy: The Journal of Arthroscopic and Related Surgery they published a research paper titled, “Comparison of 4 Femoral Tunnel Drilling Techniques in Anterior Cruciate Ligament Reconstruction”.
PATIENT-SPECIFIC KNEE REPLACEMENTS
Patient-specific knee replacement is the best treatment for patients with arthritic knees where the majority of the cartilage has broken down, resulting in pain, swelling, stiffness, deformity, and functional limitation. This is the best option after all non-operative treatments have failed. Dr. Pevny may use pre-operative CT scan or MRI, allowing for the selection of patient-specific instruments during surgery. This allows for a more efficient and precise operation based on each patients anatomy; allowing for less blood loss, quicker rehabilitation, and better functional outcomes.
ANDY MILL – OLYMPIC & WORLD CUP SKIER
Skiing As Fast, As Hard, and Stronger Than Ever
In October of 2009 former alpine ski racer, World Club Skier, and Olympian Andy Mill underwent a total knee arthroplasty – also known as total knee replacement surgery. As little as six weeks post surgery, Andy Mill was back skiing, hunting, and living the active lifestyle he was accustom to. Andy says, “At seven weeks, I hiked to the top of The Loge, on Aspen Highlands. By the fourth month, I was skiing as fast and as hard as I wanted. I was pain free, strong, and was able to push myself harder than ever!”
Tom Pevny, MD, is honored to treat Andy Mill as a patient. Dr. Pevny said, “Andy was a perfect candidate for this procedure because of his background as an Olympian and World Cup ski racer, and someone who is still competing in various sports. Over the years, he sustained several knee injuries and as a result developed arthritis. Andy has a strong desire to stay active and live a high quality of life. When his knee pain began impeding that – we knew it was time to schedule surgery.”
CHRIS KLUG – COMMUNITY ATHLETE
“Dr. Pevny – Thank you for putting me back together more than once and being a part of the team that’s helping me pursue my Olympic dreams. It has all been downhill fast.” Sincerely, Chris Klug
Dr. Pevny says, “Chris has overcome tremendous adversity to achieve amazing goals. Along with orthopedic injuries, Chris was the first Olympian to compete after receiving an organ transplant. He won an Olympic bronze medal in the 2002 Salt Lake City Winter Olympics and is a several time US National Champion.”
“I wish to express my thanks on behalf of myself and my friend (who suffered a severe leg injury – three breaks) and her family.
Where do I start?
Dr. Pevny came to see her every day. He is obviously an excellent surgeon but he also has a great bedside manner as he provided re-assurance and took time to answer all our questions.”
Ted Davenport turned pro in 2005 after winning the overall European Freeski title as well as placing in the top five at the infamous Verbier Extreme. In this same season, he also started filming with Warren Miller and Teton Gravity Research. Unfortunately just after turning professional, his career had a rocky progression plagued by several injuries. Just when he felt fully healed and strong again, he’d have another accident.
BIG THANKS TO DR. PEVNY AND HIS TEAM!
“Although I had a nine month old baby at home, I could not resist the new mountain biking terrain which opened last summer on Snowmass Mountain. After a pretty spectacular crash and mountain evacuation, I was diagnosed with “only” a separated shoulder. Dr. Pevny provided prompt and conservative care in that we decided to hold off on surgery in the hopes that I would heal without the need for it. Unfortunately, I was not one of the lucky few, and after six months, elected operation.
While I truly appreciated the initial non-surgical approach, had I known Dr. Pevny’s team would make surgery as seamless and pleasant as possible… I might have chosen the operation sooner. They were simply fantastic and true professionals. I was provided assistance and guidance in handling my health insurance and exemplary follow up care.”BACK TO FULL ACTIVITY
“As an active 66 year old, many years of use and abuse from skiing, running, biking and other athletic pursuits finally caught up with me. I was bone on bone and in pain in my left knee. Tom understands the desire of active people to get back to what they love to do. On May 16, 2011, Dr Pevny replaced my knee with a Stryker Triathlon prosthesis. Access to Tom and his staff for follow-up was excellent. I did my rehab religiously. I was on a stationary bike a week after the surgery. The first day it took me 15 minutes to do one complete revolution. The next day I did 80 and the following day did 300 revolutions. I stopped counting at 800+. By the end of the summer I had over 500 miles on my road bike and had resumed hiking. Then I skied 102 days in all kinds of conditions. I now have over eight hundred miles on my bike this spring.”