Vail Health Nurse Has Excellent Outcome After Partial Knee Replacement and Revision ACL Reconstruction Surgery with Dr. Cunningham

Patient Sunny pictured with her family.  Sunny Carrington-Hahn is the Director of Imaging and Nurse Supervisors at Vail Health Hospital. She has lived in Vail, Colorado with her husband Erik and two children – Samantha and Nicolas – for two years. Prior to that, she grew up in Texas and lived in many other places,… Read more »

Patient Back to Hiking “14ers” after ACL Tear Repaired by Vail-Based Orthopedic Surgeon Dr. Cunningham

Jeremiah’s 1stPost-Surgery“14er”— Quandary’s Peak Jeremiah Couch is a hiking enthusiast and dude ranch (horse breeding farm) worker in Durango, CO. He was born to missionary parents in Ghana, South Africa and was raised in Ohio, before moving to Colorado. In the spring of 2018, Jeremiah was working for Vail Resorts. As an employee, he decided… Read more »

What are Femoral Osteotomies & Why Do We Perform Them in Orthopedics?

Osteotomies, or bone cutting and realignment procedures, have been used by orthopedic surgeons long before joint replacements were being done. The main indication for an osteotomy is to change one’s alignment and unweight one side of the knee joint that may be arthritic and painful. Today, we still perform osteotomies in people who are too… Read more »

Repeated Shoulder Dislocations Cause Increased Damage to the Shoulder

People who live here in the mountains tend to play hard. Injuries are not uncommon. It is not unusual for me to see young people in my office who have dislocated one or both of their shoulders. When someone dislocates their shoulder for the first time, the initial injury is usually due to a high… Read more »

Infection Control After Orthopedic Surgery

Both patients and surgeons worry about infections occurring after surgery. Fortunately, the risk of infection following orthopedic surgery performed in the Vail Valley is about 0.3%. This risk is about 1% in several Denver area hospitals. However, our hospitals, surgical centers and surgeons cannot take all the credit for achieving lower rates of surgical site… Read more »

Baseball Throwing Injuries and Orthopedics

The baseball pitch has been extensively studied and can be divided into several stages: windup, early cocking, late cocking, acceleration, deceleration and follow-through. During throwing, there is a transmission of forces from the lower extremities and core to the upper extremity. The transition point between the late cocking and acceleration phase is the most critical… Read more »

Motorcross Injuries & Orthopedics/Sports Medicine

The snow has already melted off many of the trails down valley, and with that comes motocross for some and mountain biking, hiking, and trail running for others. Motocross is a very strenuous sport. Motocross is gaining in popularity with more dirt tracks being made. Although motocross athletes wear protective gear, injuries are not uncommon.… Read more »