Posted By Dr. Nathan Cafferky on June 13, 2016
Increasing joint centers around the country are also an exciting development in joint replacement surgery. In the last 10 to 20 years, studies have shown that specialized joint centers improve patient outcomes. These are centers that educate patients, improve patient outcomes, and streamline the experience altogether. Joint centers are made up of multiple providers, from your primary care... Read More
Posted By Dr. Nathan Cafferky on June 7, 2016
To understand exactly what I do from a medical standpoint is to understand basic anatomy. The hip anatomy is a ball and socket joint. The acetabulum which is the socket part of the joint articulates with the femoral head which is the ball part of the joint. During surgery, we replace this joint with metal and plastic. The acetabulum which is cup part of the bone is replaced with a metal shell... Read More
Posted By Dr. Nathan Cafferky on May 30, 2016
Traditional methods of surgical treatment for painful arthritic hip and knee joints have provided excellent outcomes for years. Ninety percent of total joint patients do very well. However, there are still some things that we struggle with from a joint replacement standpoint. The most common is that about ten percent of patients really struggle with chronic pain after a joint replacement. Some... Read More
Posted By Dr. Nathan Cafferky on May 24, 2016
Since the modern total hip and total knee were created in the ‘60s and ‘70s, we've been improving upon these time tested traditional implants using biomechanical science. Hips and knees today are made out of metals – such as titanium - that are more biocompatible with a similar strength and mechanical property to bone. Plastic inserts today are better prepared than ever before; less plastic... Read More
Posted By Dr. Nathan Cafferky on May 17, 2016
Q: Will my total hip or total knee hurt? The answer is yes. It does hurt; it's a surgery and a painful recovery process. But the good news is that even though there's no way to make your pain go away completely, our understanding of pain management has dramatically improved over the last 10 to 20 years. The use of multimodal pain medications has improved patient satisfaction significantly.... Read More
Posted By Dr. Nathan Cafferky on April 11, 2016
In this blog series, we will talk about adult reconstruction and arthritis, the treatments for the disease, both non-operative and operative treatments, as well as new advancements in surgical treatments. We will also briefly describe the history of adult reconstruction, where we are now and potentially - where we're going in the future. So what is adult reconstruction? Adult reconstruction is... Read More
Posted By VSO Staff on April 1, 2016
Vail Summit Orthopaedics takes to the ice tonight against Beaver Run Resort at 6pm at Stephen C. West Ice Arena in Breckenridge as part of the 2016 Summit Hockey Classic. Go VSO! Read about the tournament in today's Summit Daily News.
Isaac Newton is famous for the line “If I have seen further, it is by standing on the shoulders of giants.”  This is true in all aspects of life, including medicine.  In healthcare we’re constantly working to improve outcomes.  Sometimes this comes as a result of better understanding a disorder, added experience with medications and procedures or through advancement in technology. Historically,... Read More
Fig 1.  Top-to-bottom view of the intervertebral disc with an annular tear.  Nucleus pulposis is the central portion and the annulus fibrosus is the outer Introduction: The intervertebral disc is a cartilaginous structure that separates the vertebral bodies and serves the function as a shock absorber and a spacer.  The outer portion of the disc is a tough fibrous structure known as the annulus... Read More
Posted By Dr. Erik Dorf on August 28, 2015
This past weekend, eight riders completed the 5th annual Octopus Bike Ride in Eagle County. Dr. Erik Dorf, an upper extremity specialist with Vail Summit Orthopaedics, conceived the event five years ago and has organized it with Scott Bandoni every year since then. The ride tackles many of the large road bike climbs of Eagle County in one day. There are eight. Dorf decided to call it the... Read More

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