MEDICAL SERVICES

 

Keeping You Active. It's What We Do.

 

Our commitment at Vail-Summit Orthopaedics & Neurosurgery is to provide you with the highest level of care in a comfortable, professional atmosphere, and our outpatient surgery center was specifically designed and built for that purpose.

 

We perform a comprehensive range of advanced specialty outpatient surgical services. Unlike traditional hospitals, where outpatient and inpatient surgeries are performed, our surgery center is designed and staffed specifically for specialized outpatient surgeries only. By this unique focus on orthopaedic and podiatric (foot and ankle) outpatient procedures, our staff is experienced and dedicated in giving you the individualized, world-class care you deserve.

 

When you have your procedure performed at our surgery center, you will experience several advantages, including:

 

Advanced Technology

 

We have a state-of-the-art facility created specifically for our experienced and skilled surgeons to perform advanced specialty outpatient surgeries.

 

Comfort 

 

Our surgery center was designed specifically with patients and their loved ones in mind. We are dedicated to making your experience as comfortable as possible.

 

Sophistication

 

At Vail-Summit Orthopaedics, we offer patients world class service and unmatched surgical care.

 

Efficiency and Experience 

 

Our medical and support staff is highly focused on just a few specialties, and because of this, they have a high degree of experience with your surgery and care.

 

DIGITAL X-RAY

 

A digital X-ray {digital radiology) is a form of X-ray imaging where digital X-ray sensors are used in place of trad itional photographic film. Digital X-ray is used to diagnose conditions by taking pictures of the inside of the body.

 

On the day of your digital X-ray: 

 

  • Bring your doctor's order for your X-ray and your insurance card with you to your appointment. 

  • If an X-ray has previously been taken, please bring the films with you to your appointment. 

  • If you are unable to bring your previous films with you, your appointment may need to be rescheduled.

 

To schedule your digital X-ray or if you have any questions regarding our digital X-ray service, please call Vail-Summit Orthopaedics at (970) 476-7220 

 

DURABLE MEDICAL EQUIPMENT 

 

At Vail-Summit Orthopaedics, we understand that your injury or condition may necessitate the use of durable medical equipment to ensure a fast and effective recovery. We will make a direct order for any equipment you may need so that you are provided with the highest- quality product at the most affordable price.

 

We can provide: 

 

  • Knee braces

  • Ankle braces

  • Foot braces

  • Carpal tunnel supports

  • Back supports

  • Cervical collars

  • Tennis elbow straps

 

ELECTROMYOGRAPHY (EMG)

 

As a recognized leader in orthopaedic care, Vail-Summit Orthopaedics is committed to providing patients with access to the latest treatments and advanced techniques, such as electrodiagnostic testing. The knowledgeable physiatrists of Vail-Summit Orthopaedics are trained and experienced in diagnosing, evaluating, and treating physical discomforts due to the musculoskeletal and nervous systems.

 

Whether you have radiating neck pain, back discomfort, physical numbness and weakness, muscle fatigue, or muscle cramping, our experts provide conservative methods and techniques for restoring your health and function.

 

In order to discover the source of your nerve and muscle pain, our doctors will perform an electrodiagnostic consultation. The test consists of a comprehensive neuromusculoskeletal exam, which tests how well signals travel along a nerve and helps find the cause of abnormal nerve function.

 

At Vail-Summit Orthopaedics & Neurosurgery, our goal is to effectively treat your bodily aches and pains and return you to enjoying your favorite activities. If you are experiencing any of the symptoms listed above, our dedicated physiatrists will help find a solution to your ailments and help you get back to enjoying activity again.

 

To learn more about our electromyography and nerve conduction velocity services, please call Vail-Summit Orthopaedics at (970) 476-7220 or click on the Appointment Request button.

MAGNETIC RESONANCE IMAGING (MRI)

 

Vail-Summit Orthopaedics provides MRI scans for identifying injuries and conditions in your body. An MRI is a harmless, noninvasive test that uses a strong magnetic field and radiofrequency waves to produce images of the inside of your body. The scans are very safe, and there is no radiation exposure.

 

Preparing for an MRI scan and what to expect on your examination day: 

 

  • Please inform your MRI scheduling representative if you have a pacemaker, metal fragments in your eyes or body, or types of aneurysm clips and implants.

  • Most MRI scans take about 45 minutes each. Some parts of the body may take up to 1-1/2 hours. If you are having 3 or more scans done, you may want to consider scheduling them on separate days.    

  • You may wear normal street clothes as long as they do not contain any metal, including zippers, snaps, buttons, and metallic thread. You will also be asked to remove all jewelry, glasses, dentures, loose change, wallets, bank or credit cards, wigs, etc.

  • If you are on medications, you can continue to take them as prescribed. If you have pain medication, you should also take these so your exam will be more comfortable, as you will have to lie still during the exam.

  • When ready for your MRI, you will be asked to lie on the table either head or feet first depending on the type of exam. The table will then move the part of the body being scanned to the center of the magnet. You will hear a loud knocking/buzzing as you are being scanned. Due to the loud noises, you will be given earplugs to wear.

  • If you are claustrophobic, please inform the digital imaging technician. There are medications that can be provided for you to make you more at ease. If you are in need of this medication, you will need to have someone available to drive you the day of your exam. Please keep in mind we will do everything we can to keep you as comfortable as possible.

 

 

ULTRASOUND-GUIDED INJECTIONS

 

Musculoskeletal ultrasound is a diagnostic imaging tool that uses high-frequency sound waves to create images of specific areas in the body. Ultrasound is also used to guide the placement of injections, which greatly improves accuracy and decreases the pain associated with injection procedures.

 

Ultrasound imaging is a precise way to guide injections into many joints or soft tissues in the body. Recent studies in orthopaedic journals have indicated that orthopaedic physicians are more accurate in giving injections when the injection is guided by ultrasound.

 

Safe: Ultrasound imaging is noninvasive and aids in precision with needle guidance. It is comfortable for patients and can be used as many times as necessary. Ultrasound involves no radiation, making the test very safe for patients.

 

For more information regarding ultrasound imaging and ultrasound-guided injections, please call Vail-Summit Orthopaedics at (970) 476-7220.