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Our joint replacement and revision doctors are recognized experts in the field and have the specialized knowledge to assess, diagnose, and treat a full range of joint injuries and conditions and perform a variety of joint replacement surgeries.

A good orthopaedic surgeon will always recommend minimally invasive or nonsurgical options first to relieve joint pain, such as medications, injections, or other treatments. However, sometimes these methods do not bring about relief from persistent pain or do so only temporarily. When this happens, an experienced joint doctor can examine you and decide if joint replacement surgery is the best option for you.

Additionally, artificial joints do not last indefinitely and can sometimes require a joint revision surgery. A joint replacement and revision doctor can also perform a joint revision by removing the existing artificial joint and replacing it with a new one to relieve pain and restore mobility. You should always choose a joint doctor who is highly experienced in joint revision surgery, since revision surgery is complex.

Know When to See a Joint Replacement and Revision Doctor 

If you think your pain may be related to an injury or condition or if you are experiencing any of the symptoms described below, you should contact a specialist near you:

  • Pain when performing simple tasks, like putting on socks
  • Pain that is so severe you avoid using the joint
  • Pain that affects the choices you make and the activities you do
  • Stiffness or weakness that never completely goes away
  • Severe hip, shoulder, or knee pain, even when the joint is not in use
  • Tenderness or swelling around a joint
  • Throbbing pain in the joint at nighttime

You should also seek medical treatment from a physician if you have a fever or if your skin reddens, becomes warmer, and/or becomes more sensitive, since you could have an infection.

Common orthopaedic conditions our joint replacement doctors treat in patients with and without surgery include:

  • Arthritis
  • Bone fractures
  • Cartilage damage due to trauma
  • Complex knee and shoulder injuries
  • Fracture care
  • Joint deformity
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Repetitive or wear-and-tear damage

At Vail-Summit Orthopaedics, our specialty-trained joint replacement specialists understand the first step towards reducing your pain and restoring you to better health and daily activities is a proper diagnosis to pinpoint the specific cause of your pain and the most effective treatment for you.

To consult with our orthopaedic doctors and surgeons specializing in joint replacement at Vail-Summit Orthopaedics, you may request an appointment online or call one of our three locations in EdwardsFrisco, or Vail.

Why choose Vail-Summit Orthopaedics?

With years of experience and advanced training devoted to the orthopaedic care of joints in patients, our esteemed specialists at Vail-Summit Orthopaedics are unparalleled experts in accurately diagnosing and effectively treating joint injuries and conditions with and without surgery.

Our joint replacement specialists, Dr. Nathan Cafferky, Dr. Richard Cunningham, and Dr. William Sterett, are also fellowship-trained surgeons and are recognized leaders in the diagnosis and treatment of injuries and conditions as well as advanced surgery, such as knee replacement, hip replacement, and shoulder replacement procedures.

To consult with our Vail-Summit Orthopaedics specialists about your treatment options, please request an appointment online. Learn more about the disorders we treat and the procedures performed through our patient education resources or click the links below:

Tips for Healthy Joints

The following are tips to help you increase your chances of staying pain-free. Use these techniques to help protect you from injury and pain:

Maintain a Healthy Weight
Being overweight can contribute to problems developing or causing ones that already exist to get worse. Watch that your meal portion sizes are not too large, and eat plenty of fruits and vegetables to help you lose weight or maintain a healthy weight.

Maintain Good Posture
Practice good posture and adjust your living and work spaces in ways that will support good posture and joint health.  

Stretch and Move
Stretch daily to help stay flexible. Additionally, take time to move regularly, taking care not to overextend the movements. This will help you avoid stiffness.

Use Trekking Poles
When walking or hiking, consider using trekking poles to help reduce stress on your knees.