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At Vail-Summit Orthopaedics, our joint doctors are the leading experts in performing joint replacement and revision procedures.

Over time, the constant stress, weight bearing, and demands our joints endure can wear down the protective cartilage within our joints, causing severe joint pain and discomfort. Though conservative treatment methods may provide temporary pain relief, joint replacement may be a more rewarding option for long-term relief and restoration of mobility.

Whether you’re considering a joint replacement or are in need of a joint revision to improve an existing artificial implant, Vail-Summit Orthopaedics’ specialty-trained surgeons are second to none in performing joint replacement and joint revision.

Persistent joint pain is the most common reason patients decide to undergo joint replacement. Whether the result of a prior injury or a degenerative disease, joint replacement may be the answer. If you are experiencing any of the following symptoms, and conservative treatment methods have failed to alleviate your pain, you may be a candidate for joint replacement surgery: 

  • Severe joint pain
  • Joint pain that prevents you from resting or keeps you awake at night
  • Joint pain that prohibits you from activity
  • Joint pain that disrupts necessary and daily functions, such as climbing stairs or walking

Joint revision surgery is a complex procedure wherein the surgeon removes a prior artificial implant and replaces it with new components. In contrast to joint replacement surgeries, joint revision surgeries may be necessary for younger individuals whose lifestyles are very physically demanding as well as for patients with older implants that may have deteriorated or worn down by friction over time.

Joint replacement and joint revision require an experienced and skilled surgeon. Our talented joint replacement and revision surgeons have undergone specialized training in joint replacement and joint revision surgeries. At Vail-Summit Orthopaedics, our surgeons are committed to optimal outcomes and will work with you to customize a treatment plan to accommodate your individual needs.

At Vail-Summit Orthopaedics, we understand that joint pain can significantly impact your quality of life and prohibit you from enjoying an active lifestyle. Our joint replacement and revision surgeons believe in patient education and a team approach to patient care so that you feel well-informed and comfortable with your decisions.

If you are experiencing severe joint pain, consult with one of our joint replacement and revision surgeons at Vail-Summit Orthopaedics. To schedule a consultation, please request an appointment online.

Why choose Vail-Summit Orthopaedics?

Our expert joint replacement and revision surgeons at Vail-Summit Orthopaedics have completed rigorous training and specialized educational programs focused exclusively on joint replacement and revision procedures. Having mastered highly advanced techniques and accumulated a wealth of combined experience, our surgeons are compassionate, talented, and highly skilled in developing customized treatment plans to accommodate each patient’s individual needs.

Our joint replacement and revision specialists, Dr. Nathan CafferkyDr. Richard Cunningham, and Dr. William Sterett, have the knowledge, proficiency, and skill to effectively treat joint pain, so you can get back to an active, pain-free lifestyle. 

To consult with a Vail-Summit Orthopaedics joint replacement and revision surgeon, please request an appointment online.

Tips for Healthy Joints

As the connections between your bones, joints will sustain a certain amount of wear and tear as we age. Remaining pain- and arthritis-free requires practicing good joint preservation techniques. The following techniques will help you to treat your joints with care as they age.


Every day, move each joint through its full range of motion to sustain mobility and freedom from pain. Make sure your movements are slow and gentle to avoid injury, and be careful not to overextend.


Be sure to extend and flex your joints in the manner for which they are intended. Avoid overextending or stressful positions as well as techniques that could put you at risk for injury.


The manner in which you carry your body has a significant impact on whether your joints will remain pain-free. Practice good posture by adjusting work spaces to your specifications. Avoid back pain by picking items up using your legs, not your lower back. When carrying heavy objects, be sure to cradle the items close to your body.

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Favor the larger joints. Use the weaker joints for duties only they can handle. Using your hands, carry objects palm open to help distribute weight equally over your forearm. If available, make use of surfaces around you. Instead of lifting an object, slide the object across a surface like a table or workbench.

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Avoid keeping your joints in the same position for a prolonged period of time. This will help to keep your joints from becoming stiff. In situations where this cannot be avoided, such as car rides, take a break every hour to stretch and adjust your seating position.