Jay got his MRI transferred to Dr. Cunningham’s office. During his appointment, Dr. Cunningham confirmed Jay’s initial thoughts–the injury was much worse than he was originally told. “Dr. Cunningham absolutely recommended surgery for my injury. He was very clear with me that due to the severity of the injury, I had to be very diligent with my physical therapy process to ensure a successful outcome.”
On August 23rd, 2019, Jay went in for AC joint shoulder surgery. “My anxiety level was high going into surgery. The staff at Vail Health, and specifically Victoria, did a great job keeping my nerves at ease with a detailed explanation of every step of the process.” Dr. Cunningham performed an AC joint reconstruction on Jay’s right shoulder. Dr. Cunningham performs this surgery arthroscopically, and uses strong suture material and a donor tendon to reconstruct all of the torn ligaments that hold the AC joint properly aligned. Surgery went smoothly and then recovery began.
“Right after surgery I was very groggy. The staff did a great job explaining to me and my wife all of the post-op instructions, including the Game Ready ice machine.” Jay and his wife headed back to Buena Vista on the road to recovery. “Just a few days after surgery Dr. Cunningham called me personally to see how I was doing.”
Jay began physical therapy locally in Buena Vista at 6 weeks post-op. “The toughest part of this process for me was the mental piece. I grew up on a horse ranch, I have been active my whole life, and I knew what it took to toughen up. Not being able to do anything was very difficult for me. Dr. Cunningham was extremely encouraging to me through this process. I felt like he gave me extra attention and helped me through this challenging process.”
“At my 12 week post-op visit, Victoria told me my x-ray imaging was the best she had ever seen this early in the recovery. Dr. Cunningham was quick to remind me that I was not out of the woods yet, and to keep being diligent with all of my physical therapy.” Jay continued to make leaps and bounds during physical therapy and in November he was released from physical therapy. His therapist told him that he was the “poster patient” for this procedure.
Jay fly fishing 6 months post-op