Knee Treatments


Richard Cunningham, MD is a Board Certified Orthopedic Surgeon and Sports Medicine Specialist who is based in Vail, Colorado. He is committed to providing optimal, innovative treatments for patients with knee injuries. He sees and treats a large number of patients with anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injuries every year. In addition to ACL reconstruction [...]

BEAR ACL Repair2022-06-28T16:34:22+00:00

ACL Revision Surgery

What is ACL Revision Surgery?Anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) revision surgery may be required when one tears a previously reconstructed ACL tendon graft. ACL reconstruction surgery has a success rate between 80-90%, but a surgically reconstructed ACL can also tear or fail. There are several reasons why a reconstructed ACL fails. Common reasons are (1) [...]

ACL Revision Surgery2021-08-31T22:11:29+00:00

Partial Knee Replacement – Treatment for Knee Arthritis

What is a Partial Knee Replacement? A partial knee replacement -- also referred to as unicompartmental arthroplasty-- is a replacement or resurfacing procedure to treat severe arthritis which is confined to mainly one part of the knee. The 3 compartments of the knee are: Patellofemoral compartment - front of the knee, between the [...]

Partial Knee Replacement – Treatment for Knee Arthritis2021-08-31T20:48:54+00:00

PCL Surgery

What is Arthroscopic PCL Reconstruction?The Posterior Cruciate Ligament (PCL) is a primary stabilizing ligament of the knee, preventing the tibia from going backward in relationship to the femur. People can tear their PCL as a result of severe trauma to the knee. The usual mechanism is one in which the tibia bone is forced [...]

PCL Surgery2021-08-31T22:22:14+00:00

Articular Cartilage Surgery – Arthritis in the Knee

What is Articular Cartilage?A joint in the human body is composed of the ends of two different bones gliding against one another to allow joint range of motion. Articular cartilage is the coating cartilage on the ends of the bones which allows for smooth, nearly frictionless, pain free joint range of motion. However, articular [...]

Articular Cartilage Surgery – Arthritis in the Knee2021-08-31T17:15:35+00:00

Knee Osteotomy

What is an Osteotomy and Why Are They Done? Osteotomies, or bone cutting procedures, have been used by orthopedic surgeons for decades to realign crooked joints and bones. Osteotomies can be done around any joint, but they are most commonly done around the knee. The main indication for an osteotomy around the knee [...]

Knee Osteotomy2020-01-24T21:24:06+00:00

ACL Surgery

What is ACL Reconstruction?Arthroscopic anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) reconstruction is a surgical treatment for a torn ACL. The ACL is a critical ligament in the center of the knee that is responsible for providing stability to the knee. When an ACL tear occurs, one experiences immediate pain, swelling, and instability. Many patients report hearing [...]

ACL Surgery2021-08-31T20:26:29+00:00

Meniscus Surgery

What is Meniscus Surgery?Meniscus surgery is used to treat tears of the medial and/or lateral meniscus. The meniscus is a rubbery, halfmoon shaped shock absorber cartilage in the knee that lies on top of the tibia (shin bone). It acts to cushion the cartilage that coats the bottom of the femur (thigh bone) and [...]

Meniscus Surgery2021-08-31T20:06:37+00:00

Knee Surgery

What is Knee Arthroscopy?Knee arthroscopy is a minimally invasive surgical technique. 2 or 3 portals, each less than a half an inch in size, are established around the knee. An arthroscope, or medical camera the size of a pencil, is inserted through a portal and used to view the inside of the knee. Through [...]

Knee Surgery2021-08-31T16:51:30+00:00

MCL Surgery

What is MCL Reconstruction? Medial collateral ligament (MCL) reconstruction is used to correct residual looseness or laxity in one’s MCL following an MCL tear that did not heal well. In MCL reconstruction surgery, a patient’s stretched out MCL is not removed but rather reinforced and tightened by augmenting it with another tendon, usually [...]

MCL Surgery2021-08-31T22:52:29+00:00
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