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    • July 23, 2013
    • Year One: Success

    • One year ago, the Vail Valley Surgery Center in Edwards opened with high hopes. The vision was the beautiful new center would better serve the entire valley's medical needs, offering excellent surgical treatments in a warm and friendly mid-valley location, easily accessible from both ends of Eagle County.The success was not certain though. Would the valley's residents agree with the vision?Apparently so. Since its opening in June 2012, the Vail Valley Surgery Center – Edwards has performed more ... MORE →
    • June 25, 2013
    • The Best Health Apps for Eating, Sleeping and Working Out

    • Katie Mazzia MS, RD, CDE is a nutritionist at Vail Valley Medical Center. She suggests the following great apps to reach your fitness and nutrition potential.Seafoodwatch (free)Ever wonder which fish are sustainable, safe, eco-friendly, wild caught and not full of contaminants? Check this app out to select the best choices! (free)Which foods should you buy conventional vs. organic? This app ranks food based on pesticide residue. (free)This is a wildly popular app that grades your food A-D base... MORE →
    • June 25, 2013
    • Professional Pains

    • We spend at least a third of our lives working, so it’s not surprising our jobs affect our health. Work-related health problems are typically thought of as caused by accidents, toxic chemicals or jobs that threaten one’s safety, such as being a fisherman, which currently has the highest fatality rate among U.S. occupations. (There’s a reason why a reality show about fishermen is called “Deadliest Catch.”)What many don’t think about is how non life-threatening environments, such as working in an ... MORE →
    • June 24, 2013
    • Nourishing Medicine

    • Getting sick or having an accident that results in surgery is a major life event. But sometimes a stay in the hospital is just the beginning of what can be a long road to recovery. Being laid up at home, fragile and tired, can be difficult and seem interminable. There’s a reason chicken noodle soup is used almost medicinally when people are under the weather — it’s both comforting and nutritious, the perfect balance for someone in recovery. Because no matter how skilled the surgeons are, a body... MORE →
    • June 20, 2013
    • Got Visitors?

    • Naturally, not every visitor is fit for a brisk haul up the mountain or an afternoon on the slopes. But because Vail Valley Medical Center is situated closer to the pulse of a resort than most any other topnotch hospital, it seems a shame to deprive visitors of at least some means of exploring the mountains. Mere steps away is the Eagle Bahn Gondola and Vail Mountain, so it’s easy to get at least a bird’s-eye view of the sprawling terrain. It doesn’t have to be a hike from bottom to top — but it... MORE →
    • June 19, 2013
    • Ask an Expert

    • Question: I LOVE RUNNING BUT I’M STARTING TO GET PRETTY BEAT UP. DO YOU RECOMMEND A CERTAIN AMOUNT OF MILES PER WEEK FOR A RECREATIONAL RUNNER?Answer: This is always a challenging question to answer, especially when working with avid runners! There is not a hard and fast number of weekly miles that applies to all individuals regarding the point at which an overuse injury may occur. Through my nearly 20 years of experience, I have appreciated an increase in overuse-type injuries when recreational... MORE →
    • June 17, 2013
    • USSA Honors Dr. Tom Hackett

    • Tom Hackett, MD, an orthopedic surgeon at The Steadman Clinic in Vail, Colorado, was selected for the 2013 USSA J. Leland Sosman Award recognizing his commitment to the medical coverage and service to the USSA.Dr. Hackett has been the head team physician for US Snowboarding and a member of the medical committee for 10 years. He served athletes in the Olympic Winter Games and played an "integral role in planning for the upcoming 2013 Games" according to the report. Dr. J. Leland Sosman, known af... MORE →
    • May 20, 2013
    • New ‘Ask a Sports Doc’ Column Makes its Debut

    • I have a question for Dr. Cunningham. I am a finish carpenter from Eagle and recently had immediate pain in my knee after simply standing up from a squatting position. There is now sharp pain at times in my knee especially when I rotate or pivot on the knee. What do you think it is?— In Pain, EagleDear In Pain,You probably tore one of the meniscus cartilages in your knee. I see a large number of patients like yourself in the office who suffer isolated meniscal tear in their 40s or 50s given all ... MORE →
    • May 15, 2013
    • The Proof is in the Package

    • Like anything in life, a major surgery is easiest on those who are best prepared. Unfortunately, as far as major surgeries go, preparedness is a luxury that’s usually unavailable. But it doesn’t have to be, says the team of surgeons at The Steadman Clinic in Vail, Colorado. If the major surgery you need is a total joint replacement, you may be able to delay that operation without causing more pain, long-term damage or a reduced quality of life. The Steadman Clinic is of the opinion that you sho... MORE →
    • May 9, 2013
    • How to Prevent Overuse Cycling Injuries

    • As we head into summer here in the high country, we at Vail-Summit Orthopaedics, like you, will start heading out on our bikes. Unlike our friends who live at lower elevations, we can not ride outside all year. With a short riding season we are tempted to get all of our fitness in a short period. This sudden increase in our time riding and the repetitive nature of cycling makes us susceptible to overuse injuries.  An overuse injury will certainly detract from your enjoyment on the bike, but it a... MORE →