Vail-Summit Orthopaedics and Neurosurgery - Vail

Nathan Cafferky, MD

Medical School

Loma Linda University School of Medicine

Early on in his residency at the Geisinger Orthopaedic Institute at Geisinger Medical Center in Danville, PA, Dr. Nathan Cafferky was serving on the joint replacement service treating an elderly debilitated patient who was wheelchair-bound. Previous surgeons had decided they couldn’t help, but through careful planning and establishing goals with the patient, Dr. Cafferky and his team were able to replace this person’s hip. One day after surgery, the patient was walking again for the first time in years. Witnessing how well patients can do after joint replacement surgery is why Dr. Cafferky decided to pursue fellowship training in adult reconstruction. “That was a very powerful experience for me as a surgeon.

 

As a total joint surgeon specializing in adult reconstruction, Dr. Cafferky focuses on patients with hip and knee conditions who require replacement surgery. His fellowship training in joints and adult reconstruction at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus gave him the expertise to treat these conditions appropriately. The most common conditions he treats include hip and knee arthritis, ranging from osteoarthritis to rheumatoid arthritis to post traumatic arthritis.

 

What’s new and exciting in joint replacement surgery? Dr. Cafferky says newer technologies and techniques are helping improve patient satisfaction and outcomes. “With total hip and total knee replacement surgeries, we’re using less invasive techniques. In total hip replacements, for instance, we are now utilizing the more muscle sparing direct anterior approach to the hip. Combining these newer techniques with rapid recovery post-operative protocols are also allowing patients to return to a normal life faster. Also, exciting advances in newer technologies, such as computer navigation and robotic surgery, are also making their way into joint replacement surgery.  Plus, the implant companies are creating better artificial joints than ever before. With a better understanding of bio-materials and bearing surfaces, implants are now likely to last much longer too.”

 

A native of Portland, OR, Dr. Cafferky went to medical school at Loma Linda University School of Medicine in Southern California.

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