I had prior experience with Dr. Cunningham, from a knee ligament replacement in 2003 and a rotator cuff repair in 2009. Based on those, I had a lot of confidence in his opinion.
Since I no longer lived in Austin, I had been treated for an arthritic shoulder by another ortho surgeon, and after more steroid injections than I remember over the past 5 years, was given an opinion that I needed a total reverse shoulder replacement, and I was unwilling to do that without a second opinion.
I visited Austin to see Dr. Cunningham, and after reviewing my MRI, he explained a biologic option, and said he had been working in the field for about 6 years. He was completely open about insurance (no coverage), costs, chance of success, and expectations about length of relief. He listened to me, explained the process, and answered my questions, leaving the decision to me.
On one afternoon, in about an hour, he extracted bone marrow cells, processed them in the office, and injected them into my arthritic shoulder. Six weeks later, I am pain free, have full range of motion, and can do the things (golf, fishing, weight work and yard work) I haven't been able to do for years. All this at 75 years of age!
I can't recommend Dr. Cunningham highly enough. He is consummately professional, skilled, knowledgeable, and genuinely interested in his patients' outcomes. He also has a professional and capable staff. Working with all of them was a pleasure.