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Joint Preservation and Replacement

Realignment of the Knee (Patellar)

When a patient has pain in and around the knee cap, arthroscopy may be helpful. In most cases where the patellar is tilted, realignment of the patellar is accomplished via arthroscopic release of the tight tissues on the lateral side of the knee.

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Partial Knee Replacement Surgery

A partial knee replacement is recommended for patients whose knees have been damaged in one area from arthritis, osteonecrosis or trauma. This option is recommended when nonsurgical approaches such as rest, medication and physical therapy are no longer helpful. Partial knee replacement surgery has a quicker recovery time and less pain after surgery.

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Core Decompression Procedure for the Hip

This procedure, used to treat osteonecrosis, involves creating a channel or core tract to relieve pressure and allow blood vessels to nourish the damaged areas of the hip. This procedure may be combined with some type of bone grafting at the femoral head. If osteonecrosis is treated early, this procedure can prevent the bone from ... Read More »

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Chondroplasty Treatment of the Knee

Chondroplasty is performed through an arthroscope for patients with mild to moderate patellofemoral arthritis. In this procedure, the doctor trims away damaged and dead tissue so that healthy cartilage can grow in its place.

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Cartilage Grafting of the Knee

Damaged cartilage is removed from the knee and surgically grafted or replaced with healthy cartilage taken from another part of the knee. This procedure often is used to treat patellofemoral arthritis.

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Arthroscopic Cleansing of the Knee

Arthroscopic cleansing (debridement) of the knee is used to treat degenerative arthritis of the knee by removing damaged or infected tissue to promote healing in healthy tissue. During this procedure frayed and torn meniscal cartilage are removed.

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Rheumatoid Arthritis of the Knee and Hip

Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disease in which the body’s immune system attacks healthy tissue. This leads to inflammation in the joints and surrounding tissues. In many cases, the same joint on both sides of the body is affected. What are the signs and symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis? Redness and swelling around the joint Chronic, ... Read More »

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Patellofemoral Arthritis of the Knee

Patellofemoral arthritis is painful arthritis that affects the patella, or kneecap. It is usually caused by damage to articular cartilage caused by a fracture or dysplasia. What are the signs and symptoms of patellofemoral arthritis? Redness and swelling around the joint Chronic pain Popping noise or grinding sensation in the joint Weakness in the joint ... Read More »

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Osteonecrosis of the Knee and Hip

Osteonecrosis occurs when blood flow is drastically reduced or cut off altogether, causing the knee or hip bone to break down and eventually die. Though this condition can occur in any bone, it is most common in the hip, knee, shoulder or ankle. Our orthopaedic surgeons have special expertise in the treatment of osteonecrosis of ... Read More »

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Osteoarthritis of the Knee and Hip

Osteoarthritis is a breakdown of cartilage in the joints that occurs over time. There is no cure, but some treatments can help slow the disease and reduce pain. What are the signs and symptoms of osteoarthritis of the knee and hip? Redness and swelling around the joint Chronic pain Popping noise or grinding sensation in ... Read More »

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