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Autologous Chondrocyte Implantation

In this two-part surgical procedure, healthy cartilage is scraped and removed from the bone through arthroscopy. The cartilage cells are then cultured and expended over a three-to-five-week period. In a second procedure, the newly grown cultured cells are implanted into cartilage defects in the joint.

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Abrasion Arthroplasty

This surgical procedure grinds down, reshapes and smooths the damaged surface of a joint. Using arthroscopic surgery, high-speed burrs remove the damaged cartilage.

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Vascularized Fibula Graft Procedure for the Hip

Vascularized fibula graft procedure for the hip treats osteonecrosis by removing a part of a bone (fibula) in the lower leg, artery and vein, and transplanting them into a hole created in the femoral head. Reattaching the artery and vein brings new blood flow to the affected area. This procedure may be used when nonsurgical ... Read More »

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Tibial Tuberosity Transfer Treatment of the Knee

The tibial tubercle is the bump on the front of the leg where the patellar tendon inserts. In some patients with a poorly positioned patella, a procedure that moves the tibial tubercle is necessary. By cutting and shifting the bump, the kneecap’s position changes, realigning the patella, alleviating pressure and making it less likely to ... Read More »

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Total Knee Replacement Surgery

A total knee replacement is recommended for patients whose knees have been damaged from arthritis, osteonecrosis or trauma when nonsurgical approaches such as rest, medication, and physical therapy are no longer helpful. Knee replacement involves removing damaged cartilage and releasing tightened ligaments, then implanting prosthetic components securely into place. [youtube id="z-RJ7JTBlkY" width="600" height="350" ... Read More »

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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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