Category Archives: Knee

Osgood-Schlatter Disease

Osgood-Schlatter Disease Overview This overuse injury is an inflammation that occurs at the point where the patellar tendon attaches to the tibia. It most commonly affects adolescents. One or both knees may be affected. Causes Doctors are not sure exactly what causes this injury, but it typically occurs during periods of growth spurts and affects […]

Osteoarthritis of the Knee

Osteoarthritis of the Knee Overview Osteoarthritis, also called degenerative arthritis, is a gradual breakdown of cartilage in the joints. Cartilage is a tough, flexible connective tissue that protects the ends of bones in the joints. Osteoarthritis is common in the knees because the knees bear the weight of the body. Osteoarthritis of the knee can […]

ACL Reconstruction with Hamstring

ACL Reconstruction with Hamstring Overview This procedure replaces a damaged or torn anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) with a portion of hamstring tendon from the patient’s leg. The ACL connects the front top of the tibia (lower leg bone) to the rear bottom of the femur (thigh bone). The hamstring tendons attach the hamstring muscles to […]

Osteochondritis Dissecans of the Knee

Osteochondritis Dissecans of the Knee Overview This condition is characterized by the death of an area of cartilage and bone in the knee joint. The dead section may remain in place, forming a lesion, or it may loosen and partially detach from the surrounding bone. It may break away completely and float around inside the […]

Arthroscopic Chondroplasty

Arthroscopic Chondroplasty Overview This outpatient procedure is used to repair a small area of damaged cartilage in the knee. The damaged tissue is removed, allowing healthy cartilage to grow in its place. It is performed through small incisions on the sides of the knee with the aid of a small video camera called an arthroscope. […]

Osteomyelitis

Osteomyelitis Overview If you have an infection in a bone, you have osteomyelitis. It’s a serious condition that can cause part of your bone to die. And, the infection can spread to other parts of your body. Causes A bone infection can be caused by a bacteria or a fungus. These germs can get into […]

Aspiration of the Prepatellar Bursa

Aspiration of the Prepatellar Bursa Overview This outpatient procedure relieves pain and swelling in the knee caused by bursitis, or inflammation of the bursa. The bursa is a fluid-filled sac between the skin and patella (commonly called the kneecap). Preparation In preparation for the procedure, the patient is positioned so that the knee can be […]

Patella Fracture (Broken Knee Cap)

Patella Fracture (Broken Knee Cap) Overview This condition is a crack or fracture of the patella, the bone on the front of the knee that covers the knee joint. The patella helps to protect the joint as well as provide strength and stability. Causes The most common causes of a patella fracture are falls or […]

Cartilage Repair

Cartilage Repair Overview This technique is designed to treat and repair cartilage defects by regenerating the patient’s own hyaline cartilage, (a weight-bearing cartilage that lines the surface of the knee joint). Knee Examined Through a small incision in the knee, the surgeon uses an arthroscope to look for signs of damage in the knee joint. […]