Category Archives: Procedures

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 […]

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. […]

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 […]

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. […]

Loose Body Removal (Knee)

Loose Body Removal (Knee) Overview During this minimally-invasive outpatient procedure, the surgeon removes debris from within the knee joint. This debris is usually a piece of bone, cartilage or other tissue that has broken free and is floating within the joint. Preparation In preparation for the procedure, anesthetic is administered. The knee is cleansed with […]

Partial Knee Replacement (using OXFORD® implant)

Partial Knee Replacement (using OXFORD® implant) Overview Unlike total knee replacement surgery, this less invasive procedure replaces only the damaged or arthritic parts of the knee. The OXFORD® unicompartmental knee uses metal and plastic implants designed to potentially last longer and wear down less easily than traditional implants. Knee Accessed An incision is created in […]

Partial Meniscectomy

Partial Meniscectomy Overview The meniscus is a cushion of cartilage. There are two in each knee. If one of these shock absorbers is worn out or hurt, you may need a partial meniscectomy to remove the damaged areas. Preparation To start the operation, your knee is numbed. Your surgeon creates small openings in your skin. […]

Posterior Cruciate Ligament (PCL) Reconstruction

Posterior Cruciate Ligament (PCL) Reconstruction Overview This surgical procedure replaces a damaged posterior cruciate ligament (PCL). The PCL is a band of tissue that connects the femur to the tibia inside the knee. Preparation The patient is positioned so that the front and back of the knee are clearly visible to the physician, and the […]

Revision Knee Surgery

Revision Knee Surgery Overview This procedure replaces worn artificial knee parts and damaged bone with new metal and plastic components. Knee Accessed A vertical incision is made in the knee to expose the patella (kneecap) and the ligaments that connect it to the tibia and fibula. The patella is pushed aside to allow the surgeon […]