Category Archives: Procedures

Total Knee Replacement

Total Knee Replacement Overview This procedure restores function to a severely damaged knee. Most commonly, it is used to repair a knee that has been damaged by arthritis. During the procedure, the surgeon replaces the damaged portions of the knee with artificial parts. These parts consist of a metal femoral component, a metal tibial component […]

Visco-supplementation for Arthritis of the Knee

Visco-supplementation for Arthritis of the Knee Overview This nonsurgical procedure is an injection of a gel-like medication into the knee joint to supplement or replace the thick synovial fluid that cushions the joint. This treatment can help reduce the pain of arthritis. Preparation In preparation for the procedure, the physician numbs the knee with an […]

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. […]

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. […]

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 […]