The largest joint in your body is your knee joint. The three bones (femur/thigh, tibia/shin and patella/kneecap) that comprise your knee can suffer fractures or dislocations. The meniscus, which consists of two wedge-shaped cartilage sections acting as shock absorbers between your thigh and shin, can be torn. This destabilizes the knee joint. Other common knee injuries include ligament tears to the ACL (anterior cruciate ligament) and others (MCL, LCL and PCL) that work together to stabilize the knees during movement. Overall, knee injuries are among the most common sports injuries, sidelining more athletes than just about any other orthopedic injuries. Another common knee problem is knee arthritis, which most often affects older adults.
Your orthopedic doctor may recommend minimally invasive knee arthroscopy and ACL reconstruction for a torn ACL. In cases where the knee has been severely damaged by osteoarthritis or trauma, your orthopedic doctor may recommend total or partial (unicondylar) knee replacement. Knee replacement surgery (arthroplasty) can relieve pain and restore proper function to severely damaged knee joints. Your orthopedic doctor will assess your range of motion, stability and strength and use X-rays to determine how much damage has occurred. He or she will then remove damaged bone and cartilage and replace it with an artificial joint or prosthesis. The type of prosthesis and surgical technique is determined by considering your age, activity level, weight, knee size and shape and overall health. You may be a candidate for doing a knee replacement as an outpatient at our surgery center and recovering in the comfort of your own home.
At our orthopedic center, we treat people of all ages from all around the Eastern Panhandle of West Virginia including Martinsburg, Charles Town, Kearneysville, Hagerstown MD and Winchester VA. If you have any questions about knee replacement surgery or knee arthroscopy, please do not hesitate to call our office at 304-263-5129.