When Wade Smith of the Houston Texans damaged his knee during a recent practice, the Pro Bowl left guard had to undergo arthroscopic surgery to repair the damage. Like many athletes, Smith suffered from a very common injury that typically occurs during sports, during which the cartilage sustains damage from traumatic movement or impact. In the past, having a knee injury meant that athletes would have to remain out of play for a long time – even an entire season. But now, because of the latest medical advances, arthroscopic knee surgery can significantly minimize recovery time and allow for a quick recovery, helping athletes like Smith get back to their game much faster.
At Meier Orthopedic Sports Medicine, Dr. Steven Meier specializes in arthroscopic knee surgery, and is renowned for performing the most minimally invasive procedures in Beverly Hills and the surrounding Los Angeles area. If you have suffered a knee injury and would like to find out if arthroscopic knee surgery might help your condition, please don’t hesitate to contact Dr. Meier or another member of his top-of-the-line orthopedic team.
What Is Arthroscopic Knee Surgery?
Arthroscopic knee surgery (or knee arthroscopy) is a minimally invasive type of surgery. During knee arthroscopy, an orthopedic surgeon sees inside the joint via a tiny camera (arthroscopy), and can perform the surgery without making a large incision in the knee. This surgery typically involves only two or three small (about 1cm) incisions – one for inserting the camera and another one or two for inserting the specialized surgical tools. Because it only involves a couple of very small incisions and does not require a more invasive, or “open” technique, knee arthroscopy allows for a much quicker recovery time than traditional surgery and can be performed as an outpatient procedure (where the patient can go home the same day).
Knee Arthroscopy Procedures
While arthroscopic surgery is not recommended to treat every type of knee injury, knee arthroscopy is highly recommended ideal for the following conditions:
- ACL injury – Because it is one of the most important ligaments of the knee, patients with a damaged anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) can experience knee instability and severe pain. Dr. Meier specializes in arthroscopic knee surgery for repairing a torn ACL, utilizing state-of-the-art technology.
- Ligament injury – Injuries to the other knee ligaments (MCL, PCL, and LCL) can also be devastating to the knee joint. When rest and rehabilitation are not enough, knee arthroscopy can be used to reconstruct and repair other damaged knee ligaments.
- Torn meniscus – As one of the most common knee injuries in sports medicine, a torn meniscus can also be treated with arthroscopic surgery. The type of procedure depends on the location and severity of the meniscal tear, but Dr. Meier uses a unique approach for each specific condition.
What Arthroscopic Surgery Cannot Do
- Knee replacement – When a large area of cartilage inside the knee is severely damaged and interferes with a patient’s ability to participate in everyday activities (such as walking), a partial or full knee replacement may be the best option.
If you have been previously evaluated by an orthopedic surgeon for your knee condition and have been told that you need a knee replacement, please feel free to contact Dr. Meier for a second opinion. Sometimes a total knee replacement is not necessary, and a less-invasive procedure might be better initially, to try to treat the injured or damaged knee from trauma or degeneration/arthritis.
- Dr. Meier also offers Autologous Chondrocyte Implantation (ACI) surgery, which is a cutting-edge two-part procedure that involves re-implanting your own cartilage cells that are sent to grow in a lab! Although the first part of ACI begins with an arthroscopic surgery to obtain a cartilage biopsy, the second surgery, to implant the cartilage cells in an established lesion so that they can grow in and replace the missing cartilage is done in an “open” fashion.
Contact an Orthopedic Surgeon in Los Angeles
If you have suffered a cartilage injury to your knee, similar to Wade Smith of the Houston Texans, and are interested in learning about the benefits of arthroscopic knee surgery in Los Angeles, please contact Meier Orthopedic Sports Medicine today. You can schedule a consultation with Dr. Meier or another member of our world-renowned orthopedic team by calling 310.736.2793 or by filling out our online contact form!
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