When it comes to joint preservation, there are a number of surgical and non-surgical procedures that can be used to treat conditions such as arthritis and joint degeneration. At the LA Joint Preservation Center we offer a variety of surgeries, including cartilage restoration, osteotomy, ligament reconstruction, and meniscus transplantation. We also offer biological enhancement services, such as injection therapy and oral supplements.
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Proper knee function requires cartilage that allows for smooth gliding on the ends of the bones. This surface is made up of a thin, slippery layer. In addition to enabling movement, joint cartilage also helps distribute the force of repetitive and pounding movements.
Damage to this articular cartilage can severely restrict a patient’s use of the joint. A number of cartilage restoration techniques are used to restore damaged cartilage. These include:
- Autologous chondrocyte implantation (ACI) – a surgical procedure that uses cells from a patient’s own cartilage to grow new cartilage that is then implanted in the joint.
- Cartilage allografts – an allograft is a surgical technique that removes the damaged section of bone and cartilage and replaces it with plugs of healthy tissue from an outside donor.
- Meniscus Repair – a meniscus repair is s type of surgery that involves stitching a torn meniscus back together so that it can heal.
Osteotomy is a type of joint preservation surgery in which the bone is cut and reshaped in order to relieve pressure on the joint. The purpose is to shift the weight away from the damaged cartilage and onto an area with healthy cartilage. This often occurs in the knee where cartilage breakdown tends to affect the inner part of the joint.
Ligament reconstruction is a type of surgery done to rebuild damaged ligaments with the use of a new ligament. Ligament tears often occur suddenly and are accompanied by a popping sound. A small number of ligament tears will heal without surgery, but most will require surgical reconstruction. The surgery involves removing a piece of tendonous tissue and implanting it in place of the damaged ligament. The tendon is fixed to the bone using biodegradable screws and the body is left to reestablish blood supply to tendon and create a new living ligament.
The meniscus is the crescent shaped cushion of cartilage in the knee, acromioclavicular, sternoclavicular, and temporomandibular joints. If the meniscus becomes too badly damaged to be repaired it may have to be removed and replaced with donor cartilage. The purpose of meniscus transplantation is to replace the damaged meniscus cushion before the cartilage in the joint (articular cartilage) is damaged.
Injection therapy uses a variety of injections to treat conditions such as ACL injuries, Achilles tendonitis, and osteoarthritis. Injection therapy may include platelet rich plasma treatments and hyaluronic acid injections.
Learn more about joint preservation strategies from AAOS.org.
Contact a Los Angeles Orthopedic Surgeon
Steven W. Meier, MD, is a board-certified surgeon with experience in multiple therapeutic techniques, including exercise programs, rehabilitation, and minimally invasive orthopedic services and sports medicine, including surgery. He is also a world-renown expert in joint preservation and joint preservation surgery. If you are suffering from joint degeneration, it is important to get the right treatment. Don’t hesitate to contact the orthopedic experts at the LA Joint Preservation Center today. You can reach us at 310.736.2793.
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