Knee Care and Treatment
Dr. Barry Waldman M.D., FAAOS Johns Hopkins Medical School Sinai Hospital 410.377.8900
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Dr. Barry Waldman made me feel completly comfortable before the surgery. I had a fast recovery and now I am back to my normal routine.
The surface of the thigh bone (femur) is replaced with a contoured metal component designed to fit the curve of your natural bone. The surface of the shin bone (tibia) is typically replaced with a flat metal component and a smooth plastic component that serves as cartilage. The undersurface of the kneecap may also be replaced with an implant made of plastic, or a combination of metal and plastic.
Knee Care, Knee Replacement, Knee Resurfacing and Knee Cartilage Repair By Dr. Barry WaldmanKnee problems can be debilitating. Pain and loss of mobility in the knee can have a huge impact on the quality of life. All aspects of their daily routine can be affected. The good news is that there are many new treatments and therapies for the knees that can bring back range of motion and stop the pain. Dr. Waldman is a nationally recognized knee specialist. He will work with you to diagnose the cause of the issue, determine the progress of problem you're having, and take the best course of action.
Knee Pain TreatmentAn individual should seek treatment for pain in their knee as soon as possible, especially if they have any of the following: heard a popping noise or felt the knee give out when the injury occurred, severe pain, cannot move the knee, is limping, or has swelling at the site of the injury. Dr. Waldman will evaluate the problem, so that proper treatment can begin.
Knee SurgeryDr. Waldman is an expert and a knee surgery pioneer. For instance, he was one of the first US Doctors to do minimally invasive knee surgery for total knee replacement. This surgery can significantly reduce recovery time and pain involved. Recovery time of minimally invasive surgery is much shorter than what is typically experienced with traditional knee surgery.
Arthritis is the most common reason that a knee joint replacement surgery is necessary. This disease breaks down the cartilage and bones in the knee and can cause severe pain. Other common causes are tears and bone fractures that can eventually degenerate and lead to severe damage to the knees. Again, it is important to understand that knee surgery will only be considered as a last resort after trying other less invasive therapies.
Typically, someone who has knee surgery will stay in the hospital for a few days. During and after the hospital stay, physical therapy will be required to regain full use of the knee. Stitches or Staples will be removed after a few weeks of healing time. See below for more information about knee repair surgery:
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- Total Knee Replacement - Minimally Invasive Knee Surgery
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- Uni Knee Replacement Surgery
- Knee Pain Causes: Arthritis, Torn ACL/PCL Ligaments or Torn Meniscus
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- Knee Revision SurgeryGeneral Information about the KneeThe knee joint is quite complex. There are a number of different bones, tendons, and muscles involved. This complexity makes the knee vulnerable to injury. Many knee injuries can be successfully treated without resorting to surgery. However, there are a few major injuries, where surgery is the only treatment option.
The knee joint is where the lower end of the femur (thighbone), the tibia (shinbone), and the patella (kneecap) meet. When the knee joint shifts between flexion (bent) and extension (straightened) the lower end of the femur rotates on the upper end of the tibia and the patella slides in a groove on the end of the femur. The knee joint also contains ligaments, cartilage and meniscus. The ligaments help to control the motion of the knee joint by connecting the bones and bracing the joint against abnormal types of motions. The meniscus is a wedge of soft cartilage between the femur and the tibia that functions as the cushion of the knee and absorbs some of the shock during the motion of the knee joint.
Injuries to the knee are most commonly injuries to the ligaments and meniscus (cartilage) of the knee. An injury to the Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) typically occurs when slowing down when running, changing directions quickly, and landing from a jump. The injury involves a tear or torn ACL. Athletes competing in basketball, skiing, and athletes who wear cleats, such as football players, are susceptible to ACL injuries.
Injuries to the Medial Cruciate Ligament (MCL) are usually caused by a direct blow to the outside of the knee and are most common in contact sports, such as football and soccer. Injuries to the Posterior Cruciate Ligament (PCL) commonly occur when the athlete receives contact with the front of the knee or makes a misstep on the field. If the meniscus has a tear or is torn, it is usually the result of direct contact with the knee or twisting, cutting, pivoting or decelerating motion by the athlete.