If you need knee surgery, you want to make sure you have an experienced surgeon in the operating room. At Southwest Orthopedic Group, LLP, with several locations in Houston, Texas, and the greater Houston area, the skilled team of board-certified surgeons specializes in surgical treatments for numerous orthopedic conditions affecting the spine, as well as joints, bones and their supporting structures in the extremities, including the knee joint. Whether your knee condition is minor or complex, you can find expert care at Southwest Orthopedic Group, LLP. Call to schedule an appointment today.
The knee is one of the most complex joints in your body. It’s made up of the larger of the two lower leg bone(libia), the thigh bone(femur), and the kneecap(patella). The knee also contains a variety of connective tissues, including tendons, ligaments, muscles, and cartilage.
Because of the knee’s complex structure, it’s vulnerable to a wide range of conditions and injuries, especially ligament sprains/tears, meniscus tears, dislocations, and fractures.
The most common types of knee injuries include:
Many knee injuries require surgery to restore leg function
If you need a knee replacement because the entire joint has worn out, your procedure involves open surgery with a large incision. This approach provides your doctor with a view of the entire joint and access to all structures that compose your knee.
For more specific damage affecting your cartilages or ligaments, your doctor may recommend arthroscopy. During arthroscopic surgery, a small camera and other small instruments are inserted through small incisions. This minimally invasive technique offers fewer complications, faster recovery, and less pain, compared to open surgery.
Knee injuries that typically respond well to arthroscopy include:
Your recovery from knee surgery depends on whether you have an arthroscopic or a open procedure. After most minimally invasive arthroscopic procedures, you can go home the same day. Recovering from open knee surgery often involves a hospital stay and longer recovery times.
Regardless of the surgical technique your doctor recommends, an essential aspect of your recovery is rehabilitation. These specially designed exercises work to restore your knee strength, motion, and stability.
To learn more about knee surgery procedures offered through Southwest Orthopedic Group, LLP, call to schedule an appointment.