Knee Surgery and Treatment

Your knees are your body’s largest joints. They’re also a particularly complex part of your body. Injuries to the knee are common because there are so many working components within the joint that can become injured or damaged.

While some injuries may heal through rehabilitative care and exercise, others aren’t likely to improve without surgical intervention. 

Patients often wonder whether their specific condition will require surgery. They might also have questions about how much the surgery will improve their ability to function.

If you are struggling with a knee injury, the skilled team at Hernando Orthopaedic and Spinal Surgery can provide a consultation to evaluate your condition and develop a treatment plan based on your individual needs.

Common Forms of Knee Injuries

Knee injuries can happen in a number of ways. They can often cause pain and limit your mobility. 

A few of the most common forms of knee injuries include:

  • Dislocations
  • Fractures
  • Anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injuries
  • Posterior cruciate ligament (PCL) injuries
  • Tendon tears
  • Meniscal tears
  • Collateral ligament injuries

Doctors frequently attempt to resolve knee pain and injuries with non-surgical methods first, resorting to surgery only when other types of treatment fail.

Common Knee Surgeries

Some patients cannot improve their condition without surgical intervention. Surgery may be the best option to restore mobility and improve the quality of your life. 

Typical forms of knee surgery include:

  • Arthroscopy
  • Meniscus repair
  • ACL reconstruction
  • Patellar/quadriceps tendon repair
  • Partial knee replacement
  • Full knee replacement

Many surgeries, including the repair of ACL tendons, may involve arthroscopic approaches. These procedures only require small incisions and are minimally invasive when compared to other forms of surgery.

When To Consider Knee Surgery

Surgery won’t be right for every single patient, but it may be a helpful consideration if you have any of the following problems:

  • Knee pain that keeps you awake at night
  • Knee pain when exiting a car or standing up
  • Difficulty ascending stairs
  • Difficulty walking
  • Pain that isn’t adequately treated using over-the-counter medications

Knee surgeries are common, but you and your orthopaedic surgeon will need to decide whether these treatments will be right in your case. If you are experiencing knee pain, call Hernando Orthopaedic today to learn more about your options.

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