What Are the Most Common Types of Knee Surgery?
Knee pain can affect nearly all parts your of everyday life; limited mobility and discomfort make it hard to do even the simplest tasks, including walking. If you’re feeling knee pain, it’s possible surgery could alleviate some of the symptoms. Here are some common procedures used to fix knee injuries.
Common Knee Injury Surgeries
- Meniscus Surgeries – The meniscus is a small piece of cartilage between your shin and thigh bones. There are several knee surgeries that can repair or replace an injured meniscus:
- Meniscectomy removes torn parts of the meniscus through small incisions in the knee that allow doctors to use a camera and tool to complete the procedure, which reduces the risk of future arthritis in the knee.
- Meniscus Transplants are required when a meniscus is removed and the patient still experiences pain.
- Lateral Release Surgery – Fibrous tissue known as lateral retinaculum lines the outside of your patella. Sometimes, this tissue can be too tight and pull on your patella, causing pain. Lateral release surgery removes lateral retinaculum to alleviate tightness and increase mobility.
- ACL Reconstruction Surgery – The anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) is one of the major ligaments in the knee and it’s tear is one of the most common injuries seen in athletes. When an ACL is torn, it must be repaired or replaced as it can compromise the knee’s stability.
- Knee Replacement Surgery – The last common type of knee surgery is a knee replacement. Replacements can either be partial or total, depending on the severity of the injury, and can last 15–20 years. Orthopaedic surgeons use robotic equipment to help guide them through a knee replacement procedure.
Your Knee Injury Surgery and Recovery Specialists
If you’ve experienced a knee injury that requires surgery, the team of orthopaedic specialists and physicians at Orthopaedic Associates of St. Augustine are ready to help you regain mobility and get back to a pain-free daily routine through advanced surgical treatments. Furthermore, our licensed physical therapists will work with you to improve your knee strength and control to get you recovered and moving again in no time.
To schedule your appointment, contact us online or give us a call today at 904-825-0540.