All Posts Tagged: knee arthroscopy

Is MPFL surgery necessary for a dislocated kneecap?

A kneecap which keeps dislocating can cause significant problemsMPFL surgery (medial patellofemoral ligament surgery) is an operation performed for a dislocating or unstable kneecap (patella). Other terms are kneecap instability, patellar instability, patellar subluxation and recurrent patellar dislocation. I often see patients who have dislocated their kneecap. One episode may not mean surgery. A complete assessment is needed to recommend correct treatment…

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How is a meniscal repair performed?

Meniscal repair is necessary for reparable meniscal tears in the kneeA meniscal repair is considered for suitable candidates with a meniscal tear. If the meniscus is repairable then an attempt to repair it should be made. This will prevent further disability and reduce the risk of developing arthritis in the knee in later years. A meniscal repair, while not an emergency procedure, should be performed early to ensure the best results. But what are the techniques used to perform a repair?..

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Knee arthroscopy – what is involved?

What is involved in knee arthroscopyKnee arthroscopy is one of the most commonly performed operations. It involves using a high-definition camera to see inside the joint. This is done through small puncture wounds in the skin. In addition to the camera, other instruments can be used to work inside the knee. Arthroscopy has gained popularity over the years. It is has a faster recovery time, minimal scarring and low levels of post-operative pain…

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Three signs that you may have a meniscus tear

A meniscus tear may be cause by long-distance runningThe biggest task I face when seeing a patient for the first time is trying to ascertain if they have a problem which requires surgery. One of the commonest conditions I see is knee pain caused by a meniscus tear. The meniscus acts like a “shock absorber” in the knee. It is important to diagnosis this accurately, especially in those with healthy knees, as a delay in treatment may result in further damage to the knee in future…

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Knee pain from a meniscal tear

Knee pain may be caused by a meniscal tearA knee meniscal tear is one of the most common knee injuries. It is a common cause of knee pain. Men are typically affected in their 30’s and 40’s, and women in their 20’s. A degenerative tear can also occur with minor trauma such as getting up from a chair, especially in patients in their 50’s and 60’s. The meniscus is a c-shaped cartilage which acts like a “shock absorber”. It also provides stability, lubrication and position sense…

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