Knee Replacement and Reconstruction Surgery

Our experienced New York orthopedic knee surgeons can explain your options

Knee replacement and reconstruction surgery can be a very complicated. There are also many different surgical knee injury treatments to choose from, as well. That’s why it’s important to carefully consider all your options if you need a knee injury medical procedure.

Our experienced, board-certified, New York orthopedic knee surgeons at IMC Bone Doc can explain the different knee replacement procedures available to you and which one makes the most sense based on your specific physical needs.

Our doctors at Island Musculoskeletal Care know what to do because we have more than 100 years of combined medical experience. There’s no substitute for experience, no substitute for success. Schedule an appointment now with one of our physicians at one of our seven offices in the greater New York City and Long Island area. We often have immediate appointments available. Best of all, you can often receive all your medical care at one, convenient location.

What are common knee replacement and reconstruction surgical procedures?

Depending on your medical issue, there are numerous surgical knee operations available which could be right for you. You can learn more about these procedures by clicking on the links listed below:

Don’t try to diagnose yourself. If something seems wrong with your knee, talk to a medical professional as soon as possible and have them examine you. Often, diagnosing what’s wrong involves taking an MRI scan of your knee. That’s why each one of our seven New York offices has an MRI machine onsite.

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You have lived with knee pain long enough. Contact our medical clinic and schedule an appointment. One of our experienced, New York orthopedic knee surgeons can examine you, evaluate what’s wrong and explain the different options available to you. Contact us online or call 1-888-BONE-DOC (266-3362).

Our medical practice is in network and accepts coverage by most major insurance companies. As a result, your surgical procedure will likely not cost you anything out of pocket, especially if you injured your knee on the job. Workers’ compensation insurance often covers these medical procedures. Talk to one of our experienced New York knee surgeons and learn more. We want to help.

What is knee osteotomy?

Knee osteotomy is a surgical procedure in which the bone is cut and reshaped in order to properly align your knee. In this procedure, the femur (lower thighbone) or tibia (upper shinbone) is normally cut and realigned.

Knee osteotomy surgery is often performed on people suffering from knee pain due to arthritis. This medical procedure often relieves knee pain by removing pressure from the damaged area on the knee and shifting the pressure to the healthy part of the knee.

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What is high tibial osteotomy?

High tibial osteotomy is a surgical procedure in which the upper part of your upper shinbone (known as the tibia) is cut and reshaped in order to relieve knee pain, often due to arthritis. This medical procedure is commonly performed if you only have pain due to arthritis on one side of your knee.

In order to relieve the pain on one side of your knee, high tibial osteotomy surgery often involves removing part of the bone on the side where you feel pain. That way, your weight is shifted to the healthy side of your knee. A wedge of bone may also be added or removed above or below the knee to relieve your knee pain due to arthritis.

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What is tibial tubercle osteotomy?

Tibial tubercle osteotomy is a surgical procedure in which a bone is intentionally cut in the leg and the tibial tubercle (medical term for a bump on the front of the shin bone) is surgically moved in order to relieve knee pain.

As part of this procedure, the tibial tubercle is often moved so it is perfectly aligned with the patella (kneecap) and the center of the femoral groove. After surgery, you may experience some pain and discomfort for several days. You should then be able to start your physical therapy regimen in order to properly align your knee and improve your strength.

We offer physical therapy at all seven office locations. And each office has its own licensed physical therapist who can carefully monitor your physical therapy and create an exercise regimen based on your specific physical needs.

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What is unicompartmental knee replacement?

As the name of this medical procedure suggests, unicompartmental knee replacement surgery focuses on repairing only one part of the knee. This procedure can only be performed if only one part of the knee is damaged. The knee has three major parts.

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What is patellofemoral knee replacement?

This type of knee surgery involves relieving knee pain isolated mainly to the front of the knee or kneecap. This type of pain is often referred to as “runner’s knee” or “jumper’s knee.” In a patellofemoral knee replacement operation, doctors preserve most of the knee instead of removing all of the knee, which is common in total knee replacement (TKR) surgical procedures.

This less invasive form of knee surgery may be recommended if you are younger, active and do not have extensive physical damage to your knee. Even though parts of your knee may be damaged due to arthritis, our knee surgeons will work to preserve existing, healthy cartilage, ligaments or bones as part of your patellofemoral knee replacement surgery.

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What is revision knee replacement?

For a variety of reasons, you may need to have knee surgery performed more than once. If you have already undergone knee surgery, subsequent surgical procedures are known as revision knee replacement surgeries. As the name suggests, revision knee replacement surgery may involve replacing some or all of the existing artificial knee components in your knee.

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What are distal realignment procedures?

Sometimes, your knee pain occurs because your kneecap or the bone below the kneecap (known as the tibia) are not properly aligned. As a result, when you move or walk, you may experience severe knee pain due to the improper positioning of your kneecap and tibia.

Distal realignment procedures involve repositioning your kneecap and the tendon under your kneecap. This procedure, also known as a tibial tubercle transfer (TTT) procedure, can be very effective for relieving chronic knee pain due to arthritis and other medical conditions.

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What is PCL knee reconstruction?

Your knee contains four, major ligaments. One of them is your posterior cruciate ligament (PCL). Your PCL connects your shinbone (tibia) to your thighbone (femur). PCL injuries are less common than many other knee injuries. As a result, they can be harder to identify than other, more common knee injuries.

PCL injuries are often graded on a scale of I, II or III, with grade III PCL injuries being the most severe. Grade III PCL injuries often involve a complete ligament tear. Some PCL injuries may also include additional injuries, as well, including cartilage damage, ligament injuries and bone bruises.

PCL knee injuries can be treated using a variety of surgical and non-surgical procedures. PCL knee reconstruction surgery is often advised if there has been a severe or complete ligament tear in the PCL.

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What is LCL knee reconstruction?

The lateral collateral ligament (LCL) connects your fibula (side bone of lower leg) to your femur (thighbone). This thin, tissue-like layer located on the outer side of the knee provides stability within your knee. If your LCL layer is torn or injured, you could experience severe knee pain and have difficulty walking or performing other physical activities. LCL injuries sometimes occur due to sports-related activities or due a direct blow to the knee.

Rebuilding your injured LCL often involves removing the damaged portion of the ligament and replacing it with healthy tissue. This medical procedure often involves grafting healthy ligament strands together. These healthy ligaments can come from the patient’s own body (autografting) or from someone else’s body (allografting).

LCL knee reconstruction surgery recovery time often lasts several weeks. During that time, patients often need to use crutches and avoid applying weight directly to the rebuilt knee. Physical therapy exercises might also be part of the recovery program for LCL knee reconstruction surgery. We offer physical therapy at all seven office locations. And each office has a fully-licensed physical therapist.

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What is outpatient total knee replacement?

In the past, total knee replacement (TKR) surgery often required patients to stay overnight in a hospital after undergoing a surgical procedure. In recent years, some patients undergoing total knee replacement surgery have been allowed to return home the same day of the surgery.

Outpatient total knee replacement surgery is normally suggested for relatively healthy patients who have stable vital signs, including healthy blood pressure, heart rate and body temperature. In addition, patients considered suitable for outpatient total knee replacement surgery need to be able to digest regular food and take oral pain medications before being allowed to return home.

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What is tricompartmental knee replacement?

Tricompartmental knee replacement surgery often involves replacing damaged knee parts in the three major knee compartments with artificial knee parts. The three major compartments in the knee are:

  • Compartment inside knee – Medial compartment
  • Compartment behind kneecap – Patellofemoral
  • Compartment outside knee joint – Lateral compartment

Tricompartmental knee replacement surgery is often advised for people with severe osteoarthritis in the knee.

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What is total knee replacement (TKR) surgery?

One of the most common – and most complicated – knee surgical procedures, total knee replacement (TKR) surgery involves replacing damaged knee parts or the entire knee joint with artificial parts.

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What is medial patellofemoral ligament reconstruction?

The medial patellofemoral ligament (MPFL) connects the inner part of the knee to the kneecap, which is also called the patella. The medial patellofemoral ligament can become injured many different ways. Common causes of medial patellofemoral ligament injuries include ligament tears, direct blows to the knee or twisting injuries.

In cases involving medial patellofemoral ligament reconstruction, this part of the knee can sometimes be rebuilt using non-surgical procedures. Other times, medial patellofemoral ligament reconstruction may involve surgery. In these cases, healthy tissue is often grafted into the knee and replaces damaged tissue. Surgery may also involve repairing or reconstructing the medial patellofemoral ligament.

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What is arthroscopic reconstruction of the knee for ligament injuries?

Knee arthroscopy surgery can often be an effective way to rebuild and repair knee injuries and damage to the knee. Arthroscopic reconstruction of the knee often involves fewer incisions than traditionally surgery. As a result, many people choose this minimally invasive form of surgery, especially since there’s often less pain after knee arthroscopy surgery.

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What is ACL reconstruction (patellar & hamstring tendon)?

Reconstructing your anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) is a common and often successful medical procedure. The ACL connects your femur (thighbone) to your tibia (shinbone), two important bones in your leg. This strong, rope-like ligament in your knee helps stabilize your leg. If you injure your ACL, walking can become extremely difficult or nearly impossible.

Often, ACL injuries involve tearing your ACL. Changing direction abruptly, landing wrong on your knee or sustaining a direct blow to your knee are common ways to injury your ACL. These injuries often occur while playing sports, making torn ACLs one of the most common sports medicine injuries.

If your ACL tears or becomes injured, surgery will likely be necessary to reconstruct and repair your torn ACL. In many cases, reconstructing your torn ACL involves replacing your injured ACL with a healthy hamstring tendon. After ACL knee surgery, you will need to begin physical therapy right away and refrain from any sports for up to six months, giving your ACL enough time to heal and rebuild.

We can help you with all your physical therapy needs. That’s because each one of our seven offices has a licensed physical therapist on staff and an extensive array of physical therapy equipment. And when we work with you, we can create a unique physical therapy program designed especially for you based on your specific needs.

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