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Dislocated Knee Cap

It’s not good to completely dislocate your knee cap. When this occurs it can knock off pieces of the cartilage that covers the undersurface of the patella. Images below outlined in green show a piece of cartilage knocked off and were floating around the knee joint. The blue outline is the donor site.  

“Break A Leg”

In the spirit of the Hamilton tickets that went on sale in Louisville… I have never quite understood the phrase, “break a leg” as a good luck statement. Especially from an orthopedists point of view. This is what I envision when I hear that phrase… This image is of a person that broke a leg…. Read more »

Surgical Treatment Options for Knee Arthritis

Arthritis by definition is loss of the articular cartilage that covers the ends of the bone that make up different joints in your body. The knee is one of the largest joints in the body. Arthritis is caused by the natural aging process, morbid obesity, genetics and trauma. When non operative or conversation treatment has been… Read more »

What is Hyaluronic Acid?

This is an injection that is given for knee osteoarthritis. It is called by many names. Here are a few names my patients have called it: rooster comb injection, chicken fat shot, cock comb injection, jelly shot, gel shot, cushion injection, just to name a few… It’s brand name depending on the company that produces… Read more »

What is a Baker’s Cyst?

Unfortunately it has nothing to do with chocolate cake…A Baker’s cyst is a collection of fluid that accumulates in the back of the knee. It typically occurs from one of three different sources. 1. The most common reason people develop a Baker’s cyst is from osteoarthritis. If you have an arthritic joint that gets inflamed,… Read more »

What Happens If You Remove the Whole Meniscus?

1. The force on the cartilage in the knee joint increases by almost 300%. 2. This huge increase of force accelerates the wear of the articulations cartilage which ultimately results in early onset osteoarthritis. 3. Prior to knee arthroscopy: pre 1980’s, Orthopaedic surgeons would remove the whole meniscus when there was a tear and a… Read more »

Carpal Tunnel Release

Now that is a hand I would NOT like to do a carpal tunnel release on in the operating room. Instead of having to stand on to step stools like I typically do when operating, I would need a full-fledged extension ladder. Carpal tunnel syndrome is a condition where the retinaculum, which is a structure… Read more »

Can a Torn Meniscus be Repaired?

Yes, but not often, only less than 5% of the time. Why? The meniscus is divided up into three zones. Two of the three zones have a very poor blood supply. Blood is needed to aid in a repair. Sutures can be placed to hold the torn meniscus together, but if there is no blood supply… Read more »

Does Removing a Torn Meniscus Harm the Knee Joint?

The meniscus is a shock absorber in the knee. The part of the meniscus that tears no longer has shock absorber properties. The torn part of the meniscus causes pain, irritation to the knee and on occasion mechanical symptoms such as catching and locking. By removing the torn part of the meniscus it doesn’t not… Read more »