When knee pain becomes extremely severe, the symptoms can begin to interfere with your everyday activities. Eventually, this can keep you from living your life to the fullest and performing all the usual tasks that you enjoy, or even need to get through the day. If you have tried more conservative knee therapies and have found very little success, it may be time to consider surgical options for more long-term, effective results on which you can depend.
At Greater Pittsburgh Orthopedic Associates (GPOA), our team is comprised of some of the best knee surgeons in Pittsburgh. We’re proud to offer our patients premium care from experienced orthopedic doctors and surgeons who specialize in reparative knee surgery, as well as knee replacement, should that procedure become necessary. Using our minimally-invasive approach alongside cutting-edge medical technology, we offer our patients every opportunity to find a treatment that will restore their range of motion and provide long-term pain relief.
If you’re ready to live freely and return to doing what you love, don’t hesitate. Schedule your appointment with one of the knee surgery specialists at Greater Pittsburgh Orthopedic Associates today.
At Greater Pittsburgh Orthopedic Associates (GPOA), our knee surgeons have undergone years of specialized training to specifically treat arthritic disorders of the knee. Our team is capable of treating a wide variety of knee disorders, including those caused by particular types of arthritis.
The most common type of arthritis affecting the knee is “degenerative” arthritis that is due to wear and tear. Other causes include post-traumatic arthritis, which develops after a knee injury, and rheumatoid arthritis, which is a complex immune system disorder that leads to the erosion of one or more joints of the body.
If any of these circumstances sound familiar to you, it’s likely that the pain, discomfort and lack of mobility you’re currently experiencing in your knee is due to arthritis. Don’t hesitate to find treatment and return to a healthy, pain-free, fully-mobile life. Schedule your appointment with GPOA today.
The knee professionals at Greater Pittsburgh Orthopedic Associates take a minimally-invasive approach to treating arthritis and other conditions of the joints as frequently as possible. Some of the less invasive options we recommend to patients include activity modification, oral medication, cortisone injections, or lubrication injections to relieve pain in your joints without a need for surgery.
However, sometimes surgery is the best option for returning you to full mobility with results that will last you the rest of your life. There are many types of surgical procedures that can be performed on the knees and the surrounding tissue. They range from minimally-invasive arthroscopic procedures used to repair torn cartilage or ligaments, to total knee replacements.
When determining the course of your treatment, our knee specialists will work closely with you to develop a treatment plan that meets the needs of your individual case, as well as your personal goals for your recovery. This treatment will depend on how far the arthritis has progressed, your overall health and weight, and the goals you discuss with your surgeon. Regardless of your needs, the Knee Surgeons at Greater Pittsburgh Orthopaedic Associates are committed to working with patients with knee arthritis to develop a reasonable treatment plan for their arthritis.
Surgery is one option in the treatment of structural disorders that affect the knees. It may be an option for severe knee pain that has not responded to other pain management strategies. Although many people try to postpone or avoid surgical intervention, it is often the best option for the treatment of common knee conditions like arthritis and sports injuries. Not all conditions require surgery, or yours may not have progressed to the point of needing it.
Your knee relies on cartilage to facilitate smooth, fluid, and pain-free movement. Unfortunately, cartilage can be damaged in a number of ways. Two of the most common causes are trauma to the joint and arthritis. An injury or trauma can cause a tear and arthritis leads to degeneration and wear of the tissue.
Once it is damaged, cartilage does not heal well. In cases where the joint is able to grow new cartilage, it is often rough or bumpy. That makes it less able to facilitate smooth movement at the joint, which is its main function. Luckily, there are surgical options that are designed to repair, regenerate, or restore the condition of the cartilage in your knee. These are most commonly used in patients who have limited or isolated damage, usually due to trauma.
In some cases, cartilage can be transplanted from one part of your body to another. This may be a good choice if you have damage from an injury or arthritis in a limited number of joints. It is also possible to stimulate bone marrow through a precision procedure. This, in turn, stimulates cartilage growth in the joint.
Cartilage can also be grown outside of the body and then implanted into your knee. This requires two separate procedures: one to harvest cartilage cells and another to re-implant them.
Arthroscopic surgery is performed through small incisions. Using these to access the knee, your surgeon inserts a miniature video camera and surgical tools. This can be useful in treating cartilage damage, repairing torn ligaments, and to assess the condition of your joint.
Since you will only need a few small incisions, you will not be left with a large scar. This technology also reduces risks thanks to its less invasive nature. Also, you may be able to choose to receive regional anesthesia during arthroscopic surgery, so you can remain awake during the whole process.
Although the list of conditions that can be treated and procedures that can be performed arthroscopically is continually growing, it cannot be used for all treatments. You should discuss whether arthroscopic surgery is an option for you when you meet with one of our specialists.
In general, people who can relate to these statements will benefit from a consultation with an orthopedic surgeon:
Any time knee pain causes you to alter your behavior, you should take action. Advances in surgical techniques mean safer, less-invasive treatments with quicker recovery times. However, knee surgery isn’t always the best option for everyone. For example, if you have a current infection, your pain or mobility issues are caused by something other than knee degeneration, or you have a history of blood clots, then you may not be a good candidate for surgery.
If you are tired of living with knee pain and other treatments have not worked to ease it, we can help. Our orthopedic specialists work to treat conditions affecting the knee, and we are happy to share how surgery can help reduce your pain and allow you to return to activities you enjoy. GPOA serves patients throughout the Pittsburgh area. Contact us to schedule your appointment.