Some of the surgical procedures we use most are described below:
Minimally Invasive Surgery
Minimally Invasive Surgery was developed to lessen pain and blood loss, leave a smaller scar and enable a quicker recovery. Many incisions, such as hip replacement, which used to require an 8 to 10 inch incision, is now being accomplished by an incision as small as 1.5 inches.
Another minimally invasive technique geared for back injuries or osteoporosis compression fractures. This procedure has the benefit of being performed while the patient is awake and entails a needle which accomplishes a variety of tasks and often results in relieving chronic back pain within 24 hours.
Computer Assisted orthopedic Surgery
A variety of different computer capabilities allows the surgeon to better navigate, visualize and execute surgical actions with greater precision and most importantly allows minimally invasive techniques to be used. Robotics play a part in more accurate performance, while other software is used in pre-operative planning or 3 dimensional overlay during surgery as well as micro-surgical techniques. Implants, for example, benefit greatly from computer assistance and allow the surgeon to achieve optimum placement – which is crucial to the success of this procedure.
Ligaments are tough, non-stretchable fibers that hold your bones together. When they are torn or injured they do not heal on their own. This surgery requires a graft, either taken from the paitent or from donor tissue. Bioabsorbable screws are used to hold the graft in place and disappear or are absorbed within 2 to 3 years. The most common injury is to the cruciate ligament behind the knee. This ligament gives stability to the knee and can be injured relatively easily – sometimes a quick turn in the opposite direction is enough to tear the ligament.
The arthroscope is a pencil-sized instrument with a small lens attached to a miniature camera and lighting system. This allows the joint structures to be magnified and illuminated and while this technique as initially used as a diagnostic tool only, advances in the field enabled the instrument to be used to repair and correct problems. It is now commonly used to treat such conditions as:
- Knee ligament reconstruction (primary, revision & multi-ligament).
- Hip, knee, ankle, shoulder and elbow arthroscopy
- Cartilage preserving & restoration procedures (including micofracture, osteochordil transfer and Cartrell® implantation)