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Conditions that can affect the knee and require surgical repair

istock 482699418 1 Your knee is important for daily function. When it has been damaged or compromised, you may find yourself slowed down in your daily activities. You may experience discomfort that makes it difficult to walk, run, or jump. If you are active in certain sports, you may not be able to play due to your injury. In situations such as this, the team at Orthopedic Associates of Long Island will recommend a thorough evaluation to determine what has happened—and help patients decide if their condition warrants surgical repair. 

What conditions affect the knee? 

The knee is a mass of tissues, tendons, muscles, and bone that function in a way that allows us to be mobile. Many don’t think much of their knee until it has become problematic. While certain twists and sprains can be managed and healed with conservative treatments such as rest, ice, and medication, some patients have more extensive damage or injury that requires more invasive treatment such as surgical repair. These conditions may include: 

  •         Meniscus tears
  •         ACL injuries
  •         Joint deterioration (from osteoarthritis)
  •         Patellar tendon injuries

When patients have been diagnosed with any of the above conditions, the severity may indicate whether or not treatment can assist. Our professionals provide thorough diagnostics, using today’s latest imagery devices to check for the health of the tendons, muscles, and tissues of the knee that may impact the knees function and cause significant pain for the individual. 

What should I expect from knee surgery? 

Though the idea of undergoing surgery in the knee may sound scary, advances in surgical techniques now allow many patients to have surgery done as a simple outpatient procedure. Arthroscopes are commonly used to diagnose conditions and perform surgical treatments in the knee area, reducing how invasive these procedures are. Additionally, much smaller incisions can be made, reducing noticeable scarring that can occur. 

Schedule a visit at Orthopedic Associates of Long Island 

Ready to speak to a Long Island area orthopedic surgeon about your knee concerns? Contact our team by calling (631) 689-6698 to request an appointment. We have seven convenient locations accepting new patients.    

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