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Q: What is an orthopedic surgeon?

A: Orthopedic surgeons treat injuries and illnesses that affect some part of the musculoskeletal system. They use both surgical and nonsurgical methods to treat degenerative diseases, sports injuries, infections, tumors and congenital disorders. Some orthopedic surgeons are specialists in knee joint disorders.

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Q: What makes La Peer’s treatment program unique?

A: La Peer Health Systems offers a world-class team of medical and surgical specialists to treat our patients. Our patients experience excellent results because of the personal care we offer within a safe and controlled environment.  Our facility features a multi-million dollar center, the most advanced technology available and a first-class support staff.  Our goal is to provide comprehensive and compassionate care for every patient. Our promise is to make our patients the top priority and be with them every step of the way.

Every patient is provided with a thorough personal assessment that enables our healthcare team to implement, monitor, and evaluate your care and answer your questions. For more information regarding our services, please contact us at (888) 429-6865.

Q: Which parts of the knee are most prone to injury?

A: The knee is a highly mobile joint in the human body with numerous components including bones, cartilage, muscles, ligaments and tendons. It is possible that any of these parts can incur serious injury when playing sports or any trauma that results in an abnormal force applied to the knee. The knee is also susceptible to conditions like arthritis.

Q: What are some of the different types of knee surgeries?

  • ACI Surgery – Autologous Chondrocyte Implantation (ACI) surgery repairs cartilage damage in the joints
  • ACL Reconstruction – Anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) reconstruction surgery repairs a torn ACL, one of the major ligaments in the knee.
  • Knee Arthroscopy – A procedure in which the knee joint is viewed by inserting a small camera into the knee.
  • Partial Knee Replacement – Performed to replace either the inside (medial) or outside (lateral) parts of the knee.
  • Revision Knee Surgery – Involves reconstructing or replacing a knee joint that was previously replaced or reconstructed.
  • Patellar Tendon Surgery – Reconnects the kneecap (patella) to the shin bone (tibia) and allows the knee to actively extend once again.

knee-surgery-frequently-asked-questions-los-angelesQ: Who is at risk for knee injuries and disease?

A: Athletes who engage in high impact sports are at particularly high risk for knee injuries.  Playing sports that involve lots of sudden stops and changes of direction can result in ACL injuries. However, anyone can sustain a knee injury even when they are not involved in high impact activities. People who have sustained a previous knee injury have a higher likelihood of developing arthritis in that knee. Furthermore, the risk of knee arthritis increases with age and those who are obese have a higher risk of developing the disease.

Q: What are signs that something is wrong with my knee?

A: The following are signs that you may have a knee injury or knee disease and that you should contact an orthopedic surgeon as soon as possible:

  • Knee pain or tenderness
  • Numbness or tingling in the knee
  • Knee has given out, buckled or felt unstable
  • Knee is swollen
  • Knee pops, snaps or makes a grinding sound
  • Knee is weak, stiff, locks, or has a decreased range of movement

Q: How do I properly use crutches after knee surgery?

Q: What if I have questions or concerns about the health of my knee?

A: Every patient is provided with a thorough personal assessment that enables our healthcare team to implement, monitor, and evaluate your care and answer your questions. For more information regarding our services please contact the Knee Surgery Center of Excellence in Los Angeles at (888) 429-6865.

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