Knee surgery has come a long way since the days of open surgery and endless days in painful recovery. As specialists in minimally invasive knee surgery, Babak Samimi, MD, and David Eldringhoff, MD, at Samimi Orthopedic Group can diagnose the problem, repair your knee, and in most cases, send you home the same day. Whether you know you need knee surgery or you wonder if surgery might relieve your ongoing pain, it's time to schedule an appointment and learn about treatment options. Call one of the Los Angeles area offices in Brentwood, West Covina, or Sherman Oaks, California, or book an appointment online today.
In most cases, surgery is the last resort and only recommended when your knee doesn't heal after conservative therapies. However, a few injuries need immediate surgery to ensure the tissues heal and you regain optimum strength and function.
The knee conditions that most often need surgery include:
You may also need surgery if you have inflammation, infection, or loose fragments in your knee joint.
The team at Samimi Orthopedic Group specializes in minimally invasive arthroscopic knee surgery. They developed their own procedures for anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) repair and posterolateral corner reconstruction.
They perform arthroscopy using advanced instruments designed to fit through small incisions. The arthroscope contains a high-definition camera to send images from inside your joint to a monitor.
Your provider uses the images to examine the tissues inside your knee. Then they insert other narrow tools through another small incision and repair tendons, reconstruct ligaments, transplant cartilage, remove bone spurs, and clean away damaged or infected tissues.
You can also have minimally invasive knee replacement surgery. In this case, the incision is larger than those for arthroscopy but still about half the length compared to open surgery.
Knee arthroscopy causes less trauma and bleeding and spares your muscles. As a result, you have minor post-op pain, and you experience a quicker recovery.
Most patients start walking shortly after their procedure and go home within a few hours. At the start of your recovery, you will use an assistive device like crutches or a walker to avoid placing weight on the knee.
You can accelerate healing by sticking with your exercise regimen and participating in physical therapy. Exercise therapy boosts circulation, which reduces inflammation and pain and also restores joint movement, and rebuilds muscle strength.
Most people return to their normal activities in 6-8 weeks or sooner.; however, your recovery might take a little longer if you had ligament reconstruction.
If you have questions about knee surgery or need to schedule an appointment, call Samimi Orthopedic Group or use the online booking feature today.