Arthroscopic Surgery of the Knee/Sports Medicine

What is Arthroscopic Surgery?

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Arthroscopic image of the knee demonstrating a normal medial meniscus

Quite simply this is surgery for a joint disorder (knee, shoulder, hip, etc.) done through small incisions (portals) with the assistance of a camera (an “arthroscope”) and other minimally invasive instruments. The advantage of this type of surgery is that it allows the surgeon access to the joint with minimal disruption of skin, muscle and other soft tissues. Visualization and diagnosis are substantially improved. Blood loss is significantly less than with open surgery and often there is a much quicker recovery. Arthroscopy is the standard of care for knee disorders that do not involve joint replacement.

Sports medicine is a growing specialty that allows physicians to focus on the unique needs and abilities of athletes.  The goal is to facilitate full return to play as quickly as possible. Surgeons in this field typically complete additional fellowship training to familiarize themselves to the specialized challenges of working with elite athletes.

Treatment Options

Arthroscopic surgery for knee disorders revolutionized treatment options for knee patients many decades ago. Currently new techniques are constantly emerging to help athletes, children and active adults deal with a wide array of knee disorders. Common conditions treated include meniscal tears, ligament injuries, chondral (cartilage) injuries, and patellofemoral (knee cap) disorders.

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Arthroscopic repair of a medial meniscal tear in a 19 yo college baseball player. Note that the tear was directly between the meniscus and the joint capsule and therefore repairable with several sutures.

Knee injury is one of the most common conditions faced by an athlete as he/she pushes the limits of the body. Football players often sustain injuries to the knee meniscus and knee ligaments. An example would be rupture of the anterior cruciate ligament or “ACL.” Soccer players can present with patellofemoral pain due to repetitive kicking activities. Gymnasts are at risk for meniscal, chondral and ligamentous injuries to the knee.

Middle-aged athletes commonly present with meniscal and chondral pathology. Whatever the knee injury, all athletes want to return to sport at pre-injury level. Modern arthroscopic surgery and sports medicine is making that goal a reality through procedures such as meniscal repair, anatomic ligament reconstruction, cartilage restoration procedures and advancements in physical therapy.

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Arthroscopic microfracture of a significant chondral defect on the medial femoral condyle of the knee

Dr. Wind’s Experience

After completing residency, Dr. Wind was fortunate to have the opportunity to gain specialized experience in arthroscopic surgery and sports medicine through fellowship training in Perth, Australia. Dr. Wind completed a formal sports medicine fellowship with senior surgeons at the Perth Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine Centre. This advanced training was invaluable in understanding and treating athletic knee disorders.

Dr. Wind is proud to be able to offer knee patients a full spectrum of treatment options to facilitate full return to function. Common procedures performed by Dr. Wind include treatment of meniscal injuries, cartilage restoration procedures, and treatment of patellofemoral disorders. In addition, Dr. Wind works closely with many local physical therapists on structured programs to treat the many athletes with knee disorders who do not require surgery.

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