From the tear of a tendon to rupture: The knee joint.
Although the knee is the largest joint in the human body, it does not seem to be the most stable one. The vast majority of orthopedic damage take place here. Almost everyone knows someone with no meniscus, damaged cruciate ligaments or chronic pain.
Just because it looks so robust due to its size and the seemingly simple hinge function, we tend to overload the knee. Through sports that could not foresee the evolution, or professions that take the wear approvingly.
No longer being able to walk or run properly is one of the biggest health concerns there is. It is my calling to take this concern from you, release you from the pain and make you mobile again.
Here you find an overview of the most common knee problems and ways to resolve them. I perform the vast majority of procedures arthroscopically. However, should it be necessary to replace all or part of the joint, I’m the Chrirurg you can trust.
- Teaser or avulsion of the cartilage by accident or overload, often during sports.
- Suturing (stitching) of the meniscus. Otherwise: Partial removal of the meniscus.
- Avulsion of cartilage tissue from bone through injuries.
- Refixation: Attachment of the cartilage part with pins or screws which are biodegradable. Transplantation: Use of artifical cartilage tissue
- Joint degeneration due to aging, stress, and as a result of sports injuries of the knee joint.
- Arthroscopic removal of inflamed tissue, cartilage repair or -transplantation. In severe cases: use of a partial or total endoprosthesis.
- Loss of bone substance.
- Drilling of the bone to stimulate the formation of new bone. In severe cases: use of an endoprosthesis.
Cruciate ligament damage
- Instability of the knee through the damage or rupture of a cruciate ligament.
- Restoration of the band through replacement with endogenous tendon.
Dislocation of the kneecap
- A kind of dislocation in which the patella leaves her rightful place, so that the upper and lower legs are slightly twisted.
- Repositioning of the patella by adding a tendon from the lower leg.
Sometimes fulfill the highest demands: Endoprostheses for the knee joint.
Generally the most operated on joint, the knee is of course in the center of technological and medical development.
Many components can be replaced today, for example, cruciate ligaments, meniscus and cartilage tissue. Cartilage and bone can also be regenerated in many cases. But there are also stages of wear in which I can wholeheartedly advise an endoprosthesis as the best solution.
Endoprostheses for the knee are engineering marvels that mimic the natural movement of the knee to perfection. You can partially or completely replace the joint and even compensate for unstable bands. Here you find an overview of the most common prostheses for the knee.
- Partial replacement of the joint, like a dental crown. Replacement usually the medial side of the knee part.
- Artificial knee joint to replace two or all three of the joint parts.
Coupled Total endoprosthesis
- An artificial knee joint in which the hinge parts are interconnected. Is used, even when ligaments and tendons are badly damaged.