Unfortunately, every sports participant at every level of every game is at risk of injury. The knee joint is particularly vulnerable in certain sports such as rugby and netball. Your injured knee may involve one or more structures, some of which will heal without surgery.
Close examination of your knee with X-rays (and often an MRI) will help Dr Ward decide how best to treat your injury. This may involve using a brace as well as crutches for a period of time, followed by rehabilitation as required.
A knee arthroscopy is a common surgical procedure that usually involves two 1cm incisions at the front of your knee. A camera is then inserted into the knee joint to investigate the nature of your injury.
As a knee specialist, Dr Ward can undertake a number of surgical procedures to treat different parts of the knee. She will consider whether:
- the cartilage (the shiny covering of your bone ends) and meniscus (C-shaped shock absorber between your bones) can be debrided (trimmed) if they have loose torn parts
- depending on the location and configuration of meniscal tears (as well as some patient related factors), repair may be performed
- cartilage and bone flakes are sometimes repairable, or they may need to be treated with alternative techniques such as MACI (matrix-induced autologous chondrocyte implantation)
- torn ligaments can be repaired or reconstructed, depending on which ligament is involved.
Post-operative restrictions and rehabilitation will vary depending on which operation you have. You will be given comprehensive, easy-to-follow information on these aspects of your treatment during your visit to Dr Ward’s clinic.
For further details on knee injuries, you may wish to visit Orthoinfo.