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Can the same doctor that does an ACL repair do a PCL repair?

Can the same doctor that does an ACL repair do a PCL repair?

Yes: An orthopedic surgeon is a specialist in sports medicine who is trained to take care of knee injuries like ligament tears involving the the acl, pcl, mcl, and lcl, or torn cartilage. Treatement may involve surgery, which is common with ACL injuries, or it may be non-surgical, which is more common with PCL injuries. ...Read more

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Acl Reconstruction (Definition)

Because an acl (anterior cruciate ligament) cannot heal itself on its own, an acl is "reconstructed" by placing a graft tendon substitute (from your own or donor cadaver tendon) placed into tunnels made in the original acl position, and fixed in place with screws, buttons, or other fixation device. The body then replaces the cells and structure of the graft over 6-8 months, ...Read more


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I have to have reconstructive hip surgery soon to repair a labrum tear, re build cartilage and remove an osteophyte. What does all this involve?

I have to have reconstructive hip surgery soon to repair a labrum tear, re build cartilage and remove an osteophyte. What  does all this involve?

Arthroscopic surgery: Sounds as if they are planning to repair your torn labrum, remove bone spur and repair cartilage. This can be done thru several small incisions, outpatient taking a couple of hours . This allows the repairs to be done without dislocating the hip joint. ...Read more

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If you get a single bundle ACL surgery on one knee and a double bundle ACL surgery on the other could this cause any harm to the body?

If you get a single bundle ACL surgery on one knee and a double bundle ACL surgery on the other could this cause any harm to the body?

No harm: You would be an interesting case control study to compare differences, but there is a chance that both would function equally well. Both techniques can result in success, and therefore, you might not expect any difference or harm. Since you know which knee had which tech., comparison may be biased. ...Read more

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Does a tear in the knee cartilage always need to be fixed surgically?

Does a tear in the knee cartilage always need to be fixed surgically?

Commonly- not always: Symptomatic cartilage lesions within the knee that cause pain, swelling, loss of motion, weakness, or locking do eventually require surgery. Cartilage tears that are not symptomatic do not require surgical intervention. ...Read more

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If an ACL has torn and reattached to the PCL is surgery needed?

If an ACL has torn and reattached to the PCL is surgery needed?

Usually: Acl will generally scar down to the pcl. The need for surgery is based on stability, other injuries, lifestyle. ...Read more

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If I have a torn ACL and torn atfl (on the same leg) can I do the surgeries at the same time?

If I have a torn ACL and torn atfl (on the same leg) can I do the surgeries at the same time?

Depends: A torn atfl (ankle ligament) rarely requires surgery. And believe it or not, a torn acl does not necessarily have to be repaired unless you are very involved in sports, especially sports involving pivoting/cutting such as tennis. It would be possible to have both surgeries done at the same time, but discuss that with your surgeon. ...Read more

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How long is it necessarily to have an immobilizer after kneecap and tendon repair surgery?

How long is it necessarily to have an immobilizer after kneecap and tendon repair surgery?

Need more info: This is obviously a question to ask your surgeon in follow- up. Not sure what tendon you had ' repaired'( patellar, quads , etc.) and what kneecap surgery u had in addition( lateral release, chondroplasty, ext. Mech. Realignment ..?). I would keep your immobilizer on until you have spoken w/ your ors. Gl! ...Read more

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I want to know during an inguinal hernia surgery (open repair with mesh) what does a doctor do to hernia sac and spermatic cord?

I want to know during an inguinal hernia surgery (open repair with mesh) what does a doctor do to hernia sac and spermatic cord?

Hernia sac: Is either ligated high and excised, or left open or imbricated if it is small. Spermatic cord is always preserved. ...Read more

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When does an orthopedic surgeon come to a conclusion that a partial knee replacement is the only option?

When does an orthopedic surgeon come to a conclusion that a partial knee replacement is the only option?

Up to you !: Replacements are done for severe pain associated with knee arthritis. Arthritis is like losing the tread on your car tire. Many treatments short of replacement include medications, therapy, injections and arthroscopy. When these don't work, the next, and only option, is replacement. Partial replacement is only for specific arthritic conditions, and not the most common option. Ask your surgeon! ...Read more

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How does ankle syndesmosis surgery work? Do they repair the ligaments that are damaged at the same time?

How does ankle syndesmosis surgery work? Do they repair the ligaments that are damaged at the same time?

Some do not me: If cn early i only reduced the syndesmosis & transfixed with a screw, post op boot, no wt bearing 6-8 weeks. Then screw removal and rehab. I would always fix in some plantar flexion which gives a tight fit, but dorsiflexion is regained thu rehab. Some longer than others. Others will open & sort of repaire the shreded ligament but i never did. B sure screw is a lag & sticks out the tibial side. ...Read more

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What exactly is an avulsion tear of the ACL and what ways will they reconstruct my acl?

What exactly is an avulsion tear of the ACL and what ways will they reconstruct my acl?

Avulsion fracture: Tibial spine fractures are characterized by fractures at the insertion site of the anterior cruciate ligament (acl) on the tibia and were first classified into 3 types. For displaced (type ii/iii) fractures, surgical treatment has included fixation with screws, sutures, or wires performed through either open or arthroscopic approaches. Optimal treatment methods remain controversial. ...Read more

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How exactly would surgery help/fix a fractured kneecap that required it and what does the surgeon actually do?

How exactly would surgery help/fix a fractured kneecap that required it and what does the surgeon actually do?

Depends: If your orthopedic surgeon decides it would be best to fix the fracture, he or she will also decide the best way to fix it. Sometimes pins or screws are used. Sometimes wires. Sometimes the patella is just removed. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of a meniscus tear? What does it mean when a MRI says a displacement at the meniscus root? Does that cause a knee to lock?

What are the symptoms of a meniscus tear? What does it mean when a MRI says a displacement at the meniscus root? Does that cause a knee to lock?

Giving way: Meniscal tears usually cause mechanical instability. The primary symptom is buckling or giving out. A displaced meniscus can cause the knee to lock. The meniscal root is where it attaches either in the front or back of the knee. Depending on your age it can be repaired or removed but is almost always a surgical treatment. See a good orthopedic surgeon. ...Read more

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If you stand and twist your leg and it hurts does that mean that you either of a meniscus or ACL problem? A displacment means a tear of the meniscus?

If you stand and twist your leg and it hurts does that mean that you either of a meniscus or ACL problem? A displacment means a tear of the meniscus?

Knee problems: Yes, you could damage your meniscus and/or acl by standing and twisting your leg. Displacement means the state of being out of place. Meniscus or bone fracture fragments are displaced when they are out of place. ...Read more

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How will the doctor do a hip arthroscopy to fix a labral tear?

How will the doctor do a hip arthroscopy to fix a labral tear?

Small incisions: Through several small incisions, a camera and instruments are passed into the hip joint. The labrum can be repaired by placing an anchor into the bone, and tying down the labrum to the bone and anchor. ...Read more

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Posterior Cruciate Ligament (Definition)

The posterior cruciate ligament (pcl) is one of the main central ligaments within the knee that originates on the femur and inserts on the back of the tibia. The PCL prevents the ...Read more