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What does it mean to have a micro fracture knee surgery?

What does it mean to have a micro fracture knee surgery?

Cartilage procedure: Microfracture is an arthroscopic surgery technique that restores cartilage in an area of cartilage deficit. By poking holes in the bone with an instrument that looks like an ice pick, bleeding occurs, which stimulates growth factors to create scar cartilage - which is not as good as the cartilage one is born with, but it can help with pain. Usually requires 6 weeks of non weight bearing afterward. ...Read more

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Dr. Sewa Legha
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Fracture (Definition)

A fracture is a broken bone. As there is cartilage at the end of many bones at the joint, a fracture may also include a break in the cartilage. Fractures and broken bones are the same thing. It seems that many believe that a "fracture" is a lesser injury or an incomplete break in the bone, but this is not correct. Fractures may be displaced or ...Read more


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What does it mean to have a chronic ankle fracture?

What does it mean to have a chronic ankle fracture?

Long time: It probably refers to the length of time you have had the problem. Sometimes the fracture occured many months prior to the treatment. It also could refer to the fact that it is not healing in the normal time frame. ...Read more

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What does it mean to have a clavicle fracture?

What does it mean to have a clavicle fracture?

Collar bone fracture: A clavicle (or collar bone) fracture is a common fracture when falling with outstretched hands or from falling directly onto your shoulder. This is a painful condition that will keep you from moving your affected arm and shoulder. ...Read more

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What does it mean to have a torn ACL injury?

What does it mean to have a torn ACL injury?

Torn=ripped a part: Acl=anterior-cruciate-ligament. This is a tough ligament connecting the upper back of knee to lower front of knee (see pic). A torn acl means a tear--which could be partial or complete. Complete-tear = totally ripped a part as shown here. It is an important ligament in knee, especially for active folks, like athletes. If you are very active, consider have it repaired. Consult doc. Good luck. ...Read more

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What does it mean to have a hip replacement?

What does it mean to have a hip replacement?

An artificial hip: The hip joint consists of a ball and socket formed of bone and cartilage. The diseased bone is removed and a new ball and socket, usually made out of metal and plastic is inserted surgically. The new hip, while mechanical, works in a manner very close to a normal hip joint. ...Read more

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What does it mean to have a cervical fracture?

What does it mean to have a cervical fracture?

Depends on location: Fractures of the cervical spine are the result of severe trauma to the neck and treatment varies with the location of the fracture in the vertebra; the presence or absence of injury to other structures especially the spinal cord. These need a complete evaluation including cat scans; dynamic films etc before any treatment can be decided. ...Read more

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What is usually done for a ACL sprain? I am unable to straighten knee what is the cause of that? Could it be meniscus or ACL ? What does displacement?

What is usually done for a ACL sprain? I am unable to straighten knee what is the cause of that? Could it be meniscus or ACL ? What does displacement?

Knee stiffness: Need more history , ? Was there an injury ? How did it occurr.? Is there associated swelling?Answers depend on what structure is strained or injured. Should be evaluated ...Read more

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What does it meant to have a tri-malleolar injury to the ankle?

What does it meant to have a tri-malleolar injury to the ankle?

An unstable break: The inside bump and back of the tibia are broken, and the end of the fibula (the outside bump on your ankle). ...Read more

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I have a "undisplaced avulsion fracture base proximal phlaanx L great toe" - what does this mean, what is treatment and how long does it take to heal?

Toe fracture : Undisplaced fracture means there is a fracture but bones are still in close proximity. Avulsion fracture means that muscle has pulled the bone by force and caused fracture . Undisplaced avulsion fracture of toe are treated by buddy strapping usually for 6 weeks . ...Read more

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What does it meant to have an trimalleolar fracture?

What does it meant to have an trimalleolar fracture?

Ankle joint fracture: A trimalleolar fracture means that the 3 corners (maleolli) that make up your ankle joint (tibia and fibula) are involved with the break. It usually results from high energy injuries and because the multiple parts are broken, the joint is unstable and typically requires surgery to restore the articular surface and stability of the ankle. ...Read more

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What does it meant to have a common hand fracture?

Depends...: I don't know where you were given the descriptor 'common'. This is not a medical term for a particular pattern of hand fracture but likely refers to a fracture seen commonly either in the hand or in that particular fracture you sustained. ...Read more

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I have a patellar tendon partial tear and my doctor said there is nothing that can be done to help it heal. This doesn't sound right to me. ?

I have a patellar tendon partial tear and my doctor said there is nothing that can be done to help it heal.  This doesn't sound right to me. ?

If it is just: a partial tear, you should regain most of your function as the area heals, depending, of course, on what is left. Consult with an orthopedic surgeon just to be sure. ...Read more

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Does having a displaced meniscus mean that i will need surgery to fix it? How did it get displaced?

Most likely, yes: A "displaced meniscu"s really means a displaced meniscus tear. Displacement cannot really happen without the meniscus having been torn. Usually the meniscus tears in the "white zone:, called so because it lacks a blood supply and therefore cannot heal. Occasional, ly , tears occur in the "red zone" and can be sewn together; time is of the essence in the repair of "red zone" tears. ...Read more

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How can a meniscus get displaced after having surgery? I had a MRI and that is what showed. Does that mean a tear? Please help

How can a meniscus get displaced after having surgery? I had a MRI  and that is what showed. Does that mean a tear? Please help

Meniscus: You can certainly have a retear of the meniscus or failure of fixation if the meniscus was repaired. Sometimes on the mri, the lateral meniscus will have excess excursion called a wrisberg variant. Without seeing your MRI or knowing what they did previously, it's hard to predict what is going on with the meniscus. I'd recommend seeing a sports surgeon. ...Read more

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Could you explain what is orthopedic surgery and does it hurt?

Could you explain what is orthopedic surgery and does it hurt?

Every surgery hurts!: Orthopedic is the branch of medical sciences dealing with bones, joints, muscles, ligaments, tendons, nerves, broken bones, pulled mucsles, torn tendons/ligaments, arthritis surgery. The good thing about surgery is that pain it causes does get better and every week you would feel the improvement in it. ...Read more

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What does it meant to have a maisonneuve fracture of the ankle?

What does it meant to have a maisonneuve fracture of the ankle?

See below: It is a spiral fracture of the proximal third (upper part near knee) of the fibula with an associated tear of the distal tibiofibular syndesmosis and the interosseous membrane.. There is also an associated fracture of the medial malleolus or rupture of the deep deltoid ligament. ...Read more

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Is arthrofibrosis a serious condition? Does it require someone to have surgery to remove the scar tissue? My knee doesn't extend I am -11

Is arthrofibrosis a serious condition? Does it require someone to have surgery to remove the scar tissue? My knee doesn't extend I am -11

See below: Problems like these can only be correctly handled by your doctor in person. He/she needs to listen to you, perform an examination and possibly run labs or other tests. That's the only way he/she can find out what's going on and what to do about it. ...Read more

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Is a slight superior displaced meniscus root a diagnosis on a mri? What does that mean? Does it require surgery to fix? I am having extreme pain knee

Is a slight superior displaced meniscus root a diagnosis on a mri? What does that mean? Does it require surgery to fix? I am having extreme pain knee

More info: Sounds like you may have a tear of the root or horn of your meniscus. Root tears with pain and mechanical symptoms or swelling may require surgery. Depending on how it is torn really determines if it can be fixed. Repairs in patients older than 40 typically don't do well so usually this is partially removed. Root tears in general can lead to progressive arthritis and aren't good tears to have. ...Read more

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What does it mean to have a spinal fusion?

What does it mean to have a spinal fusion?

Joining bones: A spinal fusion is eliminating a motion segment of the spine by making bones heal together. There are many different techniques used for a variety of reasons or indications. ...Read more

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I have a compression fracture on my hip. What does this mean?

Stress fracture: We use this term with stress fracture of the hip. This means the bone shorter than normal and the bone little more dense than before. ...Read more

Dr. Milroy Samuel
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Knee Surgery (Definition)

Knee surgery may be done for congenital, traumatic or degenerative causes. Arthroscopy is a common method for treating cartilage and ligament problems. Open surgeries are commonly performed for fractures. Knee joint replacement may be done in (usually) older individuals with knee joint arthritis that impairs their daily function and which is not ...Read more


Dr. Jeffrey Wint
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Broken Bone (Definition)

Is it broken or fractured is a question I am often asked. The answer is basically that a broken or fractured bone is the same thing. A fracture means a break in the cortex or the strong layer of outer bone cells. In an adult the average time for that to heal varies greatly but is often considered to ...Read more