Knee Injuries – Did You Know?
The #1 reason people visit an orthopaedic surgeon is for knee pain, according to the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons.
Expert Knee Specialists in Wake County
Raleigh Orthopaedic’s board-certified, fellowship-trained knee surgeons, Dr. Albright, Dr. Barker, Dr. Boes, Dr. Cadet, Dr. Callaway, Dr. Chiavetta, Dr. Dare, Dr. Eskildsen, Dr. Isbell, Dr. McNabb, Dr. Vaughn, Dr. Watters, and Dr. Wyker are trained to diagnose causes of knee pain and treat minor injuries, as well as perform total knee replacement.
Our knee specialists are available at all of our clinics throughout Wake County.
Common Knee Issues Treated at Raleigh Orthopaedic
Let’s fix what hurts
Choose Raleigh Orthopaedic to be your official orthopedic provider. We can help diagnose and treat any knee related injury or condition. Schedule an appointment with a knee specialist today.
Knee Clinics in Wake County
Raleigh Orthopaedic provides treatment for knee injuries and conditions at six separate clinics throughout Wake County. Our clinics can be found in Raleigh, North Raleigh, Cary, Garner, Holly Springs, and West Cary-Panther Creek.
Knee Specialists at Raleigh Orthopaedic
The orthopedic specialists at Raleigh Orthopaedic can handle a wide range of conditions and injuries in the knee.
How does the knee work?
The knee joint functions like a hinge where the thigh bone (femur) and shin bone (tibia) meet. The ends of the bones are covered with a thick cushion of cartilage. Knee cartilage damage or worn cartilage causes the underlying bones to rub together producing knee pain and inflammation typical of knee arthritis.
Reasons for Knee Surgery
Raleigh Orthopaedic knee surgeons may recommend surgery if any of the following conditions apply to you:
- You have knee pain that continues despite non-surgical treatments
- You have knee pain while resting
- You have lost significant range of motion
- You can no longer perform daily activities
- You have advanced knee arthritis
- Your injury or condition limits your athletic performance
Knee Replacement Surgery in Wake County
Your knee surgeon may recommend knee replacement surgery, or knee arthroplasty, in the case of chronic knee pain and inability to perform daily activities. Knee replacement surgery is most commonly used to relieve the pain of osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, and post-traumatic arthritis.
A knee arthroscopy or “knee scope” is a surgical procedure in which the orthopaedic surgeon uses a camera to visualize the internal structure of the knee joint. Through this minimally invasive scope, the surgeon can address cartilage and meniscus damage in the knee joint.
The meniscus serves to provide shock absorption for the knee joint and there are two inside the knee joint: the medial and lateral meniscus. When the meniscus is damaged, the surgeon can work to smooth out the damaged area to the meniscus, which is called a meniscectomy.
Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) Repair
To surgically repair the ACL and restore knee stability, the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) must be reconstructed because most ACL tears cannot be sutured (stitched) back together. The orthopaedic sports medicine surgeon will replace the torn ligament with a tissue graft. This graft acts as scaffolding for a new ligament to grow on.
Total knee replacement surgery involves removing the diseased portion of the knee joint and resurfacing the ends of the bones with the new prosthesis. There are four parts to a knee prosthesis: the femoral part caps the end of the thigh bone, the tibial part caps the top of the shin bone, a bearing surface sits between these two components and another bearing surface sits underneath the kneecap. These parts are most commonly made of metal and plastic and cemented to the bones. The metal caps the ends of the bones and the plastic functions as the new cartilage.