Treatment options for knee issues include:
Anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) surgery: The anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) connects your leg bone to your thigh bone. It’s the most commonly injured ligament in the knee and is frequently injured in sports. Women are more likely than men to rupture or tear their ACL. ACL surgery is usually performed arthroscopically, using a tiny camera and small incisions. Your doctor may recommend ACL surgery if you participate in sports or if more conservative treatments aren’t working.
Knee arthroscopy surgery: Knee arthroscopy is a minimally invasive procedure used to treat torn meniscus cartilage or an injured ACL. Using a tiny camera and only small incisions, your surgeon can view, repair or remove your damaged cartilage. Recovery time is usually minimal; however, you may need physical therapy if you experience stiffness, swelling or pain. Our one-on-one orthopedic rehabilitation services are designed to help you quickly regain function, reduce pain and get back to the activities you love.
MAKOplasty® partial knee resurfacing
: At Aurora Sinai Medical Center in Milwaukee
we’re pleased to offer MAKOplasty®
, a robotic arm-assisted partial knee resurfacing procedure. It is often used as an alternative to full knee-replacement surgery. MAKOplasty is designed to relieve pain and restore range of motion for adults living with early to mid-stage osteoarthritis that has not progressed to all three compartments of the knee. By precisely targeting the damaged areas of the knee, surgeons can resurface your knee while sparing the healthy bone and ligaments surrounding it. MAKOplasty can allow for a more natural-feeling knee following surgery and offer a faster recovery and shorter hospital stay than traditional total knee replacement surgery. For more information, and to learn if MAKOplasty is right for you, visit our MAKOplasty® FAQs or Osteoarthritis FAQs.
Meniscus tear treatments
: The meniscus is a tough tissue made of two separate parts that attach to the top of your lower leg bone (tibia). The meniscus helps to keep your upper leg bone (femur) on top of your lower leg bone when your knee moves. It also cushions your knee. Meniscus tears can occur during regular and sports activity. Treatment ranges from rehabilitation to surgery. For more information, call the Aurora Sports Medicine Hotline™ at 414-219-7776 or 800-219-7776.
Partial knee replacement surgery: Unlike total knee replacement, in which your arthritic or damaged knee joint is removed and replaced with a prosthesis, partial knee replacement surgery involves removing only damaged areas of your joint. Partial knee replacements can last from 10-12 years. It’s most successful for people who weigh less than 185 pounds.
Total knee replacement surgery: During total knee replacement, an orthopedic surgeon removes damaged bone and cartilage from your thighbone, shinbone and kneecap and replaces it with an artificial joint. Total knee replacement surgery can help people who have:
- Pain severe enough to restrict daily work and recreation activities
- Pain that isn’t relieved by reduced activity, medication or physical therapy
- Significant joint stiffness and loss of mobility
- Advanced arthritis or other degenerative issues