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The Layman's Guide to Orthopedic Sports Medicine
One of the Best Knee Surgeons in Phoenix, Arizona Orthopedic Surgeon
Your knee pain may have come from a sports injury, degenerative arthritis, or a traumatic incident such as an auto accident. You need an Arizona orthopedic knee doctor who can help you get back to a pain-free life.
FXRX will work closely with you as your orthopedic knee surgeon in Phoenix to understand your unique circumstances, pain, and personal goals with medical treatment.
Sumit Dewanjee, MD, is a Board Certified, Fellowship Trained Phoenix Orthopedic Surgeon with specialty training in knee surgery including:
Otherwise known as a Knee Scope, arthroscopy is a minimally invasive surgical procedure performed using tiny incisions and camera and is typically performed as an outpatient procedure by an AZ orthopedic knee surgeon such as Dr. Dewanjee.
During a knee arthroscopy, the orthopedic surgeon in Phoenix will either shave soft tissues and/or repair and reconstruct ligaments or cartilage including:
The most common procedure performed with a knee arthroscopy is a Meniscectomy, which is where the torn cartilage shock absorber in the knee is trimmed to relieve knee pain. Sometimes the torn meniscus is amenable to a Meniscal Repair, which Dr. Dewanjee has specialized training in performing. If the meniscus is severely damaged, a Meniscus Transplant may be an excellent option.
Dr. Sumit Dewanjee has Fellowship training in all types of knee arthroscopy procedures and has performed hundreds of them successfully along with winning a Patients' Choice Award as an Orthopedic Surgeon Phoenix for his patient care and expertise.
Partial and Total Knee Replacement
If your knee is damaged by arthritis or injury and conservative treatments have failed, a partial or total knee replacement may give excellent results. As a Board Certified Orthopedic Surgeon, Dr. Dewanjee is one of the best knee surgeons in Phoenix and specializes in both total and partial knee replacements.
A Total Knee Replacement is one of the most successful quality of life orthopedic surgery procedures. Total knee replacements have been satisfactorily performed in patients of all ages who have degenerative, inflammatory, or post-traumatic arthritis. The decision to undergo the surgery should be made in conjunction with a Phoenix AZ Orthopedic Surgeon.
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A Unicompartmental Knee Replacement (Partial Knee Replacement) may be an excellent alternative for a small percentage of patients suffering from knee arthritis. The knee has three compartments (medial, lateral, and patellofemoral) and not all of them may be affected equally with arthritis and pain. A Partial Knee Replacement leaves the healthy cartilage and bone alone and simply replaces the damaged, painful compartment with plastic and metal.
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Cartilage is the tissue in the knee that provides a shock absorber cushion and allows your knee to move painlessly. If it is damaged from arthritis or trauma, that cushion may disappear and knee pain may intensify.
If cartilage is missing in one or two isolated areas of the knee, an Arizona orthopedic surgeon in Phoenix with specialized training, such as FXRX's Sumit Dewanjee, MD, may perform one of the following:
Articular Chondrocyte Implantation (ACI)
A procedure done through a knee scope that may allow patients with focal cartilage damage to avoid a knee replacement. This may be great for patients under 50, as a knee replacement may need a revision after 10 to 20 years. Another name for the procedure is the Carticel procedure.
The Orthopedic Surgeon Phoenix AZ takes a biopsy of the patient's knee cartilage and the cartilage is cultured by the Genzyme company for four to six weeks. At that point, another arthroscopic knee surgery is done to implant the cartilage into the defect and then delicate rehabilitation commences to allow the surgical area to heal.
Dr. Dewanjee is a Board Certified, Sports Fellowship Trained orthopedic surgeon in Phoenix with extensive training in ACI procedures and alternatives. To contact his office for an appointment, CLICK HERE.
Osteochondral Autograft Transfer Surgery (OATS)
A procedure that uses healthy cartilage from a normal area of the knee that does not see significant weight bearing and moves it to a damaged cartilage area of the knee. The body does not miss the removed cartilage, and in the new position it will hopefully incorporate into the new environment. To contact his office for an appointment, CLICK HERE.
A knee arthroscopy procedure utilized to stimulate new cartilage growth when the patient has a small area of damaged knee cartilage. The Phoenix orthopedic surgeon will drill tiny holes into the damaged area to stimulate blood flow and subsequent cartilage growth to fill the area of damage.
Microfracture is an excellent procedure for patients with a limited area of cartilage damage and who cannot actively participate in their sport or activity due to pain. It should be noted that the cartilage produced by the procedure is not completely normal and may not stand up long term.
As one of the premier knee surgeons in Phoenix, Dr. Dewanjee specializes in sports medicine procedures such as microfracture, having performed hundreds of successful knee arthroscopies. To contact his office for an appointment, CLICK HERE.
DeNovo® NT Natural Tissue Graft
The DeNovo® NT represents a new method of treating an articular cartilage defect. The procedure uses juvenile cartilage from a human donor that contains living cartilage cells. The procedure is an outpatient, one stage arthroscopy where the donor tissue is placed into a cartilage defect and secured with fibrin glue.
Animal studies have shown excellent results with the product and so far over 5000 human procedures have shown a low risk profile and excellent anecdotal results. Along with the knee, the Denovo® NT is also being utilized in the hip, shoulder, elbow, great toe and ankle.
Call FXRX today to see if you are a candidate for this innovative new procedure.
Knee Arthritis Treatment
This involves a knee injection of hyaluronic acid, which is a substance normally found in joint fluid but decreased in those with arthritis. It acts as a lubricant for smooth movement and injecting a hyaluronic acid substance such as Synvisc (TM symbol) or Hyalgan (TM symbol) may help significantly with knee pain due to arthritis.