• Joint Treatment: Osteotomy Myths–Busted!

    An osteotomy is a surgical procedure that involves removing or adding a section of bone close to a joint, such as the knee. The purpose of an osteotomy is to allow a patient’s body weight to shift slightly to an area with healthier cartilage and away from the area with damaged cartilage. If you have been experiencing the symptoms of knee osteoarthritis, consider talking to an orthopaedic surgeon about undergoing an osteotomy. It’s important for patients to be fully informed about surgical procedures before agreeing to them.

    Myth: An Osteotomy is the Same as Joint Replacement Surgery

    Some patients may confuse an osteotomy as being another name for joint replacement surgery. Actually, knee replacement surgery involves removing the damaged components of the knee joint and replacing them with artificial implants. Knee implants may be made from ceramic, metal alloys, or strong plastic. In contrast, an orthopaedic surgeon who is performing an osteotomy may remove a wedge of bone from the tibia. This is the lower leg bone. Then, the surgeon joins the bones together. He or she can insert special hardware, such as a plate and screws, to keep the bones together while they heal.

    Myth: Only Older Adults Have Osteotomies

    Actually, an orthopaedic surgeon typically recommends osteotomies for younger patients who lead active lifestyles. Patients with osteoarthritis of the knee may choose to undergo an osteotomy because it can help them delay or avoid the need for knee replacement surgery.

    Myth: Physical Therapy Isn’t Necessary for Recovery

    Physical therapy is an important component of recovery from orthopaedic surgery. Patients can expect to begin working with a physical therapist shortly after the surgery; however, they may have a cast or splint on the leg for four to eight weeks.

    Dr. Mukund Komanduri and Dr. Ryan Pizinger at MK Orthopaedics take pride in providing exceptional patient care, education and support. If you have questions about osteotomies, knee replacement surgery, or other orthopaedic procedures, you can speak with an orthopaedic doctor in New Lenox about your health concerns. Call (815) 741-6900 or visit us on the web at mkortho.org to read about treatment options for neck pain, back pain, and hip pain.

  • Is Anterior Hip Replacement Better?

    An orthopaedic surgeon may use the anterior approach to perform a total hip replacement procedure, which involves making an incision on the front of the hip, rather than the back or side. With the anterior approach, the orthopaedic surgeon does not need to detach important muscles at the back or side of the hip, which offers numerous benefits for patients. The anterior approach for hip replacement surgery may reduce post-operative hip pain, improve stability of the implant, and facilitate the recovery.

    Patients may be good candidates for total hip replacement if they experience chronic symptoms such as hip pain and loss of mobility. These symptoms are often caused by osteoarthritis. If left untreated, these hip problems may worsen and may reduce the patient’s quality of life.

    MK Orthopaedics Dr. Ryan Pizinger and Dr. Mukund Komanduri are pleased to offer hip replacement surgery with the anterior approach to help our patients get back on their feet faster. If you would like to schedule a consultation with an orthopaedic doctor in Joliet, call our offices at (815) 741-6900.

  • Help for Knees: Cartilage Transplant

    A cartilage transplant is a type of surgical procedure that involves the removal of healthy cartilage tissue from one joint and its implantation on another joint, such as a knee. The orthopaedic surgeon will remove the donor cartilage tissue from a joint that does not bear weight. Then, the cartilage cells are cultured in a lab for several weeks to allow them to multiply. Subsequently, the orthopaedic surgeon performs another surgical procedure to implant the healthy cartilage into a knee that is deficient in cartilage.

    Cartilage transplant surgery may be appropriate for patients with symptoms such as knee pain and reduced range of motion of the joint caused by cartilage defects. For example, patients who have sustained a meniscus tear may be candidates for cartilage restoration. If left untreated, patients with cartilage defects have a higher risk of developing arthritis of the joint.

    At MK Orthopaedics, our surgical team, headed up by Mukund Komanduri, an expert in cartilage transplant, performs a wide range of knee procedures, including meniscus transplant and knee replacement surgery. To speak with a sports medicine specialist in Bolingbrook about whether you’re a good candidate for knee surgery , you can call us at (815) 741-6900 and schedule an appointment.

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