• Could an Osteotomy Help My Knee?

    An osteotomy of the knee is a type of surgery in which the orthopaedic surgeon removes a portion of bone to correct knee problems. Not everyone with knee pain may require a knee osteotomy. However, for some patients, a knee osteotomy can restore joint function and improve the comfort, mobility and quality of life. Consider talking to an orthopaedic surgeon about whether a knee osteotomy might be right for you.

    What to expect

    An orthopaedic surgeon may recommend a knee osteotomy for patients who have severe or persistent knee pain. Ideal candidates have knee pain that is primarily caused by activity or prolonged periods of standing. The knee pain should be located on one side of the knee and not underneath the kneecap. While knee osteotomies are often performed on patients with symptoms caused by arthritis of the knee, this procedure is not appropriate for individuals with rheumatoid arthritis.

    An orthopaedic surgeon may perform a knee osteotomy under general or regional anesthesia. First, the surgeon makes an incision in the front of the knee just below the kneecap. The surgeon cuts part of the tibia, which is the shinbone, and removes a wedge of it. Sometimes, orthopaedic surgeons remove part of the femur, or thighbone. Then, the ends of the bone are brought together and held in place with a plate and screws. This type of osteotomy procedure is known as a closing wedge osteotomy. Alternatively, the orthopaedic surgeon may perform an opening wedge osteotomy. During this procedure, the wedge of bone is opened and the surgeon places a bone graft instead of a surgical plate.

    Are their Potential Risks?

    There are potential risks with any surgical procedure, such as infection and blood clots. However, there is also a risk in not treating knee arthritis. Without a knee osteotomy, patients with knee arthritis may experience a more rapid progression of this joint disease . This may involve limited joint function and a decreased quality of life.

    For further information about knee osteotomies or knee replacement surgery, visit an orthopaedic surgeon in Plainfield or Joliet. Orthopaedic specialist, Mukund Komanduri and Ryan Pizinger of MK Orthopaedics are pleased to provide sophisticated treatment options for patients with knee pain. Make and appointment by going online to mkortho.org or calling (815) 741-6900.

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  • Severe Hip Pain: Hope for Hip Impingement

    Hip impingement, or femoroacetabular impingement, is a condition in which the bones of the hip do not fit together properly. Patients are likely to inform the orthopaedic doctor that they suffer from hip pain or pain in the groin area. Joint stiffness and loss of range of motion are other possible symptoms. There are several possible causes of hip impingement, such as deformity of the socket or other joint structures. An orthopaedic doctor is likely to recommend non-surgical treatment options first, such as rest, activity modifications, and physical therapy. Anti-inflammatory drugs and pain relievers may also help.

    If these treatments are not enough to relieve symptoms, patients might consider undergoing hip impingement surgery. This type of orthopaedic surgery may involve the reshaping of the ball and outside of the socket. Without treatment, patients may experience worsening symptoms and an increased risk of osteoarthritis.

    Two MK Orthopaedics physicians, Dr. Mukund Komanduri and Dr. Ryan Pizinger specialize in sophisticated treatment options , including diagnostic hip arthroscopy, hip resurfacing, and hip replacement surgery. Book your appointment today by calling (815) 741-6900.

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  • MK Orthopaedics Sponsoring Presence Saint Joseph Medical Centers’ 22nd Annual Foundation Gala

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  • Back Pain: What to Expect with Laminectomy

    A laminectomy is a type of orthopaedic surgery that involves removing the lamina in order to enlarge the spinal canal. The lamina is the back of the vertebra. An orthopaedic surgeon may recommend a laminectomy to treat severe symptoms, such as muscle weakness or numbness, and loss of bladder or bowel control. Without treatment, these symptoms can significantly reduce a patient’s quality of life. The orthopaedic surgeon performs laminectomies while patients are under general anesthesia, which means that a period of food and liquid restriction is necessary prior to the procedure.

    First, the surgeon makes an incision in the back and moves muscles to access the spine. Then, the surgeon can remove the lamina to enlarge the space within the spinal cord. This reduces the compression of the nerves, which caused the back pain. Typically, patients are able to return to work within a few weeks of undergoing a laminectomy.

    Dr. Rebecca Kuo is the orthopedic spine care specialist at MK Orthopaedics. If you have been experiencing symptoms that may be resolved with a laminectomy, consider talking to an orthopaedic doctor in Bolingbrook about the procedure. Call MK Orthopaedics at (815) 741-6900 or explore our website for more information about our practice.