As one of your body’s largest joints, your knee performs many important jobs. It allows you to do everyday things like walk, kneel, and bend, as well as fun activities like playing sports and dancing.
Your knee is prone to pain, however, from activity-related injury and the wear-and-tear that comes with aging.
Dr. Coleman’s years of treating professional athletes has familiarized him with every type of knee injury imaginable, and his caring team members at the practice make sure you get the best care possible, no matter which of their services you need.
Dr. Struan Coleman helps you to determine whether recovery will be reached through a more conservative treatment plan, or whether surgery may be necessary. He carefully assesses your history of pain, all of your symptoms, and creates a customized treatment plan that’s well thought out.
Knee problems abound
There are many types of knee injuries Dr. Coleman treats, including:
- Meniscus tears (a tear in the tough cartilage between your shin and thigh bone)
- Patella injuries (a small bone located at the front of your knee)
- Pieces of cartilage and bone that have come loose due to injury or aging
- Synovial tissue inflammation (the membrane that lines the cavity of your knee joint)
- Articular cartilage issues (the smooth covering at the ends of the joint bones)
- ACL injuries
- Sepsis (an infection that’s life-threatening)
He may advise conservative treatments for most of these problems (aside from sepsis, which is an emergency), such as rest, pain medication, corticosteroid injections, or a course of physical therapy. Unfortunately, these approaches aren’t always successful, and in those cases, surgery is called for.
Knee arthroscopy: an advanced option for knee pain when other treatments fail
If Dr. Coleman advises knee arthroscopy for you, he has determined that you’re a good candidate for the procedure and can truly gain benefit from it. It’s a minimally invasive procedure, meaning the doctor only has to make a few small incisions, unlike traditional open surgery, which requires large incisions.
During the procedure, Dr. Coleman uses a very small camera attached to a long, thin, flexible tube — known as an arthroscope. His surgical instruments are also designed specifically for this type of surgery.
Amazingly, the arthroscope delivers real-time video images to a screen that Dr. Coleman can see during the surgery. He gets an “up close” view of your knee joint so he can perform the surgery with great precision and efficiency.
Dr. Coleman then uses his instruments to correct the problem you’re dealing with, whether that’s removing loose bone fragments, mending a meniscus tear, or treating an infection.
Minimally invasive surgery is associated with faster healing and less pain, scarring, and bleeding, as well as a lower risk for post-surgical infection. It generally takes less time for Dr. Coleman to perform a minimally invasive procedure than a traditional one. On average, a minimally invasive procedure takes about 30-60 minutes and is typically an outpatient surgery.
Knee arthroscopy may be just the solution for eliminating your knee pain and restoring your mobility. Call our Midtown, Locust Valley, or Philadelphia office to schedule an appointment, or connect with us through our website.