Twisted, Injured Knees Easily Treatable -- Especially in Young Patients
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"What's most important," says David, "is how long have they had
their symptoms, whether the arthritis has become chronic, whether too much of
the cartilage has worn away. Science has not given us a way to regenerate
cartilage, at least at this point." For those patients -- as well as people
who have had previous surgery of the knee -- knee replacement surgery is
typically the only solution.
When asked for an objective assessment of the study, John D. Kelley IV, MD,
assistant professor of orthopaedic surgery at Philadelphia's Temple University,
tells WebMD, "It's a nice, comprehensive review." In 10 years of
practice, says Kelley, "I've seen many patients do remarkably well with
arthroscopic surgery. ... I think you have to be very, very careful about
choosing your patients and not be overly aggressive."
However, the paper didn't mention a new technology -- the bipolar
electrothermal energy "shrinkage wand" -- that can help stabilize
arthritis lesions, says Kelley. "Cartilage doesn't deteriorate as rapidly.
It's been shown with a microscope that it can make the very rough surface very
smooth," he says. "The idea is, with lifestyle modifications [and]
weight loss, maybe we can give patients a few more years [without having knee
- For patients who experience sudden knee injury, the best treatment is
generally arthroscopy, a minimally invasive surgery with a low cost and short
- Symptoms of this type of knee injury include locking, popping sounds, pain,
- In patients over age 50 who also have some arthritis of the knee,
arthroscopy may not be the best choice.