Knee surgery, such as meniscus repair, allows 80-90% of high-level athletes to return to their sport successfully. Lower limb surgery specialist Elan Golan, MD, uses cutting-edge techniques to repair, restore, and replace damaged knee tissue so you can get back to your sport and your life. Dr. Golan designs sport-specific rehab plans to maximize your recovery. Call the Snellville, Georgia, office or use the provided appointment booking link to arrange your knee surgery assessment now.
You could need knee surgery if you experience a serious injury, whether it’s because of trauma or overuse. In some cases, knee injuries may heal with the proper nonsurgical care.
However, if you have serious knee pain and your injury doesn’t improve after using nonsurgical pain relief and recovery techniques, Dr. Golan may recommend knee surgery.
Some of the sports injuries that often require knee surgery include:
An ACL tear occurs in the ligament that controls knee rotation and forward motion of your lower leg. This injury may cause knee instability, pain, swelling, and other issues. ACL tears can be partial or complete.
The PCL ligament manages the backward motion of your lower leg. As with an ACL tear, a PCL tear can cause knee instability, pain, and swelling. Usually, PCL tears cause less severe symptoms than ACL tears.
A meniscus is a wedgelike shock absorber in your knee. Each knee has two menisci. A meniscus tear can cause issues like pain, knee locking, or clicking sensations. Meniscus tears can lead to cartilage damage, which reduces the cushioning inside your knee joint.
Knee dislocation occurs when your patella (kneecap) moves out of its proper position. This may also lead to upper and lower leg bone misalignment. Recurrent knee dislocation can cause severe knee instability.
These are some of the most common knee sports injuries. You can also experience medial collateral ligament tear, lateral collateral ligament tear, severe tendon or muscle strain, and many other knee injuries that could require surgery.
Dr. Golan uses state-of-the-art knee surgery protocols, with an emphasis on minimally invasive arthroscopic techniques. During surgery, Dr. Golan typically makes a very small incision to view your knee through a miniature camera. Dr. Golan operates through a couple of additional tiny incision ports.
Minimally invasive knee surgery is less painful, requires far less collateral tissue damage, and greatly reduces infection risk. All of this contributes to a much faster recovery than traditional surgery.
Your specific knee surgery technique depends on the injury. Dr. Golan can trim damaged tissue, repair injuries, graft new tissue, and even restore your lost cartilage during surgery. He specializes in multi-ligament knee injuries, ACL injuries, quadriceps-based ACL graft, and revision ACL procedures.
Dr. Golan is also one of just a few Atlanta orthopedic sports medicine surgeons to offer membrane-induced autologous chondrocyte implantation (MACI).
The innovative MACI procedure starts by harvesting a small amount of cartilage from your own body. In the lab, your cartilage cells stimulate new cartilage growth on a collagen membrane, which Dr. Golan places back in your knee to restore a healthy cartilage level.
Elan Golan, MD, offers knee surgery and rehab plans specific to your sport and lifestyle. Learn more by calling the office or scheduling through online booking now.