Knee surgery may be needed for many different reasons. Torn ligaments within the knee, tendon injuries, fractures, meniscal tears, and the wearing away of cartilage are all common reasons that people may need knee surgery today.
There are several types of knee surgery ranging from corrective procedures to full knee replacements. Many knee surgeries performed by orthopedic surgeons today are arthroscopic in nature. This type of surgery is done with only minimal incisions. The surgeon uses a tiny camera to get an inside view of the knee, including the ligaments, the cartilage, and the area beneath the kneecap. This allows him to make surgical corrections very precisely using small surgical instruments. The incisions in arthroscopic knee surgery are usually no larger than the diameter of a button. Because the arthroscopic incisions are so small, bleeding is lessened and healing time is reduced. The other main type of knee surgery, open knee surgery, is done in situations such as complete knee replacements. In this type of surgery, the incision will be larger and will typically be made just above the kneecap. The larger incision allows the surgeon the larger amount of space required to do complex procedures like knee replacements.
The recovery process after knee surgery can vary dramatically from one situation to the next. For patients who had arthroscopic knee surgery, the recovery time is typically shorter than for those who had open knee surgery. Knee surgery patients, regardless of the type of surgery, will need to undergo some type of rehabilitative activities to make sure that the knee heals as fully as possible. Rehab involves exercises that will help the patient regain full range of motion. Many knee surgery patients are back to their usual routines within a much shorter time than they expected, especially when they follow the orthopedic surgeon's recovery guidelines to the letter.
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"Dr Lombardo and the office staff were professional, courteous and friendly."
"The surgery and follow up went smoothly. I had no issues or problems."
"They are always punctual and return calls and treat you with great respect."
"I found him to be very accurate with my diagnosis, and even found other things wrong that most doctors' didn't find."
"Gave me confidence in him and in my ability to have a good experience in surgery recovery.. Was a great experience if a knee replacement can have one..highly recommend."
"I have been a Happy patient of Dr. Lombardo 22+ Years!! Now my Back is very bad and he told me to have Dr Saucedo help me, and He DID!"
"Dr. Lombardo had me walking. I could have lost my legs in the accident and my quality of life was compromised since walking was an issue. I can't thank him enough. "
"There are many orthopedic doctors in Brevard county & Dr. Lombardo is the very best one w/ out a doubt. He is very sports oriented & thus has a great deal of knowledge."
"Dr. V was very thorough in exam, and X-rays. Explained diagnosis and options for treatment. Very pleased."
"I underwent bilateral knee replacement and could not be happier with the results. I am feeling great. I recovered faster than I though I would. I love Dr. Lombardo."
"I would recommend him to anyone. He has a wonderful bedside manner and is an amazing surgeon."
"Dr. Vliegenthart saved my left arm back in 1988. He corrected a botched surgery that almost cost me use and or loss of."
"Listened to all of my concerns and is working with me to avoid surgery. I definitely found the right doctor for me."
"I was involved in an auto accident and I have gotten great relief from facet blocks."
"Dr. Harrison has done both my should surgeries and I can't say enough good things about him. He helped ease my mind and my recovery was incredible."
"HE did the surgery with a plate and 9 screws. I had my follow up care...and the surgeons were impressed with his work. I recovered well enough to be back on the job"
"By week three, no pain at all. I don't know how that was even possible, but all I can say is Dr. Harrison is my HERO!"
"I have already had a great experience....we chose the right office, very impressed"
"He operated on my husband and now he is up and moving again. His assistant Brittney is adorable she is so sweet and helpful great staff all around."
"I thought I was going crazy until seeing Dr Newman. I think he is the best doctor anyone could hope to provide care to them."
"He takes time, makes you feel at ease and explains things to his patients where you never feel like you are being talked down to."