How early surgical intervention can prevent bigger issues down the line
- Posted on: Sep 26 2018
You’ve probably heard people say that the best defense is a good offense. While this is mostly used in reference to sports, it actually holds true in the medical field as well. There’s a lot to be said for prevention and preventative care, especially when it comes to avoiding bigger issues in the future. Just ask Staten Island resident Charles Proscio.
As The New York Post reports, Charles was at risk for arthritis and a knee replacement thanks to a previous meniscus tear. His doctor recommended a meniscus surgery to prevent additional trouble down the line. After a few months of recovery, Charles is now back to his regular running routine and his doctor feels positive about his potential to delay arthritis.
Charles’ story is not uncommon. It truly is amazing how smaller surgeries up front can help prevent bigger problems from developing. This is especially true when you are a younger patient just starting to notice aches and pains but are not yet ready for a full-on repair.
In addition to a meniscus repair, there are other surgical options that can delay total joint replacements. Partial knee replacements, for example, repair only a specific part of your joint that is causing issues. During this procedure, we will treat the problem part of your knee using robotic technology that helps keep key ligaments where they should be and functioning like normal.
Similarly, preservation surgeries function as a way to keep healthy tissue in place so that your body can keep its natural parts for as long as possible. In this situation, we focus on repairing the mechanical balance of the joint forces to avoid concentrated loads. Structures, which protect the joint cartilage, include the collateral ligaments, the cruciate ligaments and the meniscal pads. Cartilage transplants, meniscal allografts, and complex ligamentous reconstruction are all possible treatment options.
One of the other pros of a preventative surgery is that it can often be done through an arthroscopy. A few examples of this include trimming or repair of the meniscal weight bearing pads, buffing of scuffed articular surfaces, removal of floating bodies (bone chips), or reconstruction of the cruciate ligaments. Because many of these procedures are minor, they require smaller incision points. That means you’ll have a quicker healing time as well as smaller scars compared to what comes with a traditional open surgery.
Preventative procedures early on do often mean that an individual will have multiple surgeries over time, eventually leading up to a total joint replacement. Although this might seem frustrating, they can go along way in maintaining your quality of life so that you can continue to do the things that you love.
Thinking about preventative procedures can be overwhelming and even stressful, but I want to help make the process as simple and straightforward as possible. When you are under my care, you can trust that you are in reliable hands with years of experience.
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