Joint resurfacing is an exciting new approach for athletes and active adults with knee pain from damage to the cartilage surfaces. Different from a traditional knee replacement, this approach resurfaces only the damaged parts of the joint and leaves the rest of the joint surfaces and ligaments intact. This allows the knee to feel and act as normally as possible. This can give you a better sense of position and a more natural feel with activities.
In many cases, this procedure can be done robotically. Specialized MRI scans are performed and this information is used to customize a surgical plan for you. The procedure is done using a robotic device that guides the surgical procedure in detail, trimming only desired bone and providing a customized resurfacing solution.
When the level of damage is too severe, or there are other issues to correct like alignment or deformity, a modern total knee procedure may be the perfect solution to allow you to return to nearly all activities including hiking, biking, tennis, skiing, swimming and many other activities with limited impact.
There is no perfect solution for all patients. It is my passion to keep you going at your maximal level. Contact me through my office at 619-354-7060 or through ‘Ask Dr. Hacker’ on my website.
Dr. Scott Hacker is a Sports Medicine Orthopedic Surgeon in San Diego, CA, Team Surgeon to the US Olympic Team. He specializes in sports medicine and sports injuries, knee and shoulder surgery.
If you have questions about joint resurfacing and the best option for you, please feel free to contact me at Ask Dr. Hacker or through my office.
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