February 2020

Urgently Needed: An Alternative to TKA 

Demand for total knee arthroplasty (TKA), one of the most common orthopedic procedures performed in the U.S., is likely to exceed the supply of joint replacement surgeons in the coming years. One projection says that the number of TKAs will increase 5% every year (1). A more conservative projection calls for a 143% increase in TKA volume by 2050 compared with 2012 (1).

Why Timing Matters in ACL Reconstruction

When ACL reconstruction is performed too soon, patients are far less likely to return to competitive sport and are at significantly greater risk for anterior knee pain, arthrofibrosis and persistent weakness (1,2). “Appropriate timing of surgery is important for a full recovery after ACL reconstruction,” says K. Donald Shelbourne, MD, orthopedic surgeon at Shelbourne Knee Center. Full recovery—knee symmetry and the ability to return to competitive sport—is the goal for every patient at Shelbourne Knee Center.