July 2020

Last Resort for Degenerative Meniscus Tears: Surgery

Degenerative meniscus tears, part of the aging process, are the most common reason for knee arthroscopy because many primary care physicians and orthopedic surgeons believe that meniscus tears always require surgery. “This is not the case,” says Rodney Benner, MD, an orthopedic surgeon at Shelbourne Knee Center. “Many degenerative meniscus tears will get better without surgery.

Easier Recovery After ACL Surgery with a Patellar Tendon Graft

Patients who re-tear their anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) and require revision surgery usually have more difficulty recovering and a lower return to sport rate than primary ACL revision patients. That’s not what happened for revision ACL patients at the Shelbourne Knee Center. “We observed that our patients did better because we had to take the tendon from the other knee,” says K. Donald Shelbourne, MD, an orthopedic surgeon at Shelbourne Knee Center.