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.

Groundbreaking Research on ACL Outcomes

After anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) reconstruction, limitations in range of motion (ROM) reduce the ability of patients to return to sports and function normally, and increase symptoms such as pain. Even a small loss of knee extension—3° to 5°—has a negative impact,1 according to groundbreaking research conducted at Shelbourne Knee Center.

Ensuring a Good Outcome for Every Patient

When K. Donald Shelbourne, MD, cares for athletes with a torn anterior cruciate ligament (ACL), he understands what they’re going through—he tore his ACL while an All-American football player studying chemistry at Wabash College. Dr. Shelbourne was also captain of the wrestling team and winner of an NCAA Post Graduate Scholarship in wrestling.

Getting to the Root of Knee OA

While options for conservative treatment of knee osteoarthritis (OA) are limited, controversy continues to surround the safety and efficacy of commonly-used corticosteroid injections. Key research questions include how long clinically important benefits last and whether and how much corticosteroid injections damage the cartilage.