How I Chose My Surgeon

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Source:   —  April 16, 2016, at 1:50 AM

This is the first in a three-part series that talks about my own very recent knee surgery--from the process of choosing the best possible surgeon through my recovery and return to a more active life -- Dr.

Note: Ever since a college soccer injury almost forty years ago, I've had serious issues with my knee. This is the first in a three-part series that talks about my own very recent knee surgery--from the process of choosing the best possible surgeon through my recovery and return to a more active life -- Dr. Kevin Stone

As an orthopedic surgeon, picking another orthopedic surgeon to work on your own knee is tricky. It was tough sufficient when my wife insisted that I work on her knee. She rightly felt that number one else would care about her as much as I did. And since I'd invented the procedures to replace her arthritic knee with new meniscus and re-grown articular cartilage, she felt that she was in the best hands [one]. Seven years later, she'south still hiking and skiing.

But back to my knee. I'd lost my own meniscus cartilage to a college soccer injury. I recollect the moment of extending my leg to stop a goal and getting twisted up with the ball striker. While I admired the orthopedic surgeon who operated on me, his choice to delete my meniscus was lethal to my knee. Removing it cured the pain, but the loss of that key shock absorber set my knee on an inevitable course to arthritis... [two] While I continued to running and play sports for twenty years, I ultimately had to give up first running, then tennis, then hiking. Eventually, walking any distance was painful. Despite the fact that my all career was committed to keeping people active by replacing their cartilage and biologically rebuilding their knees, I ignored my own until I was obviously limping.

The tragic fact is, I'd waited too long. I'd destroyed the surfaces of my knee, and had also deformed the bone underneath. Having collapsed into bone-on-bone, presently bow-legged, I was beyond the stage when biologic joint replacement procedures could restore my joint.

Fortunately, partial knee replacements had arrive of age. They'd emerged from the shadowy ages--when surgeons used coarse cutting guides with wildly variable accuracy--to a new millennium of computer-driven, robotically-placed implants [three].

In two thousand-tenth, I'd started the first outpatient robotic partial knee replacement program. It was probably the most satisfying procedure I'd performed, and my patients were having tremendous success. They could walk on their new knees immediately, and the pain relief was complete.

Prior to my surgery, my nurse and I researched the most experienced partial knee replacement surgeons, and visited several of them in their offices and operating rooms. I studied their techniques, and improved my own. Then I recruited one to connect my practice in San Francisco. Portion of his work interview was to replace portion of my knee.

While it may not be possible for you to visit operating rooms and study a surgeon'south technique, it's possible to research and memorise a surgeon'south experience. Their attitude toward pain relief, rehabilitation and exercise -- as well as their attention to your needs -- are crucially important. Your outcome depends on it.

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1. Stone K. R., Adelson W. S., Pelsis J. R., Walgenbach A. W., Turek T. J. two thousand ten. "Long-term survival of concurrent meniscus allograft transplantation and articular cartilage repair: A PROSPECTIVE TWO- TO 12-YEAR FOLLOW-UP REPORT." J Bone Joint Surg Br 92-B(seven): 941-948
2. Sommerlath, K., one thousand nine hundred eighty-eight. The importance of the meniscus in unstable knees. A comparative study. The American journal of sports medicine, seventeen(six), pp.773-7. Available at: http://www. ncbi. nlm. nih. gov/pubmed/two million six hundred twenty-four thousand two hundred eighty-nine [Accessed September seventeen, two thousand fourteen].
3. Citak, Mustafa, Eduardo M. Suero, Musa Citak, Nicholas J. Dunbar, Sharon H. Branch, Michael A. Conditt, Scott A. Banks, and Andrew D. Pearle. "Unicompartmental knee arthroplasty: Is robotic technology more accurate than conventional technique?." The Knee twenty, no. four (two thousand thirteen): 268-271.

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