Professor MD Thomas Gösling
There are many situations when you may require knee surgery. Normal functioning of knee joint can be impaired as a result of trauma or chronic disease. Depending on type of damage you may need one or another kind of knee operation. German surgery and orthopedic centers provide a variety of treatment for knee problems including reconstruction of torn ligaments, meniscus repair, procedures on knee sepsis, dealing with kneecap problems and joint replacement.
Torn meniscus is a common and painful condition when the cartilage stabilizing knee joint is injured or worn. The decision what kind of operation to do depends on how big is a tear and where it is located. When small tears at outer edge occur they could be treated with reconstructive arthroscopy. When meniscus severely worn as a result of chronic disease as osteoarthritis or rheumatoid arthritis sometimes it can result in total of unicompartmental knee replacement.
Microfracture surgery is a popular method of restoring damaged cartilage by creating small tiny fractures in the bones to provoke cartilage growth. After cleaning a joint of calcified cartilage the surgeon drill small holes in the underlying bone to stimulate cells building new cartilage tissues. Presently, this kind of operation is in high demand in sport medicine.
Ligament tear or stretching as a rule is a result of accident or sport injury. The most common are traumas of anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) which is located in the center of knee and controls forward movements. Normally, ACL is stretched when having unexpected twisting motion.
The other ligaments as posterior cruciate ligament (PCL) that controls back movements or medial collateral ligament (MCL) stabilizing inner knee also can be damaged quite often and need repair.
Ligament surgery can be done both on inpatient or outpatient base depending on patient condition and technique. Knee arthroscopy which is minimally invasive operation allows reducing damage to the patient’s body and shortening recovering period.
During operation a surgeon will reattach the torn ligament or reconstruct it by means of graft which is a small portion of tendons that connect the kneecap to the bone.
Osteoarthritis of rheumatoid arthritis in your knee can cause many problems when moving, climbing starts, sitting and bring continuous pain into your life. To improve your life condition you doctor may recommend surgery to restore or replace a joint affected with inflammation. German orthopedic surgeons advise an operation when the other means were not effective.
If your knee joint is severe damaged, you have permanent stiffness and persistent pain you may be recommended total or partial knee replacement. If only the part of the joint is replaced that is called unicompartmental replacement and allow you keep more natural moving of you knee after surgery. During total knee replacement your diseased joint will be removed completely and replaced with artificial implants made of combination of metal, plastic or porcelain.
Scope reconstructive surgery also may be applied for restoring of damaged cartilage, cleaning the knee or removing loose bones. The procedure will give you immediate relief and can be used as independent treatment or to delay more complex surgery. Scope operation is sparing technique that prevents you of the most side effects of open surgery.
Presently the most of the types of knee operations can be performed with arthroscopy including total joint replacement. Using minimally invasive method the surgeon gets access to the operational field through two small incisions. A thin telescopic tube is introduced via one of them, that allows the doctor to observe inside the knee during operation and miniature surgical instruments are brought into another one.
Arthroscopy is used for diagnosis different knee problem that may require more complex surgery, as well as for treating of torn meniscus, ligaments, removal of cysts, fixing displaced kneepan and others. Comparing to the open surgery arthroscopy the technique has a raw of preferences as:
It does not matter which kind of knee surgery you had, you need step by step rehabilitation to restore normal function of your joint.
Here you can find approximate comparison on knee surgery cost in Europe, US and UK ( All the prices are based on a few estimations from different sites and could not be an offer. Please enquire clinics for precise pricing. )
|Total knee arthroplasty||approx. € 45,100||approx. € 16,200||from € 13,100|
|Partial knee replacement||approx. € 36,100||approx. € 13,000||from € 9,000|
|Knee arthroscopy||approx. € 9,200||approx. € 6,200||from € 5,000|
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