Thursday, October 15, 2009
A Joint Effort
When a total joint replacement is too much, but conservative treatments—such as anti-inflammatory medications, cortisone injections, and strengthening exercises—aren’t quite enough, an arthroscopic-assisted partial knee replacement might be just right!
Nathan Cohen, MD, an orthopedic surgeon on staff at Lake Charles Memorial Hospital, is the first in North America—and the second worldwide—to utilize a HemiCAP® Implant to repair damaged knee joints. The minimally invasive procedure entails a smaller incision, faster recovery, and the removal of only the damaged cartilage, much as a dentist would fill a cavity.
The implant—a metal-and-plastic component—comes in a variety of sizes that can be individually fitted to the patient.
“There is a significant patient population with joint disease and damage who has failed early treatment therapies, such as physical therapy, pain medication, arthroscopy, and other surgical procedures, yet continues to experience chronic pain and reduced activity levels,” Dr. Cohen explained. “This underserved population tends to be comprised of relatively young and physically active patients who are seeking therapies that can help them maintain their active lifestyles.
“This new partial knee replacement is ideally suited for these younger, more active patients.”
For more information on knee, shoulder or hip repair or replacement, or to schedule an appointment with Dr. Cohen, call Orthopaedic Specialists at (337) 494-4900.