Review post-operation reference sheets and exercises. Learn about what type of care you will need and how to manage post-surgery, as well as any necessary rehabilitation. Below you will also find descriptions of different types of surgeries and information that will allow you to better prepare for your treatment.

ACL Reconstruction

The anterior cruciate ligament is one of the main ligaments in the knee.  It provides stability to the knee, therefore, an injury to the ACL results in the knee becoming unstable.  ACL tears do not typically heal on their own, therefore, they need to be reconstructed.  An ACL reconstruction is an arthroscopic procedure where a ligament or tendon, from you (autograft) or a cadaver (allograft), is used to make or reconstruct the new ACL.

Knee Arthroscopy

A knee arthroscopy is a procedure where the arthroscope (small camera) is inserted into the knee through small stab incisions.  Many knee injuries can be treated with a knee arthroscopy including ligament injuries, meniscus tears, cartilage injuries, and loose bodies.

Bankart/Labral Repair

The labrum is a ring of cartilage that surrounds the socket of the shoulder.  It deepens the socket and is the attachment site for many important ligaments in the shoulder.   It is frequently torn with traumatic injuries to the shoulder such as a shoulder dislocation.  A bankart/labral repair is an arthroscopic procedure where the labrum is surgically repaired to the socket with bone anchors.

Shoulder Rotator Cuff Repair

The rotator cuff is a series of four tendons that attach to the ball of the shoulder.  It is the main stabilizer of the shoulder.   When torn the shoulder is painful and dysfunctional.  A rotator cuff repair is an arthroscopic procedure where the torn tendons are surgically repaired to the bone with bone anchors. 

Shoulder Subacromial Decompression

Shoulder impingement is a common shoulder problem where the rotator cuff tendons rub or impinge against the acromion bone.  This causes inflammation, pain, bursitis, and sometimes a tear in the rotator cuff tendon.  A decompression is an arthroscopic procedure where the acromion bone is smoothed down with a burr so it can no longer rub against the rotator cuff tendons.

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