Joint Preservation as a Knee Osteoarthritis Treatment
Osteoarthritis and knee arthritis affects millions of Americans and causes knee pain, swelling, stiffness and limited movement. Osteoarthritis is a degenerative condition caused by wearing down of articular cartilage over time. Articular cartilage is the smooth, white, protective covering on the ends of each bone that allow for fluid and painless movement. As the cartilage deteriorates, there may also be may damage to the subchondral bone and surrounding soft structures. Joint preservation for osteoarthritis may provide benefit for those patients who are unable or not ready to proceed with replacement surgery. This surgical procedure is performed by Dr. Mark Getelman, board certified knee surgeon, for certain patients to alleviate chronic knee pain when a knee replacement is not an option. Van Nuys, Thousand Oaks and Los Angeles, California patients wanting to defer knee replacement surgery may be ideal candidates for this procedure.
Joint preservation for osteoarthritis procedures have gained popularity over the years as more patients suffering from osteoarthritis of the knee wish to prolong knee replacement. Not all patients are ideal candidates for knee replacement surgery because of age, weight or daily activity level. Arthroscopic debridement for osteoarthritis has the ability to remove bone spurs and loose bodies, smooth rough surfaces and address meniscal pathology and other abnormalities causing a decrease in the knee’s range of motion and pain level.