Knee Repair Surgery

The knee joint is the largest joint in the body and one of the most easily injured. When knee pain becomes unbearable, doctors at UT Southwestern Medical Center are experts in diagnosing the causes of knee pain or injury and determining which patients are candidates for knee repair surgery.

We treat a variety of knee conditions, including:

  • Joint pain (arthralgia)
  • Injuries to the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL), posterior cruciate ligament (PCL), and medial collateral ligament (MCL)
  • Arthritis, including rheumatoid, post-traumatic, psoriatric, and osteoarthritis
  • Avascular bone necrosis (damages blood supply to joint)
  • Sprained or strained knee ligaments or muscles
  • Tendinitis (patellar tendinitis)
  • Torn cartilage
  • Fractures and dislocation
  • Meniscus tears
  • Knee bursitis

Why Choose UT Southwestern

Doctors at UT Southwestern offer a comprehensive surgical treatment plan that incorporates physical therapy before and after surgery to ensure better results. Our experienced surgeons treat a high volume of patients, giving them the skills they need to consistently achieve positive outcomes for patients.

We offer advanced treatments that other centers don’t, including arthroscopic hemophiliac synovectomies in pediatric patients and an anatomic approach to ACL reconstruction. These advanced treatments result in better outcomes for our patients.

Symptoms

In addition to knee pain, symptoms of a knee injury or a knee disorder include:

  • Instability
  • Stiffness and loss of range of motion
  • Cracking sound or sensation
  • Locking
  • Discomfort and pain when walking
  • Swelling

Diagnosis

To ensure the most effective treatment, our doctors uncover the cause of your knee pain using thorough diagnostic tests.

Initially, our specialists will take a careful patient history and perform a physical examination to diagnose the likely cause of your knee pain.

We may order X-rays if we need to look at the joint. Computed tomography (CT) scans and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) may also be used to get a more complete look at soft-tissue injuries to ligaments, cartilage, and tendons.

Once we’ve uncovered the underlying source of your knee pain, we’ll create a treatment plan targeted at the direct cause of the symptoms.

Treatment

We offer knee arthroscopy and knee osteotomy to fix injured knees, as well as knee reconstruction or knee replacement surgery for more complex cases.

Knee Arthroscopy

Knee arthroscopy is typically used to repair torn or damaged meniscus cartilage, to remove loose fragments of bone and cartilage, and to reconstruct anterior cruciate ligaments (ACLs) and posterior cruciate ligaments (PCLs).

In knee arthroscopy, a surgeon inserts a tiny scope attached to a camera through small incisions in the knee. The high-resolution camera gives the surgeon a close-up view of the inside of the knee joint, which helps the doctor confirm the cause of the knee pain and conduct surgery. The surgeon makes small incisions around the knee joint to insert surgical tools and repair or reconstruct the damaged cartilage or ligaments.

Knee Osteotomy

Knee osteotomy is used to treat deformity of the knee caused by trauma or osteoarthritis. In a knee osteotomy, either the tibia (shinbone) or femur (thighbone) is cut and then reshaped to relieve pressure on the knee joint. 

Request an Appointment

To schedule an appointment with a sports medicine specialist at UT Southwestern or to learn more about our services, please fill out the Appointment Request form or call 214-645-8300.

Knee Repair Surgeons