Dr. Mark Clatworthy is an orthopedic knee specialist in Auckland, New Zealand providing treatment for various knee disorders. Dr. Clatworthy has treated more than 25000 patients. He is an expert knee surgeon and has extensive experience in performing different types of knee surgeries which include knee arthroscopy, computer-assisted knee joint replacements, and minimally invasive joint replacements to help you regain an active life.
The surface of your knee joint is covered by articular cartilage. This a complex substance acts as a protective layer and enables your knee joint to move smoothly and freely. Unfortunately when it is damaged it has a very poor healing potential.
In the past, treatment of orthopedic injuries involved extensive surgery, including large incisions, a hospital stay, and a prolonged recovery period. But arthroscopy has revolutionized the treatment of joint injuries! With the help of an arthroscope, today's orthopedic surgeon can easily examine, diagnose, and treat problems in the joint that previously may have been difficult to identify.
The meniscus is the shock absorber of the knee. If you tear the meniscus and have a large amount of your meniscus removed at a young age there is a very high likelihood you will develop early arthritis of your knee. For this reason we try and repair the meniscus whenever possible. The meniscus has a poor blood supply thus some tears will not heal so a repair is not always possible.
The brace is used to limit your motion and provide support to the knee after surgery. Your leg has been fitted with a brace at the time of your surgery to support and protect the leg while it heals.
The patella (kneecap) is a bone that lies in between your quadriceps muscle above and patella tendon below. It moves through a groove in your femur. Ideally it should track centrally through the middle of your groove.
The anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) is one of the main stabilisers of the knee joint. When then ACL is torn the knee may become unstable and give out. This typically occurs when a pivoting, cutting or side-stepping maneuver is attempted.
Patellar dislocation occurs when the patella (kneecap) slips out of its groove on the end of the femur (thigh bone). A subluxation is a partial dislocation in which the patella slips but immediately goes back into place.
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