Knee Surgery

Sobiek and Huene Orthopedic Surgical Associates

Orthopedic Surgery located in Reno, NV

Often, the most effective way to alleviate chronic knee pain that makes it hard to walk — or painful to stand after sitting — is through knee surgery. If you suffer from chronic knee problems or you’re dealing with a sports injury, the experienced orthopedic surgeons at Sobiek and Huene Orthopedic Surgical Associates in Reno, Nevada, can help. James S. Sobiek, MD, and Donald S. Huene, MD, have more than 20 years of experience performing all types of knee surgeries. If you’ve tried nonsurgical treatments without long-term relief, or you rely on pain medications, call or click online to schedule a consultation.

Knee Surgery Q & A

What are the most common types of knee surgery?

When nonsurgical treatments fail to provide long-term pain relief, knee surgery can alleviate pain and restore mobility. Some of the most common types of knee surgeries include:

  • Meniscectomy to remove a portion of a torn meniscus
  • Meniscus repair surgery to repair a damaged meniscus
  • Lateral release surgery to loosen ligaments around the kneecap
  • Anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) reconstruction after an injury
  • Partial knee replacement surgery, or unicompartmental knee surgery
  • Total knee replacement surgery

Plica excision is another fairly common knee surgery in which your orthopedic surgeon removes a remnant of tissue left over from the early stages of your knee’s development. If the tissue becomes irritated, it’s known as plica syndrome. Dr. Sobiek or Dr. Huene removes this irritated tissue to relieve your pain.

With today’s advanced technology, you may be able to get arthroscopic knee surgery for many different knee conditions. Arthroscopy is less invasive than open knee surgery and often comes with an easier recovery.

When is knee surgery recommended for ACL injuries?

An ACL injury doesn’t always require surgery. Sometimes you can heal the torn ligament with nonsurgical treatments like physical therapy and exercises. But, Dr. Sobiek and Dr. Huene may recommend knee surgery to repair an injured ACL if:

  • You’re an athlete and plan to continue in your sport
  • More than one ligament is torn, or you tore the ACL and the meniscus
  • Your knee buckles during daily activities
  • You’re young and healthy and want to maintain a higher activity level

Before considering knee surgery for an ACL injury, your doctor considers your lifestyle, overall health, and many other pertinent factors to determine if surgery is the best course of action.

How effective is knee replacement surgery for arthritis?

For many adults with osteoarthritis, a degenerative joint condition, knee replacement surgery provides long-term pain relief and restored mobility. Everyone is different, though, so your orthopedic surgeon thoroughly evaluates your type of arthritis and the severity of damage within your knee joint before recommending knee replacement surgery. You should also consider your lifestyle, activity level, and functional needs.

If you’re concerned about total knee replacement surgery, Dr. Sobiek also performs unicompartmental, or partial, knee surgery, for men and women with arthritic damage on only one side of their knee joint. This allows Dr. Sobiek to replace the damaged tissue and bone while leaving the healthy portion intact.

Ultimately, knee surgery is a very individualized decision. In Reno, Nevada, and the surrounding areas, patients of all ages trust the expert diagnosis and recommendations they receive from Drs. Sobiek and Huene.

Call to schedule a consultation or use the online booking tool.