Triple Board-Certified Orthopedic Surgeon located in Fayetteville and Bentonville, AR
While no one ever wishes to have surgery, new orthopedic surgical techniques have taken much of the risk and downtime out of the equation, with great results. Dr. Mark W. Powell of Powell Orthopedics specializes in knee surgery, providing patients in and around Fayetteville and Bentonville, Arkansas, with the latest techniques in restoring mobility and stability to one of the most important joints in the body. To learn more about knee surgery, call the office or book an appointment online.
Knee Surgery Q & A
Why do I need knee surgery?
Your knees are incredibly complex joints made up of several moving parts that all need to function properly in order for you to move about freely. When any one of these parts is compromised, it can have a cascading effect on your knee’s overall ability to perform, making surgical intervention necessary. There are a number of reasons why you may need knee surgery, including:
- Meniscus tear
- ACL tear
- Arthritis or injury, necessitating a total or partial knee replacement
- A debridement and lavage to clear out loose or inflamed tissue
Dr. Powell has extensive experience performing orthopedic surgery and operates only when other avenues are exhausted. Ultimately, the decision to undergo knee surgery depends entirely upon your goals and lifestyle, coupled with your prognosis.
How is knee surgery performed?
Over the last two decades, advances in arthroscopic surgery have made many knee surgeries far less invasive than they’ve been in the past. Arthroscopic surgical techniques are done through tiny incisions in your knee, through which Dr. Powell threads small instruments and lighted camera equipment to perform the necessary repairs.
As a member of the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons and the Arthroscopy Association of North America, Dr. Powell is highly trained in arthroscopic techniques, which provide you with several advantages over open surgeries, including:
- Less risk of infection
- Less downtime after the procedure
- Less collateral tissue damage
Dr. Powell turns to arthroscopic knee surgeries whenever he can, usually for:
- Torn ligaments
- Torn meniscus
- Repositioning your kneecap
- Removing loose cartilage