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What You Should Know About ACL (anterior cruciate ligament) Reconstruction

May 18th, 2018 Comments off

The anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) is located in the knee. When it is torn, it can be extremely painful. The treatment for this sort of injury is reconstructive surgery. This procedure replaces your torn or damaged tissue with new tissue.

Autograft is the term used to describe a graft that is taken from your body. An autograft is usually taken from part of the tendon that is located on the front of your knee. This is called the patellar tendon. Another place an autograft may be taken is the hamstring.

Allograft is another type of graft. This tissue is harvested from a cadaver.

There are both advantages and disadvantages to the use of each type of graft. Your surgeon will determine which type will work best for you.

ACL (anterior cruciate ligament) is usually performed using arthroscopy. This is a type of surgery that utilizes a miniature camera to image the interior of the knee. The camera is introduced into the knee chamber via a poke-hole or small incision. This method lets the surgeon get a clear view of the knee chamber.

While your surgeon is looking, he or she will check for damage to other tissues. If the cartilage or ligament in your knee has been otherwise damaged, that problem will also be attended to during your procedure.

The most commonly used anesthesia for arthroscopic knee surgery is general anesthesia. With general anesthesia, you will sleep through your surgery and wake up with a brand new ACL (anterior cruciate ligament)!

Your surgeon will also make a few other small incisions around the knee. These will allow the surgeon to place your new ligament properly. Your damaged ligament will be taken out with a shaver or some other instrument. The exception to this is that, if you will be using an autograft, a larger incision will be needed to remove the tissue that is to be used for grafting.

Your surgeon will create bone tunnels to be used in placing the new ligament in the exact location of the old ligament. Once the bone tunnel is in place, your new ligament will be positioned and attached to the bone with screws or some other form of fastener. This will hold the ligament in its proper place. At the end of surgery, your surgeon will close your incisions and apply a bandage.

Your surgeon will probably take photos and/or film your operation so that you can watch it on the video monitor after your surgery is done. This technique allows the surgeon to discuss findings with you in detail.

To be considered for ACL (anterior cruciate ligament) reconstruction, some symptoms you might be experiencing include, knees that give way, weakness and instability in the knees, and knee pain. If your ADL (activities of daily living) are affected and/or you are not able to participate in sports as you wish, these are further reasons to consider ACL (anterior cruciate ligament) reconstruction.

As with any surgical procedure, there are some risks involved. Excessive bleeding, nerve damage and infection occasionally occur. Patients also report weak knees and pain and stiffness in the knees. Sometimes, the surgery does not resolve the symptoms. Occasionally, the ligament does not heal.

Dr. Edelson is a Board Certified Orthopaedic Surgeon specializing in sports medicine. His clinic, Sports Medicine Oregon, focuses on athletes of all ages. Click here to learn more about Dr. Edelson, rel=”nofollow” target=”_blank” href=”http://www.orthopedicsurgeonportland.com/edelson/pages/richard-edelson-portland-orthopaedic-surgery.php”>ACL Reconstruction in Portland and Sports Injuries in Portland.

Service Repair Contracts For Stairlifts Do You Need One

May 3rd, 2014 Comments off

A lot of people fail to take out the optional stairlift maintenance contract offered to them once their 12 month warranty has elapsed. If you are not covered by a Maintenance / Repair Cover Plan repair bills can be both inconvenient and costly.

Replacing broken or worn parts on your stairlift can often exceed the cost of a Service Maintenance Contract and no guarantee a company will offer to send a call-out engineer to someone who is not on their books so to speak.

Annual stairlift maintenance contracts start at around (250-500) The lower price packages will only give you basic cover and chances are you will need to pay for the engineers call-out, parts and labour costs.

Now be very careful about call out charges! Some companies will charge you for traveling time. If you do not have a contract with the company you engage the services of, make sure you ask if they charge for the engineers traveling time.

If they are not local and the engineer spends two hours travelling time to reach you then that’s a hefty bill! Average call-out price 80 per hour x 2 =160 and he hasn’t even arrived yet. Good chance you will get stung for the two hour return trip as well 80 x 4 =320 big ones.

All companies offer a range of maintenance service contracts rated by stars or colours. Obviously the more stars or metallic of colour the higher the price but more benefits and cover you receive. All contracts should include an annual service of your chairlift.

They are expensive but for the peace of mind they bring I would recommend that you take out some type of protection cover on your stairlift unless you have very deep pockets. Even better use the company you originally purchased the product from. Other suppliers might not have the service parts required to complete the service or repair etc.

In my next article I will explain what you actually get for your money when an engineer arrives to carry out an annual service of your stairlift. Keep your eyes peeled out for that one some good info to be had.

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