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We understand how it feels to be frustrated by knee pain.

You may feel frustrated, anxious, and afraid. Feeling like you might not get to participate in activities you’ve always enjoyed, fearful that you might need surgery that could affect you for the rest of your life.

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Partial knee menisectomy is a very common surgery that involves removing the torn part of the meniscus. The meniscus is a natural shock absorber for the knee. In fact, in America alone, we perform about 700,000 of these surgeries per year, making it one of the most common orthopedic surgeries. While most patients think they’re getting a meniscus repair procedure, the truth is, 96% of these surgeries just remove a piece of the shock absorber, leaving your knee less protected.

There have been many high-quality research studies over the past decade or more that were designed to answer the specific question, “Is surgery necessary for a torn meniscus?” What did they show? All three large studies showed that meniscus surgery was not effective or no better than just physical therapy.

We offer innovative non-surgical procedures that may help decrease pain and improve knee function and mobility without the need for surgery.

Meniscus surgery is traumatic and carries associated risks. Even successful surgeries require months of painful rehab to regain strength and mobility. After surgery, most patients will be on crutches, wear a brace, or some combination of both for several weeks before returning back to normal activity. The recovery time and rehabilitation period may be extended up to six weeks with a knee brace or crutches.

Keep in mind that there may even be some complications associated with meniscus surgery, prolonging the recovery period even more. This includes complications with anesthesia, such as respiratory or cardiac malfunction, infections, and injury to nerves and blood vessels, fracture, weakness, stiffness or instability of the joint, inability to repair the meniscus, repeated rupture of the meniscus, or the need for additional surgeries.

Can you ever truly recover from parts of your knee meniscus being removed surgically? In the long run, almost all meniscus surgeries accelerate degeneration that leads to osteoarthritis and exacerbate the biomechanical problems that initially led to the need for the surgery.

Meniscus tears are like wrinkles; they are unavoidable. Some of us get more of them at a young age and some of us don’t get a lot of them until we’re older. The meniscus gets small tears as we age and as the knee joint begins to wear out. For example, in middle-aged and elderly patients, taking an MRI of patients with no knee pain and those with ongoing knee pain will reveal that both groups have about the same amount of meniscus tears. If these things usually don’t cause pain, why are we operating on them? If our surgeries are no better than fake surgeries, why are we placing all of these patients at the risk of surgical complications?

Recent research shows that some of the most popular orthopedic knee surgeries, including meniscectomies, have no benefit and are not more effective than placebo or sham surgery. But can a meniscus tear heal on its own when left untreated? Non-surgical treatments for meniscus tears for healing on their own include physical therapy, rest, ice, compression and elevation. Interventional orthopedics also provides a non-surgical injection alternative that may prove beneficial in reducing pain and improving function.

Have you been told that invasive surgery is your only option to fix your torn ACL? Getting your ACL replaced permanently alters the mechanics of the knee joint. You have other options when it comes to treating your ACL injury. In fact, about 70% of all ACL tears that currently get surgery could have been treated with a precise injection.

Your body is built to repair itself and our goal is to save your ACL, not replace it. We offer a non-surgical alternative for ACL tears that requires advanced injection skills using X-ray guidance, which may aide the healing of your ACL tear, while reducing pain and increasing function.

Multiple studies show that meniscus surgery doesn’t work.

If your MRI shows a meniscus tear, you might be asking: Do I need surgery?

But here’s the more important question: Is the torn meniscus causing my knee pain?

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Chicago Arthritis and Regenerative Medicine Doctors

Professional interests

  • Newer regenerative medicine treatments for chronic musculoskeletal problems, including the use of Platelet Rich Plasma and Stem cells for tendinitis and arthritis.
  • Newer treatments for autoimmune diseases, including for rheumatoid arthritis, psoriatic arthritis, and ankylosing spondylitis.
  • Musculoskeletal ultrasound for diagnosis of various joint/tendon/nerve conditions, and for guided injections.

Education/Training

  • 2008 Rheumatology Fellowship, Northwestern Memorial Hospital
  • 2004 Internship and Residency in Internal Medicine, Northwestern Memorial Hospital
  • 2001 Doctorate of Medicine, State University of New York at Syracuse
  • 1997 BA Economics, Summa Cum Laude, State University of New York at Buffalo

Awards/Honors

  • 2001 Alpha Omega Alpha, State University of New York at Syracuse
  • 1997 Summa Cum Laude, State University of New York at Buffalo
  • 1997 Phi Beta Kappa, State University of New York at Buffalo.
  • 1997 Dean’s Departmental Award, Economics Department, State University of New York at Buffalo.
  • 1993-1997 State University of New York at Buffalo Honors Program

Certifications

  • Board Certified Rheumatology 2008
  • Board Certified Internal Medicine 2004
  • American Institute Ultrasound Medicine Certified in Musculoskeletal Ultrasound 2012
  • Musculoskeletal Ultrasound Certification in Rheumatology (RhMSUS) 2013

Professional Affiliations

  • Regenexx Network Physician
  • American College of Rheumatology- Musculoskeletal Ultrasound Education Planning Committee member
  • American Institute of Ultrasound Medicine
  • Internation Cellular Medicine Society
  • Illinois State Medical Society
  • Chicago Medical Society

Areas treated: Foot & Ankle, Hand & Wrist, Hip, Knee, Shoulder

Locations

Chicago

618 W. Fulton St.
Chicago, IL 60661
773.348.7171

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