Knee Reconstruction & Replacement Surgery in Louisville, KY
Richard “Alex” Sweet II, M.D. is a fellowship-trained orthopedic surgeon who specializes in knee reconstruction and replacement at Louisville Orthopaedic Clinic. Collaborating with an in-house team of physical therapists and specially trained practitioners, Dr. Sweet utilizes the latest developments in minimally invasive surgical techniques to help his patients efficiently and safely return to the activities they enjoy. If you live in Louisville, Kentucky, or a nearby community and wish to consult with a renowned knee specialist, look no further than Louisville Orthopaedic Clinic.
What is Knee Reconstruction?
First things first—what is exactly knee reconstruction surgery? The term “knee reconstruction” is sometimes used to describe a variety of knee procedures, including knee replacement surgery—which involves replacing damaged components of the knee joint with artificial prostheses—and procedures to surgically repair damaged knee ligaments, most commonly the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL), posterior cruciate ligament (PCL), and the medial cruciate ligament (MCL).
Knee reconstruction surgery that involves replacing components of the knee joint may be a viable treatment option for people with severe osteoarthritis. Extremely common among adults over 50, osteoarthritis is characterized by the deterioration of the cartilage that cushions the knee joint and allows for comfortable, fluid movement. Severe injuries or bone disorders may also necessitate knee replacement surgery.
In other cases, surgical intervention may be recommended to treat sports injuries like ACL tears. Surgery is a common treatment route among athletes and active individuals who want to maximize mobility and strength following an injury.
Is Knee Reconstruction Surgery Right for Me?
Only an orthopedic specialist like Dr. Sweet can determine if knee reconstruction surgery is right for your condition. Generally speaking, though, knee surgery may be appropriate when:
- Joint pain does not improve with conservative treatments like physical therapy, bracing, and medication
- Joint pain is severe in nature and cannot be addressed through conservative approaches
- Surgical treatment presents the greatest chance for a full recovery and return to normal activities
Our Approach to Knee Reconstruction Surgery
The decision to undergo knee reconstruction surgery ultimately belongs to you, our patient. That’s why Dr. Sweet and the team at Louisville Orthopaedic Clinic take the time to fully explain all available treatment options and help patients make informed and confident decisions about their care. Furthermore, Dr. Sweet stands at the forefront of knee reconstruction surgery, utilizing the latest in minimally invasive and muscle-sparing techniques to help patients recover more efficiently and with less discomfort.
We’re Ready to Help
Contact Louisville Orthopaedic Clinic today to learn more about Dr. Sweet, our approach to knee reconstruction surgery, and what knee pain treatment options may be right for you. We accept most health insurance plans and will be happy to answer any questions you may have.