Certain conditions affecting the knee cannot be treated effectively with non-operative conservative treatment and thus warrant surgical intervention. Athletic injuries that result in torn cartilage or major ligaments usually require surgery in order to restore normal function. In the past, knee surgery required opening the joint to repair or remove damaged tissue. Over the past 30 years, less invasive techniques utilizing a small lighted scope inserted through small puncture holes have revolutionized knee surgery.
Dr. Nixon is fellowship trained in arthroscopic surgery of the knee and shoulder. He utilizes the most current arthroscopic techniques to address the problems that fail conservative treatment. For what once was a career-ending injury, he specializes in arthroscopic anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) reconstruction to return athletes to the playing field in as little as 4-6 months. Lesser arthroscopic procedures will allow patients to fully bear weight without crutches or aid, and return to work and normal activity within a few days.
To learn more about arthroscopic surgery of the knee, visit http://orthoinfo.aaos.org/topic.cfm?topic=A00299.