Knee Surgery, Replacement, and Treatment

From diagnosis to recovery, we are committed to our patient’s health and well-being throughout the knee surgery process and beyond.

Get back to normal, faster

Do you feel slowed down? Is it hard to climb the stairs, or even stand up?

Discomfort, swelling, stiffness — you don’t have to be in pain every day. Whether you’re suffering from a knee injury or chronic condition, we’re here to help.

We provide world-class care for knee surgeries and treatment so you can start doing the things you love again. Our office is in constant contact with you throughout the process to ensure everything runs smoothly.

Customize your treatment plan

We combine sophisticated surgical and nonsurgical techniques along with an effective treatment plan and compassionate care. After surgery, we work with you on a physical therapy and post-op recovery plan that works for you.

Experience cutting-edge technology

Our expert physicians implement the latest surgical techniques and orthopedic devices for knee surgery and treatment. For example, we use OrthoAlign for computer-assisted navigation on all total knee replacement procedures which can reduce the risk of blood clots.

Recover in comfort

With over 20 years of orthopedic surgical experience, we are the pioneers of the most innovative and effective surgical solutions for your knee joint injuries and conditions. Our outpatient orthopedic surgery center allows patients to recover at home and return to normalcy faster. This outpatient surgery philosophy is a signature feature of our practice.

Alexander Orthopaedic’s mobile therapy team preps your home for safety precautions and comfort for recovery after surgery is completed. Following the surgery, our mobile and medical therapy team visit the patient’s home to evaluate and ensure recovery goes well. Our office also arranges at-home nursing and physical therapy for you to start the next day after surgery. Physical therapy is typically recommended with the knee surgeries and treatments we offer, which improves range of motion quicker, allowing you to regain strength and return to normal function sooner.

“I had a full knee replacement with fantastic results! I did follow both pre- and post-op directives, as prescribed, so there were no ‘surprises.’ Post-op physical therapy is absolutely necessary to achieve optimal recovery, and it does require commitment. Much thanks to Dr. Alexander and his Associates! I can climb stairs again.”

– JW Marina

 

Common knee injuries

Osteoarthritis is the most common form of arthritis in the knee. While most common with those above the age of 50, it can occur in younger people as well. Osteoarthritis is the gradual wearing away of the cartilage in the knee joint.

The menisci are pieces of cartilage in your knee that provide a cushion between your shin and thigh bone. One of the most common knee injuries, a torn or damaged meniscus results in a popping sensation, pain, swelling, and difficulty straightening out your knee.

Knee bursitis is the inflammation of the bursa, which is a small sac of fluid cushioning the outside of the knee joint allowing tendons and ligaments to glide smoothly over the joint.

The anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) is one of four ligaments connecting the shin bone to the thigh bone. ACL injuries are tears of this ligament, common amongst athletes in sports requiring sudden changes of direction.

Fractures or breaks in the knee bones can occur from large impacts, typically car accidents or falls. Fractures are more common in those with osteoporosis whose bones are typically weaker.

Patellar tendinitis is irritation and inflammation of the patellar tendon, connecting the quadriceps muscle to the shin bone. Runners, skiers, and cyclists are prone to developing patellar tendinitis.

patient meeting with dr. alexander about an injured knee

Alexander Orthopaedic Associates is the only orthopedic practice in the Tampa Bay area that specializes in outpatient joint replacement surgery.

Common knee surgeries and procedures

Knee surgeries typically involve arthroscopy — a minimally invasive procedure — or knee replacement. People typically require knee surgery or replacement when they are experiencing severe wear-and-tear on their knee joint due to a condition, such as osteoarthritis, or if they have an injury, such as a torn ligament.

Are you awake during a knee surgery?

Whether you will be under general anesthesia or have regional anesthesia for your knee surgery depends on the type of surgery.

Is knee surgery painful?

Surgery takes a toll on the body, and so while patients may feel better immediately afterward, it’s important to rest and follow the recovery notes and guidelines provided by your physician.

Who will be performing my knee surgery and treatment?

Several of our expert physicians specialize in knee surgery, including Dr. Alexander, Dr. Vizzi, and Dr. Swaringen. Our acclaimed surgeons have memberships to the following prestigious associations:

  • American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS)
  • American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery (ABOS)
  • Arthroscopy Association of North America (AANA)
  • American Orthopedic Society for Sports Medicine (AOSSM)
  • Florida Orthopaedic Society (FOS)

Knee Arthroscopy

What is a knee arthroscopy?

Knee arthroscopy is a common, minimally invasive procedure consisting of small incisions around the joint.

Why would I get a knee arthroscopy?

Knee arthroscopy is used to diagnose and treat many knee joint problems, including torn ligaments, torn meniscus, and fractures.

Is knee arthroscopy a major surgery?

While knee arthroscopy is less invasive than other procedures, it is still considered a major surgical procedure and requires appropriate rehabilitation.

What’s recovery like for a knee arthroscopy?

Since it’s less invasive than traditional surgery, patients typically experience quicker results and resume daily activities sooner. Recovery can take about 4-6 weeks depending on what was involved with the procedure. Some patients may be able to walk immediately after the surgery; however, others may use crutches or a walker for a few days after surgery depending on the pain.

Total Knee Replacement Surgery

What is total knee replacement surgery?

Total knee replacement surgery, also known as total knee arthroplasty, is a procedure in which an arthritic knee joint is replaced with a knee prosthesis/artificial joint.

Why would I get a total knee replacement?

Advanced knee arthritis leads to stiffness, pain, instability, and misalignment in the knee. Total knee replacement surgery can help people suffering from knee arthritis as well as people who have weakened knee joints due to injuries and other conditions.

Can I avoid or postpone a knee replacement?

There are a few ways to improve your joint health and therefore postpone knee replacement, including losing weight, taking supplements and anti-inflammatories, getting physical therapy and avoiding injuries.

What’s recovery like for total knee replacement?

Traditionally, this procedure is performed in a hospital setting. However, at Alexander Orthopaedics, this procedure is often performed in an outpatient setting. This can lead to a faster return to regular life and quicker recovery. Recovery for total knee replacement is typically 8-12 weeks.

Is total knee replacement a major operation?

Total knee replacement is a major surgery, and our expert physicians will help you decide if it’s the right choice for you.

What is replaced in a knee replacement?

In knee replacement surgery, damaged cartilage is replaced with artificial material.

How long does a knee replacement last?

Common knee replacements can last upwards of 30 years when done properly without experiencing infections or other complications such as re-injury. At Alexander Orthopaedic Associates, we have developed proprietary surgical techniques to ensure better patient outcomes and longer-lasting knee replacements.

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ACL & PCL Surgery

What do the ACL and PCL do?

The anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) and posterior cruciate ligament (PCL) are crucial to keeping your knee joint in place. They both connect your femur and tibia.

What is ACL & PCL surgery?

The anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) and posterior cruciate ligament (PCL) reconstruction procedure involves small incisions around the knee and uses your own tissue or donated tissue to restore the affected ligament.

Why would I have ACL & PCL surgery?

ACL & PCL surgery is used to treat a torn ACL or PCL, which is a painful but common injury that should be treated immediately. A torn ACL or PCL is typically accompanied with a loud popping sound, severe pain, swelling, and a feeling that your knee "gives way."

What is recovery like for ACL & PCL surgery?

Patients are typically able to return home quickly following surgery. Within a few weeks after surgery, you can usually gain stability and function back in your knee. Recovery for ACL & PCL surgery is typically 12 weeks.

Medial Patellofemoral Ligament Reconstruction (MPFL)

What is Medial Patellofemoral Ligament Reconstruction?

Medial Patellofemoral Ligament Reconstruction (MPFL) is an outpatient procedure performed as part of a minimally invasive knee arthroscopy

Why would I have MPFL Reconstruction?

The medial patellofemoral ligament attaches your kneecap (patella) to your femur. When this ligament is injured, your kneecap may start to chronically dislocate. This can be an uncomfortable and painful experience and restrict simple movement like walking or even standing upright.

What’s recovery like for MPFL reconstruction?

Patients may wear a brace after undergoing MPL reconstruction and have physical therapy. Recovery for MPFL reconstruction is typically 12 weeks.

Experience the Alexander Orthopaedics advantage

Whether you’re dealing with an orthopedic injury or osteoarthritis, we can help. A member of our team will reach out to you within 24 hours to discuss your knee surgery and treatment.

Recovery starts here.

A member of our team will reach out to you within 24 hours.