When everyday activities become too difficult to perform because of debilitating knee pain, patients turn to the Sports Medicine Center of Excellence at Orthopaedic Specialists, PC. The center offers total joint replacement as well as minimally invasive arthroscopic techniques and alternatives to large open procedures. Our fellowship-trained orthopaedic surgeons perform over 800 total joint replacements annually and hundreds of minimally invasive knee surgeries per year. Minimally invasive procedures are performed through small portals, eliminating the need for large incisions and resulting in little to no scarring. To minimize your pain and help you feel more like yourself again, our dedicated team of orthopaedic physicians are committed to providing you the personalized attention and treatment necessary to help you regain what you’ve lost in life.
Common Conditions of the Knee
As one of the primary load-bearing joints in the body, the knee undergoes constant wear-and-tear stress and is one of the most commonly injured joints in the body. Common causes of knee pain and discomfort include ligament injuries (most commonly the Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) and Medial Collateral Ligament (MCL)), meniscal tears (injury of the shock absorbing knee cartilage), arthritis, disorders of the kneecap (chondromalacia, bursitis, subluxation/dislocation, and tendonitis) and other injuries due to trauma such as bone fractures. Descriptions of some of the most common conditions of the knee that Dr. John Hoffman and Dr. Tuvi Mendel regularly diagnose and treat are listed below.
- Knee Ligament Injuries: ACL and MCL Tears
- Meniscal Tears
- Knee Arthritis
- Chondromalacia Patellae (Runner’s Knee)
Leslie – Cartilage Restoration
Our Knee Specialists
Dr. John Hoffman
Dr. Hoffman completed his fellowship training in Sports Medicine with subspecialties in arthroscopic surgery for athletic injuries. With this specialized training, Dr. Hoffman is able to offer his patients the latest surgical techniques to get them back in the game and to life more quickly. Dr. Hoffman performs over 800 minimally invasive surgeries per year and over 500 total joint replacement procedures. Dr. Hoffman is the only surgeon between the Quad Cities and Omaha to successfully perform total joint replacement procedures in an outpatient setting. Through advanced techniques and improved practices he has minimized his patients’ length of hospital stay, intraoperative transfusion rates, complications and postsurgical pain and recovery time.
Dr. Tuvi Mendel
Tuvi Mendel, MD performs hundreds of minimally invasive knee surgeries per year. Dr. Mendel is a board certified orthopaedic surgeon who has been in practice for over 17 years. To better serve his patients, Dr. Mendel completed a world-recognized foot and ankle fellowship with the prestigious Dr. Roger Mann Fellowship in San Francisco. In addition, he has also received a Certificate of Added Qualification in Sports Medicine from the American Board of Orthopedic Surgery.
Dr. Mendel’s advanced training and the minimally-invasive surgical techniques he employs help minimize stress on the body, reduce scaring and get patients back on their feet as soon as possible. As an experienced leader in minimally invasive knee surgery, Dr. Mendel is able to offer alternatives to get you feeling better, faster.
Orthopaedic Specialist’s occupational therapists are specifically trained to rehabilitate patients with knee disorders. You will receive a fully tailored therapy plan to help maximize the results of your recovery period following surgery.
Bracing: Splints and Orthotics
Our physical therapists commonly use custom splints or orthotics for treatment of lower extremity conditions. This type of treatment prevents unwanted movement to allow proper healing, reduce pain, and support a weak joint. Limiting the range of motion relieves stress on the affected area. A splint is a temporary aid commonly used following an injury or surgery and an orthosis is typically designed for long-term use. Depending on the problem, you may require either a soft or rigid orthotic support.
For more information about your knee treatment options, please schedule a consultation with one of our specialists, Dr. Hoffman and Dr. Mendel, today by calling (563) 324-2313.