Why is the knee such a common area for injury?
The knee is the joint between the two longest bones of the body (the femur which is the bone of the thigh, and the tibia which is the bone of the lower leg). It is widely stated that the knee "carries the most weight." The knee is more prone to injury because the entire weight of the body is transferred through the knee to the foot. The knee contains bones, tendons, cartilage, ligaments and nerves that all lie under the kneecap (also knows as the patella).
Once Dr. Millett has consulted with you and determined that knee surgery is needed in order to repair a damaged or injured knee, he will discuss your options with you and make a recommendation on a surgical approach. Many factors will affect that decision including your injury and goals, and his judgment and experience. Together, you will choose the 'best' procedure for you and your knee. Dr. Millett and our team specialize in a variety of minimally invasive and open-surgery procedures for the knee including surgical procedures to repair the anterior cruciate ligament (the ACL), the articular cartilage, the meniscus, scarring (arthrofibrosis), and arthritis. In this section of our website, we offer a detailed description of the types of knee injuries and a brief description of the knee surgeries and treatment options that we use to help in your recovery.