Are you suffering from a serious knee condition or injury to the knee?
At Mellano Orthopedics in Torrance total knee reconstruction surgery to repair an injured knee joint and restore the knee to proper functioning when nonsurgical methods are unlikely to yield a desirable result. At Mellano Orthopedics in Torrance orthopedics and reconstruction of major joints are doctor Mellano's specialities. He pairs extensive medical knowledge with the latest computer-assisted surgery technology to deliver the best clinical outcomes possible.
When major damage occurs to the knee as a result of injury or certain medical conditions that affect the bones and joints, it makes performing everyday tasks painful. Remaining active is important for a healthy lifestyle, both physically and mentally.
For patients that wish to improve mobility and reduce knee pain, knee reconstruction surgery may be the best option when nonsurgical measures are not enough to effectively repair the knee. Reconstruction of the knee requires the skill of a trained Torrance orthopedic surgeon Dr. Chris Mellano, who has more than a decade of specialized experience in treating knee injuries. With his help, thousands of patients have been able to enjoy a better quality of life without dealing with constant or excruciating knee pain.
Both knee reconstruction and replacement surgery are available to save damaged knee joints that have deteriorated due to factors such as:
In cases of severe ACL tears, the ligaments are so damaged that they cannot be sutured back together. When this occurs, knee ligament reconstruction may be necessary. In a same-day anterior cruciate reconstruction procedure, Dr. Mellano replaces the torn ACL with tissue that is grafted from a healthy tendon. The tissue graft acts as a support structure for the new, healthy ligament to grow on.
Dr. Mellano specializes in a minimally invasive form of ACL surgery known as knee arthroscopic ACL reconstruction. With 11 years of experience as an ACL reconstruction specialist in Torrance, California, and a member of the medical staff for the Chicago Bulls and Chicago White Sox, he has extensive knowledge of repairing ACL injuries to restore the knee to proper functioning.
Also known as osteonecrosis, this painful knee condition occurs when there is damage to the blood supply near the knee joint.
Because the thigh bone and femur need a steady supply of blood to remain strong and healthy, the condition can lead to severe arthritis and degradation of the knee joint. The condition most commonly affects women and patients over the age of 60, although damaged blood vessels as a result of a traumatic injury can also trigger osteonecrosis to develop, regardless of age.
Surgery may be required in advanced cases of osteonecrosis of the knee. Dr. Mellano performs arthroscopic (camera-assisted) debridement to clean up the damaged areas of the knee and/or knee core decompression to create new channels for blood vessels to form within the knee joint, reducing painful pressure on the knee.
A severely torn meniscus may require a meniscus transplant surgery when the original meniscus is too damaged to be saved. Knee arthroscopic meniscus repair involves removal of the damaged meniscus and replacement from a donor. Like most other knee reconstruction surgeries offered by Dr. Mellano, the patient is released home from the ambulatory surgery center the same day to recover from the comfort of home.
Reconstructive knee surgery spares as much of the original components of the one as possible. In some cases of advanced knee arthritis or complex injuries of the knee, a knee replacement with man-made implants may be the only solution.
Partial and total knee replacements are a specialty of Dr. Chris Mellano. Most patients are eligible for same-day surgery in an outpatient setting. The procedure takes place in an ambulatory surgery center, which is more convenient and comfortable than most busy hospitals. Modern surgical techniques using camera-assisted technology minimize the length of knee replacement scars by several inches.
There is significantly less tissue trauma using the latest arthroscopic knee replacement techniques, so patients can enjoy a faster recovery time and less pain after the procedure. Dr. Mellano strives to provide you with the best knee reconstruction surgery Torrance has to offer, that's why he is there for you from initial consultation to full recovery, providing an unmatched level of patient care.
Signs of a torn PCL in the knee include rapid swelling, trouble walking, and sudden knee pain following a fall, motor vehicle accident, a twisted knee, or other notable injuries. The PCL is one of two major ligaments in the knee joint. The PCL prevents the tibia bone from sliding backward, while the ACL stops the tibia from sliding forward. Both are essential to proper knee flexion and extension. When one is damaged, it can cause serious pain. When surgery is indicated, posterior cruciate ligament reconstruction is performed by taking a tissue graft from a healthy tendon and securing it to the existing PCL for strength and support as the PCL recovers from an injury.
While the ACL prevents the tibia bone from sliding too far forward, the MCL is a knee ligament that stops the tibia from sliding too far from side to side. The function of these ligaments is to prevent an overextended knee. When nonsurgical methods cannot repair a torn MCL, a medial collateral ligament repair surgery may be in your best interest. Like ACL and PCL surgery, a healthy tendon from elsewhere in the body is grafted onto the knee, acting as a support structure so the PCL can heal properly.
Dr. Mellano’s mission is to give his Torrance patients the freedom to keep doing the activities they love. If you are struggling with joint pain, arthritis, lack of mobility, or joint inflammation, contact Dr. Mellano for a consultation so he can help you get moving again.