Dr. Chris Mellano is a Torrance knee repair and knee reconstruction specialist with extensive training in various medical problems related to knee joints and bones. In addition to knee arthritis and broken bones, he is adept at helping patients recover from traumatic injuries, occupational knee damage, and repetitive stress from playing sports. When appropriate, he performs to minimize pain and scarring while speeding knee surgery recovery time. Knee surgery is performed for a variety of reasons, including:
As a Torrance knee reconstruction specialist, Dr. Chris Mellano has performed countless ACL repair procedures in his 11-year surgical career. Anterior cruciate reconstruction can be performed using a least-invasive technique known as arthroscopic surgery. Using a small robotic camera, the surgery is completed with painstaking accuracy to repair ACL injuries in patients of all ages.
Knee joint realignment is used by Torrance knee surgeon, Dr. Mellano, to treat early to moderate arthritis. Doing so can delay the need for a partial or total knee replacement surgery in Torrance. The surgery generally takes less than two hours in an ambulatory surgery center. Patients may return home the same day as the procedure to start high tibial osteotomy recovery, which takes about 3 to 6 months, depending on the extent of knee arthritis.
Kneecap dislocation symptoms include a knee that remains bent after an injury, inability to bear weight, a hyper movable knee cap, knee pain, and sometimes visible shifting of the patella. Localized tenderness, swelling, and bruising may also be present. Nonsurgical treatment options for a dislocated patella include joint aspiration, manual repositioning of the joint, crutches, immobilization of the knee, and rest. In the case of a severely dislocated knee, surgery may be needed. A minimally invasive arthroscopic camera aids in planning the reconstructive knee surgery to return the knee joint back to its original function and strength.
Stiff joints and chronic knee pain may be caused by arthritis, a condition that affects the joints of nearly 15 million Americans. Dr. Mellano offers all kinds of arthritis treatments in Torrance and Manhattan Beach of all kinds, helping patients to restore knee function and weight-bearing. Early osteoarthritis can be successfully treated with biologic arthritis injections. These drugs are made from FDA-approved, natural sources in a lab, rather than man-made materials that are less compatible with the human body. Symptom relief often begins just 1 to 12 weeks after injection.
Bone-on-bone friction in the knee causes pain when walking, bending, or bearing weight. While some cases of a torn meniscus are mild and resolve in time with proper rest, a severe meniscus tear is unlikely to heal without surgical intervention. Meniscus problems can in some cases worsen with time when the meniscus is left untreated. This can lead to debilitating knee arthritis and mobility issues.
When surgery is indicated, arthroscopic meniscus repair surgery in Torrance is a one-day procedure that sets you on the path to healing as soon as possible. Surgical scars and incisions are greatly minimized using an arthroscopic approach. While every effort is made to keep the healthy meniscus intact, at times a meniscus transplant surgery is required to give the patient an excellent result. This involves the removal of the damaged meniscus and replacement from a donor.
In the later stages of knee arthritis, knee replacement surgery can save the deteriorated knee. Total knee replacements are a specialty of Dr. Chris Mellano. Partial knee replacements, also called uni knee replacement or unicompartmental knee replacement, are also routinely performed. In many cases, knee replacement can be performed in an outpatient setting. This is in a one-day procedure using modern surgical techniques that make surgery safer and more effective than ever before. The patient returns home from the ambulatory surgery center the same day to recover from the comfort and convenience of home.
A deteriorating knee can be saved with joint preservation surgery performed by Dr. Chris Mellano. It is an alternative to knee replacement surgery with artificial implants for eligible patients. Joint preservation of the knee involves the repair of broken or damaged bones, torn ligaments, and other structures of the knee needed for the proper function of the knee joint. At Mellano Orthopedics we strvie to provide you with the best knee surgery Torrance has to offer, so contact us today!
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.