Knee Surgery Category

ACL Surgery vs Total Knee Replacement Surgery

Millions of Americans have knee pain, and most times, it resolves with a little TLC. Sometimes, though, knee surgery is required. Both total knee replacement and ACL reconstruction surgery can be used to repair serious knee damage that causes severe pain. Here’s how the two surgeries compare. Total knee replacement surgery Total knee replacement surgery…. read more

The Basics of Knee Cartilage Replacement

Can knee cartilage heal on its own? What is knee cartilage replacement? What is recovery like for knee cartilage repair patients? Is knee cartilage repair right for me? Knee pain is one of the most common types of pain among both men and women — especially chronic or recurring knee pain. And while there can…. read more

LCL Surgery & Recovery Timeline

Lateral collateral ligament (LCL) tears may not be as common as tears of the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL). But when a severe LCL tear occurs, you’re almost certainly going to need surgery to repair the damage and restore strength, stability and function in your knee. Here’s how to tell if your LCL is torn and…. read more

The Trouble with Knee Pain Relief Aids

Over-the-counter pain relievers like aspirin, ibuprofen and acetaminophen have revolutionized the way Americans treat minor pain. Today, many men and women avoid trips to the doctor and choose to self-medicate instead. While nonprescription pain relievers can play a role in relieving pain, some studies show they’re being used too often. In fact, according to one…. read more

Tai Chi for Arthritis Related Knee Pain

Wave hands like clouds. Repulse monkey left and right. White crane spreads its wings. If these phrases sound familiar to you, then you’re probably a practitioner of tai chi. And if you’re not, maybe you should be — especially if you suffer from knee arthritis. Most people think of tai chi as a mindfulness exercise,…. read more

Treating Chronic Knee Pain

Acute knee pain is pretty common — most of us have experienced at least mild knee pain after a day of strenuous activity. And in those cases, painful symptoms usually go away after a little rest and maybe an ice pack or two. Now imagine having knee pain on a regular basis — or even…. read more

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Patient Stories

Life changing patient stories

Read about Jack a multi-sport athlete, who suffered from a multi-ligament tear in his knee. Read about Abigail who fell and tore her Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL). Life changing stories of patients healed by Dr. Geoffrey Van Thiel.

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