If you suffer from knee pain, you're not alone. Each year, more than 12 million people visit their doctors because of knee pain — half of them with damage to cartilage. If that has happened to you, you may be interested in attending this important seminar.
Dr. Joseph Burkhardt, a board-certified and fellowship-trained orthopedic surgeon at Bronson Battle Creek (BBC) will offer an interactive discussion on Thursday, October 10, from 6 - 7 p.m. about what options you have for knee cartilage repair. The seminar will be held in the BCC Outpatient Center. Registration is at 5:45 p.m. Please use the Emmett Street entrance and park in the OPC green lot #4.
Even though the seminar is free, seating is limited so reservations are needed. To reserve your place, call (800) 451-6310 or sign-up online at www.bronsonhealth.com.
Typically knee cartilage damage or deterioration is caused by injury or trauma, including sports injuries; repetitive use of the joint; congenital abnormalities, meaning those that a person is born with, affecting normal joint structure; or in some cases, hormonal disorders that affect bone and joint development, such as osteochondritis dessicans (OCD)
Before your doctor decides which cartilage repair approach is best for you, you will have a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) test to determine the severity, size, and location of your cartilage injuries.
Most knee procedures are performed arthroscopically. During arthroscopy, your surgeon makes three small, puncture incisions around your joint using an arthroscope, a small device with a camera that provides a clear view of the inside of the knee. With improvements to arthroscopes and higher resolution cameras, the procedure has become extremely effective for both the diagnosis and treatment of knee problems.
After cartilage repair, you will be on crutches for six to eight weeks. It takes several months to make a full recovery.
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan and Blue Care Network have designated Bronson Battle Creek as a Blue Distinction Center for Knee and Hip Replacement. The Blue Distinction Centers for Specialty Care® program is a national designation awarded by Blue Cross and Blue Shield companies to medical facilities that have demonstrated expertise in delivering quality specialty care.
For more information about the Bronson Battle Creek Orthopaedic Renewal Center programs, talk with your healthcare provider or call Tracy Barnes, RN at (269) 245-5944. Or you can visit http://www.bronsonbattlecreek.com/services/ortho/ to learn about the ORC and view educational videos on hip and knee replacements.