Freehold, NJ, March 29, 2010 --(PR.com
)-- It’s 2010 and the “one size fits all” philosophy in knee surgery for patients of all ages and sizes is obsolete. Today, surgeons have a “tool kit” of options to help patients who are side-lined with arthritis or an injury. Dr. Michael J. Greller and Dr. Gregg Berkowitz, board-certified and fellowship-trained sports medicine orthopedic surgeons at Advanced Orthopedics and Sports Medicine Institute (AOSMI), of Freehold and Monroe townships, New Jersey, are teaming up to present new knee repair techniques at Cartilage Restoration Center of New Jersey.
In years past, knee replacement surgery has been a boon for seniors with advanced arthritis. But what about younger people who have an injury? What options do they have to remain active since knee replacements only last 10 to 15 years? According to Dr. Michael Greller, “Until recently, ‘live with the pain until you’re at least 60’ was the typical advice for the younger, more active patient.”
Drs. Michael Greller and Gregg Berkowitz have joined forces at the Cartilage Restoration Center of New Jersey, to provide solutions for the active younger set, using the latest technology—solutions that give them greater mobility and less pain than was ever possible before.
Both doctors specialize in cartilage, pioneering new procedures by combining the latest advances in technology, imaging, joint implants, and resurfacing to repair knee damage. Greller notes, “We have cartilage transplants, we have cartilage restoration, and now we have knee resurfacing, all which leave the knee functionally intact and allow you to return to a high level of activity, And still have options later on!”
Dr. Greller and Dr. Berkowitz are part of a team of orthopedic surgeons at Advanced Orthopedics and Sports Medicine Institute that provides a range of services, including sports medicine, joint replacement, fracture care, spine care, work injury care, hand and wrist care, pain management, foot and ankle care, and osteoporosis care to the residents of Freehold and Monroe Townships and surrounding towns in Monmouth and Middlesex Counties, such as Colts Neck, Englishtown, Howell, Jackson, Manalapan, Marlboro, Morganville, as well as other towns in New Jersey. Cartilage Restoration Center of New Jersey is a division of AOSMI.
As part of AOSMI’s Patient-Centered, Patient –Focused Care™, the orthopedic surgeons keep up-to-date on the latest developments in minimally invasive orthopedic surgical procedures. Dr. Greller says, “Instead of replacing the entire area of the knee joint, including not just the bone but the cartilage attached to it, we can now replace just a small portion of cartilage or even insert a tiny metal-like button, allowing the patient’s knee cartilage to remain intact. Because so little bone and cartilage are removed, the procedure doesn’t ‘burn bridges’ by removing healthy tissue that could otherwise be used later if more surgery is required.”
“In this procedure—knee resurfacing—” says Dr. Greller, “you are just taking off the surface of the cartilage that is damaged and replacing it with some metal and plastic, and leaving the surrounding cartilage intact. In the old days, you would have to remove all the cartilage and replace it with metal. Not anymore! This is really exciting for patients and surgeons alike.”
Total knee replacement, only expected to last about 15 years, is still usually recommended only for much older patients, typically those with severe arthritis. If you’re heavier, younger, and more active, however, you are not going to get 20 years out of a knee replacement.
Now other procedures, like knee resurfacing, can help patients with knee injuries, such as torn ligaments or chronic sports-related conditions. Dr. Berkowitz says, “Today, we are fortunate to have a number of options ranging from a cartilage repair to a total knee replacement.
“Thanks to recent advances, surgeons can provide options for patients even after attempts to regrow or replace cartilage have failed, or in case they are not candidates for growing cartilage, or if they are really too young for a partial knee replacement. When all the above won’t work, the next step used to be you had to get partial or total knee replacements. That’s no longer the case. Now we have ‘resurfacing’!”
“This new approach, Knee Resurfacing, maintains the biomechanics,” Dr. Greller added. “It is minimally invasive. It can be used on any age group. It is an outpatient procedure. It is the next wave!”
Today, the surgeons at Advanced Orthopedics and Sports Medicine Institute (AOSMI) provide the Monmouth and Middlesex County communities with specialists for every orthopedic need. Located in the Pond View Professional Park at 301 Professional View Drive in Freehold, and Renaissance Crossing Medical Arts Building at 312 Applegarth Road, Suite 101, Monroe Township, New Jersey, Advanced Orthopedics and Sports Medicine Institute provides advanced medical care with leading doctors and surgeons, state-of-the-art technology, and exceptional Patient-Centered, Patient-Focused Care ™. The seven practicing physicians at AOSMI have a combined 100 years of experience providing exceptional orthopedic care to the New Jersey communities of Monmouth and Middlesex County. For more information, call 732-720-2555 or visit http://www.AdvancedOrthoSports.com.