Category: Arthroscopic Surgery

Why Does My Knee Feel Like it is Giving Out and Getting Weak?

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Boyd W. Haynes III, MD A very common complaint I hear in the office, especially from my older patients, is “my knee is feeling weaker and weaker and sometimes it just gives out when I’m walking.  Why is that happening to me?” When arthritis of the knee progresses, the cartilage in the joint space erodes. … Read more »

Why is a Tourniquet Used in Knee Joint Replacement Surgeries?

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Boyd W. Haynes III, MD Everyone knows that a tourniquet reduces or completely restricts blood flow.  We all learned that watching TV westerns, like Gunsmoke. Expendable guest stars regularly got bitten by the token diamondback rattler while crossing through Death Valley. They quickly tied on a tourniquet to slow the venom’s progress through the bloodstream… Read more »

Five Bad Habits That Exacerbate Knee Pain

Dr. Bob Snyder

Robert J. Snyder, MD As an Orthopaedic physician, I spend my days looking at, diagnosing and treating musculoskeletal issues, and believe me, I have seen and taken care of more knees than I can count. Let’s discuss the bad habits you should avoid if you want be good to your knees for life! Bad Habit… Read more »

Walking Now May Prevent Knee Pain Later in Life

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Boyd W. Haynes III, MD A new study out of The Baylor College of Medicine seems to confirm what I’ve been saying for years – that motion is life!  The study was published in the journal Arthritis and Rheumatology and found that for those persons who were over the age of 50 who walked for… Read more »

Nerve Pain After Knee Replacement Surgery 

Boyd W. Haynes III, MD  Although knee replacement surgery has become commonplace, it has a reputation for being challenging for both the surgeon and the patient. As a surgeon, I must be both a construction expert, an engineer, mathematician, and an expert surgeon all rolled into one, as I remove my patient’s diseased knee and… Read more »

In a Virginia Peninsula First, Dr. Mark McFarland performs Lumbar Fusion using the Globus Sable®Expandable Lumbar Interbody Cage

NEWPORT NEWS, Va., Dec. 22, 2021 /PRNewswire/ — Mark W. McFarland, DO performed a Lumbar Fusion on a 57-year-old female using the Globus Sable® Expandable Lumbar Interbody Cage at Mercy Mary Immaculate Hospital in Newport News, VA on October 21, 2021. “My patient had spinal stenosis, degenerative disc disease and spondylolisthesis of the lumbar spine…. Read more »

When Can I Vape Again After Orthopaedic Surgery? (A Web Chat Question)

Dr. Jeffrey Carlson

Moderated by Jeffrey R. Carlson, MD My answer is never.  Use the break that your surgery afforded you as a great opportunity to quit your smoking habit for good.  Smoking/vaping is very detrimental to healing after orthopaedic surgery especially as bone needs high levels of oxygen rich red blood cells to repair and mend after… Read more »

The Subvastus Approach to Knee Replacement

Boyd W. Haynes III, MD Orthopaedic surgeries evolve with the advancement of technology, surgical instrumentation, surgical technique, and pain management. The knee replacement is no different and has been through many iterations of approaches, implant types, differing implant material composition, etc., all with the goal of delivering the best patient outcome and the most highly… Read more »

Shoulder Instability – Surgical Treatment

Dr. Martin Coleman

Martin R. Coleman, MD In my last article, I discussed the causes of shoulder instability, its symptoms, and conservative treatment options that could be tried to prevent repetitive episodes of subluxations or dislocations.  While many patients will have success with non-operative therapies, others will continue to have issues with shoulder instability without more aggressive intervention. … Read more »