All our joints are crucial to the movement of our bodies. The knee, shoulder, and hip joints are the most frequent joints that cause pain and disability for patients. Deterioration or injury to these joints can be painful and uncomfortable. In severe cases, it can also affect the individual’s normal movement and day-to-day activities.
At Daouk Orthopaedics, we are committed to helping each one of our patients regain full mobility of these joints and use cutting-edge technology to achieve this objective. Dr. Ayman Daouk is one of the most highly respected orthopedic surgeons in Orlando. He is certified by the American Board of Orthopedic Surgery and specializes in arthroscopy and other minimally invasive surgeries. By utilizing smaller incisions and causing less injury to normal tissue, arthroscopic surgery and other types of minimally invasive surgery can improve recovery time with less pain after surgery. Dr. Daouk specializes in these types of surgeries which include arthroscopic ACL reconstruction, arthroscopic labral and rotator cuff repair, quadriceps sparring and robotically assisted total knee replacement, and direct anterior hip replacement.
Dr. Daouk and his skilled and highly experienced team are hands-on in their approach, ensuring that patients are comfortable and get the best medical care. As a fellowship-trained orthopedic surgeon in Orlando, Dr. Daouk has been instrumental in getting scores of patients back to their former level of movement and activity. He has strong diagnostic skills and takes the time to understand his patients and their specific condition well.
Patients are different, and that means their joint problems are unique. Therefore, the doctor always adopts a personalized approach, ensuring that the treatment plan he devises is ideally suited for the individual patient. He is trained and skilled in all the latest orthopedic surgical techniques, including minimally invasive surgery.
Joint replacement is the procedure performed to replace damaged joints with artificial implants. This surgery is typically performed when the affected joint is severely damaged by conditions like avascular necrosis, post-traumatic arthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, or osteoarthritis.
Orthopedic surgeons may recommend this procedure for patients with chronic, debilitating pain that physical therapy, injections, medications, and other similar treatments cannot alleviate. The goal of joint replacement surgery is to relieve pain and restore the joint’s normal functioning. Doctors may use the minimally invasive or open approach to achieve this objective.
Minimally invasive surgery in Orlando is a more recent technique. For knee replacement surgery, this technique means a smaller incision and less damage to the normal structures of the joint than in traditional joint replacement procedures. Preserving the normal tissues around the joint decreases pain, swelling, and stiffness, and allows patients to recover more quickly.
Total knee replacement is widely used to treat knee arthritis. However, the minimally invasive technique has been developed to improve patient outcomes while lessening tissue and ligament trauma. It involves smaller incisions (4-6 inches) compared to the standard 10 to 12-inch ones used in conventional knee replacement.
Knee and shoulder arthroscopy are a specialized surgical, minimally invasive solution, best used for conditions such as a torn cartilage, ligament, or tendon. It is also used in ACL and rotator cuff surgery when there is a tear in those structures. At Daouk Orthopaedics, Dr. Ayman Daouk has helped many patients with joint pain regain much of their mobility after opting for arthroscopic surgery.
There are many advantages to opting for this procedure against a traditional knee replacement surgery. Here we look at what they are:
The hip joint is one of the largest weight-bearing joints in the human body. This ball and socket joint is located where the pelvis (acetabulum) and the thighbone (femur) join. The smooth articular cartilage covering this joint surface provides proper cushioning while enabling its smooth motion.
Hip arthritis is a common and painful hip joint condition caused by cartilage damage. If you suffer from severe arthritis pain that affects your daily activities, total hip replacement surgery may be the ideal treatment option for you.
In a traditional total hip replacement, a 10 to 12-inch incision is made on the outer side of the hip. However, in the minimally invasive surgical approach that Dr. Daouk uses in many instances, he makes only 6-8 inch incision to access the hip joint and preserves important muscles that are crucial in your gait and recovery.
Only 4 to 6 inch-incision is needed compared to the 10 to 12-inch one required in traditional methods.
Most patients do quite well with their minimally invasive surgeries. However, as with any other surgery, this procedure carries certain rare risks. Possible complications of this type of surgery include:
Another unusual risk is that the surgery might not improve your condition and relieve your pain as expected. An individual’s risk of complications can vary according to their medical conditions and age. When you approach Dr. Daouk, he will inform you about any risks that might apply to you or any special precautions that need to be made to minimize your risks.
Although there are several significant benefits to minimally invasive surgeries, this option is not for everyone. It might not be suitable for patients that have severe deformities, obese patients, or patients who have undergone a prior joint replacement in the past. It may also not be an option for those who are very muscular.
Traditional knee and hip replacements are available to patients who can undergo this type of surgery, regardless of weight or age. However, in minimally invasive surgeries, the complication rates can be higher for some individuals. If you are considering this procedure to treat your knee or hip arthritis or injury, you must consult with an experienced surgeon like Dr. Daouk.
He has treated hundreds of patients using traditional and minimally invasive techniques and is well-versed in their pros and cons. When you come in for a consultation, the doctor will first examine you, look at your medical history and reports and assess the severity of your condition. Depending on your case, he may order some tests, x-rays, or CT/MRI scans before suggesting the best surgical option.
Dr. Ayman Daouk is extremely detailed and thorough during his patient consultations. His unhurried approach will relax you and put you at ease, and you can be sure that you are in good hands. Once he has all the information and test results he needs, he will tell you which procedure is best for you.
If you plan to go ahead with minimally invasive surgery, the doctor will explain how you need to prepare for it, the surgical process, the post-surgical care, and the expected recovery time. He is systematic in his approach and has a reassuring demeanor from his decades of experience and expertise in performing minimally invasive surgeries in Orlando.
If you are suffering from pain or discomfort or any other issues with your knee or hip joint, schedule an appointment today at Daouk Orthopaedics