Dr. Lee specializes in arthroscopy, a minimally invasive surgical procedure used to visualize, diagnose and treat issues inside joints.
In an arthroscopic examination, small incisions are made in the patient's skin and a small camera, or arthroscope, is inserted into the joint.
By attaching the arthroscope to a monitor, Dr. Lee is able to see the entire interior of a joint. Arthroscopy allows him to visualize and address issues inside of a joint without needing a large incision.
Arthroscopy has many advantages over open surgery. Because the image from the arthroscope is magnified, it is the most effective technique used to diagnose and assess injuries the naked eye cannot detect.
In addition, the minimal invasiveness of the surgery allows for much quicker recoveries and lower complications rates compared to open surgery.
STEM CELLS, BIOLOGICS AND ANTI-INFLAMMATORY INJECTIONS
While Dr. Lee is a strong believer in trying to avoid invasive measures, sometimes injuries progress beyond the point of tolerability. Dr. Lee performs many different types of injections both in the office and the operating room:
- Cortisone and Hyaluronic Acid injections: These can be useful adjuncts when pain is so severe that rehabilitation is not possible. When used judiciously and safely, steroid and hyaluronic acid injections can act as anti-inflammatories that both reduce pain and inflammation without damaging soft tissue and bone.
- Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP): This process involves drawing a patient's blood and centrifuging (spinning) it to isolate plasma that is rich in growth factors. These growth factors are then prepared and injected into an area of injury to supplement healing.
- Stem Cells: Stem cells are naive cells in our bodies that have the potential to change into other types of more sophisticated cells (ligament, tendon, muscle, cartilage, etc.). While in its experimental phases, stem cell injections have had encouraging results in treating everything from tendonitis to arthritis.
- Arthroscopic rotator cuff and labral repairs
- Arthroscopic and open treatment of biceps pathology
- Primary and revision total shoulder replacement surgery
- Reverse total shoulder replacement
- Minimally invasive shoulder resurfacing
- Young adult management of osteoarthritis
- Cartilage restoration procedures
- Complex fracture care and tendon reconstructions
- Arthroscopic meniscus procedures
- Anatomic arthroscopic ligament reconstruction (ACL, PCL, PLC, LCL, MCL, MPFL)
- Arthroscopic cartilage restoration and joint preservation procedures
- Arthroscopic and open patellar stabilization procedures
- Cartilage restoration and regeneration
- Allograft joint reconstructions and re-alignment procedures
- Partial and total knee replacement surgery including robot assisted
- Arthroscopic tennis elbow surgery, removal of loose bodies, stiff elbow releases and cartilage restoration techniques
- Ligament reconstructions (UCL or "Tommy John" procedure)
- Cubital tunnel surgery
- Partial and total elbow replacement surgery
- Complex fracture care
- Arthroscopic surgery for debridements, loose bodies, bone spurs and cartilage restoration
- Ligament repair and reconstruction for instability
- Arthroscopic ankle fusions for end-stage arthritis
- Ankle replacement surgery
- Minimally invasive Achilles, peroneal and posterior tibial tendon repair and reconstruction
- Complex fracture care
- Arthroscopic labral repairs
- Arthroscopic treatment of femoroacetabular impingement
- Arthroscopic tendon repairs
Take a deep breath - most sports medicine and joint related conditions do not require surgery! They often have to do with an inbalance in muscle strength, flexibility and alignment. Dr. Lee looks forward to assessing and diagnosing these conditions to determine the most effective way to treat you. While it is important for you to know all of your options, remember it is your body and your recovery.