Unlike other techniques with Dr. Venuto’s procedure full recovery takes just two months instead of one year. Eighty to ninety percent of his patients experience faster return to activity and the results are sustained over time. Other arthroscopic procedures are used to relieve the pain of chronic shoulder bursitis/tendonitis, repair rotator cuff tears, and decrease symptoms of shoulder arthritis. Pitchers and other athletes who suffer the pain of a torn labrum are treated arthroscopically.
NEW HOPE FOR OSTEOARTHRITIS SUFFERERS
Osteoarthritis of the knee is a painful limiting condition that has no cure. The painful condition usually strikes people over the age of 50 but may also occur due to sports or work-related injuries. It can cause pain and stiffness, limiting the ability to walk comfortably. Traditionally therapy for this has been medication, physical therapy, and often total knee replacement surgery. A new medical approach, known as “viscosupplementation” involves the use of OrthoVisc, a product manufactured by DePuy, a Johnson and Johnson Company, Inc. This therapy supplements and restores the natural properties of the joint fluid. People receiving treatment with OrthoVisc may be able to postpone or eliminate the need for surgery.