ㆍDegenerative arthritis (stage 1-stage 3)
*Stage 3 arthritis requires a 6 month-long rehabilitation process after surgery and accurate prior examination before
The surgery aims to relieve pain and edema through removal of tumid synovial sheath.
ㆍLateral meniscal rupture, ligament/cartilage injury after work out
Meniscus plays a significant role in serving as a buffer in the knee, but it is vulnerable
to work out or minor pain from a fall without visible external injury.
The best efforts should be made to preserve its original function when an incident occurs, but in case the initial
damage is too severe to remove large parts of meniscus, chances of secondary arthritis increases and patients suffer
from pains in the knee.
In a bid to prevent the early and advanced stages of arthritis which can easily occur after large parts of meniscus are removed,
meniscus replacement surgery is considered a viable option.
Fold is a smooth and thin layer inside the knee formulated in the fetus stage. In normal cases,
it becomes degenerated when the fetus is 4-6 months old and disappears around the time when it is born.
Fold syndrome refers to a symptom in which the fold becomes stiff due to a temporary or continuous stimulation.
- Due to incidents
Direct injury from car crash, motorcycle accident and bruise or excessive work out
- For people with diabetes, cardiac insufficiency and smokers
The diseases are largely attributable to oxygen deficiency in the body, and as a result, the fold gets swollen.
Representative symptoms include knee pain and creaks. Pains accompany as the hardened fold stimulates a cartilage when
the knee is bended and straightened.
In addition, every move accompanies creaks. Aside from that, if the symptoms of a swollen, stiff knee or pain when you
straighten the knee persist, you can suspect fold syndrome. If the pains get worse, chondromalacia can occur due
to damages caused by erosion of a cartilage. Extra caution is required.
It is not an easy task to detect fold syndrome. Detection of fold syndrome can be made through MRI
(X-ray and CAT scan ARE NOT DESIRABLE), but arthroscopy is by far the most accurate way to discover it.
Arthroscopy is a method to observe the affected area by inserting an endoscope into a 3-4 mm hole around the knee joint.
(2004 Knee Joint Evaluation report by Health Insurance Review & Assessment Service)
- If the symptom is not severe, corrective treatment for walking is firstly carried out.
- If the symptom persists after corrective treatment or damage to a cartilage and “locked symptoms”
are detected in the initial stage, endoscopic removal surgery is required.
- If a thorough rehabilitation process is not followed for over 4 weeks after surgery, edema and pain
can be prolonged.