HWB 2015 - Marshall P. Allegra, M.D.
How does minimally invasive orthopedic surgery help patients suffering from chronic and acute joint pain?
As an experienced diagnostician, I can determine the causes of chronic and acute pain due to hip, knee, hand, shoulder and sports-induced injuries, and then determine the best treatment options to return patients back to work, to the playing field, restoring functionality and range of motion as quickly as possible. In the past, treatment may have involved extensive surgery, including large incisions, a hospital stay, a prolonged recovery and risk of post-surgical infection and complications. With today’s high-technology arthroscopic procedures, patients experience less pain and quicker recovery. Risk of infection and complications are minimal. As an orthopedic surgeon who has performed over 2,000 arthroscopic procedures, I have personally experienced how arthroscopy has evolved and revolutionized the treatment of joint injuries.
How is minimally invasive orthopedic surgery performed?
Arthroscopy is an outpatient procedure usually performed under regional or general anesthesia in a surgical center. The most common use of arthroscopy is for repair of tears of cartilage, ligaments, and defects in the surfaces of the knee, shoulder, ankle, wrist and hip. Arthroscopy is also used for diagnosis, reconstruction and restoration of damaged tissue in the joint, and in the treatment of arthritis.
The arthroscope is a small fiber-optic viewing instrument made up of a tiny lens, a light source and video camera. The surgeon inserts the arthroscope into the joint through a tiny incision (about 1/4 of an inch) called a portal. Two or three very small incisions may be made for the insertion of surgical instruments. These incisions result in very small scars which in many cases are unnoticeable.
Which arthroscopic surgery procedures are the most common?
Reconstructive surgeries are most usually performed on the hip, shoulder or knee. Since the knee is the largest joint in the body, it is also one of the easiest to injure, making it the most often treated joint by orthopedic surgeons.
Shoulder arthroscopy has advanced significantly over the last decade. Conditions such as rotator cuff tears, which were commonly treated by open surgical methods, are now treated by arthroscopic techniques more than 95% of the time.
While hip arthroscopy is much less common than knee or shoulder arthroscopy, it has emerged as an alternative to more invasive hip replacement surgeries. I am one of the few orthopedic surgeons in Monmouth County who regularly performs hip arthroscopy. This procedure offers pain relief to patients who would have required more extensive procedures in the past.
Partial and total joint reconstructive surgery procedures can relieve severe pain and loss of motion in joints that do not respond to more conservative treatment. They can be performed as a same-day outpatient procedure, allowing faster recovery than radical open surgery. Thousands of my patients have returned to active lifestyles thanks to these innovative treatment options.
Specializing in Hip Arthroscopy, Arthroscopic Sports Medicine and Adult Reconstructive Surgery
Dr. Allegra is a second generation orthopedic surgeon with over 25 years experience in private practice, and in continuous private practice in Monmouth County since 1988. He is a member of the medical staff at Riverview Medical Center, Bayshore Community Hospital, Shrewsbury Surgical Center, and Metropolitan Surgical Institute, and has a private practice in Hazlet. Dr. Allegra is one of the few surgeons in the area who perform Hip Arthroscopy. He also performs partial and complete minimally invasive hip and knee replacement surgery and knee and shoulder arthroscopy.
• Undergraduate education at Bucknell University
• Medical UAG/RWJ Jersey Shore Medical Centre
• Surgical & orthopedic training at UMDNJ Newark
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Dr. Allegra is the only physician you will see when you visit the practice, and he will supervise each phase of your diagnosis, treatment and recovery.