Orthopaedic Surgery FAQ
- What are Dr. Haar's surgical specialties?
- What is sports medicine, and what is its relationship to orthopaedic surgery?
- What is Osteoarthritis, and what potential treatment options are available?
- When is joint replacement an appropriate surgical solution?
- What outpatient procedures are performed at Haar Orthopedics and Sports Medicine?
1. What are Dr. Haar's surgical specialties?
Dr. Robert Haar specializes in a number of musculoskeletal treatments for sports injuries, arthritis, and trauma care. As one of New York City's top arthroscopy specialists, Dr. Haar treats patients experiencing rotator cuff tears, ACL tears, meniscal tears, and runner's knee. These procedures are performed at an in-office surgical facility, nationally recognized by the American Association for Accreditation of Ambulatory Surgery Facilities. From this surgical facility, Dr. Haar employs minimally invasive surgical procedures that allow patients to heal quickly and safely, from the comfort of their home.
As one of the leading knee surgeons in New York, Dr. Haar performs partial knee replacement on an outpatient basis — one of the few surgeons in the city providing this convenience. Partial knee replacement is a solution for patients whose knee damage is confined to one compartment. Partial knee replacement results in potentially improved implant fit and feel.
2. What is sports medicine, and what is its relationship to orthopaedic surgery?
Sports medicine is a discipline of orthopaedics concerned with the treatment and care of athletes. Sports medicine includes conservative treatment, such as physical therapy and rehabilitation, but also surgical solutions like arthroscopy for repetitive use injuries, such as rotator cuff tears and meniscal tears.
When treating athletes for sports injuries, the goal should be to help the patient achieve the desired level of activity and health in a comfortable manner. Dr. Haar strives to put patients back on the playing field as quickly and safely as possible.
3. What is Osteoarthritis, and what potential treatment options are available?
Osteoarthritis is a degenerative joint disease, commonly known as "wear-and-tear arthritis". Osteoarthritis breaks down bones to cause severe pain, inflammation, joint stiffness, and limited range of motion. As patients age, their bones' protective cartilage will wear away through everyday use. When this protective lining deteriorates, bones become susceptible to friction, which wears away components over time.
Less severe cases of Osteoarthritis can be managed through conservative approaches, including activity modification, weight reduction, bracing, and physical therapy. These approaches work to reduce the amount of stress applied to affected joints and strengthen the surrounding muscles. This provides a greater amount of support to the injured joint, and also alleviates the amount of force applied to the joint. If the patient's Osteoarthritis is more advanced, joint replacement surgery may be indicated.
4. When is joint replacement an appropriate surgical solution?
More severe cases of Osteoarthritis may require surgery to remove the damaged components and restore joint function. During joint replacement surgery, the surgeon will remove the affected joint and replace it with a prosthetic implant, made to replicate the fit and function of a natural joint. Replacement joints have a lifespan of approximately 15-20 years, making the surgery a long-term solution for joint pain.
5. What outpatient procedures are performed at Haar Orthopedics and Sports Medicine?
Dr. Haar performs countless arthroscopic surgery procedures from the outpatient facility at Haar Orthopedics and Sports Medicine, including tennis elbow treatment, runner's knee, rotator cuff repair, and ACL reconstruction. Additionally, Dr. Haar is one of the few knee surgeons in New York City performing partial knee replacement on an outpatient basis. The outpatient facility allows Dr. Haar to perform orthopaedic surgery and sports injury procedures in a comfortable manner, allowing the patient to return to his or her maximum level of activity in a shorter amount of time.