Two Computer Systems Improve Total Knee Replacement Surgery

Our goal at The Leone Center for Orthopedic Care when performing knee replacement surgery is to perfectly re-align the limb to create a neutral mechanical axis and to balance the complex soft tissue sleeve so that natural motion is reestablished and the supportive ligaments experience equal tensions on both the inside (medial) and outside (lateral)…

Leading-Edge Strategies to Regenerate Hyaline Cartilage

My final blog in this series on biologic strategies for repairing joint damage focuses on leading edge treatments designed to stimulate the regeneration of new hyaline cartilage: Osteochondral Autograft Transplantation (OATS or Mosaicplasty), Osteochondral Allograft Transplantation, Autologous Chondrocyte Implantation (ACI) and Stem Cell and Tissue engineering. Unlike PRP (platelet rich plasma) or drilling, abrasion and…

Arthroscopic Techniques to Stimulate the Production of Joint Fibrocartilage

In the third blog focusing on biologic strategies to preserve, “heal” or encourage the growth of new joint cartilage, I will describe three arthroscopic techniques that deliberately cause bleeding to stimulate the development of fibrocartilage to form and cover an exposed, arthritic area in the joint. These techniques include drilling, abrasion and, the most recent…

Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP): A Biologic Solution – “Heal Thy Self”

In my previous blog post about joint preservation strategies, I discussed conservative treatments that could delay or possibly prevent the need for partial or total joint replacement. I also touched on what arthritis is and what causes it. The common result of arthritis is the loss of hyaline cartilage. When the arthritic process becomes so…

Misconceptions about Partial and Total Knee Replacement

Recently, former President George W. Bush underwent partial knee replacement surgery, which has sparked a lot of media conversation, some of which I feel has been inaccurate and misleading. Before considering knee surgery, you and your surgeon must carefully weigh the benefits of partial versus total knee replacement. Although age and physical activity play a…

Anita Finley Hosts Dr. William Leone on Boomer Times

Anita Finley, Boomer Times recently hosted Dr. William Leone on her radio program Cutting Edge, where he spoke about finding solutions for complex hip and knee problems.  Nationally recognized for his expertise in reconstruction hip and knee surgery, Dr. Leone is celebrating his 25 year career at Holy Cross Hospital in Fort Lauderdale.    …

The Exeter Hip Stem – Still the Gold Standard in the Industry

The Exeter Hip Stem is thought by many to be the “industry gold standard” prosthetic stem for hip replacement.  Developed in 1969, the Exeter Stem reached one million implantations by 2010 and, among its accolades, received the award of special commendation by the British Orthopaedic Association. More Exeter Stems have been implanted than any other…

Partial vs. Total Hip Replacement Surgery

Some patients in need of a hip replacement will ask me if they are candidates for a partial rather than a total hip replacement because it sounds “less invasive.” Unlike the knee (which has three distinct compartments and when one wears out there’s a good chance that only that compartment needs to be replaced), the…