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Treating Cartilage Defects in the Knee

Articular cartilage, which lines the bony surface of the knee,can be damaged through injury or degeneration. These defects often fail to heal on their own, causing pain, loss of function, disability and potential long-term complications such as osteoarthritis. Commonwealth’s surgeons are specially trained in a number of procedures to regenerate hyaline-like cartilage and restore knee function. Two of the options currently available include cartilage implantation and cartilage transfer.

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Surf’s Up!

Multi-ligament Knee Reconstruction Helps DC Architect Ride the Waves

Surfing fanatic Spiro was looking forward to a trip to the world-class beaches of Nicaragua when disaster struck. Playing in a local football game, the 25-year-old architect took a hard hit and felt a familiar pop and snap in his right knee. Thinking he’d suffered a repeat of an old anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injury, he went home and put on a soft leg cast to immobilize his knee and keep it straight.

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Advances in knee replacement

Variety of implants and procedures improve outcomes

A judo enthusiast since the age of 12, James Bregman was a proud member of the first American team to compete in judo at the 1964 Summer Olympics in Tokyo.

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“Ben Is the Man”

Shoulder Surgery Returns Local Lacrosse Player to Highest Level of Competition

As a star lacrosse player in high school, Sam dislocated his shoulder so many times he became an expert at popping it back in. Eventually, his concerned parents took him to see Ben Kittredge, MD, an orthopaedic surgeon and sports medicine specialist at Commonwealth Orthopaedics. Dr. Kittredge had a simple message for the Edgewater, Maryland teenager: “If you want this to stop, you’ll have to have surgery.”

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Play it Safe to Prevent Running Injuries

Brian caught the running bug in high school and never looked back. Over the last 30 years, he’s completed more than 80 marathons, including Boston, Chicago and New York and more than 200 other races like 10Ks, triathlons, etc. He’s run the Marine Corps Marathon 19 times in row. When he’s not training for his next race, this 48-year-old Arlington father of three is a distinguished dentist with a thriving practice in Washington, DC.

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