Meniscal tears are one of the most common knee injuries. Meniscal tears can cause knee pain, decreased range of motion, locking and/or clicking in the knee. Depending on the pattern of meniscal tear, Dr. Horner may recommend a trial of non-surgical management such as physical therapy, injections and/or medications. Other meniscal tears may require minimally invasive arthroscopic management to excise or repair the tear.
Anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injuries may occur because of either a contact or non-contact injury, and frequently initially presents with a “popping” sensation and sudden onset of knee pain and swelling. In the majority of young and active patients Dr. Horner recommends ACL reconstruction surgery for these injuries to allow patients to return to sports and other day to day activities without issues with persistent knee instability. Patients typically require bracing for 4-6 weeks after ACL surgery, can begin running at 3-4 months after surgery and are fully cleared for return to sport at 6-9 months post-operatively.
First time kneecap (Patella) dislocations are most commonly treated non-operatively, however if patients have issues with persistent patellar instability, they may benefit from patellar stabilization surgery. The most common form of patellar stabilization is medial patellofemoral ligament (MPFL) reconstruction, however the decision on which surgery to perform is based on the anatomic factors that are contributing to a patient’s patellar instability.
Lastly, Dr. Horner uses a wide range of newly available cartilage restoration and cartilage transplantation techniques to treat patients with isolated cartilage defects in their knees.
MPFL reconstruction (Patellar stabilization surgery)
Patellar tendon repair
Quadriceps tendon repair
Osteochondritis dissecans fixation
Dr. Horner has also published extensive research on shoulder surgery. Below is a list of peer reviewed journal articles and book chapters by Dr. Horner on this topic.
Published Book Chapters
Published Journal Articles