When to see a doctor for knee pain?

In some cases, the pain will fade on its own, however, if pain continues and becomes worse it’s a good indication that treatment is needed. Seeking a qualified orthopedic surgeon is recommended to properly assess area and give you the best solution to alleviate pain and return your mobility.


Less invasive knee care options

Surgical knee care options

  • Knee Reconstruction
  • Cartilage Regeneration
  • Meniscus Repair
  • Total Knee Replacement
  • Patellofemoral Knee Replacement
  • Knee Revision

Common knee conditions

  • Knee Arthritis
  • Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL)
  • Patellofemoral Syndrome (knee cap problems)


Knee Replacement

Dr. Likover, leading knee specialist in Houston, specializes in three different types of knee replacement procedures.

Trained and highly skilled in each, Dr. Likover performs these and other knee surgeries for patients from around the globe.

Below, you’ll find a comparison of the different types of knee replacements Dr. Likover offers.

Intellijoint Total Knee Replacement Surgery is a breakthrough in knee replacement technology.The Intellijoint computer-guided navigation procedure utilizes a metal pin and movement of the knee to pinpoint the exact center of the hip joint. The Intellijoint device then cuts the distal femur area while checking in real-time to ensure the knee is aligned. The process is then repeated for the upper tibia and center ankle area. The result is femur and tibial cuts that are perfectly aligned.

The procedure results in a shorter surgery time and shorter recovery with improved patient satisfaction compared to previous types of knee replacement.

If you suffer with osteoarthritis of the knee and have only worn out one portion of the knee, a total knee replacement may not be necessary.

The Oxford knee replacement is a type of partial knee replacement that replaces only the worn-out portion of the knee, saving as much of the natural knee as possible.

The minimally invasive partial knee replacement is so successful that the manufacturer now offers a lifetime warranty on the implant.

However, as with the Intellijoint knee replacement, specialized training is required to perform the Oxford, so not all knee surgeons can provide it.

The patellofemoral joint replacement is a type of partial knee replacement primarily performed for isolated kneecap joint arthritis.

A surgeon may also recommend it for younger patients in certain cases of advanced chondromalacia of the patellofemoral joint.

In a kneecap joint replacement, the surgeon is able to preserve all knee ligaments.

Patient recovery is faster than any other type of partial knee replacement procedure.

Arthroscopic Knee Surgery

In addition to the knee surgeries mentioned above, Dr. Likover specializes in arthroscopic surgery to correct an ACL tear, meniscus tear, or chondromalacia of the patella.

If your knee is painful, swelling and locking up, your knee specialist may order an MRI, and then recommend arthroscopic surgery to repair or remove a torn meniscus (cartilage).

This is an outpatient surgical procedure with three tiny incisions on the knee.

If you feel like your knee popped out or a bone in your knee moved, and your knee is painful and swollen, you may have a tear of the anterior cruciate ligament.

Left untreated, the knee will likely remain unstable. There is also about an 80% chance you will suffer significant secondary problems.

An ACL tear is a common sports injury, and specialists typically recommend active individuals undergo ACL surgery to correct the problem.

A sports team doctor for more than three decades, Dr. Likover knows how important correction of an ACL injury is to an athlete.

The arthroscopic anterior cruciate reconstruction procedure he developed is generally performed as an outpatient procedure, with the patient walking on crutches immediately after surgery.

Is your kneecap out of line, has been most of your life, and nonsurgical methods to reduce inflammation no longer keep the condition from worsening?

You may benefit from chondromalacia surgery.

This procedure is a relatively easy surgery to correct chondromalacia of the patella that involves arthroscopic smoothing of the kneecap and lateral release.

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