Surgery & Nonoperative Treatment2018-11-03T02:50:35+00:00

Surgical Procedures, Viscosupplementation and Orthopaedic Stem Cell Therapy

doctorsArthroscopic surgery is a minimally invasive surgical technique performed with the assistance of a camera, arthroscope and specialized equipment through small incisions.

Arthroscopic procedures are commonly performed to treat injuries of the knee, shoulder, hip and elbow.The technique improves surgical results and shortens the recovery and rehabilitation time after surgery by minimizing surgical injury to the joint and tissues. Procedures performed artroscopically result in less post-operative scarring and pain.

Dr. Heckman specializes in knee and shoulder arthroscopy. Arthroscopic surgical knee procedures he performs include meniscectomy (typically under local anesthesia and IV sedation), meniscal repair, ACL and PCL reconstructions, lateral release of the patella, chondroplasy and microfracture. Arthroscopic surgical shoulder procedures he performs on the shoulder comprise rotator cuff repair, acromioplasty for decompression, distal clavicle excision, capsuloraphy, SLAP repair, labral tear debridement, biceps tenodesis and Bankart reconstruction.

As a part of his practice Dr. Heckman performs total knee placement surgery for those patients that have failed conservative management of their arthritis.

Viscosupplementation treatments utilize hyaluronic acid a natural occurring substance in joint synovial fluid. Hyaluronic acid improves joint lubrication and assists in reducing inflammation and pain due to arthritis. The treatment involves a series of injections of a gel like substance into the joint with ultrasound guidance to assure proper placement of the medication.

Stem cell therapy harnesses the regenerative power of your body’s own or donated stem cells as a treatment option for degenerative orthopedic and inflammatory conditions and to assist in surgery to potentially assist with the healing of tendon repairs and grafts used in reconstructions. Dr. Heckman is happy to offer Platelet Rich Plasma – PRP, autologous (your own stem cells)from bone marrow aspiration, and allograft (donor amniotic stem cells) orthopedic stem cell therapy in San Antonio, TX.