About Dr. Cahill
Dr. James W. Cahill has been in practice for over 20 years. As a result, he has extensive experience in the treatment of problems in the knees, shoulders, and hips. Dr. Cahill has a special interest in joint replacements of the hip, knee, and shoulder, as well as arthroscopic shoulder and knee surgery and cartilage restoration.
Dr. Cahill uses cutting edge techniques and surgical technology to provide the best possible results for his patients. These advances have allowed him to achieve greater patient satisfaction and better manage his patients’ pain after surgery.
Arthroscopy is a minimally invasive surgical approach that allows Dr. Cahill to perform knee surgery through much smaller incisions than are required for an open procedure. Not all knee procedures can be completed with arthroscopy, but ACL repairs and reconstructions are often done arthroscopically.
Dr. Cahill also uses arthroscopy in cartilage restoration procedures. Cartilage restoration is a relatively new procedure that can stimulate the growth of new cartilage. Cartilage restoration may not be appropriate for all patients, but it can be effective for patients with a single area of cartilage damage in the knee.
Conditions like arthritis can severely damage the articular cartilage in the knees, leading to pain, stiffness, and disability. For some patients, nonsurgical treatments like medication, physical therapy, and activity modification may be sufficient in managing knee pain. However, if nonsurgical treatment does not yield improvement or the knee arthritis is severe, knee replacement surgery may be an option.
During a knee replacement procedure, the damaged portions of the knee joint are removed and replaced with prosthetic components designed to mimic the function of a healthy knee. The prosthetics are made of metal, with a plastic spacer inserted in between to allow the joint to move easily.
Physical therapy is an important part of the recovery process, and will help to improve strength and function in the knee. In most cases, patients who undergo knee replacement surgery are able to return to normal activities with less pain and improved knee function.
Arthritis, fractures, or other injuries can lead to severe hip pain. Hip pain can interfere with everyday activities, making even simple tasks like walking or bending difficult or impossible. Nonsurgical treatment options like medication, physical therapy, and activity modification may be helpful for some patients. In other cases, where hip pain is severe and does not respond to nonsurgical treatment, hip replacement surgery may be an option.
During a hip replacement procedure, the damaged portions of the hip are removed and replaced with prosthetic components. Hip prosthetics are made of metal, with a plastic liner inserted between the two metal components to allow for ease of movement. The hip prosthetics mimic the function of a healthy hip.
Recovery from a hip replacement can take several weeks, but many patients who undergo hip replacements are able to return to normal daily activities with improved pain and function in the hip.
The shoulder is the most flexible joint in the body. While this is often an advantage, it also makes the shoulder more susceptible to different types of injuries. Some shoulder conditions and injuries can be successfully treated with nonsurgical methods. However, some injuries and conditions may require surgical intervention.
Arthroscopy may be used in some shoulder procedures. Arthroscopy can be beneficial during procedures to remove bone spurs, inflamed tissue, and loose cartilage. It may also be used to repair a torn labrum or rotator cuff, and can be helpful in diagnosing problems in the shoulder. Because arthroscopy can be performed through a much smaller incision than a traditional open procedure, recovery times are generally quicker.
If arthritis leads to severe pain and dysfunction in the shoulder and symptoms do not improve with less invasive treatment, shoulder replacement surgery may also be an option. During a shoulder replacement procedure, the damaged portions of the shoulder are replaced with prosthetic components designed to improve shoulder function.