Essential knee terminology
Debridement search for term

Debridement means surgically removing excess or damaged soft tissue within the knee joint piece by piece.

Deep peroneal nerve search for term

The deep branch of the common peroneal nerve.

Deep vein thrombosis search for term

Deep vein thrombosis is a serious condition in which a clot occurs in the deep veins of the leg.

DeLee osteotomy search for term

A surgical procedure to improve the position of the patella when it has become too low.

DeNovo-NT search for term

A one-stage surgical procedure where minced cartilage ('Natural Tissue') taken during the surgical procedure, is glued into the defect using a fibrin glue.

Diagnostic arthroscopy search for term

Keyhole examination of the inside of the knee without actually performing any surgical procedures.

Dial test search for term

A test for the integrity of the posterolateral corner, where the patient lies on their tummy, knees bent to 90 degrees, and the surgeon 'dials' the feet outwards.

Disability search for term

A disability is a physical or mental impairment that prevents a person from achieving to full potential.

Discoid meniscus search for term

A discoid meniscus is an unusual meniscus, which is 'O' shaped, rather than 'C-shaped'.

Dislocation of the knee search for term

Knee injury where most or all of the ligaments of the knee become disrupted and the thighbone (femur) dislocates from the shinbone (tibia).

Dislocation of the patella search for term

This is when the kneecap (patella) comes right out of the groove in the thighbone (femoral groove) in which it normally rides.

Dorsum search for term

The upper surface.

Double varus search for term

Bow legs (varus alignment) together with deficiency of the lateral collateral ligament.

Double-bundle ACL graft search for term

ACL surgery using two bundles of graft material, to try to mimic the normal ligament.

Drive-thru sign search for term

An abnormally big space where the surgeon can 'drive thru' with the arthroscope to easily visualise the back of the knee joint.

Drop-out cast search for term

A drop-out cast is a splint for improving knee extension.

DVT search for term

Abbreviation for deep vein thrombosis.

Dysplasia search for term

Dysplasia means 'abnormal shape' so that a dysplastic body part is abnormal in shape

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