Treating the Knees, Elbows, Shoulders of Athletes of All Ages
Dr. Gehrmann specializes in the treatment of a variety of orthopaedic conditions and performs several critical orthopedic procedures.
Minimally Invasive Arthroscopic Surgery
Arthroscopic Surgery involves the use of small incisions, along with specialized cameras and equipment, to perform many different types of surgery throughout the body. The goal is for reduced healing times and pain to help you return back to your normal lifestyle as quickly and safely as possible.
Dr. Gehrmann has been performing arthroscopic surgery of the knee, shoulder, elbow and ankle for over 20 years. He serves on the faculty for the Arthroscopy Association of North America where he functions as a Master instructor helping other Orthopaedic Surgeons hone their skills.
Adult and Pediatric Ligament Reconstruction
Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) injuries are very common, and with participation in organized sports starting at younger ages, children are often sustaining injuries to their knee ligaments as well. Reconstruction is sometimes necessary, even in young children. We have a great deal of experience in reconstruction of the ACL in both adults and children. Using specialized techniques it is possible to reconstruct the ACL without injuring the growth plates of a child, allowing them to successfully return to normal activities without causing further damage to their knees.
Cartilage is the material that covers the ends of our bones to form joints. Because cartilage tissue does not have a blood supply, it has very limited natural healing potential. When an injury occurs to the cartilage it can be very debilitating, causing pain, catching and locking. If left alone, injuries often increase in size and can eventually become so large that a joint replacement becomes necessary. We have extensive experience in cartilage transplantation using the body's own cartilage, as well as tissue from donor cartilage for very large defects. The goal is to provide a biologic solution that will restore the joint back to normal without the use of metallic or man made implants.
Complex Shoulder Reconstruction
In cases where the cartilage has worn away in the shoulder joint, causing severe pain from arthritis, it is sometimes necessary to perform a Total Shoulder Replacement. Depending on the reason for the arthritis, some patients may need a specialized replacement called a Reverse Total Shoulder replacement. Both are excellent options for restoring patients function while reducing their pain.