Kenneth J. Koval MD


Hamstring Graft for Anterior Cruciate Ligament Repair

For anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) surgery, the replacement graft can be harvested from up to three tendons. The surgeon uses part of the tendon from the semitendinosus muscle and part of the tendon from the gracilis muscle. The graft is pulled through tunnels that were drilled in the upper and lower leg bones. Then…

Hip Bursitis or Tendon Injury: Preventing Pain

Bursitis or a tendon injury ( tendinopathy ) can cause pain at the side of your hip when you rise from a chair and take your first few steps, climb stairs, drive, or lie down with direct pressure on the side of the hip. See a picture of bursitis of the hip . To prevent and ease hip pain during work, play, or daily…

Calcific Tendinitis

Calcific tendinitis (also called calcific tendinopathy) occurs when calcium builds up in the tendons. Tissue tears and natural tissue breakdown (degenerative changes) increase the chance of these deposits. Calcific tendinitis is most common in the shoulders. But it may occur in the elbows, wrists, hands, hips, knees, or…

Baker’s Cyst

A Baker’s cyst is a pocket of joint fluid that forms a lump behind the knee. It is also called a popliteal cyst.