What Are Common Surgical Sports Medicine Procedures?

Our experienced, New York orthopedic sports surgeons explain your options

Severe sports injuries often require surgery, but knowing which sports injury treatment option is right for you might not be clear. That’s why it’s critical that you have an experienced, sports medicine doctor familiar with different sports injuries examine you and diagnose exactly what’s wrong. That way, you can get the treatment you need to get your life back on track.

Our board-certified, New York orthopedic sports surgeons at Island Musculoskeletal Care (IMC Bone Doc) can help you every step of the way – from diagnosing your injury to operating on you and every step in between. We know what to do because our doctors have more than 100 years of combined medical experience dealing with sports injuries.

We also realize that surgery is often just one step on your long road to recovery. After your surgery, you may still be in pain during your recovery. Our doctors have extensive experience with pain management and can prescribe pain medication in order to help make your recovery more comfortable.

What type of surgical procedure do you need for your sports injury?

Surgical procedures for sports-related injuries can cover a wide range. Some of the most common procedures our surgeons perform at IMC Bone Doc include:

These are just some of the surgical procedures our doctors often perform in response to serious sports injuries. One thing we never do is take a one-size-fits-all approach to sports injuries. As your doctor, we will take the time to diagnose exactly what’s wrong with you. We will then explain all the options available to you, which may or may not include surgery.

After surgery, you may need physical therapy as part of your recovery. Our knowledgeable staff can be there for you then, as well. That’s because each one of our seven New York offices has a licensed physical therapist on staff. Whenever possible, we will do everything we can to make sure you receive all your medical care at one, convenient location.

Find out if surgery is right for your sports injury. Make an appointment with us.

Learn more about how our doctors can help you with your sports injury. Contact us and schedule an appointment at IMC Bone Doc. You can make your doctor’s appointment online or simply call us.

Many of our New York orthopedic sports surgeons have immediate appointments available the same day at our seven office locations. Since our clinic is in-network and we accept most forms of insurance, all of your medical bills may be covered by your health insurance. Your interests come first at IMC Bone Doc.

What is total knee replacement (TKR) surgery?

As the name suggests, total knee replacement (TKR) surgery involves replacing the entire knee joint with artificial parts. TKR surgery is common for athletes who sustain a direct, hard blow to the knee or blow out the knee while skiing, playing basketball or another high-impact sport.

Depending on your physical fitness level, age and future athletic plans, TKR surgery may be the right approach for you. It is important to fully understand the benefits of TKR surgery before undergoing this surgical procedure. That’s why we want to meet with you and discuss whether total knee replacement surgery is right for your sports injury.

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What is arthroscopic knee surgery?

Arthroscopic knee surgery involves making two or three small incisions in the knee. A narrow tube (known as an arthroscope) which contains a small camera is then inserted into one of the incisions. Small, surgical instruments are then inserted into the incisions in order to operate on the knee and repair damage to tendons, ligaments or muscles.

A less invasive form of knee surgery, arthroscopic surgery is often used to treat knee injuries in which all or part of the original knee can remain in place. In addition, the recovery time can be less than other, more invasive forms of surgery. That’s why some younger, more active adults – especially athletes – choose arthroscopic knee surgery when possible.

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What is torn meniscus repair surgery?

The meniscus is the large piece of cartilage located on top of the shin bone (tibia). This important piece of cartilage can often tear during athletic activities, including sports which involve a lot of twisting and flexing of the knee. These sports include skiing, basketball, tennis and other sports which involve stopping and starting quickly.

Torn meniscus repair surgery is exactly what it sounds like. One of our experienced, orthopedic knee surgeons can repair damage in the knee using a wide range of surgical procedures. Depending on the severity of your injury, we can completely rebuild your knee or simply replace specific damaged parts in the knee with artificial components.

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What is total hip replacement surgery?

A hard blow to your hip can result in a serious hip injury or hip fracture. When it comes to sports injuries involving the hip, contact sports, like football, can result in fractured hip. So can sports like downhill skiing or even soccer or basketball, depending on how someone falls and hits the ground or floor.

If the hip injury is severe enough, total hip replacement (THR) surgery may be the best and most effective option. The only way you will know for sure if THR surgery is right for you is if you have one of our orthopedic hip surgeons examine you. In particular, each one of our offices is equipped with an MRI machine, which we can use to examine your hip and determine the severity of your hip injury.

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What is arthroscopic hip surgery?

Hip surgery can be a complicated and invasive form of surgery with a long recovery time. That’s why many people decide to undergo arthroscopic hip surgery, especially after they sustain a sports-related injury.

Arthroscopic hip surgery involves making several small incisions in the hip area. The surgeon then inserts a microscopic camera into one of the incisions in order to get a better view of the damaged area in the hip. Small surgical instruments are then inserted into the other small incisions in order to operate and repair damage to the hip.

Athletes often require hip surgery for many different reasons. Sometimes, they fall and fracture their hip. Other times, they damage their hip due to repeated wear and tear. Whatever the cause of your hip injury, our sports medicine hip surgeons can help you decide if arthroscopic hip surgery is right for you.

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What is tennis elbow surgery?

Tennis players aren’t the only ones who sometimes need tennis elbow surgery. Other athletes sometimes need this surgical procedure designed to repair tendon damage in the elbow caused by overuse and repetitive movements.

Tennis elbow surgery often involves arthroscopic surgery, in which small incisions are made near the elbow. A microscopic camera is inserted into one incision. Small surgical instruments are inserted into the other incisions.

Other times, open surgery may be the best option for repairing tendon damaged due to tennis elbow. This surgical procedure involves cutting above the bone near the elbow, removed the damaged tendon and reattaching the healthy part of the tendon to the bone.

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What is wrist arthroscopic surgery?

Sports-related wrist injuries often occur one of two ways. Often, athletes injure their wrists by falling on them while playing a sport. (Picture a football player or soccer player falling on their wrist and fracturing the bone.) Other times, athletes may hurt their wrists over time due to wear and tear. (Tennis players who injure their wrists due to wear and tear are common.)

When this happens, arthroscopic wrist surgery may be the best way to repair wrist damage caused by athletic activity. Like other types of arthroscopic surgery, wrist arthroscopic surgery involves making several small incisions near the injured part of the wrist. A microscopic camera is inserted in one incision. Small, surgical instruments are inserted in the other incisions.

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What is shoulder joint replacement surgery?

Sometimes, rest and relaxation are the best ways to recovery from a shoulder injury sustained while playing sports. This is especially true for muscle strains, dislocated shoulders and shoulder misalignment injuries due to engaging in athletic activities like tennis, football, basketball or baseball.

Sometimes shoulder injuries due to sports can be very serious, however. In these circumstances, the entire shoulder joint may need to be replaced with artificial shoulder parts due to a serious shoulder injury. Our orthopedic shoulder surgeons can examine you and help you decide if shoulder surgery is the best approach for treating your sports-related shoulder injury.

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What is ankle joint replacement surgery?

Serious ankle injuries sustained while playing sports are common. Some ankle injuries are minor, like sprained ankles. Other ankle injuries can be much more serious and may require surgery and possibly even replacing the entire injured ankle.

When it comes to sports, ankle joint replacement surgery may be necessary if you fractured or shattered the bones in your ankle while playing football, basketball, soccer or another high-impact sport. Other times, you may have torn the tendons or ligaments in your ankle due to twisting or turning too fast, or simply due to long-term wear and tear.

Whatever the circumstances of your sports-related ankle injury, it’s important that you have an experienced orthopedic ankle surgeon examine you and help you decide whether ankle joint replacement is right for your sports-related ankle injury.

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What is foot reconstruction surgery?

Foot injuries caused by sports injuries can be severe. Sometimes, bones in the foot can get broken or fractured due to being crushed or damaged while playing a sport. For example, you could fracture the bones in your foot if another player steps on your foot while playing soccer, basketball, football or another contact sport. Other times, the ligaments or tendons in the foot become injured or damaged over time due to constant wear and tear.

There are many different kinds of foot reconstruction surgery. Sometimes, these surgical procedures are minor – such as repairing minor damage to tendons or ligaments in the foot. Other times, foot reconstruction surgery can be complicated and involve repairing or replacing multiple bone fractures in the foot.

Whatever the circumstances of your foot injury, our experienced, orthopedic foot surgeons at IMC Bone Doc want to help you get back on your feet and back to living the active lifestyle you’re probably used to as an athlete.

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What is spinal cord surgery?

Damage to the spinal cord caused by sports-related injuries can often be severe. In contact sports like football, players can sever or damage their spinal cord while being tackled or thrown to the ground. Other high-impact sports which frequently result in spinal cord injuries include downhill skiing, hockey, soccer and basketball. However, in some cases, spinal cord injuries made be due to long-term wear and tear on the spine.

In either case, spinal cord surgery may be the best way to repair the damage to your spine sustained in a sports injury accident. You won’t know for sure until you have an experienced, orthopedic spine surgeon examine you and determine exactly what’s wrong. That’s why we want to meet with you at IMC Bone Doc right away. We have the knowledge and the expertise you need to repair your damaged spine. Immediate appointments are available.

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