Knicks guard, J.R. Smith, underwent an arthroscopic repair of his lateral meniscus, along with repair of his patellar tendon. Smith, a winner of the Sixth Man of the Year award, was key in the Knicks playoffs, but then started having problems in the post season. He now will be out for 12 to 16 weeks before he can return to playing.

The experts at the Knee Surgery Center of Excellence are leaders in the field of sports medicine and various knee problems. Our Los Angeles-based team of expert orthopedic surgeons specializes in a variety of minimally invasive knee procedures, including meniscus repair, patellar tendon surgery, ACL repair and revisional knee surgery. To schedule a consultation with one of our expert orthopedic surgeons, call us at (888) 429-6865.

Torn Meniscus

One of the most common injuries to the knee joint is a tear in the meniscus. The meniscus acts to cushion the knee joint, but is easily injured when the knee is in the bent position and is twisted. These types of injuries happen regularly with athletes and other individuals, and it is not uncommon for an athlete to continue playing after tearing his or her meniscus. The meniscus has two separate regions: the inner two thirds of the meniscus are rich in blood supply, while the outer third is not. If the tear occurs in the area with good blood supply, then it is possible for the meniscus to heal on its own with rest and ice. Unfortunately, not all meniscus tears can heal naturally and some require surgery

Patellar Tendon Tear

The patellar tendon connects the shin and the kneecap, allowing them to straighten. This tendon is injured commonly in athletes who perform repetitive jumping or when someone jumps and lands on a twisted knee. Unlike the meniscus, which has the potential to heal on its own (depending on the tear), the patellar tendon usually requires surgery to repair. In some cases, surgical procedures in the form of traditional incision or an arthroscopic technique may be required to treat the injury.

Knee Arthroscopy

During knee arthroscopy you will be placed under general anesthesia, so you won’t feel any discomfort. In this outpatient, minimally invasive knee surgery, several small incisions will be made around the knee to allow for small tools and a video camera to be inserted into the knee joint. While inside the knee cavity, the orthopedic surgeon will be able to repair the torn meniscus and, depending on the type of tear to the meniscus, the surgeon may trim it or anchor and suture it back together. The entirety of the procedure takes place on a screen that magnifies the area for the orthopedic surgeon, so he or she can more easily and accurately repair the tissue.

Contact a Los Angeles Knee Surgeon

The Knee Surgery Center of Excellence in Los Angeles specializes in a variety of minimally invasive techniques for knee repair, meniscus repair, and revisional knee surgery. For more information about our expert orthopedic surgeons, knee arthroscopy or to schedule a consultation, please don’t hesitate to contact The Knee Surgery Center of Excellence at (888) 429-6865.

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