Sport Medicine Surgical Treatments
If your condition requires surgery, Mount Sinai offers a range of options, including advanced arthroscopic procedures. Our skilled orthopedic surgeons are experienced in this minimally invasive technique, which we perform by inserting a tiny camera and surgical instruments through small incisions to the injured area.
Some of the procedures that we perform regularly are:
- Rotator cuff surgery. The rotator cuff is a group of four muscles and tendons that connect the arm to the shoulder. A traumatic injury, repetitive movements, or the wear and tear due to age can damage these tissues. The damage can cause pain and make daily activities difficult. In addition, calcium deposits may form on tendons, and can be a source of severe shoulder pain. Our surgeons can remove damaged tissue and calcium deposits, and repair a torn rotator cuff by reattaching the tendon using arthroscopic surgery.
- Labral repairs (including SLAP tears). The labrum is a ring of cartilage surrounding the shoulder joint socket. A superior labrum anterior and posterior (SLAP) injury involves damage to the top part of the labrum. Depending on the nature of the injury, we may perform arthroscopic surgery to remove or reattach the torn part of the labrum.
- Shoulder stabilization after dislocation. The labrum may be damaged with a shoulder dislocation. We can surgically reattach the labrum and properly position it to stabilize your shoulder.
- Hip arthroscopy. We may use this procedure to treat conditions such as hip labral tears—a tear in the soft tissue that rims the joint socket (or femoroacetabular impingement) abnormally shaped hip bones that rub together and damage the joint. Minimally invasive surgery can be performed to smooth or repair torn cartilage or trim excess bone.
- Meniscal repairs. The meniscus is a C-shaped cushion of cartilage in the knee that can tear as a result of injury or aging. Surgery can remove the damaged portion of the meniscus, which prevents rough edges from irritating the joint, or to repair the torn edges of the meniscus with sutures.
- Anatomic anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) reconstruction. A torn ACL can result in knee instability or arthritis. Surgeons can repair an injured ACL of the knee by replacing the damaged tissue with healthy tissue grafted from a part of your body near your knee.
- Osteotomy of the knee. During this procedure, the surgeon removes or adds a small section of bone to either the upper shinbone or lower thigh bone to help decrease pressure on the damaged part of your knee joint. We typically use this procedure if you are too young for a total joint replacement.
- Treatment of knee cap (patellofemoral) disorders. We may restore the stability of your knee using soft tissue or bony procedures.
- Repair or reconstruction of quadriceps and patellar tendon. The quadriceps tendon and patellar tendon work with the thigh muscles to straighten the leg. Sports involving running and jumping commonly tear these tissues. Surgical repair involves reattaching the tendon to the kneecap on partial or complete tears.