Sports Medicine Surgery for the Hip, Knee, Ankle and Foot
Most people with sports injuries and other musculoskeletal conditions get better with nonsurgical treatment, such as physical therapy, injections and medications. However, if conservative treatment has not improved your symptoms, you may need surgery.
Orthopedic Sports Medicine Surgery for the Hip, Knee, Ankle and Foot
At the Memorial Sports Medicine Center, you will find:
- Highly skilled team: Our experienced, board-certified orthopedic surgeons have fellowship training, which is one year of additional training in specialties such as sports medicine and orthopedic trauma.
- Precise diagnosis: We use the latest imaging technologies to help diagnose injuries and conditions and guide treatment. We offer X-ray and mini-fluoroscopy (live X-ray, like a video) right in our office, and other imaging such as MRI and CT through Memorial Healthcare System.
- Advanced techniques: We perform advanced surgical and minimally invasive procedures whenever possible to treat injuries affecting the lower limbs.
- Outpatient surgery: We perform many procedures on an outpatient basis so you can go home the same day.
- Comprehensive services: As part of your treatment plan, we offer rehabilitation and physical therapy to help you quickly get back to the activities you enjoy.
We perform a wide range of minimally invasive and open surgical procedures. Minimally invasive procedures, such as arthroscopy, use small incisions and miniature instruments. Open surgery uses a large incision and may be necessary for more complex procedures. Surgeries we perform include:
Hip and thigh surgery
Our surgeons are among Broward County’s leading orthopedic surgeons for hip and thigh surgery. We have specific training and experience in repairing complex fractures, especially joint fractures and fractures in older adults.
Among the many hip and thigh procedures we offer are:
- Hip arthroscopy: The surgeon uses an arthroscope (thin instrument with a tiny camera) to view the hip joint on a video monitor and treat a variety of conditions.
- Hamstring tendon repair: Our surgeons repair partial and full-thickness hamstring tears using open surgical techniques, reattaching the hamstring tendons to the bone with suture anchors.
- Anterior hip replacement: Surgeons use a minimally invasive, muscle-sparing approach through the front (anterior) of the hip to replace a worn-out or injured joint. We use fluoroscopy during the surgery to ensure proper placement of the new hip joint and restore correct leg length. This image-guided anterior approach enables a faster recovery and improves your long-term results.
- Hip fracture repair: Surgeons use a minimally invasive surgical procedure to repair fractured hip bones, commonly seen in older adults as a result of osteoporosis. We repair fractures with hip pinning (inserting screws) or nailing (inserting a titanium rod and screws).
- Femur fracture repair: A complex fracture of the femur (thigh bone) may require surgery to repair. In femur fracture open reduction and internal fixation (ORIF), the surgeon performs minimally invasive or open surgery to align and reconnect the pieces of bone for proper healing. You may need screws, rods or other hardware to hold the bone pieces in place.
Read about the hip injuries and conditions we treat.
Our highly skilled orthopedic surgeons also specialize in arthroscopic and open surgical procedures to treat all types of knee injuries and conditions. We have particular experience in repairing and reconstructing complex knee injuries involving multiple ligaments.
Our sports medicine surgeons offer knee procedures that include:
- Knee arthroscopy: Minimally invasive arthroscopic surgery treats a wide variety of knee injuries and conditions.
- Knee ligament repair: Knee ligament tears are a common sports injury, especially in the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL). Surgeons use arthroscopic surgery to repair or reconstruct the torn ligament with a tissue graft from elsewhere in the body or a cadaver donor.
- Meniscus repair: The meniscus is a half-moon shaped flap of cartilage (rubbery pads of tissue) that cushions the femur and shinbone (tibia). Surgeons sometimes use arthroscopy to repair meniscus tears. The surgeon may stitch the torn pieces of cartilage back together or trim away torn fragments or unstable flaps of cartilage. This procedure is called a partial meniscectomy.
- Knee tendon repairs: The quadriceps (thigh muscle) and patellar (knee) tendons attach the patella (kneecap) to the upper and lower leg muscles. Complete or large partial tears in these tendons require open surgery to reattach them to the kneecap.
- Cartilage restoration and transplant: Articular cartilage covers the ends of bones where they meet in joints. Our surgeons use various arthroscopic procedures to restore or transplant articular cartilage:
- Bone marrow stimulation involves removing damaged cartilage and creating tiny holes in the bone surface. This procedure creates a healing response that stimulates new cartilage to grow. In some cases, we use stem cell technology to help grow new cartilage.
- Osteochondral graft transplant replaces both the articular cartilage and the underlying bone with tissue from elsewhere in the body or from a cadaver donor.
- Matrix-induced autologous chondrocyte implantation uses healthy cartilage cells from another part of the bone to restore cartilage. We first harvest the healthy cells and cultivate them in the lab. We then implant the cultivated cells in the damaged cartilage, where they help grow new cartilage.
- Transplant replaces damaged cartilage with a tissue graft, taken from either another area in the same joint, elsewhere in the body or a cadaver donor.
Find out more about the knee injuries and conditions we treat.
Foot, ankle and lower leg surgery
If you have an injury or fracture in your lower leg, ankle or foot, our surgeons treat it with procedures such as:
- Fracture repair: For complex fractures, you may need surgery to realign and connect the pieces of bone for proper healing. You may need screws, rods or other hardware to hold the bone pieces in place.
- Ankle ligament reconstruction: Repeated ankle sprains can cause ankle ligaments to weaken and loosen, causing instability in the joint. Lateral ankle ligament reconstruction is a minimally invasive procedure to tighten ankle ligaments by shortening and reattaching them to bones.
- Ankle fusion: This procedure helps reduce pain and inflammation caused by severe arthritis in the ankle. Surgeons use either minimally invasive or open surgical techniques to perform ankle fusion.
- Plantar fasciitis procedures: We offer two procedures to treat inflammation of the plantar fascia (ligament that connects the heel bone to the front of the foot). Our surgeons may perform them using either minimally invasive or open surgical techniques:
- Plantar fascia release: This procedure partially cuts the plantar fascia ligament to relieve strain.
- Gastrocnemius recession: Surgeons can lengthen the calf muscles to increase the ankle’s range of motion.
- Posterior tibial tendon surgery: This tendon attaches the calf muscle to bones along the inside of the foot and ankle. Posterior tibial tendonitis is often mistaken for plantar fasciitis because the tendon and plantar fascia ligament are close together and can cause similar symptoms. Posterior tibialis tendon surgery relieves pain and improves range of motion and walking.
Read about the foot and ankle injuries and conditions we treat.
Orthopedic Surgery for Joint Replacement
When you have joint pain, stiffness and swelling from arthritis or an injury that reduces your mobility, joint replacement can relieve your symptoms. At Memorial, our board-certified orthopedic surgeons have extensive experience in advanced techniques for hip and knee replacement. Learn more about our joint replacement procedures and services.
To schedule an appointment or learn more about sports medicine at Memorial, call 954-265-8326.