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Sports and Soft Tissue Trauma

Our orthopaedic specialists treat a wide range of soft tissue trauma to the knee, shoulder and hip. When surgery is needed, we are often able to perform arthroscopic (minimally invasive) procedures. This surgery is performed through small incisions, using an arthroscope (camera) to visualize the structures within. Arthroscopic procedures are often done on an outpatient basis.

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Sports-related conditions we treat include:

  • Rupture of the Achilles tendon
  • Rupture of the quadriceps tendon
  • Rupture of the patella tendon
  • Tear of the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL)

The Achilles tendon connects the calf muscle to the heel bone. The quadriceps tendon and patellar tendon (or patellar ligament) are parts of the extensor mechanism of the knee, which allows us to straighten our knee or perform a kicking motion. Usually patients who experience this injury fall on to a partially bent knee. When the quadriceps muscle contracts to break the fall, the quadriceps tendon or patellar tendon cannot withstand the force and ruptures.

The anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) is one of the major stabilizing ligaments in the knee. A torn ACL does not heal on its own, and often leads to the feeling of instability in the knee.

Other conditions we treat include:

  • Cartilage injuries
  • Labral tears
  • Internal/External snapping hip
  • Trochanteric bursitis
  • Subluxations/dislocations
  • Gluteus medius/minimus tears
  • Rotator cuff tears
  • Labral tears
  • Instability/chronic dislocation
  • Ligament reconstruction (ACL/MCL/Posterolateral corner)
  • Meniscal tears
  • Chondral defects
  • Shoulder fracture/dislocation
  • Achilles tendon ruptures
  • Patellar tendon ruptures
  • Knee dislocation


We use MRI, CT and x-rays, along with a clinical exam, to make an accurate diagnosis.


Below are examples of some of the many treatment options we provide:
Achilles Tendon

Treatment for an Achilles tendon that has completely ruptured may include surgery requiring a small incision to reattach the tendon, followed by splinting, or splinting alone.

Quadriceps and Patella Tendons

Quadriceps tendon and patella tendon ruptures require an open surgery in which suture anchors are placed in the kneecap, allowing for the tendon to be reattached to its anatomic insertion.

Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL)

ACL reconstruction is an arthroscopically assisted procedure where a graft is either harvested during the procedure (autograft) or an allograft is used to replace the torn ACL. Common autografts used are the patella tendon or hamstring tendons whereas the common allografts used are the achilles tendon or tibialis anterior tendon.


Repair of a torn meniscus, a wedge-like rubbery cushion located where the major bones of the leg connect, may be performed arthoscopically to trim off damaged pieces of cartilage. The medial meniscus is found on the inside of the knee, where the lateral meniscus is located on the outside of the knee. When possible, the meniscus is repaired.

Rotator Cuff

Rotator cuff tears are treated according to the size, location and chronicity of the tear. A partial tear may not require a repair, but a simple debridement (trimming) of torn tissue. A complete tear requires reattaching the torn tendon back to the humerus. (arm bone). This is typically done with suture anchors, where an anchor is placed in the bone and the suture attached to the anchor is then looped around the torn edge of the tendon. The tendon is then positioned back to the bone and tied in place.

Both debridements and repairs are typically done arthroscopically. However, for very large rotator cuff tears, an open incision may be required for optimal visualization.


Orthopedic Surgery, NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell
(212) 746-4500
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