ACL Injury

The bone structure of the knee joint is formed by the femur, the tibia, and the patella. The ACL is one of the four main ligaments within the knee that connect the femur to the tibia.

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Rotator Cuff Tears

There are a few options for repairing rotator cuff tears. Advancements in surgical techniques for rotator cuff repair include less invasive procedures. Talk to an orthopaedic surgeon to decide what option is best for you.

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Understanding Meniscus Tears

Menisci tear in different ways. Tears are noted by how they look, as well as where the tear occurs in the meniscus. Common tears include longitudinal, parrot-beak, flap, bucket handle, and mixed/complex.

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Phoenix, AZ Orthopaedic Surgery

Arizona Performance Sports Medicine & Orthopaedics is committed to providing the highest quality orthopaedic care possible.

We are pleased to have you as a patient. If you have any questions, always feel free to contact our office and we will assist you in any way possible.

Dr. Meszaros keeps current on the newest advances in orthopaedic care including the following procedures and services:

Shoulder Surgery

Arthroscopic Shoulder Surgery – Arthroscopic surgery allows the doctor to perform surgery through a much smaller incision than is used in traditional open surgery by inserting a small camera called an arthroscope into the joint. The benefit of using a minimally invasive procedure is that the operation is less painful and that patients have a quicker recovery time. Shoulder arthroscopy may be recommended for removal of bone spurs, inflamed tissue, or loose cartilage, or to repair the labrum, rotator cuff, or ligaments.

Arthroscopic Rotator Cuff Repair – During an arthroscopic rotator cuff repair, Dr. Mezaros inserts an arthroscope into the shoulder joint, allowing him to see the inside of the joint on a monitor. He will use small instruments to repair the rotator cuff. Arthroscopic surgery is the least invasive way to repair a rotator cuff and can often be performed as an outpatient procedure.

Arthroscopic Shoulder Stabilization/Reconstruction – If shoulder dislocation becomes a recurring problem, surgery can be done arthroscopically to repair or tighten the ligaments supporting the shoulder to help hold the joint in place.

Arthroscopic SLAP/Labral Repairs – The labrum that lines the inside of the shoulder joint may tear due to trauma or repetitive motion. Specifically, a SLAP (Superior Labrum Anterior and Posterior) tear refers to a tear at the top of the labrum where the biceps tendon is attached. Repairs can typically be done arthroscopically. Using the arthroscope, your surgeon will determine the best way to repair the injury, either removing the torn part of the labrum, or reattaching the torn labrum using stitches.

Knee Surgery

Arthroscopic Knee Surgery – Doctors typically use knee arthroscopy to remove torn meniscal cartilage, loose fragments of bone or cartilage, or inflamed synovial tissue, to reconstruct a torn ACL, or to trim torn pieces of articular cartilage.

Meniscal Surgery – Arthroscopy is commonly used to repair or trim meniscal tears. Arthroscopy allows the doctor to perform surgery through a few small incisions. Since incisions are smaller, recovery time is typically quicker than with open surgery.

ACL Reconstruction – Because most ACL (Anterior Cruciate Ligament) tears cannot be stitched back together, your surgeon will likely have to reconstruct the ligament. Your doctor will replace the torn ligament with a tissue graft, typically taken from the patellar tendon or hamstring tendon, to act as a foundation for the new ligament.

PCL Reconstruction – Surgical reconstruction for a PCL tear is generally only recommended for grade III PCL tears that have not responded to nonsurgical treatment, or PCL tears that are combined with injuries to other knee ligaments. During a PCL reconstruction, the torn ligament is replaced with a tissue graft from another tendon.

Complex Knee Ligament Reconstruction – Complex knee ligament reconstruction involves surgically repairing tears in one or more of the main ligaments in the knee: the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL), posterior cruciate ligament (PCL), medial collateral ligament (MCL), and lateral collateral ligament (LCL). Athletes often injure these ligaments because these ligaments help control joint movement, so constant use makes them more prone to injury.

Cartilage Knee Replacement (Carticel) – Carticel is the first and only FDA-approved product that uses a patient's own cells to repair injuries to the articular cartilage in the knee. It is implanted in a procedure called autologous chondrocyte implantation (ACI). The cells implanted during the procedure can form new cartilage with similar properties to normal cartilage and help restore knee function.

Other Sports Medicine Conditions and Surgeries

Sports Related Ankle and Elbow Injuries – Ankle sprains, injuries to the Achilles tendons, and stress fractures are common ankle injuries in athletes. Stress fractures in the elbow are also common among throwing athletes, as are injuries to the ulnar collateral ligament (UCL) in the elbow, while tennis elbow is common among athletes who play racquet sports.

Common Fractures – Athletes commonly fracture their wrists, hands, collarbones, and ankle and foot bones. The repetitive movements of sports make athletes more susceptible to tiny cracks in the bone called stress fractures.

Hip Arthroscopy – Doctors typically employ arthroscopy to repair damage to the labrum, articular cartilage, or other soft tissues in the hip. Using the arthroscope, Dr. Mezaros can see inside the joint to determine what is damaged, and can insert the operating instruments through a small incision to smooth or repair torn cartilage, trim bone spurs, or remove inflamed synovial tissue.

Ankle Arthroscopy – Your doctor can use an arthroscope to see inside the ankle and determine the cause of a patient's pain. Arthroscopy is also used to remove loose bone or cartilage and inflamed synovium (joint lining) in the ankle.

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