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Surgery for Sports Medicine Injuries

Our Sports Medicine Center surgeons are some of the most experienced in the country, performing more than 4,000 surgeries each year. We perform most surgeries on an outpatient basis, so you can start recovering comfortably in your own home on the day of the procedure.

Surgeons in Operating Room

Our team of surgeons offers a variety of treatments, including cartilage repair and restoration, and specializes in arthroscopic procedures.

We offer surgical treatments such as cartilage repair and restoration, including the following:

  • autologous chondrocyte implantation
  • biologic restoration
  • DeNovo® natural tissue implantation
  • matrix-induced autologous chondrocyte implantation (MACI)
  • meniscus transplantation
  • microfracture surgery
  • osteochondral allograft and autograft transplantation
  • stem cell treatment

“Both my surgeon and physical therapist promised me I would dance again no matter what. And they were right.”

—Manuela, Age 21; Read All Sports Medicine Patient Stories

Dr. Michael J. Alaia and Patient

Dr. Michael Alaia performed a hamstring graft on Manuela, a professional dancer who thought her dancing career was over. A year after surgery, she is dancing at least 18 hours a week.

Our surgeons also specialize in arthroscopic procedures, in which a small camera is inserted into a hip, shoulder, or knee joint to diagnose injury, remove bone or cartilage, or repair tendons and ligaments. These minimally invasive procedures include the following:

We also offer additional procedures to repair injuries to the knee, shoulder, elbow, hand, and other areas, including the following:

  • arthrocentesis, in which fluid build-up in the knee or shoulder is removed
  • capsular release of the shoulder
  • cruciate ligament surgery and reconstruction of the ACL, posterior cruciate ligament (PCL), lateral collateral ligament (LCL), and medial collateral ligament (MCL)—all types of knee tears
  • elbow ulnar collateral ligament reconstruction, also known as Tommy John surgery
  • knee osteotomy to ease arthritis pain
  • meniscectomy, which is the removal of painful, damaged cartilage in the knee joint
  • meniscus repair, including meniscus allograft transplantation
  • patellar instability surgery to put a dislocated kneecap back into place
  • pectoralis major repair for shoulder injuries most commonly seen in professional weight lifters
  • proximal hamstring repair
  • superior labral tear from anterior to posterior (SLAP) and labral repair of the shoulder
  • tendolysis to repair damaged hand or wrist tendons

Contact Us

To make an appointment at NYU Langone’s Sports Medicine Center, please call 646-501-7223.