15 Orthopedic and Spine Surgeries for Professional Athletes

Orthopedic Sports Medicine

Here are 15 orthopedic and spine surgeries for professional athletes performed by leading orthopedic and spine surgeons. Shoulder surgeon at Hospital for Special Surgery in New York City David Altchek, MD, recently performed ulnar collateral ligament repair on Cleveland Indians pitcher Carlos Carrasco. Mr. Carrasco will be out for the next season and is likely to return to the mound in 2013.

Dr. Altchek also performed UCL repair on Minnesota Twins pitcher Kyle Gibson, who failed to respond to conservative treatment. He will also be out of play for most of the 2012 season.

Founder of Andrews Institute for Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine in Gulf Breeze, Fla., James Andrews, MD, performed shoulder surgery on New York Yankees relief pitcher Pedro Feliciano. Mr. Feliciano suffered the injury during spring training and was unable to manage the pain conservatively. The surgery will keep him put of play for most of the 2012 season.

Dr. Andrews also performed arthroscopic knee surgery for Tennessee Titans defensive end Derrick Morgan. Dr. Andrews previously performed ACL surgery on Mr. Morgan, who decided to undergo the second procedure after ongoing soreness plagued him during the NFL preseason.

Dr. Andrews also performed shoulder surgery on Marlins short stop Hanley Ramirez. Mr. Ramirez expects to return to play at the beginning of the 2012 season.

Chief of spine services at Hospital for Special Surgery in New York City Frank Cammisa, MD, recently performed a single-level spinal fusion for Green Bay Packers safety Nick Collins. Mr. Collins suffered a ruptured disc, which was removed by Dr. Cammisa. The injury may be career-ending for Mr. Collins.

Team physician for the Atlanta Braves Xavier Durlande, MD, performed arthroscopic shoulder surgery on Braves relief pitcher Peter Moylan. Mr. Moylan was diagnosed with rotator cuff tears in January and recently decided to undergo surgery. His recovery is expected to take six months.

Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Jonathan Broxton recently underwent elbow surgery performed by Neal ElAttrache, MD, an orthopedic surgeon at Kerlan-Jobe Orthopaedic Institute. Dr. ElAttrache performed a minor procedure to remove bone spurs and loose bodies from Mr. Broxton's right elbow. Mr. Broxton is now beginning his rehabilitation program.

Dr. ElAttrache also performed knee surgery on Dodgers right fielder Andre Ethier. The season-ending procedure was performed last month and Mr. Either is expected to return to play for the 2012 season.

Team physician for the New England Revolution professional soccer team Scott Martin, MD, recently performed shoulder surgery on Revolution midfielder Stephen McCarthy. Dr. Martin performed an arthroscopic labrum repair of Mr. McCarthy's left shoulder. Mr. McCarthy expects to return to play for the 2012 season.

Green Bay Packers defensive end Mike Neal recently received arthroscopic surgery on his left knee from team physician Pat McKenzie, MD. Mr. Neal injured his knee in August and decided to undergo the procedure when his knee continued swelling. Dr. McKenzie successfully removed the damaged cartilage and Mr. Neal hopes to return to play by the end of October.

Marc Philippon, MD, an orthopedic surgeon at The Steadman Clinic in Vail, Colo., recently performed hip surgery on women's professional basketball player Sue Bird. Ms. Bird is a guard for the Seattle Storm and played the bulk of her season with an injured hip before deciding on surgery. She expects to return-to-play by December.

Dr. Philippon also performed hip surgery on professional hockey player Ryan Kesler. Mr. Kesler is a member of the Vancouver Canucks and is currently in the middle of his 10-12 week recovery period before returning to play.

The Steadman Clinic founder Richard Steadman, MD, performed arthroscopic knee surgery on Cleveland Indians center fielder Grady Sizemore. This is the fourth surgery and second knee procedure for Mr. Sizemore in as many years. However, the most recent arthroscopic procedure was much less invasive than the first and Mr. Sizemore hopes to return to play for spring training next year.

Father-son spine surgeon team Robert Watkins Sr., MD, and Robert Watkins Jr., MD, performed a single-level anterior cervical fusion on Indianapolis Colts quarterback Peyton Manning. Mr. Manning didn't respond to alternative treatment and is now recovering from the procedure.

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