V-Mart has first of two surgeries on left knee
DETROIT -- An update on the Victor Martinez injury reveals that he has more damage to his left knee than previously thought and will end up having two surgeries to repair the damage from his workout accident. But the added procedure shouldn't affect his timetable for returning next season.
After getting a second opinion from noted specialist Dr. Richard Steadman, Martinez underwent microfracture surgery and meniscus repairs last Friday and is awaiting reconstructive surgery on his anterior cruciate ligament. He's still expected to miss the upcoming season, but he should be ready for Spring Training next year.
It's worse than the original diagnosis, but it's not really a surprise. According to multiple sources, it's also not as bad as it sounds. Essentially, the surgeries will get everything repaired around the same time.
Martinez blew out his left ACL little more than two weeks ago, when his right foot slipped during an agility drill. According to Tigers head athletic trainer Kevin Rand, the impact of the fall also caused damage to his medial and lateral meniscus. He also suffered a chondral defect, which Rand compared to a divot on the end of one of the bones in the joint.
"When he tore his ACL, he had some collateral damage," Rand said.
That isn't unusual. Will Carroll, who writes about sports injuries for SI.com, said it's very rare for ACL injuries to not include other damage. He compared the microfracture surgery to fixing the shocks on a car ahead of the other work.
Dr. Victor Khabie, chief of sports medicine at Northern Westchester Hospital in New York, agreed.
"When you tear your ACL, it's not uncommon to also tear some meniscus," Dr. Khabie said in a phone conversation. "What's a little unusual is the microfracture. That's not totally unusual. That just signifies a more severe injury than meets the eye. ...
"A lot of athletes will get microfractures along with the ACLs. It just doesn't get the attention."
If the divot analogy sounds familiar, Victor Martinez injury is the same type of injury that former Tiger Carlos Guillen suffered when Brett Gardner slid into his knee in August 2010. That, too, required microfracture surgery, albeit from a different surgeon. The relatively new procedure promotes healing by creating small fractures around the injury, promoting the creation of cartilage to cushion the bone.
If you are suffering from a sport injury similar to the Victor Martinez injury described, give our Orthopedic and Spine Institute a call at 914.666.1499 to schedule a consultation.
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