Surgery for sports injuries largely depends on the type and severity of the injury, as well as the age of the patient. Sports injuries can occur during contact sports like rugby and hockey and non-contact sports like volleyball, cricket, tennis and golf, and may include fractures, dislocations, breaks or injuries to ligaments, menisci, cartilage and tendons.
Surgeries that are often done for sports-injuries of the hip, knees and lower limb include:
- Hip – repair of the labrum of the hip, hip dislocations or femoroacetablar impingement.
- Knee - repair of ligaments such as the ACL, PCL, patellar tendons, dislocations of the knee and the menisci in the knee.
- Lower limb – fractures and stress fractures
Surgeries commonly done for sports-injuries are arthroscopic as these surgeries are less invasive and prevent the disturbance of healthy structures in the joints, ensuring athletes can recover with as little pain and discomfort as possible.