Conditions & Treatments

Sports Injuries and Arthroscopy

Orange County athletes suffering from sports injuries are in good hands with Dr. Scott Graham, Dr. Nimish Kadakia, and Dr. Christopher Veneziano at South County Orthopedic Specialists (SCOS).

All are Fellowship Trained Sports Medicine specialists who are adept at the intricacies of treating traumatic sports injuries and getting athletes back on their feet and back in the game. As part of the team of orthopedic specialists at South County Orthopedic Specialists with offices in Irvine, Fountain Valley and Laguna Woods, SCOS offers full-service comprehensive orthopedic care for all of your bone and joint needs.

What is Arthroscopy?

Arthroscopy is a minimally invasive surgical procedure to examine the interior of a joint using an arthroscope, a thin fiber optic camera that allows a surgeon to see inside the joint. It magnifies and transmits images to a video screen so the surgeon can diagnose, and treat the injury.  The surgery requires a small incision typically under general anesthesia, in an outpatient surgery center, and most patients go home within an hour or two after the surgery. Athletes can often return to their sports within a few weeks.

The advantages of arthroscopy include the ability to make an accurate diagnosis, and repair most damage in the affected area.  Arthroscopy benefits over open surgery include:

  • small incisions
  • minimal soft tissue trauma and therefore less pain
  • faster recovery
  • reduced scaring, and
  • earlier mobilization to regain pain-free motion and joint mobility through rehabilitation and physical therapy. Research shows that early movement of the joint promotes healing and leads to better outcomes.

It is valuable for many sports injuries that affect the knee, shoulder, hip and ankle.

Knee Injuries that can be treated with arthroscopy include

  • Meniscus tears
  • ACL repair
  • Cartilage Damage
  • Ligament Tears
  • Loose bodies in the knee

Shoulder Injuries that can be treated with arthroscopy include

  • Rotator Cuff tears
  • Labral tears including SLAP tears and Bankart tears
  • Cartilage Damage
  • Ligament Tears
  • Bursitis and Impingement
  • AC joint arthritis
  • AC joint separations
  • Loose bodies in the shoulder
  • Small fractures in the shoulder joint

At South County Orthopedic Specialists (SCOS), Dr. Scott Graham, MD and Dr. Nimish Kadakia, MD and Dr. Christopher Veneziano, MD specialize in ligament reconstruction, arthroscopy, and cartilage restoration. They offer advanced and minimally invasive care for all sports injuries. Each has received subspecialty certification in orthopedic sports medicine. This certification means that our physicians are only a few Sports Medicine Orthopedic Surgeons who have achieved the highest level of proficiency in Sports Medicine as defined by the American Board of Orthopedic Surgery.

Dr. Kadakia is himself an active triathlete and cyclist. Dr. Graham is also an athlete, and worked with the LA Lakers, Anaheim Angles, Cleveland Browns, Cleveland Cavaliers and the WNBA’s Cleveland Rockers. Dr. Graham is currently the team physician for the LA Kiss.  Dr. Veneziano has worked with the New York Rangers and the Washington Redskins, as well as college athletes.

Our South County Orthopedic Specialists Sports Medicine physicians have a passion for athletics and compassion for athletes suffering from sports injuries, and their desire to return to their chosen sports. They treat children and adults with sports injuries including tendon and ligament tears, overuse injuries, fractures, arthritis and deformities.

When your favorite athlete gets injured, call SCOS to see Dr. Graham, Dr. Kadakia or Dr. Veneziano at (949) 586-3200.  SCOS offers On-call coverage 24/7, including weekends and holidays.

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