Reconstructive Sports Surgery Specialist in NJ

Some injuries require our orthopedic surgeons to perform reconstructive sports surgery.  This means rebuilding or repairing a part of the body, with other tissue grafts or absorbable sutures into the tissue. Reconstructive or surgery for repairs can include the tendons, ligaments, and cartilage that typically cannot heal by themselves- even with rest, therapy, or medications.

Reconstructive Knee Surgery

During reconstructive knee surgery, our doctors can help restore any type of injury you may have sustained during sports or activities of daily living. This includes repairing bones, ligaments, and muscle tendon that have been damaged by injury, arthritis or deformity you are bone with. The most common sports reconstructive knee surgeries include addressing the Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL)meniscus tears, the Medial Collateral Ligament (MCL), the Lateral Collateral Ligament (LCL), and the Posterior Cruciate Ligament (PCL), and knee cap dislocations.  With the ACL (Which is most common ligament injury in sports requiring knee surgery)  you cannot just repair the torn piece back to the bone so a new ligament has to be made from scratch, called a “graft”.  The strongest grafts to use for the knee are usually from your own body- the patella tendon or the hamstring tendon.

Reconstructive Elbow Surgery

The purpose of reconstructive elbow surgery is to restore the function and appearance of the arm after an injury.   Reconstructive elbow surgery will address any damaged structures or replace damaged structures with tissue grafts so the elbow can function properly again. The most common sports elbow surgeries that we perform include Ulnar Collateral Ligament Reconstruction (Tommy John) in baseball players, “microfracture procedures” for cartilage damage, elbow debridement for Lateral Epicondylitis, and Medial Epicondylitis,  and arthroscopy to treat loose pieces of bone or bone spurs.  Wrestling, Baseball, and Gymnastics are common sports that can lead to elbow injuries requiring surgery.

Reconstructive Shoulder Surgery

Shoulder reconstructive surgery typically involves the repair of torn cartilage, muscle tendon, or stretched ligaments.  In sports, shoulder surgery is very common in younger patients who dislocate the shoulder or tear the cartilage, also known as the labrum.  It is best to repair this at an early age in high level athletes.  The purpose of this procedure is to improve stability of the shoulder and restore the full function, while also preventing future injuries like dislocation from reocurring.  In patients above age 35 it is more common to have degenerative rotator cuff tears and shoulder impingement syndrome, as a result from playing overhead sports such volleyball and tennis.

Reconstructive Sports Surgery in New Jersey

If you are in need of any type of sports reconstructive surgery in the Northern New Jersey area, you should visit our experienced physicians here at New Jersey Orthopaedic Institute. We are one of New Jersey’s leaders in orthopedic and sports medicine care. Schedule an appointment and contact us today at any one of our New Jersey locations.

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Meet The Team

Vincent K. McInerney, M.D.


Founding member, Vincent K. McInerney, M.D., graduated from Rutgers New Jersey Medical School in 1977 with honors as one of the top medical students in his class.

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Anthony Festa, M.D.


Dr. Anthony Festa is an orthopaedic surgeon in his seventh year of practice at the New Jersey Orthopaedic Institute.

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Anthony J. Scillia, M.D.


Anthony J. Scillia M.D. is a board certified orthopaedic surgeon with subspecialty certification in sports medicine.

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Robert M. Palacios, M.D.


Dr. Robert Palacios is board-certified and fellowship trained, and has been specializing in outpatient orthopedics and sports medicine for over two decades.

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Craig Wright, M.D.


Craig Wright, MD joins New Jersey Orthopaedic Institute by way of Totowa, NJ where he was born and raised.

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John Callaghan, M.D.


John Callaghan, M.D. is a fellowship-trained orthopaedic trauma specialist. His expertise encompasses the treatment of acute traumatic injuries.

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Other Locations

Wayne Office

504 Valley Rd. Ste 200 Wayne, NJ 07470

Butler Office

45 Carey Ave. Butler, NJ 07405

Morristown Office

111 Madison Ave. Ste 400 Morristown, NJ 07962

Bridgewater Office

720 Rte. 202-206 Bridgewater, NJ 08807

West-Milford Office

1900 Union Valley Rd Hewitt, NJ 07421