Sports Medicine

Omaha Orthopedic Information by Dr. Darren Keiser MD

Most orthopedic surgeons are huge sports fans and I am no exception. I love working with athletes as they help me appreciate the musculoskeletal function of the body when it is at the maximum of its ability. This knowledge benefits all of my patients.

One of the most common injuries in sports medicine is the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) tear. This injury can leave the athlete with disabling knee instability. Often, ACL repair is necessary to restore stability. There are several graft options when deciding which type of repair to have. I work together with skilled therapists to get my athletes back to their sport as soon as possible.

Another common sports medicine injury is the meniscus tear. The meniscus is the c-shaped cushion in between the femur and the tibia. Meniscal tears often result in pain, locking and catching. Knee arthroscopy can help revitalize the knee by either trimming out the tear, or repairing the meniscus.

Knee cartilage is the white, glossy, smooth, surface coating of the femur and tibia that allows smooth motion. Cartilage can be damaged from injury and arthritis. Arthroscopic cartilage restoration procedures can help these cartilage lesions heal.

For more detailed information on these conditions, and others regarding the knee specifically, please visit For more detailed information on shoulder sports injuries, please see