By Tom Keppeler, Knee1 Staff
After tearing the meniscus
in his left knee this season, Orlando Magic forward Pat Garrity underwent successful surgical repair Tuesday, doctors said.
Garrity, who has played in all 51 games so far this season with the Magic, tore the medial meniscus in his left knee at some point this season. Tuesday's operation, an arthroscopic surgery that stitched his torn meniscus together, was deemed a success by his surgeons. He will miss two to three weeks while he recovers, his first absence from play since joining the Magic last season.
Despite the injury, Garrity has had a standout season so far, averaging 8.5 points and 2.4 rebounds per game and shooting three-point shots with a .463 average, according to the Associated Press. His 3-point record is the third best in the National Basketball Association.
A meniscus is a half-moon shaped piece of cartilage that is the natural "shock absorber" in the knee. Two menisci exist in each knee—the lateral, or outside, and the medial, or inside, which Garrity tore and had repaired. Meniscal tears weaken the cushion within the knee, and may allow bone to rub against bone, a painful condition.
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