Orthopedic Surgery

Orthopedic surgery

There are literally thousands of northern Nevadans who are back on the slopes, at the gym, on the job, on the field or going about living the active life they prefer thanks to Dr. Pappas. Such is to be expected of one of the area’s most renowned orthopedic surgeons. Today, Dr. Pappas applies those same skills on shoulder and knee injuries, both at his own office at Active Sports and at facilities throughout the Truckee Meadows.

To find out whether or not orthopedic surgery is right for you and what to anticipate, please call us at and we’ll set up the time for you to sit down with Dr. Pappas for a free consultation.

Orthopedic surgery

Arthroscopy may be recommended for these shoulder problems:

  • Torn or damaged cartilage ring (labrum) or ligaments
  • Shoulder instability, where the shoulder joint is loose and slides around too much or becomes dislocated (slips out of the ball and socket joint)
  • Torn or damaged biceps tendon
  • Torn rotator cuff
  • Bone spur or inflammation around the rotator cuff
  • Inflammation or damaged lining of the joint. Often this is caused by an illness, such as rheumatoid arthritis
  • Arthritis of the end of the clavicle (collarbone)
  • Loose tissue needing to be removed
  • Shoulder impingement syndrome, to make more room for the shoulder to move around

Arthroscopy may be recommended for these knee problems:

  • Torn meniscus. Meniscus is cartilage that cushions the space between the bones in the knee. Surgery is done to repair or remove it
  • Torn or damaged anterior cruciate ligament (ACL), posterior cruciate ligament (PCL), or medial collateral ligament (MCL)
  • Swollen (inflamed) or damaged lining of the joint. This lining is called the synovium.
  • Kneecap (patella) that is out of position (misalignment)
  • Small pieces of broken cartilage in the knee joint
  • Removal of Baker’s cyst. This is a swelling behind the knee that is filled with fluid. Sometimes the problem occurs when there is swelling and pain (inflammation) from other causes, like arthritis
  • Some fractures of the bones of the knee