La Peer Health Systems Surgeons Discuss Robert Griffin III's Knee Injury

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Dr. Jason Snibbe and Dr. Peter Newton commented on the surgical intervention and rehabilitation Robert Griffin III (RG3) will need before returning to the field

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Much of the success of reconstructive knee surgery depends on the patient's dedication to rigorous physical therapy.

Towards the end of last week's Wildcard Playoff match-up against the Seattle Seahawks, star rookie quarterback for the Washington Redskins, Robert Griffin III, left the field clutching his knee in frustration. While playing with a sprained lateral collateral ligament (LCL), Griffin's knee finally gave out, tearing his LCL and anterior cruciate ligament (ACL).

Recently, Griffin underwent a complex reconstructive surgery on his knee, consisting of a direct repair of the torn LCL and a repeat ACL reconstruction. Now comes RG3's next challenge: to get healthy so that he is ready to play at the beginning of next season.

Dr. Jason Snibbe and Dr. Peter Newton are both board-certified orthopedic surgeons in Beverly Hills, specializing in knee reconstruction. According to Dr. Newton, successful surgical repair of a knee injury is only the first step towards recovery.

“Much of the success of reconstructive knee surgery depends on the patient's dedication to rigorous physical therapy,” said Dr. Newton.

If there's one thing we can count on from RG3, it's his motivation.

Griffin sustained his first ACL tear while playing football at Baylor back in 2009. He fought back from this injury, however, winning the coveted Heisman Trophy his senior year. After spraining his LCL towards the end of the current NFL season, he sat out one game to recover and then continued to play with a heavy brace for the next three weeks. RG3's current rehabilitation is expected to last from six to eight months.

Reconstructive knee surgery is often necessary when one of the main ligaments of the knee is completely torn or when multiple ligaments are involved. The LCL and ACL are crucial to the stability of the knee, restraining excessive lateral and rotational motion. /acl-reconstruction [ACL reconstruction __title__ ACL reconstruction] involves replacing the torn ligament with a graft and securing it to the bones in the leg. During an LCL repair, the surgeon may replace the ligament with a graft or sew the torn ends back together, depending on the location of the tear.

Recovery from reconstructive knee surgery usually involves extensive physical therapy, particularly for patients who wish to return to high-level athletics. Rehabilitation aims to reduce knee swelling, to regain full range of motion of the knee, and to strengthen the quadriceps and hamstring muscles to provide further stability to the knee. Ultimately, recovery from a major knee injury takes time.

“The most important thing is to give your knee adequate time to heal,” Dr. Snibbe explained. “Your knee is the largest joint in your body and one of the most complex. Surgical reconstruction coupled with rigorous physical therapy can restore stability and mobility to the knee, but only if performed over an adequate recovery time.”

Jason Snibbe, M.D., is a board-certified orthopedic surgeon in Beverly Hills, California. Dr. Snibbe completed his residency training in Orthopedic Surgery at the University of Rochester Medical Center, and went on to complete a Sports Medicine fellowship at the world-renowned Kerlan-Jobe Orthopedic Clinic. Dr. Snibbe's practice specializes in reconstruction of the shoulder, elbow, hip, and knee, including minimally invasive joint replacement. He performs outpatient procedures at La Peer Health Systems.

Peter Newton, M.D., is a board-certified orthopedic surgeon in Beverly Hills, California. Dr. Newton completed a general surgery internship at St. Luke's/Roosevelt Hospital. He went on to complete his residency and research fellowship in orthopedic surgery at New York Orthopedic Hospital, Columbia University. He received a fellowship in Sports Medicine and arthroscopic surgery at the University of California, San Diego Medical Center. Dr. Newton performs outpatient procedures at La Peer Health Systems.

La Peer Health Systems is an outpatient surgery center in Beverly Hills, founded by doctors and focused on providing excellent patient care alongside the most cutting-edge medical treatments available. With 40 world-renowned physicians in 13 specialties, we offer comprehensive medical treatment that takes patients from consultation to diagnosis, treatment, surgery, and ultimately aftercare. Our 13 medical departments include orthopedics & sports medicine, gastroenterology, head & neck surgery, colorectal & general surgery, podiatry, ophthalmology, pain management, plastics & reconstructive surgery, gynecology, spine surgery, interventional cardiology, bariatric surgery, and anesthesiology. Unlike large hospitals, La Peer's unique structure offers extremely personal care in a safe and controlled environment. More information about La Peer Health Systems can be found at

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