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Milwaukee Brewers: Corey Hart to Have Knee Surgery, Understanding Meniscus Tears

MILWAUKEE, WI - OCTOBER 02:  Cory Hart #1 of the Milwaukee Brewers takes a swing against the Arizona Diamondbacks during Game Two of the National League Division Series at Miller Park on October 2, 2011 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The Brewers defeated the Diamondbacks 9-4.  (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
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Louie BabcockContributor IIIMarch 5, 2012

ESPN and the Associated Press are reporting that Corey Hart will undergo arthroscopic surgery to repair a torn meniscus in his right knee.

The meniscus in the knee functions as a shock absorber. It is located between the femur, and the tibia and fibula. Whenever we take a step, the meniscus is what stops the femur from directly rubbing against the tibia and fibula.

With the amount of impact that baseball players put on their legs, the meniscus becomes a critical part of the anatomy. Without proper function of the meniscus, the player will be in constant pain every time they take a step.

During arthroscopic surgery, surgeons will insert instruments into the knee, through three small holes. One of these instruments will be a camera.

The surgeon will locate the torn piece of the meniscus and either cut it off completely, or stitch it back together.

Recovery from this type of procedure is relatively quick compared to other knee surgeries.

With the loss of Prince Fielder, the Brewers can't afford to have a player like Hart out for an extended length of time.

Luckily for him, pro athletes have some of the best training and recovery staff in the country.

Hart will miss up to four weeks while rehabbing from this injury and surgery.

Louie Babcock has over five years experience in emergency medicine, and is studying Biology and Health Science at the University of Minnesota.

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