“What we do is we fix the damage and get people on with their life,” says Dr. Minas.
Dr. Minas isn't your typical knee surgeon. He's uses an advanced technique used by only a few doctors around the world. “I've performed over 1,000 in the last 23 years,” says Minas.
He brought the technique over from Sweden in 1995 and recently began yet another case giving WPTV an exclusive access into the operating room.
“Now I'm gonna fix two potholes,” he says. Those potholes are areas of damaged cartilage in the knee.
Months ago he extracted good cartilage the size of a Tic Tac from the patient in surgery. It was sent to a lab in Boston where it was grown and multiplied. He's implanting that same cartilage back into the patient's knee where it will continue to grow. “He'll be walking on this in about 3 to 4 months that will be completely filled in.”
Not only does he help fill the hole but he fixes the problem that caused it. In this case, he's drilling and cutting into the bone to realign the entire knee.
“Your legacy is the people you teach for the next generation right, so my goal is to really to get guys to just start doing this, believe in it and do it cause it can offer such tremendous improvement and quality of life,” says Dr. Minas.
Just ask Barker, a father of two who bears the scar but no longer the burden. “Just knowing I'll be able to play, run after my daughter, help play with my son if he's growing, it makes me feel very confident I won't need knee replacement anytime soon,” says Barker.
The typical patient Dr. Minas sees is the weekend warrior, generally, 35 to 40-years-old, male or female, a high school or college athlete who may have had an injury and or may have had their knee scoped before.