The knee is the largest joint in the body and one of the most easily injured. Because of its complex structure and constant use, this puts it at a particularly high risk of being damaged.

The knee is made up of many bones, tendons, ligaments, muscles and cartilage. Surgery to repair any of these parts of the knee may be required if an injury occurs as a result of twisting the knee beyond the normal range of motion, moving the knee abnormally, overuse, or doing something that is strenuous on the knee.

Some knee injuries or conditions can be treated without surgery, and at BMC, physicians explore such options before considering surgery. However, there are times when surgery can be the better option. BMC surgeons are fellowship-trained in shoulder surgery and have extensive expertise in caring for the shoulders.

The most common knee surgeries involve arthroscopy — a surgical technique used to repair many different types of knee problems — or knee replacement. Arthroscopy is a type of keyhole surgery used to diagnose and treat a wide range of knee problems.

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Specialty Clinics

Orthopedic Surgery

The Department of Orthopedic Surgery at Boston Medical Center, one of the most outstanding in New England, provides comprehensive, exceptional orthopedic care to every patient, without exception.

Physical and Occupational Therapy

Recovering from an injury or learning to live with a physical disability or limitation can be challenging. Physical therapy (PT) and occupational therapy (OT) can help patients regain strength or mobility, relearn skills, or find new ways of performing everyday tasks.

Conditions We Treat

Our Team

William R Creevy, MD

Orthopedic Surgeon
Assistant Professor, Boston University School of Medicine
President, Boston University Medical Group

Knee ligament injuries, Knee arthroscopy, Fractures

David M Freccero, MD

Orthopedic Surgeon
Assistant Professor, Boston University School of Medicine

Total Joint Replacement Surgery

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Michael S Kain, MD

Inpatient Orthopedic Medical Director
Orthopedic Surgeon
Assistant Professor, Boston University School of Medicine

Comprehensive Hip Care including Hip Preservation, Hip Dysplasia and Periacetabular Ostetomy, Femoracetabular Impingement, Labral and Hip Arthroscopy, Hip Arthritis, Hip Replacement Direct Anterior Total Hip Arthroplasty, Avascular Necrosis of the Hip, and Orthopedic Trauma and Fracture Care

Xinning Li, MD

Orthopedic Surgeon
Associate Professor, Boston University School of Medicine

Sports Medicine, Shoulder and Elbow Surgery, Shoulder Replacement - Total and Reverse Shoulder Arthroplasty, ACL and Meniscus Surgery, Shoulder Instability, Rotator Cuff Surgery, Cartilage Surgery, Multiligament Knee Reconstruction

Robert J Nicoletta, MD

Orthopedic Surgeon
Assistant Professor, Boston University School of Medicine

Arthroscopic surgery of the shoulder and knee including ACL reconstruction, Shoulder rotator cuff injuries and instability.

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