New York Daily News—July 16, 2013
The man hobbled into the Hospital for Special Surgery in Manhattan looking like any other patient of orthopedic surgeon Dr. David Altchek.
He was tall and lean, and his name was Mariano.
The 42-year-old was soon splayed across an operating table as Altchek prepared to make tiny incisions into his right knee.
The procedure – repairing a torn anterior cruciate ligament – lasted all of 45 minutes.
But for Yankees general manager Brian Cashman, it likely felt like an eternity.
Altchek had just operated on the most famous injured knee in professional sports — and eight months later, the legendary Mariano Rivera was back on the mound throwing his blazing cutter.
That Rivera trusted Altchek to perform the June 2012 procedure was no surprise. Altchek has quietly become the go-to-surgeon for many of the greatest athletes on the planet.
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