Ransom Undergoes Successful Knee Surgery

August 21, 2000

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. -- UAB Basketball forward Myron Ransom underwent successful arthroscopic surgery on Monday morning, to repair torn ligaments suffered in a pickup game with teammates last week.

Ransom, a rising senior from Birmingham, tore the anterior cruciate ligament and also suffered damage to the lateral meniscus in his right knee. He will begin rehabilitation therapy as soon as possible.

The procedure was performed by the Blazers' head team physician, orthopedic surgeon Dr. Bill Garth.

"Myron's knee surgery went well," said Garth following the procedure.

"He underwent ACL reconstruction with a cadaver tendon, and damaged cartilage was removed. Very similar surgeries were performed on former UAB players such as Andy Kennedy and Carlos Williams, which allowed their successful return to basketball in three to four months. This procedure was done to speed recovery and eliminate the rist of patella fracture and/or patella tendinitis after surgery that is associated with using one's own tissue."

UAB Head Coach Murry Bartow stated last week that he felt that Ransom could be ready to play by the beginning of the Blazers' 2001 Conference USA schedule in January, but that every precaution would be taken to ensure a full recovery.