New Orleans Saints owner Tom Benson underwent a 45-minute procedure to repair a torn medial meniscus in his left knee Friday, and will attend and be fully functional for the upcoming NFL meetings in Atlanta on May 19-21, where he will help present New Orleans’ bid for the 2018 Super Bowl.
“Mr. Benson had a meniscus tear of the knee and the MRI revealed possible arthritis, but there really was not much arthritis in the knee,” said Dr. Deryk Jones, the Saints’ team orthopedist. “It really was a very pristine knee other than a medial meniscus tear.
“So we removed the medial meniscus tear and that’s usually about six weeks for recovery. He was moving around with this meniscus tear for the last 13 months and trying to treat it conservatively, but it wasn’t turning the corner. So we got the MRI, it revealed the tear and we took care of it on Friday.”
Dealing with the tear was one of the contributing factors to Benson yielding his courtside seats at New Orleans Pelicans games in favor of a seat in his suite at the Smoothie King Center.
Benson went home a couple of hours after surgery and fully was aware of the NFL Draft proceedings and the Saints’ selections.
“(Saints general manager) Mickey (Loomis) and (head coach) Sean (Payton) called him before each pick over the weekend, and he is ready to get back to work in the building,” said Greg Bensel, the team’s senior vice president of communications and broadcasting. “He will be ready to present our bid for the 2018 Super Bowl to Commissioner Goodell and the other owners next week in Atlanta.”
Dr. Jones said that he did not anticipate any future complications with Benson’s left knee.
“He’ll be putting weight as tolerated on the leg, working with a therapist at the Saints facility and then advancing over the next six weeks back to full activity,” Jones said. “We don’t anticipate any long-term problems with the knee.
“It should be able to respond pretty nicely with no future need for repeat surgery or replacement surgery. I was very happy with how it looked.”