Kasey Kahne will have surgery on both knees to repair a condition called "Plica Syndrome," the driver said Friday morning.
Kahne said he's often in pain after races and walks with a limp for hours afterward, a result of his condition. According to webmd.com, Plica Syndrome is "a fold of tissue in the knee joint. When it gets irritated from overuse, swelling and knee pain can result."
"It hurts all the time," Kahne said. "When I get out of the car, I limp for awhile after the race. Some days it's a lot worse than others, and I just limp around. So I just wanted to get it taken care of."
The surgery is scheduled for early Tuesday morning in Charlotte, Kahne said. The driver said the same doctors who worked with Denny Hamlin are working with Kahne.
Kahne is expected to miss the upcoming Daytona tire test, but expects to be able to test in January and be fully ready for the 2011 season.
The story was first reported by Holly Cain of Fanhouse.