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Tear of the anterior cruciate ligament (commonly called the ACL) commonly occurs in an athletic population. ACL Reconstruction is the gold standard to restore stability and improve function following injury.
An intact ACL is critically important to provide knee stability for patients engaging in cutting/pivoting type activities. Without an ACL, the knee joint may “give way” or “buckle”, putting other structures (i.e. meniscus, cartilage) at high risk of injury.
Higher demand patients, especially athletes engaged in cutting/pivoting sport, require surgery to regain knee stability and to improve function. Patients engaging in lower impact activities only (i.e. biking, jogging) may not require surgical reconstruction.
ACL reconstruction is an outpatient procedure that takes approximately two hours to perform. Other ligaments, meniscus, or cartilage may need treatment during the same procedure. Patients have an initial period of protection using crutches/brace for 4-6 weeks. Post-op rehabilitation is performed 2-3x/week for several months. Return to activity and sport is INDIVIDUALIZED and is based on both minimum time from surgery (ie 6 months) and, more importantly, functional progression with rehabilitation.
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“I want to give a big shout out to Dr. Seth Sherman. I have my 1-year post-op appointment on October 4th (literally, my 1-year anniversary). Dr. Sherman gave me my life back by performing a very rare knee surgery on me. Without him and his knowledge and wonderful team, I would still be lacking a life without any type of activity.” – WhitneyMore Testimonials
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