It’s almost fall, and that means it’s time for football and Friday night lights. Unfortunately, this time of year also comes with a lot of problems for athletes, like heat illness, and the topic for today’s episode: ACL injuries. It seems like no matter who you talk to about a torn ACL, somebody has a story about their friend or relative who had a good or bad experience. When we’re hearing this from others, it’s hard to keep our facts straight, so today I want to get it all out there and find out what’s true and what’s best for you.
Listen in to learn more about the information and misinformation that’s out there about surgeries for ACL injuries, and the many factors that can lead to success instead of a tragedy.
“I often get asked what I do differently for professional athletes that’s different than other patients, and the answer is absolutely nothing.” – Dr. Robert Berry
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- Why misinformation about ACL injuries is so prevalent
- Why partial ACL tears are so rare
- What different graft options exist for ACL reconstruction surgery
- Why the surgeon you are working with an extremely important factor in surgery for ACL injuries
- The different types of autografts and the benefits and downsides of each
- Why the hamstring autograft has caused dire complications in many different athletes
- How donor grafts and autografts all get incorporated back into the body
- Why allographs are not as dangerous as the misinformed on Google may lead you to believe
- The different kinds of hardware used after surgery for ACL injuries
- Why it is crucial to let your body rebuild after ACL surgery for as long as it takes
“If you’re going to do reconstruction of a ligament, ideally you want to put it back in the original position, because that will allow the knee to resist strain and stress better.” – Dr. Robert Berry