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Study Finds ACL Reconstruction on the Rise
Date:10/2/2009

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Dr. Marx pointed out that all people who tear their ACL do not need to undergo reconstruction. If a person is not an athlete playing a sport that involves cutting and pivoting activities such as soccer or basketball, they can be treated nonoperatively in some cases. There are take home messages from this paper, however, for patients who choose to undergo ACL reconstruction.

"Patients need to understand that younger individuals who undergo an ACL reconstruction have a higher risk of retear. The risk is not the same for all patients," said Dr. Marx. "Patients also need to know that being operated on by a lower volume surgeon has a higher risk of reoperation."

Dr. Marx, an orthopedic surgeon who specializes in ACL surgery at Hospital for Special Surgery is Professor of Orthopedic Surgery and Professor of Public Health at Weill Cornell Medical College and also Director of the Foster Center for Clinical Outcome Research at Hospital for Special Surgery.

Other authors of the study are Stephen Lyman, Ph.D.; Panagiotis Koulouvaris, MD; Seth Sherman, M.D. Huong Do, M.A. and Lisa A. Mandl, M.D., M.P.H.

About Hospital for Special Surgery

Founded in 1863, Hospital for Special Surgery (HSS) is a world leader in orthopedics, rheumatology and rehabilitation. HSS is nationally ranked No. 2 in orthopedics, No. 3 in rheumatology and No. 24 in neurology by U.S. News & World Report (2009), and has received Magnet Recognition for Excellence in Nursing Service from the American Nurses Credentialing Center. In 2008 and 2007, HSS was a recipient of the HealthGrades Joint Replacement Excellence Award. A member of the NewYork-Presbyterian Healthcare System and an affiliate of Weill Cornell Medical College, HSS provides orthopedic and rheumatologic patient care at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital at New York Weill Cornell Medical Center. All Hospital for Special Surgery medical staff are on the facul
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