Sports injuries are incredibly common among professional athletes, especially the ligaments in the knee joint. However, many successful knee surgery procedures exist, which helps a lot of players make full recoveries and stay in the game longer.
Wilson Ramos of the Washington Nationals is a great example of these medical advances. After tearing both his ACL (anterior cruciate ligament) and meniscus in his right knee on May 12th of last season, many fans were left wondering how long it would be before he could play again. But with the help of two surgeries, the first to repair the torn meniscus and the second to repair the torn ACL, as well as six months of rehabilitation, Wilson Ramos is finally able to return to the field this season.
Making the decision to undergo knee surgery can be nerve-racking, so you need to be sure you’re placing yourself under the best possible care. Our world-renowned orthopedic surgeons and sports medicine doctors at La Peer Health Systems can help you fully repair these types of injuries and restore you to your original, active self.
Understanding the importance of your ACL and meniscus functionality is crucial when dealing with these types of injuries.
ACL Repair Surgery
Your anterior cruciate ligament is one of four crucial ligaments in your knee. Without the full functionality of all four of these ligaments, you can lose stability and control over the movement in your leg. A torn ACL is considered to be a significant injury as it commonly requires surgery to restore function.
Surgery for a torn ACL involves an orthopedic surgeon examining your ACL arthroscopically to determine the state of the tear, and then replacing the ACL with a graft, either from you or from a donor. The ACL surgery recovery process typically takes about six months to a year of rehabilitation including physical therapy. Many patients are able to return to regular physical activities after about 12 months, though no two recoveries are the same. Your orthopedic surgeon or physical therapist will explain your individual ACL repair surgery recovery timeline.
Meniscus Repair Surgery
Your meniscus is a cartilage padding that help protect your joint by evenly distributing the weight across your knee. Because of this, meniscus tears can be painful and damaging because they cause difficulty in knee movement. Luckily, meniscus tears are actually one of the most common knee injuries and usually very treatable.
Much like ACL repair surgery, meniscus repair surgery is performed through an arthroscopic procedure. The surgery is typically completed in less than an hour. For some people, recovery from meniscus surgery can take just weeks, but for others, it can take up to a few months. Your knee surgeon will explain how long your individual meniscus recovery process could take.
Is Knee Surgery Right for You?
When considering undergoing surgery for your torn ACL or torn meniscus, it’s important to discuss your injury with an orthopedic knee surgeon. Our Los Angeles knee surgeons at the Knee Surgery Center of Excellence in Beverly Hills can tell you if you are a candidate for ACL or meniscus repair surgery, and help decide the best treatment option for you. For someone like Wilson Ramos, knee surgery can make the difference between a career and early retirement. For many others with torn ACLs or menisci, including people that aren’t professional athletes, it can be just as life-changing. For more information or to schedule a consultation, contact our Los Angeles doctors today at (888) 429-6865.
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