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Is the anterior cruciate ligament tear surgery is painful?

3 doctor answers7 doctors weighed in
Dr. James Cunnar
Family Medicine 28 years experience
Yes (to an extent): Any surgery will cause post-operative pain. There will also be discomfort with the therapy that is required after the procedure. Different patients have different pain thresholds, but usually, the pain post-operatively isn't so bad (from the feedback i've gotten from my patients who have had the surgery).
Dr. Peter Ihle
Orthopedic Surgery 55 years experience
Yes some: All surgery has some pain as it is an insult to the body. It is short lived and controlled by oral meds easily. U wear a brace so u r comfortable. Worth it!
Dr. Justin Esterberg
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 25 years experience
Some pain expected: Most patients tolerate the acl reconstruction well. Yes it does cause some pain but only for a short period of time... This type of surgery is done as an outpatient typically and the anesthesiologist will numb up the leg well prior to the procedure which minimizes the initial postoperative pain.

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