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A 35-year-old male asked:

i'm going to have surgery to sort scar tissue around my acl is this a severe procedure and will it limit my sporting ability in the future. i'm 35.?

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Dr. John Di Saia
Plastic Surgery 31 years experience
It might: Then again it might help you. It depends upon what is found and what is done about it.
Dr. Theodore Shybut
Sports Medicine 17 years experience
Good idea if stiff: If your knee is stiff after acl surgery due to scarring called arthrofibrosis, a lysis of adhesions+anterior interval release surgery (ie scar tissue release+removal) should improve range of motion and function. Dedicate yourself to post-op pt +range of motion work to optimize your outcome: well-reconstructed acl, +full motion+appropriate, full rehab = sporting ability. Good luck.

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Last updated Aug 28, 2013

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