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So if you twist your knee while skiing would that result in a total knee replacement or a more minor type surgery?

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Dr. Christopher Ferguson
Orthopedic Surgery 19 years experience
Not likely: Usually skiing injuries to the knee involve cartilage or ligament injuries that can be treated with arthroscopic surgery if surgery is needed.
Dr. John Dearborn
Orthopedic Reconstructive Surgery 30 years experience
More minor: Twisting the knee while skiing most commonly results in a ligament injury, usually the acl. Occasional a cartilage tear can occur. The extent of the damage is best assessed with an MRI scan.

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