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do loose joints always require surgery? what causes loose joints and what are some treatment options to strengthen it back

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Dr. Peter Ihle
53 years experience Orthopedic Surgery
Loose joints R due 2: lax ligaments. It usually a form of milder Marfan's. Nothing can B done to tighten the ligaments. I am aware of a girl who had grade I Marfan's & had an ACL reconstruction using her hamstring tendons. It failed because her own diseased tissue was used & it stretched out. Had it redone with cadaver bone-tendon-bone grafting using patellar tendon and not being diseased, did well.
Answered on May 21, 2016

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