Question about ACL reconstruction? Risk vs benefit to me?

Most benefit. The acl is not only the anterior cruciate ligament but also the crucial ligament for stability of the knee. Most younger or more active patients will function better and have fewer knee problems with their acl reconstructed.
How old/active? Depends on physiologic age, activity levels, if and how much does it interfere with those activities or your activities of daily living. It is possible to live and be active without an acl, usually with the help of a specific brace. There are risks to surgery and required down time from work that factor into your decision as well.
Risks vs Benefits. I agree with dr. Lindaman, but i would encourage you to have a detailed conversation with your surgeon on this matter. Every patient is individual. One isolated recent study showed only a 50% rate of return to pre-injury activity, but that is only one study. The point is that it must be tailored to you and we need a lot more information to be helpful.

Related Questions

Is there any great benefit from a brace, post ACL reconstruction to ski?

Depends. It really depends how far out you are from your surgery. There is really no good data that shows that bracing impacts recurrent acl tears. If however you still feel weak or inhibited a brace is not necessarily a bad thing but if you have any reservations at all i would not advise skiing w or w/o a brace as a brace won't prevent another tear. Read more...

Hi Doc. Goodmorning. I have a question I hope you can help me. I underwent 2 acl reconstruction both right knee and now my knee is in pain again.

Recurrent knee pain. This is not a question it is a statement. I assume the question is why does it hurt again. Much more information needed to answer this. New injury? History of other injury at time of ACL tear? Where does it hurt? What causes it to hurt? What makes it better? Any swelling? Etc. . Read more...

How much does an ACL reconstruction usually cost? I don't have an insurance

Call surgeons. Call several surgical groups or individual surgeons and tell them your situation. You may come across someone who can provide the services you need and give you a financial break. Same thing w/hospital. I'm sorry that it has to be done this way but you can make it happen. Your local doc can help also. Peace and good health. Read more...

Is it okay to postone my ACL reconstruction to next year as I am busy this year? Or is there any urgency? I don't feel much pain as of now. Thanks

Depends. If your willing to modify your activity and brace the knee then you probably can wait. Realize you have less stability in that knee so it is easier to cause additional injury to it. At your young age i recommend fixing it. Read more...
Maybe. Studies of people with torn acls show that the longer they wait the greater the chance of damaging other structures in the knee such as meniscus and articular cartilage; when this additional damage is present the outcomes of surgery are not as good; if you already have meniscus or cartilage damage you may not want to delay that long; talk to your local md, consider a second opinion. Good luck! Read more...