Which is better: ACL reconstruction or non-surgical methods of healing a torn ACL?
The ACL, when torn, does not have the capacity to effectively heal itself, and often surgery is needed. Female athletes who want to remain active choose ACL reconstruction along with a post-operative rehabilitation program that can help them strengthen the affected knee. For athletes who want to return to sport, ACL reconstruction is the gold standard of care, typically restoring knee stability and the ability for patients in the Los Angeles area to return to the activities they love. However, some patients choose to forego surgery and opt for a non-operative approach. Patients who do not participate in cutting twisting or pivoting sports or who have underlying medical conditions in which surgery poses a risk may prefer a non-surgical approach for their torn ACL.
It is important to understand the outcome of an ACL reconstruction for any female athlete can vary widely and is often directly related to the experience and skill of their surgeon. Dr. Getelman has many years of experience in successfully treating ACL tears with reconstructive surgery.