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When is ACL Surgery Necessary?

While the ACL is not necessary to participate in most activities, a damaged ACL can reduce performance while running, playing contact sports, and in some highly physical jobs. For this reason, if a patient is young, healthy, and active, an orthopedic surgeon will generally recommend that a repair be performed. 

Your doctor may suspect an ACL injury if you feel a sudden “pop” or pain in your knee while lifting heavy objects, participating in sports, or performing another physical activity. This injury results in knee pain, swelling, and discomfort with walking, but gradually improves over days to weeks. You may be left with a sensation that the knee is “giving out” during certain activities. 

To diagnose an ACL injury, your doctor will perform an “anterior drawer test” where they pull on the knee to determine if the ACL is intact. If they suspect an injury, they will usually order an MRI of the knee and refer you to an orthopedic surgeon to discuss the possibility of surgery.

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* Savings estimate based on a study of more than 1 billion claims comparing self-pay (or cash pay) prices of a frequency-weighted market basket of procedures to insurer-negotiated rates for the same. Claims were collected between July 2017 and July 2019. R.Lawrence Van Horn, Arthur Laffer, Robert L.Metcalf. 2019. The Transformative Potential for Price Transparency in Healthcare: Benefits for Consumers and Providers. Health Management Policy and Innovation, Volume 4, Issue 3.

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