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On Mon, 3 Dec 2001, Geoff Devine wrote:

> it isn't repaired.  If he's going to get a reconstruction, the recovery
> goes quicker if it's done quickly so he doesn't lose much muscle mass.  The

WRONG.

Once the ACL is torn, one should recover fully before surgery.  A good
surgeon will only operate on a healthy knee.  It takes at least three
weeks for the knee to heal and thus be ready for surgery.  If you operate
soon after the tear the knee has to deal with both the trauma of the tear
and the trauma of the surgery.

One can live day to day for quite some time without an ACL -- even ski
gentle runs.


--Matt K

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