Who is a candidate for ACL reconstruction surgery?

Active patients, who are middle-aged or younger, should consider ACL surgery.

Your doctor may recommend anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) reconstruction surgery if you:

  • Have a knee that gives out or feels unstable during everyday activities, have ongoing knee pain or have other injured ligaments
  • Have gone through a rehabilitation program and still are having trouble
  • Are very active in sports or have a job that requires knee strength
  • Are willing to complete a difficult rehabilitation program

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