The ACL “window of opportunity”

By Annie Hayashi

Surgery within 12 weeks of injury helps reduce meniscal tears

“We found a strong association between the time from injury to surgery (TFI) of the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) and the incidence, complexity, and reparability of meniscus tears,” said Kevin Willits, MD, of London, Ontario, Canada. “Based on the results of our study, ACL reconstruction should optimally be performed within 12 weeks of the injury to minimize the risk of irreparable meniscus pathology and to improve patient prognosis.”

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