ACL Surgery Risk and Relapse

Knee brace for ACL  knee injury.Sport injury

Knee brace for ACL knee injury.Sport injury

ACL tears can be a terrible burden to bear. Such tears or rips can severely impact mobility and cause many long term health and ambulatory problems. The reconstruction of the anterior cruciate ligament, or ACL, is a relatively common procedure that thousands of Americans go under each year. However, there are certain risks that are taken on when such a surgery is performed.

Graft Rupture Risks

For many patients, an ACL reconstruction may seem like the last option– and that there are no other reasonable choices. However, when a patient goes under the knife they also take on the risk that they will have to do so again, something that many patients are not aware of or comfortable with. As seen in a 2005 study published by the US National Library of Medicine there is a significant risk of having to have surgery again. In fact, some patients even saw an ACL graft rupture!

Blowout Risks

Other studies have shown even higher rates of failure among ACL reconstructive surgery, especially depending on the lifestyle and physical stress levels of the patients. For those with active lifestyles or athletic careers or hobbies, the chances of an ACL blowout following surgery is simply unacceptable. Patients that take such a procedure should be informed about all of the risk that such a treatment will present and make an informed decision about whether or not they truly need to go under the knife.

Legal Aid

If you or a family member had an ACLR surgery and had a tragic relapse, you are not alone. If you were not properly informed about the risk of such an event occurring, you may be eligible for compensation for your suffering. Contact the experienced medical malpractice attorneys at Ehline Law today for information about how you can manage after such an event. Call us 24 hours per day for a free, no-pressure consultation.

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Ehline Michael
Michael Ehline is a prolific blogger on California and international tort law. He has been a guest on CNN, discussed in major news publications like Forbes, Circle of Legal Trust, Personal Injury Warriors, and International Cruise Victims. He has lobbied congress on behalf of injured consumers, served as a United States Marine, and won millions of dollars for his clients. This blog discusses Ehline's insights and musings on all aspects of negligence law as it relates to all things "accidents." Ehline can be reached at (213) 596-9642.