Dr. Bates introduces himself and shares if women are more likely than men to incur an anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) tear.
James E. Bates. I am a medical doctor. I am an orthopedic surgeon practicing here at Alvarado Hospital as well as several other hospitals in the San Diego County area. My primary joint practice focuses on major joint replacements and sports medicine.
Well, there’s literature that supports the possibility that females are more likely to suffer ACL injuries based on the anatomic configuration of their knee, specifically the area which the ACL resides in. What’s called the “notch” tends to be anatomically narrower in the female, and that is thought to potentially predispose to the female ACL tear.
The ACL tear is seen in sports, specifically basketball, on hard surfaces where quick stopping, acceleration, deceleration, twisting, turning occur, as well as sports such as soccer. The configuration of the tears is similar to a male, and the reconstruction techniques are the same.
About Dr. Bates, M.D.:
Dr. James E. Bates, M.D., is a board-certified orthopedic surgeon specializing in joint replacement surgery and sports medicine at Alvarado Hospital. Dr. Bates places his focus in sports medicine and the reconstruction and replacement of damaged bones, joints, and cartilage resulting from sports injuries, traumatic injuries, and tumors of the extremities. He was trained at the Hospital for Special Surgery/Cornell University Medical Center and Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York. As an orthopedic surgeon, Navy Flight Surgeon, and Navy Diving Medical Officer, he serves as a consultant to the San Diego-based Navy SEAL Teams.