Dr. Matava describes if surgeons often find additional damage to the knee during anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) surgery.
Very much so. About 60% of the time you tear your ACL, you will also tear the meniscus, which is the little cartilage discs inside the joint, and so, more often than not, we do find other injuries, unfortunately.
About Dr. Matava, M.D.:
Dr. Matthew J. Matava, M.D., is an associate professor and orthopedic surgeon at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. Specializing in sports medicine, his clinical areas of interest include ligament injuries of the knee, athletic injuries of the shoulder and elbow, and pediatric orthopedic knee disorders.