Dr. Matava explains the possible complications associated with anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) surgery.
Well, infection is probably the most common and even having said that, that happens only about one percent of the time. Other complications that patients can develop are deep venous thrombosis, which is typically seen in patients over the age of 40, a little bit higher risk in women, especially those women who are overweight.
Other complications involve injuries to the nerves or blood vessels around the leg, which help to feed the foot and the remainder of the leg.
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.