A Boston Children's Hospital doctor is crafting a new approach to fix one of the most common knee injuries: an ACL tear. The anterior cruciate ligament basically keeps your knee connected and stable.
Every year in the U.S., about 400,000 people tear their ACLs, especially basketball and soccer players. Among them, young female athletes are most at risk.
The standard surgical repair for an ACL tear involves harvesting a piece of tendon from the patient's leg and using that to surgically reconstruct the ACL. After six to eight months of rehabilitation, most athletes can return to action.
But Dr. Martha Murray, who works in the division of sports medicine at Boston Children's Hospital, says this treatment is far from perfect and she's developing a new, much less invasive approach to treating this all too common injury.
Martha Murray, orthopedic surgeon at Boston Children's Hospital's division of sports medicine.
- "About 400,000 people a year tear their knee ligament. Dr. Martha Murray has an idea for a less-invasive repair."
This article was originally published on November 20, 2014.
This segment aired on November 20, 2014.