Dr. Matava explains whether a woman's knee will wear out quicker if she defers anterior cruciate ligament surgery.
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Well, that’s the million-dollar question and we still don’t have a really good answer to that. There is actually some data that suggests women who undergo ACL surgery actually have a little bit higher risk of arthritis in the long run than those who don’t undergo the surgery. Now there’s a lot of factors that may play into that. For example, how aggressive they are. Are they a knee abuser, as we call it, where they go out and they do cutting, twisting and pivoting sports with a bad knee? Do they have other alternative problems such as cartilage or meniscal tears that also may portend a poor prognosis? So we really don’t know how much we are protecting the knee from long-term arthritis by doing an early surgery. What we do know is that modern-day methods of reconstruction help to stabilize the knee so women can get back to activities involve cutting, jumping, twisting and pivoting.