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Experienced Knee Surgeons Best

Thursday, 09 February 2012 02:09 PM

Do you need to have knee surgery? You’re better off choosing a surgeon who’s performed more procedures than a novice, new researcher shows.
The study, by researchers at Hospital for Special Surgery in New York, found patients who have their anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) reconstructed by surgeons who have done fewer than 60 surgeries are far more likely to need another ACL repair.
If a patient’s ACL surgery was among the first 10 performed by a surgeon, the patient had about five times the risk of having another ACL repair within a year as a patient whose surgeon had performed more than 150 of the operations, researchers found.
The analysis was based on the results of 12,778 ACL reconstructions performed by 320 surgeons.
"Conventional wisdom is that a trained surgeon should have excellent results once they have completed their training, but there is a learning curve to ACL surgery," said Dr. Robert Marx, an HSS doctor who was a co-author of the study, in a statement. "Maybe we need to rethink how we train our surgeons in light of this."
The ACL is one of the most commonly injured ligaments of the knee, with approximately 100,000 ACL reconstructions performed each year in the United States.

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