Exclusive Interview with Dr. Tom Myers: ACL Reconstruction

Exclusive Interview with Dr. Tom Myers: ACL Reconstruction

Exclusive Interview with Dr. Tom Myers: ACL Reconstruction Why Surgeons as a whole are performing only a B+ ACL reconstruction and what the consequences are Graft Failure is more common than Reported by Dr. Tom Myers | Myers Sports Medicine and Orthopaedic Center http://jennactive.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/dr-myers-1.mp3 Here’s the issue; over 100,000 ACL reconstructions are performed in the U.S. alone every single year but these reconstructive surgeries have only really been implemented since the 1970s. With only 40-50 years of long term outcome studies and the rise in female participation in sports sprouting in the 1990s causing thousands of ACL injuries for people under 25 years old; we really are not proficient enough in providing a long term solution to these athletes who have torn their ACL. ACL reconstructions have become very common and because of the contact nature in men’s sports and the increased risk of ACL injury in female sports we are seeing more ACL injuries than ever before. Unfortunately the bad news is that the long term repercussions of this procedure are slowly surfacing as the athletes from the 70s and 80s are aging and seeing long term arthritis problems and as the athletes from the 90s are entering their 20s and 30s the amount of cases with graft failure, arthritis, and meniscus tears down the road are steadily increasing. What’s worse is many surgeons have different preferred techniques for ACL reconstruction and because they don’t keep track of their long term outcome studies appropriately or their patients with complications go see other surgeons; many surgeons don’t realize that many of the long term outcomes of their reconstructions are...