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13 year old female with complete tear of ACL, will repair prevent bone growth?

Question: 13 year old female with complete tear of ACL, will repair prevent bone growth?

My 13 year old daughter fully tore her ACL, no other damage. I was looking into having it repaired, either cadaver or her own hamstring, not sure which is better, but am concerned that at her young age there may be issues with stunting her leg growth. Advice?

Answer:

Yazid

Hi
As an orthopedic surgeon working in Iran, we really believed in "Insall and Sott surgery of the knee" as a bible!
I personally advise surgery for active teenage and even younger like you case.

"Although historically there has been reluctance to attempt
intra-articular ACL reconstruction in children, because of
fear of physeal injury producing deformity and growth arrest
from transphyseal procedures, these concerns are gradually
relenting because both clinical and experimental studies have
shown that this risk may be overplayed."

Insall and Scott