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Can a construction surgery for torn ACL be done only at the age of 18 years ?

Hi, my daughter is 15 years old, very athletic and plays handball. last week her MRI showed that she has torn ACL .Her doctor said that a construction surgery cannot be done till she is 18,meanwhile he said she cannot play sports, she feels very bad. Do we have to wait that long to operate? and can she play sports before that maybe using knee braces?
Asked On : Wed, 16 Mar 2011
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Hello and welcome to HealthcareMagic!
Yes, a reconstruction surgery for a torn ACL is preferably done after the age of 18; in other words, after she has stopped growing and has reached her full adult height. Any invasive operation at the age of 15 , when she is the active growth phase, might hamper or effect the growth, since area known as the 'growth plate' (the region of growth of bone) might get injured. So I request you to ensure that your daughter stops playing sports which would involve her affected knee and to indulge in other activities until the time of surgery.
Best wishes and regards.
Answered: Thu, 17 Mar 2011
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