Christopher: Stations, here is your suggested lead. From the latest technology used to repair broken bones or designing safe playgrounds for children, orthopedic surgeons have come together in the world’s largest orthopedic meeting in Chicago. Here, they will share ideas and learn the latest in research in order to better help their patients. Dr. Ron Noy, from New York, spoke with reporter Christopher Michael about the ACL. And the interview comes your way in three, two, one. Anybody in sports certainly worries about it, but it happens to other people, too, a tear in their ACL. What can be done to help these people?
Dr. Noy: Our techniques now are to reconstruct the ACL. We’ve been doing this for many years, but the techniques now to make an anatomic ACL really have come a long way. Most patients now get back to their sports as if they never had an injury in the past. The new techniques are anatomic, so that the knee now replicates a normal knee in the mechanics, that it would have as if you never tore your ACL in the first place.
Christopher: Question. Everyone is concerned about getting back to work pretty quickly, how can you do that?
Dr. Noy: One of the things we do at Prestige Orthopedics and Sports Medicine, we really spend a lot of time teaching the patient not just what we’re going to do in surgery, but what to do afterwards. The key is what the patient does afterwards is as important. We actually have now techniques that our patients rarely ever take narcotics after surgeries. We teach them what to do at home, they don’t start of therapy right away, they only start therapy usually at two weeks, but they’re back to work in one week, not on crutches, often without a brace, and most of their colleagues don’t even know they had surgery.
Christopher: That was Dr. Ron Noy. If you’d like more information, go to anationinmotion.org. And this is Christopher Michael reporting.