La Peer Orthopedists: Proper Care Vital in Rajon Rondo’s ACL Recovery

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Beverly Hills Orthopedic Surgeons Eric Millstein, MD, and Steven Meier MD, explain the Boston Celtic guard's expected course of recovery from ACL reconstruction surgery.

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The anterior cruciate ligament is one of the key structures stabilizing the knee, providing support for lateral movements and quick bursts of speed.

The Boston Celtics star point guard Rajon Rondo will miss the remainder of the season with a torn anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) in his right knee. While initially reported as a hyperextended right knee, the ACL tear was later confirmed through MRI scans and announced during the Celtic's double-overtime victory over the Miami Heat.

Rondo will undergo ACL reconstructive surgery followed by about nine months of physical rehabilitation before he is able to return. Dr. Eric Millstein, orthopedic surgeon and knee injury specialist at La Peer Health Systems in Beverly Hills, commented on the importance of proper care for an ACL injury.

“The anterior cruciate ligament is one of the key structures stabilizing the knee, providing support for lateral movements and quick bursts of speed,” Dr. Millstein said. “Unfortunately, an ACL tear is one of the more common knee injuries and usually requires surgery to restore stability and prevent further injury.”

ACL reconstruction involves replacing the torn ACL with a graft, either from a tendon in another part of the leg or from a donor. After removing scar tissue that has formed from the ACL tear, the graft is fixed to bones in the knee joint with screws. At La Peer Health Systems, ACL reconstruction is performed arthroscopically as an outpatient procedure. Patients go home the same day of surgery.

Physical rehabilitation typically begins the day after ACL reconstructive surgery. The rehabilitation program aims to manage swelling, develop muscle control, and restore strength and range-of-motion in the knee. Full recovery from ACL surgery can take from 9-12 months, depending on the level of activity desired by the patient.

“Significant progress has been made in ACL reconstruction, with stronger grafts and arthroscopic methods resulting in a 95% success rate,” explained Dr. Steven Meier, a La Peer orthopedic surgeon specializing in minimally-invasive arthroscopic surgery and joint reconstruction. “Still, much of the success of ACL reconstructive surgery depends on the patient's dedication to rigorous physical therapy.”

Once he undergoes surgery, Rondo will face the arduous task of rehabilitating his reconstructed anterior cruciate ligament. If he follows his doctor’s orders and avoids any setbacks, his recovery should go just fine.

La Peer Health Systems is an outpatient surgery center in Beverly Hills, founded by doctors and focused on providing excellent patient care alongside the most cutting-edge medical treatments available. With 40 world-renowned physicians in 13 specialties, we offer comprehensive medical treatment that takes patients from consultation to diagnosis, treatment, surgery, and ultimately aftercare. Our 13 medical departments include orthopedics & sports medicine, gastroenterology, head & neck surgery, colorectal & general surgery, podiatry, ophthalmology, pain management, plastics & reconstructive surgery, gynecology, spine surgery, interventional cardiology, bariatric surgery, and anesthesiology. Unlike large hospitals, La Peer's unique structure offers extremely personal care in a safe and controlled environment.

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