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For an athlete there is nothing worse than suffering a sports injury that takes him/her out of competition, as is the case for Chicago Cubs player Kyle Schwarber. While some injuries require more rest and rehabilitation than others, those who undergo surgery for an anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injury need to take it slow before heading back into play.
In most cases, ACL surgery is done through small incisions, or arthroscopic surgery, rather than open surgery. Not only does this help reduce scarring and decrease recovery time but it can also help reduce complications and risks. Often the surgery is performed on an outpatient basis, meaning the patient won’t have to spend even a night in the hospital. Outpatient surgery doesn’t make recovery any less serious, however.
While a pro-athlete may share a different recovery than us, much of the rules still apply. Patrick Birmingham, MD, Orthopaedic Surgery and Sports Medicine at NorthShore, shares his tips for ensuring a safe and speedy recovery from ACL surgery:
Have you had ACL surgery or know someone who has?