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I've heard that women are more likely than men to have medical complications after ACL surgery. Is this true?

The research has been mixed on this issue. Some studies have found that both genders are prone to complications from ACL surgery. Other studies show no differences between the two groups.

A recent study followed 200 patients who had this type of surgery. None of the patients, male or female, had serious complications. The authors felt that this was because the patients immediately started a swiftly progressing rehabilitation program. The program got patients up and moving quickly and emphasized straightening the knee as early as possible. The authors also tried to delay surgery until patients had maximal knee extension and the swelling was gone.

These factors may make a difference in whether patients avoid problems after ACL surgery. For the time being, it looks like gender doesn't have an impact on surgical complications after ACL surgery.


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