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Queens ACL Reconstruction Surgery Specialists

Learn more about anterior cruciate ligament tears and how our expert surgeons can treat them

What is an ACL tear?

An anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) tear is an injury in one of the major ligaments of your knee, often accompanied by intense pain, a decreased range of motion or inability to participate in a physical activity, and a lack of stability in the knee.

ACL tears are either partial or complete. You may be able to recover from a partial tear without medical intervention, though you may still experience instability in your knee. A patient with a complete tear who wishes to continue participating in athletic activities or faces difficulty in everyday actions such as walking will typically require surgery.

What can cause an ACL tear?

ACL tears are common for people who participate in high-impact sports because these types of activities often involve sudden stopping or changing direction. A tear can also be caused by pivoting while your foot is planted in place, landing awkwardly from a jump, or colliding with a person or object.

How can ACL reconstruction surgery help you?

If you’re a candidate for surgery, ACL reconstruction may help you prevent future damage, both to your ACL and other parts of your knee. Many ACL tears occur in combination with meniscus injuries and other forms of ligament damage, most of which are also fairly common for competitive athletes. An ACL injury that continues to cause instability over an extended period of time can also lead to more severe damage.

Surgical reconstruction is often recommended for patients with ongoing instability issues or who depend on the physical capability of their knee for athletic or occupational activities. It’s less ideal for children and adolescents with an ACL tear, since surgery can potentially cause growth plate injury and interfere with bone growth.

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Michael J. Alaia

Dr. Michael J. Alaia, MD is a fellowship-trained sports medicine orthopedic surgeon with additional specialties in tendon and ligament, knee, shoulder, and elbow injuries. With over 100 peer-reviewed publications and over 100 presentations at national meetings to his name, Dr. Alaia is considered a national and international expert in knee and shoulder reconstruction, particularly complex knee injuries and ligament reconstructions.

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Joseph A. Bosco lll

Dr. Joseph A. Bosco III, MD is a sports medicine and joint replacement specialist who served as team physician for the New York Mets professional baseball team. He has also been the team physician for the Durham Bulls and Brooklyn Cyclones minor league baseball teams.

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Spencer Stein

Dr. Spencer Stein, MD is Associate Director of the Division of Sports Medicine for Orthopedic Specialists of New York. As a sports medicine doctor, he specializes in helping patients return to sports and activities after injuries to the shoulder, elbow, hip, and knee.

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