December 01, 2006 07:15 ET

REMINDER: ORLive Presents: Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) Reconstruction Surgery Performed Arthroscopically

Live Webcast December 1, 2006 at 1:00 PM EST (18:00 UTC) From the McLeod OR of Tomorrow at McLeod Health

FLORENCE, SC -- (MARKET WIRE) -- December 1, 2006 -- Join physicians Dr. Patrick Denton, Dr. Gregory Kinnett, and Dr. Timothy Dancy, for a live webcast of "Anterior Cruciate Ligament Reconstruction Surgery" from McLeod Health in Florence, South Carolina on December 1st at 1:00 PM EST on

Dr. Denton, a board certified Surgeon who specializes in Sports Medicine and arthroscopic treatment of knee and shoulder disorders, will perform the procedure. Dr. Kinnett, Board Certified in Orthopaedics, and Dr. Dancy, Board Certified in both Family and Sports Medicine, will serve as co-moderators, providing information about this procedure to physician, athletic, and consumer audiences. Dr. Dancy will also provide information on prevention, proper training techniques, and rehabilitation.

The Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) is the primary stabilizer of the knee. If it is torn, the person will feel a pop and experiences immediate pain and swelling, and if not repaired, the patient will have recurrent instability of the knee. Over time, this can cause long-term damage. According to the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, approximately 80,000 people each year, mostly ages 15 to 25, tear their ACL. Dr. Denton also indicates that female athletes are six times more likely to tear their ACL than their male counterparts.

An ACL reconstruction is performed arthroscopically by using one of three graft options to create a new ACL; the patellar tendon graft, the hamstring graft, and the allograft, based on the activity level of the patient and the patient's post-operation goals.

The procedure is performed on an outpatient basis and requires about one and a half hours of surgery. The recovery portion of the ACL reconstruction lasts approximately six months, based on the activity level of the patient and the patient's post-operation goals.

Prevention of an ACL injury is possible through neuromuscular training such as stretches and agility drills, which can aid in decreasing the chance of the athlete tearing the ACL. Research is currently underway to determine why more women than men tear the ACL, and currently some college-level coaches are beginning to train their female athletes differently than their male athletes due to differences in the neuromuscular make-up.

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