ACL reconstruction surgery is the standard treatment for young, active people who sustain an ACL tear. But what happens when that person is a child?
The concern of performing ACL surgery in children is that there is a risk of causing a growth disturbance in growing children. Growth plate problems as a result of ACL surgery could potentially lead to early growth plate closure or alignment deformities. Research has shown that the risk of growth plate problems is less than the risk of permanent knee damage if the ACL is not fixed.
Recommendations for kids with ACL tears include treatment by surgeons with expertise in taking care of childhood ACL injuries, as well as special surgical and rehab considerations that may be different from ACL treatment in adults.