Surgical, Structural, and lifestyle Considerations Following Multiple Knee Surgeries

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Dr. Kirk Brumels, Hope College
Professor Margaret Frens, Hope College
Professor Tonia Gruppen, Hope College
Professor Brian Dykhuizen, Hope College

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This case study examines a female college student and her struggles with multiple knee surgeries, including three Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) reconstructions, a meniscal repair, and an Autologous Chondrocyte Implantation (ACI). The purpose of the case study is to better understand the consequences of multiple ACL reconstructions on the structural integrity and effects on the function. This case study will also discuss the ACI procedure in an attempt to increase the function and decrease pain, and degenerative processes. A general bony and ligamentus anatomy will be included along with the general procedure of ACL reconstruction. The different options for donor tissue in an ACL reconstruction will be outlined and discussed. To conclude, the case study examine the factors that might predispose someone to multiple ACL or meniscal injuries.

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