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Howard J. Luks, MD

Howard J. Luks, MD

A Board Certified Orthopedic Surgeon in Hawthorne, NY. Dr. Howard Luks specializes in the treatment of the shoulder, knee, elbow, and ankle. He has a very "social" patient centric approach and believes that the more you understand about your issue, the more informed your decisions will be. Ultimately your treatments and his recommendations will be based on proper communications, proper understanding, and shared decision-making principles – all geared to improve your quality of life.

5 comments on “Our ACL Injury Expert Opinion Series Continues : Physical Therapists and Athletic Trainers

  • I am 66 year old female with three cartridge tears. One is a flap tear. I am not overweight but scared of surgery and wonder if the surgery would help anyway.

    Would appreciate any information from anyone in the same position or can offer advice.


    • it’s hard for me to determine that from afar :-( Certainly flap tears are generally not well tolerated …. but there are many many variables that go into the decision making … age, gender, complaints, arthritis on Xray (yes or no), failure of PT, etc ; quality of life and more … it’s not a simple deacons making process and it is one that involves a nice long sit down and discussion with your doc.

      Good Luck

  • Hello my name is Florence Bailey my husband Randy Bailey found out that he has tore his ACL fluid on the knee and was told that she has to have surgery what is your recommendation on an ACL tear

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