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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.

3 comments on “Does ACL Surgery Prevent Arthritis?

  • My 14 year old totally tore her ACL during a bit at a soccer game. She also may have damaged the miniscus. Her growth plates are not totally closed. But Doctor thaight it would be Ok. Should we wait to have the surgery and which graft should we use for Surgery if we decide to do sirgery

    • Tough injury at this age. Answer depends on her bone age and what her growth plates look like. There are techniques where we can avoid the growth plates completely… or we use a soft tissue graft ( one of her hamstring tendons) and then fixation of the graft above the femoral growth plate and below the tibial growth plate. Regardless of technique there is always a risk of injury to the growth plate.

  • i am 50 years old and I not able to walk properly because of my right knee pain since last 6 weeks.
    Today MRI report came and it says –
    Thickening and hyper attenuation of the ACL.
    Chronic tear noted of the ACL
    Moderate tri compartmental osteoarthritis.

    Do I need to go for ACL surgery? I love to do exercise and maintain my health but my knee pain preventing me even from walking. Please let me know.

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