An investigation by researchers at Hospital for Special Surgery reveals that individuals who undergo anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) reconstruction are approximately 4 to 5 times more likely to undergo further ACL reconstruction, if the initial operation was performed by a surgeon who has carried out less than 60 operations.

Furthermore, the researchers found that taking part in subspecialty orthopedic fellowship-training program did not enhance the learning curve of young surgeons carrying out ACL reconstructions. The study was presented at the annual meeting of the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons, held February 7-11.