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Knee surgery 'requires an experienced doctor'

Hospital for Special Surgery in New York

The experience of a surgeon could be crucial when undergoing knee replacement, according to a new report.

Research from the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York found patients who have anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) procedures carried out by doctors who have performed less than 60 operations were around four to five times more likely to need a follow-up ACL reconstruction.

Doctors explained that although surgeons who complete their medical training are qualified to carry out the procedure, there is still a sharp learning curve for ACL operations.

"ACL reconstruction is a complex procedure, with many surgical steps, that may be more technically difficult at the beginning of one's career," said co-author of the study Robert Marx.

The researchers analysed 12,778 ACL reconstructions performed by 320 surgeons.

Arsenal midfielder Emmanuel Frimpong recently suffered an anterior cruciate knee injury while on loan at Wolves and now faces a lengthy spell on the sidelines.

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Knee replacement surgery news : 10 February 2012