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An Inside Look at How Doctors Fix Sports' Most Notorious Injury

(October23, 2013)

The torn ACL is one of the most feared common injuries in sports. Superstars and weekend warriors from across the sports spectrum lose years of their careers to torn ACLs with regularity. Medical science has progressed to where athletes can now make full recoveries, but the process is long and arduous. So how do doctors work their magic?

Houston's Memorial Hermann hospital on Wednesday live-tweeted an ACL reconstruction procedure complete with photos, videos and medical play-by-play to give athletes and medicine nerds of all stripes an unprecedented inside look at the process.

Dr. Walt Lowe, Medical Director of the IRONMAN Sports Medicine Institute, performed the surgery.

Experts in treatment and rehabilitation Dr. Steven Flores and Russ Paine, P.T., provided insight and answered viewers’ questions live.

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