ACL reconstruction surgery can help an athlete return to sports after this serious knee injury. When is a brace needed after ACL surgery? In this Ask Dr. Geier video, I discuss the pros and cons of a brace after ACL surgery.

Brendan asks:
My son had his ACL repaired 15 months ago. He is back to running track and playing basketball. He would like to get back to snowboarding. Do you recommend a brace?

Many orthopedic surgeons have their patients wear custom ACL braces after undergoing ACL reconstruction. In theory, these braces can decrease the risk of a second ACL injury.

In this video, I discuss why I don’t routinely have my patients wear a custom ACL brace after ACL surgery. I explain some of my concerns about the brace. I also suggest some times in which I would consider having the athlete wear one.

A patient wears a custom brace after ACL surgery

If you are preparing for ACL reconstruction or you recently had ACL surgery, watch this video and then discuss the use of an ACL brace after surgery with your orthopedic surgeon.

Also read:
When can I walk normally after ACL surgery?
Early rehab after ACL surgery

Please remember, while I appreciate your questions, I cannot and will not offer specific medical advice by email, on my website, on my podcast, or in social media. My responses are meant to provide general medical information and education. Please consult your physician or health care provider for your specific medical concerns.

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