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Under the Knife: Memorial Hermann Live Tweets ACL Surgery

Watch the archive of a live Twittercast of an athlete going under the knife for ACL reconstruction surgery, one of the most-discussed injuries in sports today.

Board-certified orthopedic surgeon Walt Lowe, M.D., a nationally recognized specialist in ACL surgery and head team physician for the Houston Texans and Houston Rockets, took the public into the OR for an inside look at a common surgery performed on adolescent and adult athletes following an ACL tear. Live text, picture and video updates were released in a live stream and on Twitter using hashtag #MHknee or follow us at @memorialhermann.  View the summary above to see key moments of the surgery, from first incision, harvest of the donor graft, attachment of the new ACL, and closing of the surgery site.

Two experts in treatment and rehabilitation of injured athletes will be stood by to answer questions on Twitter and in live chat. Steven Flores, M.D., is a board-certified orthopedic surgeon trained under Dr. Lowe and team physician to the Houston Texans and Houston Rockets. Russ Paine, P.T., is a widely recognized physical therapist and rehabilitation expert that has served as a rehabilitation consultant to the Houston Astros, NASA, and the Houston Rockets. He is known for his experience with knee and shoulder injuries and his client list includes professional athletes who have sought his expertise to help them return to their prior level of function.

Participant Bios

Dr. Walter Lowe, MD

Board-certified in orthopedic surgery and sub-specialty trained in sports medicine, Dr. Lowe is head team physician for the Houston Texans and Houston Rockets and Chair of Orthopaedic Surgery at UTHealth.
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Russ Paine, PT

Physical therapy and rehabilitation expert Russ Paine, PT has served as a rehabilitation consultant to the Houston Astros, NASA, and the Houston Rockets.
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Dr Steven Flores MD twittercastDr. Steven Flores, MD

Board-certified in orthopedic surgery and sub-specialty trained in sports medicine, Dr. Flores is team physician for the Houston Texans and Houston Rockets and Assistant Professor at UTHealth.
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Learn More About ACL Reconstruction

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ACL surgery replaces a torn ACL with a tissue graft to restore the knee’s function after injury. The goal of ACL surgery is to create a stable knee and restore function to the torn ligament. Athletes and active adults involved in sports who want to return to their previous level of activity generally receive the most benefit from ACL surgery. Read more >>