Differentiating ACLs from ACLS: A Primer

Updated: Jul 19, 2019


GLOBO GYM, MA – Like most orthopods, I know a lot about ACLs. Unfortunately, I’m also required to take ACLS biennially. When my schedule said “ACLS” a few months ago, I presumed that I had multiple knee ligamentous reconstruction surgeries. I was sadly mistaken.

Much like an ACL surgery, there are many steps of ACLS that follow a fairly common pattern with various branch points and outcomes ranging from awesome to. After an ACL reconstruction, and are 98% and 96% more likely than after ACLS respectively.


There are many differences;

ACLs are the most commonly injured ligament in the knee, ACLS is the most commonly failed test by Orthopaedic surgeons.

ACL tears commonly cause a painful knee effusion. ACLS failure commonly causes an embarrassed Orthopaedic surgeon retaking the class.


There are typically 40-70 NFL players who have their season ended by ACL failure. To my knowledge, there is only one NFL player to ever attempt ACLS Dr. Laurent Duvernay-Tardif and he is currently on injured reserve. The number of Orthopaedic surgical careers ended by ACLS failure is unknown but too high if more than zero.


An ACL is not required for normal knee function for many adults especially lower demand individuals and those willing to wear a brace for all future athletic activities. ACLS is only required of orthopods by mean hospital administrators. Orthopaedic surgeons contribute chest compressions in codes. That’s about it.


ACL reconstruction is a common surgical procedure with approximately 100,000 performed annually in the US. ACLS test reconstruction is severely frowned upon by the American Heart Association and can result in disqualification from any further AHA certifications. .

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