Monday, April 30, 2012

Derrick Rose's Knee Unlikely to be 100 Percent after Surgery for Torn ACL, Loyola Surgeon Says

MAYWOOD, Ill. -- Surgery to repair the type of ACL injury suffered by Chicago Bulls star Derrick Rose is successful in 90 percent of cases, according to sports medicine orthopedic surgeon Dr. Pietro Tonino of Loyola University Medical Center.

But even if Rose's surgery is successful, his knee probably will not get back to 100 percent of its function. "His knee will be almost normal but not completely normal," Tonino said.

Nevertheless, many professional athletes have been able to return to a high level of performance after ACL injuries, Tonino said.

"With Rose's physical ability, he may be able to perform at a very high level, where the difference between a normal and an abnormal knee would be almost imperceptible to most people who see him play," Tonino said.

It typically takes six to nine months to recover from surgery from a torn anterior cruciate ligament. Rose likely will need to wear a knee brace for up to a year after the injury, Tonino said.

Tonino is Loyola's program director of sports medicine. He has repaired thousands of ACL tears.

To talk to Dr. Tonino, please call Jim Ritter in Media Relations, (708) 216-2445, or email him at

About Loyola University Health System

Loyola University Health System (LUHS) is a member of Trinity Health. Based in the western suburbs of Chicago, LUHS is a quaternary care system with a 61-acre main medical center campus, the 36-acre Gottlieb Memorial Hospital campus and more than 30 primary and specialty care facilities in Cook, Will and DuPage counties. Loyola University Medical Center’s campus is conveniently located in Maywood, 13 miles west of Chicago’s Loop and 8 miles east of Oak Brook, Ill. At the heart of the medical center campus is a 559-licensed-bed hospital that houses a Level 1 Trauma Center, a Burn Center and the Ronald McDonald® Children's Hospital of Loyola University Medical Center. Also on campus are the Cardinal Bernardin Cancer Center, Loyola Outpatient Center, Center for Heart & Vascular Medicine and Loyola Oral Health Center as well as Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine, Loyola University Chicago Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing and the Loyola Center for Fitness. Loyola's Gottlieb campus in Melrose Park includes the 255-licensed-bed community hospital, the Professional Office Building housing 150 private practice clinics, the Adult Day Care, the Gottlieb Center for Fitness, Loyola Center for Metabolic Surgery and Bariatric Care and the Loyola Cancer Care & Research at the Marjorie G. Weinberg Cancer Center at Melrose Park.

Trinity Health is one of the largest multi-institutional Catholic health care delivery systems in the nation. It serves people and communities in 22 states from coast to coast with 92 hospitals, and 120 continuing care locations — including home care, hospice, PACE and senior living facilities - that provide nearly 2.5 million visits annually.