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 that includes Loyola University Medical Center (LUMC), located on a 61-acre campus in Maywood, Gottlieb Memorial Hospital (GMH), on a 36-acre campus in Melrose Park, and convenient locations offering primary and specialty care services throughout Cook, Will and DuPage counties. At the heart of LUMC is a 547-licensed-bed hospital that houses the Center for Heart & Vascular Medicine, the Cardinal Bernardin Cancer Center, a Level 1 trauma center, a burn center, a children's hospital, Loyola Outpatient Center, and Loyola Oral Health Center. The campus also is home to Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine, Loyola University Chicago Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing and the Loyola Center for Fitness. The GMH campus includes a 254-licensed-bed community hospital, a Professional Office Building with 150 private practice clinics, an adult day care program, the Gottlieb Center for Fitness, the 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 93 hospitals, and 120 continuing care locations — including home care, hospice, PACE and senior living facilities — that provide nearly 2.5 million visits annually.