Sports Medicine: ACL Repair

November 22, 2013

She won a silver medal in soccer at the 2000 Olympics. Now Michelle French plays soccer for the Seattle Sounders, and that’s how she tore her right knee’s anterior cruciate ligament (ACL).

She was treated by Dr. Chris Wahl, an orthopedic surgeon at the University of Washington Medical Center. Minimally invasive arthroscopic surgery removed the damaged ligament, and French’s knee was reconstructed with graft tendons from her hamstring. Rehabilitation helped French return to the field quickly.