“We see fewer injuries among skiers because of significant improvements in the equipment,” says James Gladstone, an orthopedic surgeon and co-chief of sports medicine at Mt. Sinai School of Medicine in New York City. Skis are shorter and hourglass shaped, he explains, making them more responsive and easier to turn. And, more important, ski bindings release more easily than those of a generation ago, reducing the risk of fractures in the lower legs.
‘She could go back to performing within three to six months,’ says orthopedic surgeon Dr. Alexis Colvin, who is not treating Gaga.
Vonn likely will have surgery to repair just the ACL and may return to normal skiing activity in six months, according to Alexis Chiang Colvin, an orthopedic surgeon specializing in sports medicine at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York City. Colvin said the ACL, the more serious of the two tears, is “critical” for any skier.