What is ACL Reconstruction?
The anterior cruciate ligament, commonly referred to as the “ACL,” is one of the major ligaments near your knee and is responsible for facilitating the movement and stability of the joint. During high-energy sports or activities, such as basketball, tennis, soccer and football, the ACL can easily tear. This injury is extremely painful and usually involves swelling, a loss of mobility and an inability to bear weight on the affected leg.
Usually, an ACL injury necessitates surgery. ACL reconstruction surgery involves removing the torn ligament and replacing it with part of a healthy tendon from another part of the knee, such as the patellar tendon. A tendon from a deceased donor may also be used. Advanced arthroscopic techniques allow our surgeons to perform the majority of ACL procedures through a minimally invasive approach, which makes use of small cameras and tiny incisions to carefully reassemble the tendon.
Our Treatment Approach
At OrthoCARE Institute, we value the safety and efficiency of conservative treatments and generally recommend non-surgical care first. When patients suffer an ACL tear and require surgery, however, our experienced orthopedic specialists conduct the procedure using minimally invasive methods to provide optimal healing. By focusing upon your individual needs and symptoms as a patient, we strive to ensure the highest standards of personalized, innovative care.
During an ACL reconstruction, you can expect to rest comfortably with the help of general anesthesia. Your knowledgeable surgeon will make tiny incisions near the knee joint and insert a small arthroscopic camera to provide visibility and accuracy. Your surgeon will then replace the damaged ligament with a graft of healthy tendon. The new ligament will be secured to your bone with fixation devices to ensure stability and continued healing.
Minimally invasive surgery offers many benefits, including low risks of scarring and trauma to surrounding areas, as well as minimized blood loss. Additionally, patients who undergo minimally invasive surgery usually experience shorter recovery times that encourage a return to their everyday lives quicker than traditional open surgery typically allows. After a minimally invasive ACL reconstruction surgery, patients will often return home the same day. Rest, limited activity, ice, compression, elevation and strategic physical therapy are important parts of the rehabilitation and healing process for an injured ACL.
To learn more about ACL reconstruction or OrthoCARE Institute, do not hesitate to call us directly at 972-573-7802 or fill out the form on our Contact Us page. We look forward to helping you regain your well-being so you can remain active, pain-free and healthy!