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Is there an anterior cruciate ligament replacement surgery?

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Dr. Allen Lu
Dr. Allen Luanswered
Orthopedic Surgery 25 years experience
Yes: We call it acl reconstruction or anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction. We remove the dysfunctional acl and replace it with a tendon of similar size by placing it within tunnels drilled in the original position of the acl. The tendons come from your own knee or can be taken from donor cadaver tendons of the knee, foot, or ankle. Acl reconstruction tend to be very successful surgeries.
Dr. Tariq Niazi
Orthopedic Surgery 44 years experience
Yes: Yes, acl replacement with a cadaveric tendon or reconstruction with patients own tendons, is a common way of treating the injured acl.

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