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Doctor insights on: Cruciate Ligament Repair

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How successful is ACL (anterior cruciate ligament) reconstruction surgery?

How successful is ACL (anterior cruciate ligament) reconstruction surgery?

Very successful: Anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction surgery has undergone considerable changes over the past decade. Intensive research into the biomechanics of the injured and the operated knee have led to a movement away from the techniques of the early 1980's characterized by post operative casting and delayed rehabilitation, to the current early rehabilitation program which in made the result better. ...Read more

Ligament (Definition)

A fibrous band of tissue that connects one bone to another. They hold joints in place. Dr. Fox's trivia test: what one bone is the only one ...Read more


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What is anterior cruciate ligament) reconstruction surgery?

What is anterior cruciate ligament) reconstruction surgery?

ACL: The acl is the main stabilizing ligament in the knee. When it tears or ruptures, it can not be repaired, but needs to be reconstructed with a graft. There are numerous graft options which can be used to make a "new" acl. ...Read more

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Acl and meniscus tear reconstruction cost?

Acl and meniscus tear reconstruction cost?

Tough to answer...: In the usa orthopaedic surgeons fees for that procedure are typically around $2000. The expensive part of the surgery is the hospital cost, anesthesia, etc. And it can be substantial ie >$20k if you dont have insurance. ...Read more

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Is it possible that knee ACL (anterior cruciate ligament) repair itself?

Is it possible that knee ACL (anterior cruciate ligament) repair itself?

Anything is possible: But the torn acl doesn't repair itself strongly, that it can function normally. It usually is stretched out tissue, which is no good to the its normal job. There might be some scar tissue hitching the 2 ends of the acl together, but in no way, is that acl functional. I hope I have answered your question. Good luck and happy holidays. ...Read more

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Is the anterior cruciate ligament tear surgery is painful?

Is the anterior cruciate ligament tear surgery is painful?

Yes (to an extent): Any surgery will cause post-operative pain. There will also be discomfort with the therapy that is required after the procedure. Different patients have different pain thresholds, but usually, the pain post-operatively isn't so bad (from the feedback i've gotten from my patients who have had the surgery). ...Read more

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Chronic partial tear of anterior talofibular ligament need cirgury?

Chronic partial tear of anterior talofibular ligament need cirgury?

Probably not: It would depend on the symptoms. If there is no instability, surgery is probably not needed. ...Read more

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Can the knee's ACL and PCL ligament injuries heal naturally?

Can the knee's ACL and PCL ligament injuries heal naturally?

Acl/pcl healing: If an acl and PCL tear these ligaments do not typically heal; this is due in part to the synovial environment in which these ligaments reside as well as the demand that is exacted on these ligaments. Whether one is symptomatic with these injuries is in large part measured by the degree of activity in which a patient participates in and the number of hours one is actively engaged. ...Read more

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Anterior cruciate ligament knee injury, what to do?

Anterior cruciate ligament knee injury, what to do?

See a specialist.: See a fellowship trained sports medicine orthopedic knee surgeon, who has experience with ACL's. ...Read more

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How severe is a torn anterior cruciate ligament (acl) injury?

How severe is a torn anterior cruciate ligament (acl) injury?

Significant: Acl tear is a significant injury to the knee. It can significantly affect the function of the knee. Especially pivoting activities. Acl injury can occur in motor vehicle accidents, falls, and most commonly in sports. The acl can tear in an injury involving knee contact with someone or something or without any knee contact. Acl is generally fixed to restore the best possible function to your knee. ...Read more

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Torn lateral meniscus, should I have meniscectomy or meniscus repair?

Torn lateral meniscus, should I have meniscectomy or meniscus repair?

Depends: If a repair is possible, that would typically be best. The meniscus is a shock absorber inside the knee, and with removal or meniscectomy, there is greater risk for arthritis. Every tear however cannot be repaired, and the tear pattern, location of tear, quality of tissue, and expectations of the patient need to be considered. There will be restrictions after surgery if the meniscus is repaired. ...Read more

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Is there an anterior cruciate ligament replacement surgery?

Is there an anterior cruciate ligament replacement surgery?

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. ...Read more

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What does anterior cruciate ligament ACL injury feel like?

What does  anterior cruciate ligament ACL injury feel like?

Giving way: Classically people describe a buckling, twisting, or giving way episode in the knee, with a popping feeling. Sometimes the pop is audible. Commonly there is swelling, limited ability to walk, and then associated stiffness+pain; as swelling goes down, pain will go away, but instability (wobbly/buckling) feeling with quick changes of direction persists; some people have minimal pain/swelling. ...Read more

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What is lateral collateral ligament laxity?

What is lateral collateral ligament laxity?

Loose ligament: Laxity is an orthopaedic term for looseness. Normally, ligaments don't really stretch much. If a ligament gets partially torn, it can be functionally lengthened which can make a joint unstable. Some people have more lax ligaments than others. If there are no symptoms of instability, no worries! ...Read more

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Did a torn rotator cuff require surgical repair?

Did a torn rotator cuff require surgical repair?

It depends: Many people have degenerative rotator cuff tears as we mature. Non operative conservative treatment should be the first line of treatment. This often consists of NSAIDS, injection, and physical therapy. If conservative treatment fails, operative treatment may be warranted. Ask your orthopaedic surgeon for more details. Good luck ...Read more

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Dpes meniscocapsular separation lateral meniscus require surgery ?

Dpes meniscocapsular separation lateral meniscus require surgery ?

meniscus: Usually a meniscocapsular separation require surgery to repair the meniscus back to the capsule with sutures. Alternatively, the meniscus can be removed partially or completely. ...Read more

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Does a torn ACL and lateral meniscus require surgery?

Does a torn ACL and lateral meniscus require surgery?

Acl: Yes. These injuries require surgery especially if the meniscus tear is causing pain or your knee to lock up. ...Read more

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Could a posterior cruciate ligament (pcl) heal itself over time?

Could a posterior cruciate ligament (pcl) heal itself over time?

Usually not: Pcl injuries, if complete, have zero healing potential. In partial injuries (sprains) depending on your age and other factors healing is possible. ...Read more

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