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What is the main difference between bone plugs and screws for ACL reconstruction?

What is the main difference between bone plugs and screws for ACL reconstruction?

A lot.....: When we perform an ACL reconstruction, we need to utilize a "graft" to construct a new ligament. Some of those graft choices have bone plugs and some are all soft tissue (hamstring tendons). After the graft is placed, we need to secure it or hold it in position. We can use screws or other devices to go this. So a screw is a means of fixation, whereas the bone plug is simply a part of a graft. ...Read more

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Dr. Allen Lu
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Acl Reconstruction (Definition)

Because an acl (anterior cruciate ligament) cannot heal itself on its own, an acl is "reconstructed" by placing a graft tendon substitute (from your own or donor cadaver tendon) placed into tunnels made in the original acl position, and fixed in place with screws, buttons, or other fixation device. The body then replaces the cells and structure of the graft over 6-8 months, ...Read more


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What people did before ACL reconstruction surgery was found?

What people did before ACL reconstruction surgery was found?

Therapy and bracing: Before the early 1990's, 80% were recommended for non-operative treatment of their acl deficient knee. This consisted of therapy and bracing and reduction in sporting activities. Many of these knees went on to early knee replacement. ...Read more

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Are there 2 types of ACL reconstruction surgeries? Open surgery or arthroscopy?

Are there 2 types of ACL reconstruction surgeries? Open surgery or arthroscopy?

Multiple: There are multiple variations in ACL reconstruction which revolve around the choice of graft used and the surgical technique. Make sure you have an understanding of the basic porosity and cons of different approaches and don't hesitate to seek a second opinion. ...Read more

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What to do about sharp knee pain below knee 3 1/2 weeks after ACL reconstruction surgery?

What to do about sharp knee pain below knee 3 1/2 weeks after ACL reconstruction surgery?

Pain is expected: After the surgery, but it is expected to decrease gradually, and if not - make sure you follow your doctor's advice. ...Read more

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11 weeks since from mcl tear surgery and acl reconstruction started work again and am very having mild swelling with a tired feeling. is that normal?

11 weeks since from mcl tear surgery and acl reconstruction started work again and am very having mild swelling with a tired feeling. is that normal?

ACL/MCL: Yes, early fatigue is normal because of lack of strength. It takes time for you to re-build stamina. It is always good to check in with your surgeon as well. ...Read more

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Is their any alternative of ACL reconstruction surgery?

Is their any  alternative of ACL reconstruction surgery?

No: Strengthen the hamstrings and exercise only on the treadmill. That's about all the high impact activities you could do after an acl tear. ...Read more

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Bone (Definition)

Bone is a living growing tissue made mostly of collagen (protein that provides soft framework) & the mineral calcium phosphate that adds strength & hardens the framework. Two types of bone are found in the body; cortical (dense compact outer layer) & trabecular (makes up inner layer, ...Read more