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Doctors, what is the difference between torn ACL and knee reconstruction?

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Dr. Bradley Butkovich
Orthopedic Surgery

In brief: A torn acl is

a specific diagnosis of the anterior cruciate ligament being torn in your knee.
You typically do an ACL reconstruction to restore function to your knee. the term "KNEE RECONSTRUCTION" is a general term and could mean anything from ligament repair to cartilage restoration or even knee replacement and fracture fixation..

In brief: A torn acl is

a specific diagnosis of the anterior cruciate ligament being torn in your knee.
You typically do an ACL reconstruction to restore function to your knee. the term "KNEE RECONSTRUCTION" is a general term and could mean anything from ligament repair to cartilage restoration or even knee replacement and fracture fixation..
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