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.

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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...

I tore my anterior cruciate ligament 4 days ago now. Do I require surgery?

Discuss w/ Ortho MD. Most torn acls eventually require surgical reconstruction in young active patients who desire to return to any sort of activities that require changing direction or quick starting and stopping. A thorough examination of your knee detailing any other concomitantly injured structures (meniscal tear, cartilage injury, etc.) will also dictate your indication and timing for potential acl surgery. Read more...

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...

Could there be a anterior cruciate ligament replacement surgery?

Yes. Yes, acl replacement with a cadaveric tendon or reconstruction with patients own tendons, is a common way of treating the injured acl. Read more...