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ACL Reconstruction

Surgery for anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injuries involves reconstructing or repairing the ACL.A torn ACL can’t be successfully sewn back together, so the ligament is replaced with a piece of tendon from another part of your leg or from a deceased donor. This surgery is usually performed through small incisions around your knee joint. A narrow, fiber-optic viewing scope is used to guide the placement of the ACL graft.

  • ACL reconstruction surgery uses a graft to replace the ligament. The most common grafts are autografts- using part of your own body, such as the tendon of the kneecap (patellar tendon) or one of the hamstring tendons. Another choice is allograft tissue, which is taken from a deceased donor.
  • Repair surgery generally is only used in the case of an avulsion fracture (a separation of the ligament and a piece of the bone from the rest of the bone). In this case, the bone fragment connected to the ACL is reattached to the bone.

ACL surgery is done by making small incisions in the knee and inserting instruments for surgery through these incisions (arthroscopic surgery) or by cutting a large incision in the knee (open surgery).

During the procedure‚Ä®:

After removing the damaged ligament, your surgeon will replace it with a piece of tendon from another part of your leg or, possibly, from a deceased donor. Your surgeon will drill tunnels into your thighbone and shinbone to accurately position the graft, which is then secured to your bones with screws or other fixation devices.

After the procedure:

Once you recover from the anesthesia, you’ll be allowed to go home later that same day. Before you go home, you’ll practice walking with crutches and your surgeon may ask you to wear a knee brace or splint to help protect the graft.

To reduce swelling and pain in the days immediately following your surgery, follow the R.I.C.E. model of self-care at home:

  • Rest. Use crutches to avoid weight bearing on your knee.
  • Ice. When you’re awake, try to ice your knee at least every two hours for 20 minutes at a time.
  • Compression. Wrap an elastic bandage or compression wrap around your knee.
  • Elevation. Lie down with your knee propped up on pillows.

Progressive physical therapy after ACL surgery helps to strengthen the muscles around your knee and improve flexibility. Successful ACL reconstruction paired with rigorous rehabilitation can restore the stability and function to your knee.