ACL repair is typically an outpatient procedure done under general anesthesia (or in some cases regional spinal anesthesia). After surgery, a knee brace and/or crutches may be required for 1 to 4 weeks. Much of the success of ACL reconstructive surgery (i.e. regaining knee motion and strength) depends on the patient's dedication to rigorous physical therapy, lasting 4 to 6 months or more.
Knee arthroscopically-aided anterior cruciate ligament repair/augmentation or reconstruction;
ACL reconstruction surgery is done to replace the torn ligament in the center of your knee and to restore the stability of the knee joint. With the assistance of arthroscopy, the torn ligament is replaced with a graft. The graft is known as an autograft if using the patient’s own tissue, or an allograft if using donor tissue. In addition to the smaller incisions used during arthroscopy, a slightly larger incision is often made just below the knee in order to gain access to graft tissue and fasten the new ACL in the proper position.
A surgical repair used to reconstruct the ACL (anterior cruciate ligament) of the knee. This procedures involves the surgeon making one or more small incisions around the knee and inserting a small surgical camera (about the width of a pencil) into the incision.
This camera allows the surgeon to see the knee in high definition and navigate around all of the structures of the knee. Since the ACL can not be sewn back together, another piece of tissue must be used to graft the two pieces together. Your surgeon will discuss the most effective area to graft tissue. The torn portion of ligament will then be removed using microsurgical instruments. Small tunnels are made in the bone and the new tissue is threaded through these tunnels for stability. The newly repaired ligament is then attached to the bone.
ACL repair is performed as an outpatient procedure using a Minimally Invasive Approach at Regency Healthcare’s state of the art surgical facility. Patients will not need to stay overnight and will be able to leave the surgical practice the same day.
Anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction (ACL reconstruction) is a surgical tissue graft replacement of the anterior cruciate ligament, located in the knee, to restore its function after anterior cruciate ligament injury. The torn ligament is removed from the knee before the graft is inserted through a hole created by a single hole punch. The surgery is performed arthroscopically.
An ACL reconstruction is sometimes referred to, incorrectly, as an ACL repair. A torn anterior cruciate ligament cannot be “repaired”, and must instead be reconstructed with a tissue graft replacement.