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.
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.