ACL reconstruction is a surgical procedure that is used to repair a torn anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) in the knee. The ACL is a crucial ligament that helps to stabilize the knee and prevent excessive movement. When it is torn, it can cause severe pain and instability, making it difficult to perform everyday activities such as walking or climbing stairs.
During the ACL reconstruction procedure, a surgeon will remove the damaged ACL and replace it with a new ligament, typically taken from a tendon in the patient's own body (such as the patellar tendon or hamstring tendon) or from a donor. The new ligament is then attached to the thigh bone (femur) and the shin bone (tibia) using special screws or staples, in order to restore stability to the knee joint.
Recovery from ACL reconstruction can take several months, as the new ligament needs time to heal and the patient needs to regain strength and range of motion in the knee. Physical therapy is often prescribed to help with this process.
It is important to note that ACL reconstruction is not always necessary, and not all ACL tears require surgery. In some cases, the injury can be managed with physical therapy, bracing, and other non-surgical treatments. However, for individuals who are physically active, have severe knee instability or who have a high risk of re-injuring their ACL, ACL reconstruction may be the best option for restoring function and preventing further injury.
Overall, ACL reconstruction is a very effective treatment for ACL tears, and can help individuals regain the ability to lead an active lifestyle. If you have any questions or want to book an appointment to discuss email us at email@example.com