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ACL RECONSTRUCTION SURGERY
ACL Reconstruction Surgery
What is an ACL?
ANTERIOR CRUCIATE LIGAMENT RECONSTRUCTION SURGERY, OR ACL RECONSTRUCTION SURGERY, IS THE RECONSTRUCTION OF ONE OF THE FOUR KNEE LIGAMENTS THAT CONNECT YOUR FEMUR TO THE TIBIA.
There are several types of ACL injuries that warrant ACL reconstruction surgery:
• Partial Tear:
A small or medium tear of the ligament
• Rupture:A large tear in the ligament
• Avulsion:The separation of the ligament from the femur to the tibia
• Avulsion Fracture:
A combination of an avulsion and a bone fracture
What Does Your ACL Do?
Your ACL helps to keep your leg within an appropriate range of motion. This ligament stops you knee from twisting too much, preventing your leg from being stretched further than it should. The ACL also provides support for the other ligaments, which keep your knee from bending in abnormal ways, such as sideways. It also prevents your shinbone from coming up too far forward on the thighbone.
When your ACL is torn due to trauma, this can cause your shinbone to come too far forward and your knee will become unstable and be at risk for further injury to the other ligaments.
The Reconstruction of the Anterior Cruciate Ligament
If you have been diagnosed with a torn ACL, reconstruction surgerymay be recommended to help stabilize your leg movement and prevent further damage. The ACL reconstruction surgery will help to rebuild your partially torn, ruptured, avulsed or fractured ACL.
If you choose to undergo the ACL reconstruction, there will be a lengthy rehabilitation period following the procedure. The rehabilitation period typically lasts anywhere from seven to 12 months and includes physical therapy to help speed up recovery and hopefully regain full range of motion.
With over 30 years of experience and a distinct knowledge of ACL reconstruction surgery, Dr. Grant will diagnose your injury, perform a successful surgery and lead you to a speedy recovery. We will walk you through each step of your surgery so you feel at ease. Call today to schedule your consultation.