Playing fast moving, high-impact sports may increase your risk for ACL tears and other knee injuries. At San Diego Sports Medicine & Orthopaedic Center, Inc., the board-certified orthopaedic surgeons offer surgical solutions, including comprehensive ACL reconstruction surgery. Using the latest techniques, the surgical team can restore your knee’s range of motion and alleviate your pain for the long term. Find out if ACL reconstruction is right for you by calling the office in San Diego or using the online booking feature to schedule a consultation today.
ACL reconstruction is a surgical procedure to rebuild the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL), the center ligament of your knee. This ligament connects your thighbone, or femur, to your shinbone, or tibia.
You may need an ACL reconstruction surgery if you tear your ACL during high-impact activities. A tear in the ACL can make your knee unstable, causing it to give out when you’re walking or otherwise putting weight on your knee joint.
Your doctor at San Diego Sports Medicine & Orthopaedic Center, Inc. may recommend ACL reconstruction surgery if you have a serious tear in the ligament that isn’t treatable with nonsurgical methods.
They may recommend this type of surgery if you have:
A torn ACL also increases your chances for damaging your meniscus, the piece of cartilage in your knee that absorbs shock. Surgery to repair your ACL can reduce additional damage to the meniscus and other structures of your knee.
The team at San Diego Sports Medicine & Orthopaedic Center, Inc. uses a surgical technique known as arthroscopy to perform ACL reconstruction.
The surgeon inserts a slender instrument that contains a tiny camera into the structure of your knee. The camera sends images of the inner knee structure to an external monitor the surgeon watches during surgery.
To reconstruct the damaged ligament, your surgeon uses healthy tissue from another area of your body, often your hamstring, to replace the ACL tissue. They attach the new tissue to the bone, using screws to hold it in place.
Your surgeon at San Diego Sports Medicine & Orthopaedic Center, Inc. may also repair any other damage found in your knee at the time of your surgery before closing the incision.
Depending on your overall health, you may be able to go home after a brief period of recovery from anesthesia. Your surgeon provides a stabilizing knee brace that you wear for up to four weeks.
Your surgeon will likely recommend physical therapy in the months after surgery to help you regain functionality and range of motion in your knee.
If you experience chronic knee pain from a damaged ACL, find out if you’re a candidate for ACL reconstruction by calling San Diego Sports Medicine & Orthopaedic Center, Inc. or scheduling a consultation online today.