ACL (Anterior Cruciate Ligament) injuries typically occur during sport and physical activities, which can require sudden stops and changes in direction. The tears typically occur with the following sports:
A torn ACL cannot be sewn back together. Instead, the ligament must be replaced with one of two options:
Our patients have the option to choose how they would like the ligament to be replaced, and our surgeons will discuss each option with patients in-depth during a consultation.
Small incisions are created around the knee joint. A fiber optic viewing scope guides our surgeons to the ideal placement of an ACL graft. ACL surgery is common procedure performed by our Triangle Orthopaedic Sports Medicine team.
The goal of ACL surgery is to restore the knee to the same functionality that it had before injury. In addition, we work to prevent degeneration of the other structures of the knee.
Most patients experience dramatic improvements post-surgery. There is typically less pain and stiffness than experienced before surgery.
A normal ACL viewed arthroscopically
A torn ACL; the torn end is pointing towards the camera.
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