The anterior cruciate ligament is one of the most important ligaments that provide stability of the knee joint. When this ligament is overstretched, it can be torn, which causes severe pain and instability. ACL reconstruction uses a graft taken from another part of the patient's body or a donor's body to replace the torn ligament. In arthroscopic surgery, small incisions are made in the knee to insert a tiny camera and surgical instruments so the surgeon can easily see the knee joint. The surgeon drills small holes into leg bones which create tunnels for the ligament graft to be anchored. The graft is pulled through the tunnels and the surgeon secures the graft and then stiches up the incisions. During the surgery, the surgeon may repair other injured parts of the knee if necessary. After surgery, physical therapy will be crucial for the patient's recovery. Therapy may take several months to a year and the amount of time it will take to return to activities or sports depends on the individual patient.
An arthroscopy is a common procedure performed by our surgeons at Triangle Orthopaedics. With this minimally invasive technique and our physical therapy specialists, patients can recover quickly and safely. Please contact us at any of our locations here in North Carolina for more information.
Sport Medical Service – Knee
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Sport Medical Service – Elbow
Sport Medical Service – Foot & Ankle
Sport Medical Service – Hip
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