ACL Reconstruction

Leading South Jersey surgeons use Advanced Surgical Institute to perform ACL Reconstruction. This operation can restore the function of your torn anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) to stabilize your knee.

The anterior cruciate ligament is one of the most commonly injured ligaments of the knee, according to the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons. The ACL keeps your shinbone (tibia) in place. A tear of this ligament can cause your knee to give way during physical activity.

Some ACL injuries can be treated without surgery. If the ACL is only partially torn, physical therapy and rehabilitation can restore the knee to a condition close to its pre-injury state. Completely torn ACLs require surgical reconstruction, however.

ACL Reconstruction involves replacing the torn ligament with a substitute graft made of tendon or tendon with bone attached. The ACL Reconstruction procedure is done by knee arthroscopy. During this surgery:

  • You are given general anesthesia.
  • The surgeon inserts the arthroscope, which is a tiny telescopic lens that is attached to an external digital camera, into your knee joint through a small surgical cut.
  • Images from the telescopic lens inside the joint display onto a monitor in the operating room.
  • The doctor uses the images to guide miniature surgical instruments through a second small incision to perform the repairs.
  • The surgeon uses the arthroscope to check the conditions of your ligaments and other tissues of the knee.
  • The surgeon fixes any other damage found and then replaces your ACL
  • The surgeon reconstructs the ACL using a graft taken from you or a cadaver donor.

After surgery, you will participate in physical therapy to rehabilitate your knee. The success of your ACL Reconstruction surgery will depend on how well you stick to your physical therapy.