The ACL, or anterior cruciate ligament, is one of the four main ligaments in the knee. It helps connect the femur to the tibia while also providing stability. The ACL runs diagonally through the middle of the knee.
Damage to the ACL is one of the most common knee injuries. It is especially frequent among athletes. Estimates put the number of ACL injuries per year at around 200,000, while ACL reconstruction surgery is done to repair the ligament approximately 100,000 times per year.
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Causes of ACL Injuries
The majority of ACL injuries occur while people are playing certain high-risk sports, including football, soccer, basketball, and skiing. Of these injuries, almost three quarters happen in non-contact instances associated with movements such as cutting, pivoting, or landing awkwardly during physical activity. Some studies have shown that women are more susceptible to ACL injuries than men.
When to Get ACL Reconstruction Surgery
The most common symptoms of ACL damage are swelling and a feeling of instability in the knee. Patients will often experience a loss of range of motion as well. The severity of the symptoms can depend on the severity of the injury.
Good candidates for ACL reconstruction surgery are typically younger people who live an active lifestyle. The best way to find out if ACL reconstruction surgery is right for you is to contact a specialized knee surgeon.
During ACL reconstruction surgery, a few incisions are made in the knee. These are done to allow the arthroscope, a small camera, to look inside the knee. Using the arthroscope, your surgeon will prepare a graft that can be implanted into the knee in place of the old, damaged ligament.
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