The anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) is one of the four main ligaments stabilizing the knee. A knee injury involving a tear in or damage to the ACL can be severely debilitating. Treatment after an ACL injury typically involves rehabilitation or surgery followed by rehabilitation. Those who experience a complete or partial ACL tear, or who continue to experience chronic knee pain after more conservative therapy, should explore the option of surgical correction.
ACL reconstruction surgery may be necessary to minimize pain and loss of function in the knee, to prevent injury or degeneration of other structures in the knee, and/or to restore normal stability to the knee.
Though not all ACL injuries require surgery, those who meet the above criteria should consider a consultation with one of the renowned ACL surgeons at the Knee Surgery Center of Excellence in Beverly Hills.
ACL Reconstruction Surgery
The orthopedic surgeons at the Knee Surgery Center of Excellence are well-trained in the most advanced minimally invasive technique for ACL reconstruction, arthroscopic surgery. This procedure involves the use of tiny instruments and cameras through small incisions to replace the ACL while avoiding damage to the surrounding tissue.
Arthroscopic ACL reconstruction begins with three small incisions around the knee-joint. A slender instrument equipped with a camera is inserted into the incision to allow the surgeon to see the inside of the joint. The two remaining incisions provide access for microscopic instruments that will be used to repair damage within the knee and to carry out ACL replacement.
The orthopedic surgeon uses a graft to replace the ligament, because a torn ACL cannot be adequately repaired on its own. The graft is commonly taken from another part or your leg such as a kneecap or hamstring tendon, but can also be taken from a donor. After the ACL has been replaced the incisions are closed, sterile dressings are applied, and a Brace Wrap is placed around the knee.
ACL Surgery Risks
ACL reconstruction surgery is regarded as a safe procedure that can be performed in an outpatient setting under general or regional anesthesia. The minimally invasive methods used at the Knee Surgery Center of Excellence in Beverly Hills reduce scarring at the incision and help to reduce recovery time. Though uncommon, complications of ACL surgery may include:
· Slight numbness around the surgical scar
· Infection of surgical incision
· Damage to nerves or blood vessels in the knee
· Limited range of motion or pain at extreme ranges of motion
· Problems with the graft tendon
Recovery from ACL Surgery
Recovery after ACL reconstruction surgery involves rehabilitation and follow-up appointments. Our goal at the Knee Surgery Center of Excellence is to optimize recovery from surgery and maximize strength and function in the knee with rehabilitation.
Early rehabilitation includes monitoring swelling and increasing range of motion of the knee. As soon as a month into recovery, swimming or other sports that place minimal stress on the knee may be attempted. Athletes who require ACL reconstruction surgery will undergo a more rigorous rehabilitation schedule. Full recovery may take from several months up to a year depending on the individual.
Contact an Orthopedic Surgeon in Beverly Hills
The Knee Surgery Center of Excellence in Beverly Hills offers renowned orthopedic surgeons who are expertly trained in ACL reconstruction surgery. To schedule a consultation regarding knee pain or injury, please call (888) 429-6865.