ACL Reconstruction Surgery
ACL reconstruction is surgery to rebuild the ligament in the center of your knee.Anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) is in the middle of the knee, ACL reconstruction can improve the stability and the function of your knee following an injury. It involves replacing the ACL in your knee, usually using a tendon from another part of your body.
How does the ACL get injured?
In general, the incidence of ACL injury is higher in people who participate in high-risk sports, such as basketball, football, skiing, and soccer.
ACL injuries often occur with other injuries. For example, an ACL tear commonly occurs along with tears to the MCL and the shock-absorbing cartilage in the knee (lateral meniscus). The most common mechanism of injury is from a non-contact injury that typically occurs whilst attempting a pivoting or cutting (change of direction) manoeuvre during sport.
The procedure is usually performed with the help of knee arthroscopy. With arthroscopy, a tiny camera is inserted into the knee through a small surgical cut. The camera is connected to a video monitor in the operating room. Your surgeon will use the camera to check the ligaments and other tissues of your knee.Your surgeon will make other small cuts around your knee and insert other medical instruments.