The orthopedic surgeons at OrthoTexas, Frisco have extensive experience in treating various medical conditions of the knee joint. They also specialize in performing reconstructive surgery to treat injuries to the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) in the knee.

ACL Reconstruction

ACL reconstruction is a surgical procedure used to restore the strength and flexibility of the knee following an injury to the ligament at the center of the joint. The anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) is the most important of all the four ligaments in the knee. It helps to provide support to the joint while you turn or twist your legs sideways. ACL tears are most likely to occur as a result of injuries while playing contact sports, direct blow, overextending the knee, sudden changes in direction while turning, jumping or landing from a fall.

When Is ACL Reconstruction Recommended?

The knee surgeons in Frisco, TX recommend ACL reconstruction if:

  • The injury is causing intense pain and disability
  • You are unable to perform basic activities of daily life, such as walking or climbing stairs
  • Other ligaments are also injured
  • Non surgical treatment is proving to be ineffective

ACL Reconstruction: The Procedure

ACL reconstruction surgery may be performed under the effect of either general or local anesthesia. During the procedure, the knee surgeon makes small incisions over the affected knee. An endoscope is inserted inside the joint so that the surgeon can have a clear view of the knee structures. The other incisions are used to insert the required surgical instruments.

ACL reconstruction surgery generally involves the following steps:

  • The knee surgeon removes the torn ligament from the joint.
  • The surgeon could remove the pieces of tissue grafts either from the patellar tendon (which connects the shin bone and kneecap) or the hamstring tendons. 
  • The new tissue may be carried to the original location of ACL by way of passages through the bones.
  • After this, the knee surgeon may use screws and metal plates to join the new ligament with the knee bones.

Benefits of ACL Reconstruction

  • Better range of motion
  • Faster Recovery
  • Reduced pain and stiffness
  • Improved functionality of the knee joint
  • Quicker return to daily activities
  • Shorter hospital stay
  • Less damage to adjoining muscles and tissues

To schedule an appointment with the knee surgeons at OrthoTexas, Frisco, you can call at (214) 618 – 5502.