The anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) in your knee can tear or rupture completely under enough force, and is a common sports injury. If you have an ACL sprain that won't heal, board-certified orthopaedic surgeon Adam Bright, MD of Schofield, Hand and Bright Orthopaedics in Sarasota, Florida, can help. Dr. Bright specializes in performing ACL reconstruction surgery to restore your athletic ability and stabilize your knee. For expert care of your ACL injury, call the office to schedule a consultation or book an appointment online today.
ACL reconstruction is a surgical procedure to reconstruct the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) in your knee. The ACL crosses over the front of your kneecap, one of four ligaments in the knee joint that connect the bones. The ACL helps to keep your knee stable and guide the joint's movement.
To perform ACL reconstruction, Dr. Bright uses arthroscopic techniques that enable him to access the inside of the joint without making any large incisions. The arthroscope is an instrument that fits through small holes and sends back video images of the ACL. Using these images, Dr. Bright can remove the damaged ligament and replace it with new tissue.
The graft is likely to be a piece of tendon from your patellar tendon in your knee. After removing the graft from the source location, Dr. Bright makes tiny incisions in your shin and thigh bones where he anchors the new tissue into place.
ACL injuries are quite common, especially in people who play sports that involve twisting the knee or stopping suddenly. A sprain where the ACL overstretches or only partially tears could heal itself in time, especially if you have help physical therapy.
If your injury doesn't heal using these methods, or you suffer a total rupture of the ACL, surgery might be necessary. A complete tear can't heal itself, but if you have a quiet lifestyle, you may be able to manage without surgery, and may benefit from a special ACL brace. If you're active and intend to remain so, surgery is the best way to fix the problem.
Recovery to the point where you can participate in competitive sports again takes at least six months and usually closer to nine months.
Dr. Bright prepares a detailed rehabilitation plan that you need to follow closely to optimize your recovery. You might need to wear a knee brace for a while, modify your activities, and undergo a comprehensive physical therapy program.
ACL reconstruction surgery offers you the chance to regain full use of your knee. If this is important to you, call Schofield, Hand and Bright Orthopaedics today or book an appointment online.