Anterior Cruciate Ligament Reconstruction

Anterior Cruciate Ligament injuries are frequently seen by our Orthopedic Physicians. These tears interfere with the ability to return to some athletic activities and strenuous occupational activities. Surgical reconstruction is often recommended for athletes and heavy laborers.

Anterior Cruciate Ligament Reconstruction involves the use of your own tissues (patellar tendon, hamstring tendons) in order to rebuild your ligament. In some special cases, the graft may need to be ordered from the "tissue bank".

The surgical procedure is performed "arthroscopically", allowing repair of the meniscus at the same time if necessary. The remaining portion of the torn ligament is removed and then is replaced with the graft.

Ligament surgery is performed in the Outpatient Surgery Center, and patients are able to return home on the day of surgery. Patients are allowed to walk with the use of crutches and will start motion exercises on the day of surgery.

Supervised Orthopedic Therapy and home therapy are extremely important in the final outcome following surgery. Return to sports is usually allowed between 10 to 12 months following ligament surgery.