How Can ACL Reconstruction Surgery Help You?
- Posted on: Jun 30 2015
Anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) reconstruction is a procedure that involves replacing the anterior cruciate ligament in the knee, often performed when the ligament is severely injured (or torn). Take a closer look at what exactly this procedure entails and how it can restore functionality to the knee.
What Exactly is ACL Reconstruction Surgery?
A torn ACL cannot be repaired. The only solution is to reconstruct it by means of tissue graft replacement. There are two ways of doing it: autograft and allograft. The former involves using your own body tissue, while the latter requires tissue from another person (a live donor or a cadaver). The choice of method is yours but before you decide, a discussion regarding the advantages and disadvantages of both methods with your surgeon is advised.
If you choose autograft, your hamstring, quadriceps or patellar tendons may be possible donor sites. Age and lifestyle will affect your choice. While an autograft gives you additional injury (since you will be using tissues from other parts of your body) and increases the time required to conduct the surgery, an allograft carries the risk of contracting infection from a foreign body.
Even before the surgery itself, you will have to start physical therapy. This is important because having strong muscles, particularly your quadriceps, can aid in recovery after the surgery is completed. After the surgery, you will be required to do exercises that will bring back flexibility and range of motion while also building strength. Recovery time varies, but it will be about six months before you can return to intense physical activity (and even then, you may need braces).
Interested in Learning More About an ACL Reconstruction Surgery? Contact Dr. Stephen M. Desio.
For more information about ACL reconstruction surgery, knee replacement, or other orthopedic procedures (for sports related injuries, or otherwise), contact Dr. Desio today. We are located in Worcester, Massachusetts and can be reached directly at 508.363.6363. We look forward to hearing from you soon.
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