Anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) reconstruction is an ideal and lasting solution to restore full knee function after a serious ACL injury. If you want to find out if ACL reconstruction is right for you, book an evaluation at Able Orthopedic & Sports Medicine in Forest Hills, New York. You can conveniently schedule an exam directly through the online scheduler or you can call the office to speak with a team member.
Your anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) is a major connective band in your knee. While anyone can suffer from an ACL tear or rupture, this type of injury most commonly affects athletes who participate in basketball, football, soccer, gymnastics, and downhill skiing (to name a few).
Not all ACL injuries require surgery. Your orthopedist may only recommend ACL reconstruction if your:
ACL reconstruction is also necessary sometimes if your injury affects your sports performance and you want to continue participating in your sporting event.
The team of board-certified orthopedic surgeons at Able Orthopedic & Sports Medicine spend time evaluating your injury and previous medical records to ensure ACL reconstruction is right for you. They prepare you for your procedure and recovery, so you know exactly what to expect.
During ACL reconstruction surgery, which is typically performed under general anesthesia, your orthopedic surgeon makes an incision and removes the damaged ACL. The next step involves replacing your ACL with a graft, which can come from other parts of your body, or from a donor.
To properly position the graft, your surgeon drills small tunnels in your thigh bone and shinbone and secures the graft in place with screws or rods. Over time, new ligament tissue starts to build up over the graft, and your knee becomes fully restored.
In many cases, you can go home either the same day or the following day after your ACL reconstruction procedure. You’re going to need to use crutches to get around and wear a knee brace regularly.
Physical therapy is necessary for several months after ACL reconstruction, and you can typically get started about two weeks after surgery. Your orthopedist might recommend getting started on platelet-rich plasma (PRP) or stem cell therapy injections to help with healing and inflammation after surgery.
Full recovery from ACL reconstruction can take about 6-8 months, but your orthopedic surgeon at Able Orthopedic & Sports Medicine may make you wait up to 8-12 months to return to all of your normal sporting activities.
Book your ACL reconstruction evaluation at Able Orthopedic & Sports Medicine today. Schedule online or call the clinic directly to book a visit.