Tearing your anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) can be extremely painful and affect all other areas of your body and mobility. The expert orthopedic surgeons at The Woodlands Sports Medicine Centre are passionate about bringing advanced ACL repair procedures to The Woodlands, Texas, community. If you’re experiencing daily knee pain, or an athlete looking to continue your career, reach out by phone or book an appointment online to discuss an ACL repair treatment plan today.
Anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) repair treats the torn ACL ligament in your knee. The ACL crosses the middle section of your knee, stabilizing it, and ties your thigh bone to your shin bone.
During the ACL repair or reconstruction, your surgeon makes a small incision near your knee joint and replaces the torn ligament with a new piece of tendon. This allows you to heal and restore knee mobility.
ACL injuries often happen to athletes when they perform quick movements, like in basketball, football, soccer, or other highly physical activities.
You may be a candidate for an ACL repair if you’re experiencing knee mobility issues daily. A repair is also a great option if you're young and an athlete that wants to continue your sport.
Any physical movement that includes swift movements, turns, or pivots, will require a repair that allows your knee to perform properly.
At The Woodlands Sports Medicine Centre, you have an extensive evaluation before the procedure, and any of your family or sports coaches are included in discussions of the treatment plan if applicable.
You receive general anesthesia before the repair. Your surgeon then removes the damaged ACL and replaces it with a new tendon, or graft, which can come from a donor or another part of your knee.
ACL repair is often a minimally invasive arthroscopic surgery, which uses a small camera and tools to perform the procedure through tiny incisions.
The graft allows for new ligaments to grow, and you should be left with only small scars and a quicker recovery time than with open knee surgery.
You can expect to need crutches, a splint, or a knee brace to heal. Your surgeon advises you on at-home recovery procedures, physical therapy, and your overall rehabilitation plan.
If you are interested in discussing an ACL repair, reach out by phone or book online to schedule a consultation with The Woodlands Sports Medicine Centre today.