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Arthroscopy for Torn Ligament Reconstruction

Arthroscopy for Torn Ligament Reconstruction

Injuries and problems with the knee can be painful and even debilitating when not treated. Often the pain and discomfort cannot be managed through medication, and surgical intervention becomes necessary. Through knee arthroscopy, highly trained surgeons can detect and treat many common knee problems including a torn anterior cruciate ligament, or ACL. With knee arthroscopy, anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction is minimally invasive and highly effective.

ACL Tears

The ACL is an important ligament that helps to support and stabilize the knee. ACL tears are very common among athletes and often require surgery. When such injuries are not treated surgically, they often result in persistent and life long pain and instability. However, with surgery, the ACL can be reconstructed and in most cases, along with therapy and healing, patients can resume their normal activities.

Knee Surgery Made Efficient

Knee arthroscopy allows doctors to access and treat the joint through small incisions. Using a camera and fiber optics the surgeon can see inside the knee without making large incisions. Images are immediately projected on a screen in the operating room, and, in most cases, surgeons can use these images to operate.

Torn ACL Surgery

Knee arthroscopy for torn anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction is usually performed in a hospital or orthopedic surgical center. The patient is given either general or local anesthetic. During the procedure, a complete tear is repaired using a graft from the patient's knee or a donor. The graft is attached to the patient's leg bones and held in place with surgical screws. The repaired ACL is placed in the same position as the patient's original ACL.

Recovery and Physical Therapy

After surgery, a torn anterior cruciate ligament takes 6 to 9 months to heal fully. During this time patients usually work with physical therapists to rebuild strength and range of month. Athletes may also need to work with trainers to restore the skills that are necessary for their particular sport. In general, arthroscopic ACL reconstruction is a very successful procedure that works in up to 90% of patients. Knee arthroscopy can also be used to treat many other common problems including a torn meniscus or complications relating to arthritis.

Surgical Complications 

Like all surgical procedures, there is a slight risk of complications from knee arthroscopy. Complications related to this procedure are rare but may include bleeding, damage to the knee, blood clots, infection, or knee stiffness. Some patients may also experience complications related to anesthesia.