Helping You Emerge Stronger with Minimally Invasive ACL Repair
EmergeOrtho’s physicians are leading experts in the advanced, minimally invasive treatment of ACL tears, which are some of the most common and well-known knee injuries. ACL stands for anterior cruciate ligament. These ligaments are in the knee joint and connect the thigh bone (femur) to the shinbone (tibia).
Common causes of ACL injuries
These injuries are more common among athletes and are often caused when playing sports that include running and jumping. Problems occur when:
- Changing direction rapidly
- Stopping suddenly
- Slowing down while running
- A bad landing from a jump
- A direct collision, such as a tackle
Symptoms of an ACL tear
In addition to intense pain, patients may report a “popping” sound when injured. Another common symptom is the feeling that the knee is “giving out.” Without timely treatment, an ACL tear can cause extensive damage to the knee joint as well as knee instability.
Treatment for ACL tears
EmergeOrtho examines conservative, nonsurgical treatments before proposing surgical intervention. Sometimes, minor ACL tears can be treated with immobilization in a brace. More severe cases require ACL reconstruction surgery. For all cases, physical therapy is required to return the patient to full function. If the knee is irreparably damaged or has eroded away because of arthritis, then knee surgery may be the next logical step.
ACL reconstruction is a surgical procedure that repairs a torn anterior cruciate ligament (ACL), one of the four ligaments that help stabilize the knee.
The ligament is reconstructed using a tendon that is passed through the inside of the knee joint and secured to the femur and one of the two lower tibias. The tendon used for reconstruction is called a graft and can come from different sources. It is usually taken from the patient’s own patella, hamstring, or quadriceps. ACL reconstruction is most often performed through arthroscopic surgery.
Arthroscopic reconstruction surgery is one of the most common orthopedic procedures performed. Through the use of small instruments and cameras, our surgeons can visualize, diagnose, and treat problems within the joints in a minimally invasive manner. The arthroscope contains a fiber optic light source and small television camera that allows the surgeon to view the joint on a television monitor and diagnose the problem, determine the extent of injury, and make repairs. Other instruments may be inserted to help view or repair the tissues inside the joint.
EmergeOrtho is dedicated to providing optimal care for all of your orthopedic needs. Our specialty-trained physicians have extensive expertise in the latest minimally invasive surgical techniques. Visit one of our many locations across the state so we can evaluate your options and determine which course of treatment is best for you.