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Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) Reconstruction

Anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injuries are common orthopedic ailments that can be treated with non-surgical and surgical methods, but surgery is usually required.

What to Know About ACL Injuries and Reconstruction

  • ACL injuries usually occur when the knee undergoes a sudden or severe twist from pivoting or excessive pressure.
  • Physical therapy may be a successful form of treatment in lower demand patients and patients with advanced age and/or arthritis.
  • Surgery is usually required for ACL injuries; the most common surgery being ACL reconstruction.
  • ACL reconstruction is where the surgeon removes the damaged ACL and replaces it with new tissue. The new tissue comes from either donated, treated cadaver tissue (allograft) or from tissue within the patient’s knee itself (autograft).

What to Expect with ACL Reconstruction

  • ACL reconstruction is done under general anesthesia and takes about 60-90 minutes.
  • Surgery is usually done in an outpatient setting, meaning you can go home the same day as your surgery.

Who is a Good Candidate for ACL Reconstruction?

  • You are an adult who lives an active lifestyle
  • You are a child whose growth plates have closed
  • Non-surgical therapies have not been effective
  • You are an athlete trying to return to a sport

What Can I Expect During Recovery Following ACL Reconstruction?

  • Physical therapy
  • Limiting or modifying activities
  • Using assistive device

Most patients experience a full recovery after ACL reconstruction surgery when proper instructions are followed. Total recovery takes approximately nine months. Competitive athletes can expect to need eight to 12 months before returning to play.

  • ACL reconstruction is done under general anesthesia and takes about 60-90 minutes.
  • Surgery is usually done in an outpatient setting, meaning you can go home the same day as your surgery.

  • You are an adult who lives an active lifestyle
  • You are a child whose growth plates have closed
  • Non-surgical therapies have not been effective
  • You are an athlete trying to return to a sport

  • Physical therapy
  • Limiting or modifying activities
  • Using assistive device

Most patients experience a full recovery after ACL reconstruction surgery when proper instructions are followed. Total recovery takes approximately nine months. Competitive athletes can expect to need eight to 12 months before returning to play.

Why Choose Orthopaedic Associates of Manhasset for Knee Issues

Orthopaedic Associates of Manhasset’s orthopedic knee specialists are dedicated to providing surgical and nonsurgical approaches to treating acute and chronic knee conditions. Our specialists strive to offer the highest level of knee care that helps patients to restore function, reduce discomfort, provide relief, and prevent further injury.

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