ACL reconstruction is surgery to rebuild the ligament in the center of the knee. The anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) keeps the shin bone (tibia) in place. A tear of this ligament can cause the knee to give way during physical activity. The procedure is usually performed with the help of knee arthroscopy.
The surgeon will fix any other damage found, and then will replace the ACL by following these steps:
- The torn ligament will be removed with a shaver or other instruments.
- If own tissue is being used to make new ACL, the surgeon will make a larger cut. Then, the autograft will be removed through this cut.
- The surgeon will make tunnels in your bone to bring the new tissue through. This new tissue will be in the same place as the old ACL.
- The surgeon will attach the new ligament to the bone with screws or other devices to hold it in place. As it heals, the bone tunnels fill in. This hold the new ligament in place.
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- 09 Jan 2015
- Orthopaedics, Sports Medicine