ACL reconstruction surgery replaces a torn anterior cruciate ligament (ACL), one of the four major ligaments of the knee. Surgery can return athletes and weekend warriors to full function.
During the procedure, your surgeon removes the damaged ligament and replaces it with a tendon. The tendon can come from another part of your body (autograft) or from a deceased donor (allograft).
ACL injuries are one of the most common knee injuries among athletes. Individuals at highest risk of injuring the ACL are those that play sports that require sudden stopping and starting, changing directions or landing from a height – including soccer, basketball, football or gymnastics.
After surgery, your care team works closely with you to help strengthen your knee and restore function. You will use a brace after surgery that keeps your leg straight and use crutches to help you walk. A physical therapist guides you through your surgeon’s protocol to help you safely return to your previous activities.
Learn More About ACL Repair from Temple
J. Milo Sewards, MD, a Temple orthopaedic surgeon, provides an overview of ACL repair and reconstruction and shares why athletes and active patients with knee injuries can benefit from the Temple Sports Medicine program.