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ACL Reconstruction

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.

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During an ACL reconstruction, your surgeon removes the damaged ligament and replaces it with a tendon graft.

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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. 


After falling and severely injuring her knee, marathon runner Madeleine knew she was facing a large setback in her training. She was referred to Temple where Dr. Eric Kropf performed an ACL reconstruction and meniscus repair. “I would tell any other runner or athlete that Temple Sports Medicine knows athletes... They do everything that they can to get you back there safely, quickly and in good spirits.”

Return to Your Favorite Activities with the Help of Specialists at Temple Health

Our multidisciplinary team of specialists collaborates to specifically manage ACL injuries. We work closely across disciplines – including orthopedic surgeons, sports medicine providers, physical therapists and rehabilitation experts to help you return to your favorite activities. Our understanding of the complex problems associated with ACL injuries, paired with access to the latest advances in treatment, helps our patients receive the best care possible.

With six convenient locations across Philadelphia, we’re making it easy to get the care you need. Each of our locations offers access to state-of the-art care to get you back to the activities you enjoy, including:

  • A multidisciplinary team, including specialty providers, physicians, surgeons, physical therapists and rehabilitation specialists, that works together to treat your injury and help you recover
  • Unmatched expertise, along with a continued commitment to be on the cutting edge of ACL treatment and surgery techniques
  • Highly qualified physicians who understand the drive and desire athletes have to return to sport
  • Ability to see a sports medicine specialist within 24 hours of injury or referral
  • Latest advances in treating and rehabilitating ACL injuries

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