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ACL Reconstruction Surgery

Temple orthopaedic surgeon J. Milo Sewards, MD, gives an overview of ACL repair and reconstruction, and shares why athletes and active patients with knee injuries can benefit from our Sports Medicine Program.
Temple orthopaedic surgeon J. Milo Sewards, MD, gives an overview of ACL repair and reconstruction, and shares why athletes and active patients with knee injuries can benefit from our Sports Medicine Program.

ACL reconstruction surgery replaces a torn anterior cruciate ligament (ACL), one of the 4 major ligaments of the knee. Surgery can return athletes and weekend warriors to full function.

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.

During the Procedure

With ACL reconstruction, 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).

An illustration of the anterior cruciate ligament in the knee

What Happens After

After the procedure, 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.

Return to Your Favorite Activities

Our multidisciplinary team of specialists collaborates to specifically manage ACL injuries. We work closely across disciplines — including orthopedic surgeons, sports medicine physicians, 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 several convenient locations across Philadelphia, we’re making it easy to get ACL injury care near you. Each of our locations offers access to:

  • 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
  • See a sports medicine specialist within 24 hours of injury or referral
  • Latest advances in treating and rehabilitating ACL injuries

Positive Patient Experience

Madeleine was a marathon runner, but then she suffered a fall at a restaurant and severely injured her knee. She made an appointment with our Sports Medicine Program. Tests revealed that she had a torn ACL and two meniscus tears. Her doctor reassured her that she would run again.

On the day of Madeleine's surgery, everything was planned out and she felt very comfortable. The surgery was a complete success, and she now looks forward to competing in marathons again.

I would tell any other runner or athlete that Temple Sports Medicine knows athletes. They do everything they can to get you back safely, quickly and in good spirits.

Madeleine

See a specialist near you to treat your ACL injury. Request an appointment or call 800-TEMPLE-MED (800-836-7536) today.