If you tear the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) in your knee, ACL reconstruction can stop the pain, reduce the risk of a more serious injury, and restore your mobility. At Andrew D. Pearle, MD, board-certified orthopedic knee surgeon Dr. Pearle and nurse practitioner Emma Jane Smith perform ACL reconstruction to treat ACL tears and ruptures. To make an appointment on the Upper East Side in New York City, or in White Plains, New York, call the nearest office or book online today.
ACL reconstruction is an orthopedic surgery that replaces a torn or ruptured ligament in your knee. ACL injuries affect people of all ages, but they’re especially common in athletes who play sports like basketball, soccer, and football.
If you experience a minor ACL injury, it might respond to conservative treatments like ice and rest. Surgical intervention might be necessary if your symptoms persist or prevent you from returning to the court or playing field.
During ACL reconstruction, Dr. Pearle uses surgical tools to remove your injured ACL and replace it with a graft. There are several types of grafts, including autografts (a tendon from somewhere else in your body) and synthetic grafts (tendons made from man-made materials).
The type of graft that will most benefit you depends on several factors, including your age and the severity of your ACL injury.
Dr. Pearle performs ACL reconstruction surgery with arthroscopy, a minimally invasive technique.
At the beginning of surgery, he administers general anesthesia to put you to sleep. Once you’re comfortable, Dr. Pearle makes several small incisions in your knee. Then, he inserts surgical tools, removes your damaged ACL, and replaces it with a graft.
Dr. Pearle uses several screws to hold the graft in place. Once it’s secured, he removes the tools, closes the incisions, and moves you to a recovery room for observation. Dr. Pearle performs ACL reconstruction on an outpatient basis, so you can return home the same day as your procedure.
After ACL reconstruction, Dr. Pearle explains how to clean and dress your surgical wound. He also writes you a prescription for pain medication. During the first few weeks of recovery, it’s normal to experience knee pain, stiffness, and swelling.
Make sure to take your medication as prescribed, get plenty of rest, and attend each follow-up visit. As the graft begins to heal, you enroll in physical therapy. Physical therapy uses stretches and strengthening exercises to restore your range of motion, flexibility, and quality of life.
To see if you can benefit from ACL reconstruction, make an appointment at the practice of Andrew D. Pearle, MD, by calling the nearest office or booking online today.