Minimally Invasive ACL Repair

ACL injuries continue to grow
ACL injuries are among the most common sport-related knee injuries. Approximately 100,000 to 200,000 people in the United States acquire a torn or ruptured ACL every year.

These injuries often occur during athletic activities such as soccer, football, and skiing when one stops suddenly with the foot planted firmly on the ground. This action causes an over extension of the knee with the tibia moving too far forward on the femur. This stresses the ACL beyond its normal limits causing a tear of the ligament.

A physician can usually diagnose an ACL injury through a physical exam, although an MRI is often used to assist in the diagnosis.

The minimally invasive approach
Orthopaedic Specialists employ an Arthroscopic, minimally-invasive surgical procedure – where small incisions on the skin are made to accommodate pencil-size instruments as well as a small camera in to the body.

By connecting the camera to a larger monitor screen, the surgeon can “look around” the joint and evaluate the tendons, ligaments, cartilage and joint surface. This technique allows the surgeon to diagnose tendon/ligament injury.

Small instruments that also fit in to these small incisions allow the surgeon to repair the damaged structures of the knee.

Less down-time; faster recovery
By not opening up the patient and creating opportunities for infection and exposure, OS is able to reduce the recovery time required to get back into shape and onto the field or into the office.

Types of ACL repairs: Double bundle
Symptoms: Knee pain resulting from an acute injury as a result of a sudden turn or twist of the knee.

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