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ACL Reconstruction: A Closer Look

Anterior Cruciate Ligament

There are several Anterior Cruciate Ligament reconstruction (ACL) surgical options once you and your surgeon have decided that this is the best option for you. Studies have shown that the repaired ACL fails over time. (American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons) Therefore, the torn ACL is generally reconstructed by a substitute graft made of tendon. There are several options for grafting: the patellar tendon autograft (autograft means your own tissue), hamstring tendon autograft and allograft tissue (allograft means taken from a cadaver)

Most ACL cases at Kansas City Bone & Joint Clinic are performed outpatient (meaning that you go home the same day) at a surgical center. Once your case is scheduled, the surgeon’s nurse will provide you specific details and expected outcomes. Every case is different and it is difficult to determine how long it will take each individual patient to recover. ACL reconstruction should be performed to restore function and provide stability. Active patients involved in sports or jobs that require cutting, pivoting, turning or any other movements that require stability should consider surgical options.


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Cirugía para tratar lesiones del ligamento cruzado anterior


Source and for additional information: American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS)


If your orthopedic surgeon has determined that you would benefit from knee surgery it is important to be aware of typical pre-operative and post-operative instructions. Please speak with your surgeon’s nurse specifically if you have any questions regarding these instructions.


For specific instructions from your surgeon, please visit the post operative page.