Anterior Cruciate Ligament Reconstruction

Anterior Cruciate Ligament Reconstruction

Surgery:

Anterior Cruciate Ligament Reconstruction

Description:

A surgical tissue graft replacement of the anterior cruciate ligament, to restore its’ function after an injury. The torn ligament is removed from the knee before the graft is inserted through telescopic holes and incision.

Alternatives:

Do Nothing; Medicines

Goals:

Relieve pain, Improve function, Restore stability

Hospital:

Outpatient

Therapy:

Supervised by physical therapist starting the next day. 3 times a week, up to 12 weeks

Off Work:

Depends on job, approximately 2 - 3 weeks

Driving:

Driving can resume approximately 2 weeks after surgery or instructed by the doctor

Assistive devices:

Crutches, Standard knee brace for 6 weeks then graduate to a custom fitting brace

Pain Control:

Narcotic pain medicine, anti-inflammatories, muscle relaxers

Swimming:

When instructed by the doctor

Medical Clearance:

We may have to request medical clearance from your primary doctor and/or cardiologist prior to surgery

Complications:

Anesthesia, Bleeding, Infection, Stiffness, Damage to nerve/blood vessel/ ligament, Fracture, Blood clot, Lung Clot, Medical, Failure to achieve goals

Dr. Curcione talks about Anterior Cruciate Ligament Reconstruction

Orthopedics

Your musculoskeletal system, which comprises 206 bones that are connected by joints, muscles, ligaments, tendons and nerves, protects your internal organs, supports your weight, and allows you to move. It's a complex, interdependent system where even a minor disruption can result in discomfort.

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