ACL Grafts

 

 

The Anterior Cruciate Ligament, or ACL, is the strong ligament that passes through the middle of your knee to keep the knee stable and is the most common ligament torn in knee injuries. ACL injuries can occur from many different types of accidents and, at first, many people believe that they have simply “sprained” their knee. An ACL tear leaves many people with a sense of instability and the inability to perform many sporting activity. Reconstruction for ACL tears have become common and are even done in other mammals such as dogs and cats.

 

Although it is now a common operation it is still a major surgery and will take a great deal of time and rehabilitation to recover. The surgery is done for “functional instability” which means the knee will not function well due to the lack of this ligament. Leaving the knee unstable may lead to more injuries and early knee replacement.

 

There are both open and arthroscopic techniques used to reconstruct the ACL. There are also multiple types of material used with these surgeries. At the Center for Minimally Invasive Surgery at the Arkansas Orthopaedic Institute, Dr. Allison only uses minimally invasive all arthroscopic techniques to reconstruct the ACL and selects grafts based on patients size, level of activity, bone quality, and whether they have had a previous knee surgery or not.

 

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ACL Tear

 

ACL Repair

Dr. Allison ONLY uses minimally-invasive all arthroscopic techniques to reconstruct the ACL.

 

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