One of the most common knee injuries strikes the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) in the knee. People who play sports may have a greater risk of developing an ACL tear.
At Dignity Health, our orthopedic surgeons can repair a torn ACL with arthroscopic surgery, ensuring full range of motion without pain. Doctors may refer to ACL surgery by several names, including ACL replacement, ACL repair, or ACL reconstruction.
If you or a loved one would like more information about ACL surgery in Arizona, Find a Doctor at a Dignity Health location near you.
Criteria for ACL Surgery
Your doctor may recommend ACL surgery in order to restore range of motion, function, and flexibility to your knee after an ACL injury. You may be eligible for this procedure if you have completely torn your ACL ligament, or if you have other knee injuries along with an ACL tear.
Candidates for ACL surgery include:
- Active adults
- Older children or teens whose growth plates have closed
- Those with symptoms of knee instability, such as knee pain or a knee that can’t support activity
- Those who haven’t had success with noninvasive treatments
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Surgery to repair an ACL ligament is often performed on an outpatient basis. You will have anesthesia so you will not feel any pain during the surgery. During this minimally invasive laparoscopic procedure, your surgeon takes a graft of connective tissue and uses it to repair the ACL.
ACL Surgery Recovery
Most people are able to go home the same day of their surgery. Crutches or a knee brace may be necessary to help stabilize the knee joint during recovery. As with most orthopedic surgeries, physical therapy will be needed to help you restore flexibility and range of motion. A full recovery may take anywhere from four to six months.
While most people are able to play sports or perform regular activities after surgery, be sure to talk with your doctor about how to protect your knee from future injury.
As part of our orthopedic services, Dignity Health offers reliable ACL surgery in Arizona.