When you twist your knee or fall on it, you can tear the stabilizing ligament that connects your thigh bone to your shin bone. This injury is common in sports such as skiing and football. When the ligament tears, the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) unravels like a braided rope and, does not heal on its own.
Fortunately, reconstructive surgery can help most people recover their full knee function after this type of injury.
What Happens During ACL Knee Reconstructive Surgery
During the procedure, the damaged ligament is replaced with strong, healthy tissue taken from another area near the knee. This tissue is called a graft.
ACL knee reconstruction may be performed with open surgery, requiring a large incision in the knee, or with arthroscopic surgery, which allows your surgeon to work with instruments inserted through tiny incisions.
Learn more about how arthroscopy works.
Take the Next Step
If you think orthopedic surgery may be the solution for your pain, call Dignity Health in Sacramento at (916) 851-2511 to request a consultation today or request an appointment online.