If you’re struggling with knee pain resulting from a torn ACL injury, your orthopedist may recommend surgery to repair your knee joint. During this procedure (also called an ACL reconstruction or ACL replacement), an orthopedic surgeon repairs your torn anterior cruciate ligament (ACL), which is the ligament that supports your joint and helps stabilize your knee.
The orthopedic surgeons at Dignity Health are here to help you find relief for your knee pain through personalized knee surgeries like ACL repair in Sacramento, CA and the surrounding areas. today to learn more about the advanced techniques and technologies we use
Do I Need ACL Repair?
If you’re experiencing painful symptoms of an ACL injury, surgery can restore stability to your joint and allow it to function normally. Our orthopedists may recommend surgery if you’ve completely torn your ACL or have other injuries in addition to an ACL tear. It is very common to have several knee injuries at once.
Your orthopedist at Dignity Health may suggest ACL surgery if:
- Physical therapy and rehabilitation have not been successful.
- You have symptoms of an unstable knee, including pain or a knee that gives way during daily use or activities.
- You’re an active adult.
- Growth plates have closed in an older child or teen.
Trusted ACL Repair in the Sacramento Region
ACL reconstruction is a minimally invasive laparoscopic procedure, which means it is uses fewer incisions than traditional knee surgery. During ACL repair at Dignity Health, your experienced orthopedic surgeon will place a connective tissue graft in the knee to repair your ACL tear. Your body will heal around it over the course of several months.
In most cases, you’ll be able to go home the same day after surgery. Depending on your age, overall health, and extent of your injury, you may have to use crutches and wear a knee brace to stabilize your knee during the healing process. You may continue to wear a knee brace for added security when playing sports or during activities that place a high amount of strain on your knee.
Physical therapy is a helpful part of your recovery. Over time, you’ll regain normal knee function, stability, and strength. It may take four to six months for you to fully recover. After surgery, most people are able to resume everyday tasks and sports. Consult with your doctor before returning to any activities or beginning new ones.
The doctors at Dignity Health provide ACL repair and other award-winning orthopedic procedures with humankindness in Sacramento, CA and the surrounding areas.