ACL Repair Specialist

Orthopedic and Sports Medicine Center

Orthopedic Surgeons & Sports Medicine Specialists located in St. Joseph, MO

Anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) tears are a common knee injury. ACL tears don’t heal without surgery. At Orthopedic and Sports Medicine Center in St. Joseph, Missouri, the team of orthopedic surgeons specializes in ACL repair. The team includes nationally recognized surgeons who use the most advanced surgical tools and techniques so you get the best outcomes. To discuss your ACL repair, call the office or schedule an appointment online today.

ACL Repair Q&A

What is ACL repair?

ACL repair is the surgical procedure that rebuilds the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) following an injury. The ACL is found in the center of your knee. It keeps your tibia from sliding out in front of your femur and allows for the back-and-forth and rotational movements of your lower leg. 

ACL tears are a common knee injury and may occur from a sudden stop, rapid change in direction, or poorly landed jump. Though anyone can injure their ACL, it’s a common injury among athletes who play high-impact sports like basketball, soccer, and football.

Whether it’s a partial or complete tear, an ACL tear won’t heal on its own. ACL repair is the surgical procedure that reconstructs the ligament using a tendon from another part of your body. 

ACL repair is one of the most common knee surgeries the team at Orthopedic and Sports Medicine Center performs. 

Who needs ACL repair?

Your orthopedic surgeon at Orthopedic and Sports Medicine Center determines if you need ACL repair after a consultation. You may need ACL repair if you’re an active person and need full function of your knee. 

For older adults who lead sedentary lives, the team may recommend a nonsurgical approach for an ACL injury. 

What happens during ACL repair?

Your Orthopedic and Sports Medicine Center surgeon customizes your ACL repair procedure based on your needs, and they review the details at your pre-surgical appointment.

When performing an ACL repair, your surgeon uses one of your own tendons (autograft) to rebuild the torn ACL ligament.

The team performs ACL repair using arthroscopy, a minimally invasive surgical technique that uses a surgical camera, small incisions, and special surgical tools. 

Most patients go home the same day following an ACL repair. 

How long is recovery following ACL repair?

Regrowth of the ACL with the autograft takes time. Recovery varies and it may take up to six months until you regain full use of your knee following ACL repair.

Your Orthopedic and Sports Medicine Center surgeon sends you to the physical therapy team, which creates a rehabilitation program to support your healing and recovery.

ACL repair requires advanced surgical skills. For expert care, call Orthopedic and Sports Medicine Center or schedule a consultation online today.