What is an ACL?
ACL, or the anterior cruciate ligament, is a ligament in your knee that serves as a barrier between the femur bone and the tibia. The ACL helps to prevent the two bones from colliding against each other, stabilizing them instead.
However, when this ligament tears or gets damaged, it can lead to a serious injury. This is typically regarded as a sports-related injury as it happens when the knee gets forcefully twisted or hyperextended.
An ACL tear doesn’t just appear on its own. It occurs after an abrupt directional change of the leg. For instance, if the foot is fixed on the ground but the knee jerks or is forced forward, it can rip a tear through the ACL. Similarly, if you’re walking and suddenly stop, slow down while running, or even land awkwardly after a jump, it can cause injury to the ACL. This is often treated with an ACL reconstruction surgery.
What is The Purpose of an ACL Reconstruction?
The purpose of ACL reconstructive surgery is to minimize the pain and return your knee to its normal mobile self. The surgery is generally an outpatient surgery, which means that you will be able to return home the same day, right after the surgery.
However, your knee will be kept in a brace. Plus, depending on the seriousness of the injury, you might also have to use crutches for a few weeks after surgery. Your orthopedic surgeon will probably also recommend ice therapy, which includes icing the affected area with an ice pack multiple times throughout the day. This is a great way to reduce the pain and discomfort, along with minimizing swelling.
What to Expect During an ACL Reconstruction Surgery?
Dr. Mufaddal Gombera, MD, is a certified Orthopaedic Surgeon who specializes in sports medicine. He has years of experience providing modern treatment for sports-related injuries. Dr. Gombera is also affiliated with the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons, the American Orthopedic Society for Sports Medicine, and the Arthroscopy Association of North America.
Due to his specialization in ACL reconstruction, Dr. Gombera is thorough with every case he handles. He begins the surgery by identifying the native footprint of the ACL before drilling the femoral tunnel on the thighbone. After a while, another tunnel is drilled on the tibial side or the shin bone, making sure that the ACL’s footprint remains in the center.
When the tunnels are prepared, the ACL graft is carefully threaded through them until it docks at both ends. Dr. Gombera will ensure the graft is secure by checking for atomic placement and the appropriate tightness of the graft. Once everything is settled, the ACL reconstruction surgery will be marked complete.
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If you recently suffered from a fall or had a minor accident that made your knee swell up, do not ignore the signs. Visit a medical professional immediately. For more information on ACL reconstruction and treatment, contact Dr. Mufaddal Gombera, MD, at (713) 794-3457.