ACL Reconstruction

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

ACL reconstruction is surgery to rebuild the ligament in the center of your knee. Dr. Edward Hill tells us more about how this done in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

Ligaments are strong bands of tissue that connect one bone to another. The anterior cruciate ligament, one of two ligaments that cross in the middle of the knee, connects your thighbone to your shinbone and helps stabilize your knee joint.

ACL reconstruction is surgery to replace the anterior cruciate ligament one of the major ligaments in your knee.

ACL injuries most commonly occur during sports that involve sudden stops and changes in direction.

A torn ACL cant be successfully sewn back together, so the ligament is replaced with a piece of tendon from another part of your leg or from a deceased donor. This surgery is usually performed through small incisions around your knee joint. A narrow, fiber-optic viewing scope is used to guide the placement of the ACL graft.

Your doctor may recommend ACL reconstruction if:

Youre an athlete and want to continue in your sport

More than one ligament or the cartilage in your knee is injured, or

The injury is causing your knee to buckle during everyday activities

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.