Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) Reconstruction Animation

Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) Reconstruction Animation

Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) Reconstruction Animation


The initial treatment of an acute ACL injury often includes ice, anti-inflammatory medication, and physical therapy which is directed at restoring the range of motion of the injured knee

Surgical treatment of the torn ACL usually involves an arthroscopic surgical reconstruction of the injured ligament

Although a number of different types of tissue have been utilized to reconstruct the ACL, the most common type of ACL reconstruction involves harvesting the central third of the patellar tendon with a bone block at each end of the tendon graft. After performing a diagnostic arthroscopic examination of the knee, the central third of the patellar tendon is harvested

The remaining tendon is then repaired. After harvesting the tissue, drill guides are used to place holes into the tibia

and femur (bone above the knee). By placing the drill holes at the attachment sites of the original ligament, when the graft is pulled through the drill hole and into the knee, it will be placed in the same position as the original ACL. After pulling the graft through the drill holes and into the joint to replace the torn ACL, the graft is then held in place with bioabsorbable screws or metallic screws.

Fastening the graft in this manner allows new blood vessels to grow into the transferred graft and for healing to occur.

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Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) Reconstruction Animation


The initial treatment of an acute ACL injury often includes ice, anti-inflammatory medication, and physical therapy which is directed at restoring the range of motion of the injured knee

Surgical treatment of the torn ACL usually involves an arthroscopic surgical reconstruction of the injured ligament

Although a number of different types of tissue have been utilized to reconstruct the ACL, the most common type of ACL reconstruction involves harvesting the central third of the patellar tendon with a bone block at each end of the tendon graft. After performing a diagnostic arthroscopic examination of the knee, the central third of the patellar tendon is harvested

The remaining tendon is then repaired. After harvesting the tissue, drill guides are used to place holes into the tibia

and femur (bone above the knee). By placing the drill holes at the attachment sites of the original ligament, when the graft is pulled through the drill hole and into the knee, it will be placed in the same position as the original ACL. After pulling the graft through the drill holes and into the joint to replace the torn ACL, the graft is then held in place with bioabsorbable screws or metallic screws.

Fastening the graft in this manner allows new blood vessels to grow into the transferred graft and for healing to occur.

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