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The anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) is one of the major ligaments in the anatomy of the knee. ACL Reconstruction is a surgical procedure that is performed to repair a torn ACL. ACL injuries occur most commonly during activities that require sudden stops and starts in motion such as sporting activities like soccer, football, tennis, basketball, skiing, gymnastics, and volleyball.

During ACL Reconstruction surgery, the damaged ligament is removed from the knee and then replaced with natural harvested tendon material. The surgery is generally performed as an outpatient procedure and is minimally invasive, using only small incisions around the knee joint. Patients will usually be released to go home the same day.

Reasons for ACL Reconstruction

Your ligaments are the bands of flexible connective tissue that connect bones to one another. The ACL is a ligament which connects the femur to the tibia, acting as a stabilizer for the knee joint.

ACL injuries often occur while participating in sporting activities. These activities can put a significant amount of stress on the joint of the knee. Many injuries happen during motions such as:

  • Suddenly changing speed or direction of movement
  • Pivoting on a standing leg
  • Jumping and landing on the knee incorrectly
  • Sudden stop of motion
  • Receiving a direct impact to the knee joint

How to prepare for ACL Reconstruction

In preparation for your ACL reconstruction surgery, you will likely undergo a series of physical therapy sessions designed to reduce swelling and inflammation prior to surgery. It has been shown that patients who undergo surgery with swollen joints have poorer surgical outcomes than those who have received therapy prior to surgery.

Since ACL Reconstruction is an outpatient surgery, you will be released to return home the same day as your surgery. You will need to arrange to have someone drive you home from surgery that day.

General anesthesia may be used during the surgery, so you will not be awake while your ACL is being repaired. The surgery is generally performed arthroscopically, that is using small incisions through which a very small camera is inserted allowing your surgeon the ability to see inside your knee without the need for a more invasive procedure.

ACL Reconstruction uses grafting to repair the torn ligament in the knee. Grafting is a surgical technique through which the damaged ligament is replaced with a tendon from another part of your knee or from a deceased donor. The graft is then secured into place using screws placed into the thigh bone. The grafted tendon will serve as a conduit allowing new ligament tissue to grow and heal.

Recovery from ACL Reconstruction

You will be released to return home the same day as your ACL Reconstruction surgery and given instructions for care in the weeks following your procedure. In order to encourage your body to reduce swelling, the traditional R.I.C.E. method of home care is recommended.

  • Rest. It is important for your body's healing process that you rest as much as possible in the days and weeks following your ACL Reconstruction surgery. You will be given instructions on how to use crutches in order to limit weight-bearing exercises on your knee joint as it heals.
  • Ice. Applying ice to your knee will help your body to reduce swelling and inflammation, as well as relieve discomfort as your knee joint heals. It is recommended that you apply ice to the knee for 20 minutes every 2 hours.
  • Compression. Your knee will be wrapped in a compression bandage following surgery in order to reduce swelling and encourage your body's healing mechanisms. You should keep this compression bandage in place until your orthopedic surgeon has instructed you that it is safe to remove it.
  • Elevation. Lying down and keeping your knee elevated over your heart will encourage your body to reduce swelling of the knee following reconstruction.

Benefits of the Nanoknee System

For patients seeking ACL Reconstruction surgery, the Nanoknee system offers a less-invasive option for surgery, allowing you to get back to your life more quickly than you would with traditional surgical methods. Patients who choose the Nanoknee system experience less downtime following reconstruction surgery, allowing them to walk out of their surgical procedure and get back to their daily routines more quickly.

The Nanoknee system is an advanced surgical technique that was developed in order to give patients an alternative to traditional surgical methods, many of which require painful recovery and significant downtime. Many patients can even get back to their daily routines without extensive physical therapy, allowing you to spend less time recovering and more time doing the things you love.

If you would like to learn how you can get back to a life without knee pain and injury, our surgical team is ready to meet with you and introduce you to ACL Reconstruction surgery that will allow you to get back to the life you love quickly and painlessly. Nanoknee clinics are located in Los Angeles, Bakersfield, and Pismo Beach for your convenience.

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