What are the Repair or Reconstruction Options for a Torn ACL?

In sports medicine, a very common injury I see in athletes is anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) tears. Seventy percent of all torn ACL injuries are non-contact injuries that occur when an athlete lands from a jump or changes direction, and the force on the ligament ruptures it.

The current standard of practice is to replace the torn ACL with either a tendon from somewhere else in the body, or tissue from the tissue bank, which is very similar to receiving blood. In the following video, I discuss the ACL in more detail, various treatment options, who is an ideal candidate for surgery and more.

Patients with other leg and knee injuries or conditions may find the following information helpful:

Charles E. Rhoades, M.D., board-certified orthopedic surgeonAbout the Author: Charles E. Rhoades, M.D., is a board-certified orthopedic surgeon specializing in conditions of the hand and upper extremities. His other areas of expertise involve the shoulder and sports injuries of the knee.


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