ACL injury: ACL surgery

Orthopedic surgeons perform between 100,000 and 200,000 ACL reconstructions each year in the United States. Most of these people are athletes or active people. Who actually needs ACL surgery after an ACL injury, and what does surgery involve?

Surgery to treat a torn ACL is more complex than simply sewing it back together. In fact, trying to sew it back together – an ACL repair – doesn’t work. The surgeon must make a new ligament – an ACL reconstruction.

In this video, I explain what an ACL reconstruction is. What does the surgeon do in the procedure? I also further explain who can benefit from ACL surgery so you can decide for yourself if it is worth undergoing surgery and the months of rehab after an ACL injury.

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Surgical image of an ACL injury