Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) Surgery
Anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) repair is done to reconstruct the ACL in the knee after it is torn. Often, a graft made of tendon is used to reconstruct the torn ligament.
Anterior Cruciate Ligament Injury
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ACL surgery is an elective procedure. This means that surgery is not always necessary; it may depend on your lifestyle and age.
Surgery may be recommended if you have:
- A complete tear of the ACL
- A high degree of joint instability
- Injury to the knee that affects more than one ligament
- A need to return to sports or other activities that require pivoting, turning, or sharp movements
- No improvement with rehabilitative therapy
Last reviewedMarch 2013by John C. Keel, MD
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