ACL Reconstruction

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ACL Reconstruction in Richmond, VA

The anterior cruciate ligament, or ACL, is one of the most important of the four main ligaments in your knee when it comes to keeping your leg stable as you move and twist your body. Serving as a connection between your thigh bone (femur) and your largest shinbone (tibia) at the center of your knee, the ACL prevents your knee from wobbling and moving around as you twist your body. Damage or tearing of the anterior cruciate ligament often occurs in tandem with damage to other parts of the knee, such as the medial collateral ligament (MCL) and meniscus. Damage to the ACL often requires ACL reconstruction in order to allow patients to resume all activities.

ACL Tear Symptoms & Surgery


Symptoms Of A Torn ACL

In most cases, when you tear your ACL, you will know immediately that there is a problem. Not only is a tear in this ligament painful, but it can immediately impact your mobility and stability. At the time of an ACL injury, signs and symptoms may include any or all of the following:

  • A loud popping sound
  • Pain and inability to continue activity
  • Knee swelling that often worsens for hours after the initial event
  • Instability when standing or the feeling of your knee giving out

ACL Reconstruction Process

If you believe you have a torn ACL, the first step is to speak with Dr. Goradia and schedule an appointment to further inspect the issue. To determine the severity of an ACL injury, he will do a thorough physical examination coupled with a careful history emphasizing mechanism of injury. Investigations, such as an X-ray and MRI scan will be ordered to confirm diagnosis and determine the extent of the damage and/or involvement of other structures within the knee. As an expert in arthroscopic surgery for the ACL and other injuries, Dr. Goradia will perform surgery using small incisions and arthroscopic techniques.

The ACL is usually treated or reconstructed through one or a combination of the following methods:

  • Surgery to replace the torn anterior cruciate ligament using a graft
  • ACL Repair Surgery or PRESERVE ACL Surgery

Do I Need ACL Reconstruction Surgery?

Most patients will need surgery to restore full function in their knee after an ACL tear and to allow them to safely resume all daily activities. Without ACL reconstruction surgery, most active patients will experience continued episodes of their knee giving out, causing repeated damage to the meniscus cartilage and increasing the chance of arthritis in the knee. At G2 Orthopedics and Sports Medicine, Dr. Goradia is proud to provide the highest quality of care in the Richmond and Midlothian areas, so patients can feel safe and secure going into surgery to repair or restore the ACL to its proper function.

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