PRESERVE ACL REPAIR SURGERY

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A NEW WAY TO REPAIR THE ACL WITH PROVEN RESULTS THAT LAST

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WHAT IS ACL PRESERVATION? 

ACL Preservation, also known as PRESERVE ACL Repair Surgery, is a recently popularized surgical procedure wherein a patient’s torn anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) is attached to the femur bone. This treatment makes it possible to treat about 30% of ACL injuries in instances where the ligament tears away from its natural attachment to the femur.

PRESERVE ACL SURGERY PROCESS

In the event that an ACL tear has occurred at the femur site, ACL Preservation surgery allows doctors to go in and use sutures to reattach the ACL to the femur. Prior to surgery, patients are given a nerve block by an anesthesiologist to significantly reduce pain after surgery. 

During surgery, an amniotic tissue is inserted to act as a sponge between the ACL and the femur bone, which contains natural growth factors that promote healing. A small, 3-4mm hole is created in the femur where the ACL normally attaches. High strength sutures are then placed in the ACL and inserted through this hole, securing the ligament to the bone with the amniotic tissue “bridge” or “sponge” rests between them. In addition, a collagen-coated suture tape is placed along the ACL to act as an internal brace. This tape functions as an ACL while the actual ligament heals, shielding stress from the ACL during the natural healing process. 

ADVANTAGES OF PRESERVE ACL REPAIR SURGERY

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POTENTIAL ADVANTAGES OF PRESERVE ACL SURGERY

PRESERVE ACL Repair Surgery allows your doctor to primarily repair the damaged ligament instead of having to replace it. In around 30% of cases involving a torn ACL, it may be possible to use this technique as an alternative to a total replacement, which has a series of benefits for the patient such as the following: 

  • No need to harvest a graft and replace the ACL completely
  • A less invasive option compared to traditional ACL reconstruction
  • Faster recovery time after surgery
  • A more natural feeling in and around the knee
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RECOVERY FROM PRESERVE ACL SURGERY

After PRESERVE ACL Surgery, you should immediately be able to bear weight with the assistance of a knee brace. In addition, you’ll be able to test the range of motion in your knee to prevent stiffness during and after recovery. Because this surgical option is less invasive than other, more complex forms of ACL restoration, recovery time is generally shorter as long as you follow the same rehabilitation protocol. 

During recovery, KneeHab may be prescribed to help with quadriceps contraction, and physical therapy should begin within one week of surgery. The rehabilitation protocol we use for PRESERVE ACL Surgery is identical to the one we use for total ACL reconstructions, including rest, knee extension and exercises, maintenance of a proper range of motion and ultimately, a return to regular daily activities.

NEW SURGICAL TECHNIQUE FROM YOUR RICHMOND KNEE SPECIALIST

Dr. Vic Goradia orthopedic surgeon Richmond va

A NOTE FROM DR. GORADIA:

“We congratulate Dr. Gregory DiFelice from the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York for first introducing me to Primary ACL Repair when I attended his presentation in 2013. During my training, I learned that ACL repairs performed in the 1970s and 1980s did not work. Dr. DiFelice’s presentation encouraged me to conduct my own investigation of ACL repairs. I began offering Primary ACL Repair Surgery to patients in 2013. The initial ten patients were tracked to make sure they had good two year results. In 2017, I decided to promote healing of my Primary ACL Repairs with an Amnion graft which contains numerous growth factors. I worked in a laboratory setting to develop my own surgical technique known as PRESERVE ACL Surgery.”

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IS ACL PRESERVATION SURGERY RIGHT FOR YOU?

Before you can know if you’re right for this treatment, Dr. Goradia will need to review your MRI to determine if the ACL is torn mid-substance or directly from its attachment to the femur. To consult with your surgeon today, local patients should schedule an appointment with Dr. Goradia to discuss options.

 For non-local or out-of-town patients, they may mail their MRI disk or email the DICOM folder from their MRI disk to G2 directly. Patients will be sent an informational packet and a phone call will be scheduled with Dr. Goradia to answer any questions. Once surgery is scheduled, patients will need to arrive one day prior to surgery for a consultation with Dr. Goradia. 

For more information about ACL Preservation Surgery or to see if this treatment may be right for you, call our office at 804-678-9000 or request an appointment

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