PRESERVE ACL Surgery
Repair The ACL Without A Total Knee Replacement
What is ACL Preservation Surgery?
ACL Preservation, also known as PRESERVE ACL Repair Surgery, is a recently-popularized surgical procedure that reattaches a patient’s torn anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) back to their femur bone in instances where the ligament tears away from its natural attachment to the femur. This treatment makes it possible to repair the ACL without the need for a graft, which requires a total knee replacement. About 30% of ACL injuries can be treated using ACL Preservation.
Advantages of PRESERVE ACL Surgery
PRESERVE ACL Repair Surgery allows orthopedic surgeons to primarily repair the damaged ligament instead of having to replace it. In about 30% of cases involving a torn ACL, it may be possible to use this technique as an alternative to a total replacement. This has a series of benefits for the patient such as:
- Not having to harvest a graft and replace the ACL completely
- Offering a less invasive option compared to traditional ACL reconstruction
- Reducing recovery time after surgery
- Providing a more natural feeling in and around the knee
Recovery from ACL PRESERVation Surgery
After 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, so long as you follow the same rehabilitation protocol.
The rehabilitation protocol we use for PRESERVE ACL Surgery is identical to the one we use for total ACL reconstructions.
Is This Technique Right For You?
Before you can know if this treatment is right for you, 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 an orthopedic surgeon today, local patients should schedule an appointment with Dr. Goradia to discuss their treatment options.
Non-local or out-of-town patients may mail their MRI disk or email the DICOM folder from their MRI disk to G2 Orthopedics 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.
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