ACL Tear Treatment
Treatment of a torn ACL depends on the needs and lifestyle of the patient. A young athlete will need surgery to return safely to the playing field. An older person with a more sedentary lifestyle that doesn’t include intense athletic activities may return to normal activity following a comprehensive physical therapy program.
Surgery may also be an option when your knee is unstable and buckles during daily activities or other parts of your knee, such as the meniscus, were also injured.
An ACL tear can’t be repaired; a new one must be built.
The torn ACL is rebuilt by using a piece of tendon from another part of your leg. This is called an autograft. Another option is to use a tendon from a cadaver that been carefully screened for diseases. This is called an allograft.
Knee arthroscopy is one of the most commonly performed surgical procedures. A miniature camera is inserted through a small incision and miniature surgical instruments are inserted through other small incisions to trim or repair the tear.
Surgery to repair a torn ACL is typically done several days, even weeks, after the injury to allow for swelling to fade and range of motion to return.
Which Approach is Right for You?
We understand the thought of surgery can be overwhelming. That’s why your WellStar physician will help you decide the course of treatment that’s right for you. The physician will help you weigh the benefits of each treatment approach. You can feel confident your decision will be based on both your input and the expertise and recommendations of your experienced physician.