Anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) tears are a common knee injury, affecting up to 200,000 people in the United States every year. If you have an ACL tear, you may need orthopedic surgery to regain the full function of your knee. Sumit Dewanjee, MD, at FXRX Inc. in Tempe, Chandler, and Phoenix, Arizona, is a board-certified orthopedic surgeon and fellowship-trained sports medicine physician who specializes in ACL tear surgery. Schedule a consultation by calling the office or booking an appointment online today.
An ACL tear is an injury that involves the anterior cruciate ligament in your knee. Located inside your knee joint, the ACL supports the back and forth mobility of your knee and prevents the tibia from moving out in front of your femur.
Any injury to your ACL is known as a sprain. The severity of the injury determines the severity of your sprain.
Grade 1 ACL sprain is a slight stretching of the ligament, but it can keep your knee in the proper position.
With a grade 2 ACL sprain, you have a partial tear in the ligament.
A grade 3 ACL sprain is a complete tear of the ligament.
Most ACL tears are complete or near-complete tears. When left untreated, an ACL tear affects your ability to control your knee, causing the bones to rub against each other. That leads to chronic ACL deficiency that damages your cartilage, placing you at risk of developing knee osteoarthritis.
You may feel or hear a “pop” when you tear your ACL, and your knee gives way. You may also have knee pain and then swelling of your injured knee within 24 hours.
You may also lose range of motion in your knee and have a hard time walking.
ACL tears are common sports injuries. It’s not uncommon for athletes to injure more than just their ACL. If you have knee pain following a sports injury or any other type of injury, schedule a consultation at FXRX Inc.
Treatment for an ACL tear may depend on the severity of the tear and your individual needs. Dr. Dewanjee recommends ACL reconstruction surgery for young people and individuals who want to maintain an active lifestyle.
Dr. Dewanjee is a skilled orthopedic surgeon and uses the latest tools and techniques when performing surgery for an ACL tear, including:
For a single bundle ACL reconstruction, Dr. Dewanjee uses a tendon graft to reconstruct the ligament. It is the traditional procedure and provides stability and flexibility in the knee.
The double bundle ACL reconstruction is a more advanced procedure and uses two smaller grafts to reconstruct two ligaments. This advanced procedure may result in better movement in the knee.
When it comes to treatment for an ACL tear, Dr. Dewanjee takes an individualized approach based on the patient's needs and goals.
To schedule an ACL tear consultation with this skilled orthopedic surgeon, call FXRX Inc. or book an appointment online today.