Orthopedics - ACL Reconstruction

Exceptional ACL (Anterior Cruciate Ligament) Reconstruction at Kaweah Delta

The ACL (anterior cruciate ligament) is one of two knee ligaments that connect your femur (thighbone) to the tibia (shinbone). This helps to stabilize your knee joint and aids in balanced walking, running and other forms of common physical activity. An ACL injury occurs when the ACL over stretches or tears. If left untreated, it can cause permanent damage to your knee. The orthopedic surgeons who collaborate with Kaweah Delta on surgical cases are highly skilled in ACL repair in Visalia.

ACL Reconstruction Surgery

A team orthopedic surgeons who collaborate with Kaweah Delta can diagnose ACL injuries using X-rays, MRIs and ultrasounds. These imaging tests can help determine the best treatment and rehabilitation plans for your ACL reconstruction. If you are an athlete or are very physically active, your doctor may recommend surgery for faster healing.

The surgical procedure commonly follows these steps:

  • You will be given general anesthesia before the surgery. This allows doctors to perform the procedure while you’re asleep, pain-free.
  • Tissue used to replace your damaged ACL will either be taken from your hamstring tendon or a donor.
  • The surgeon will make small incisions around your knee and insert a tiny camera, which is used to check tissues of your knee.
  • After, the torn ligament will be removed. Then your surgeon will create small tunnels in your bone to pull the new tissue through.
  • Lastly, your physician will use screws or similar devices to attach the new ligament to your bone.

Rehabilitation & Physical Therapy

You will be able to return home the day of your surgery. Your doctor will recommend these post-surgical treatment options:

  • R.I.C.E. The R.I.C.E. model encourages proper at-home care. It focuses on getting plenty of rest, icing your knee regularly, compressing the knee with a brace and elevating your knee when resting.
  • Physical therapy. Your doctor will prescribe four to six months of rehabilitation. You might also have to wear a brace and use crutches for one to four weeks. This will strengthen your muscles and give your knee plenty of time to heal properly.

Schedule an Appointment with an Orthopedic Surgeon

The orthopedic surgeons who collaborate with Kaweah Delta on surgical cases can get you back in action. Feel free to contact us if you have any questions or call (877) 529-3241 or click HERE for a list of orthopedic surgeons in the area . We look forward to helping you achieve optimal health.