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ACL Recovery Timeline Patellar Tendon

Posted on Tue, Jul 30, 2013 @ 13:07 PM

ACL Recovery Timeline Patellar Tendon

The ACL (anterior cruciate ligament) is an extremely important stabilizer of a person's knee joint. This particular knee ligament is usually torn during various sports activities and the standard operation to mend an ACL tear is by using a patellar tendon graft. An acl recovery timeline is more often than not 8 to 12 months, depending on the patient’s recovery rate.

How is surgery conducted?

After running several tests to diagnose the injury, the surgeon will discuss all the treatmentacl recovery timeline options and the acl recovery timeline with the patient. If surgery is the only option, he will go through the specific procedure with the patient, such as the following:

The surgeon will take out the middle part of the patellar tendon under the kneecap. Typically, a new graft comprises a piece of tendon strip with attached bone plugs on each end. The specialist will first remove the ACL that is torn and position the replacement graft by ensuring that it is lining up similarly to the standard ligament. Several types of tissue grafts have previously been used in many ACL reconstruction surgeries, but the patellar tendon graft proved to be the strongest. 

Large numbers of surgeons conduct ACL reconstruction surgery by using a small fiber-optic camera, or better known as an arthroscope, to clearly observe and operate the knee joint. During the arthroscopy surgery, only small incisions are made. It does not require an open knee surgical procedure at all. Prior to surgery, the patient is placed under either a type of spinal or general anesthesia.

ACL Recovery Period

Generally, patients who undergo this surgery type where a patellar graft is used will return to their normal sports and everyday activities within 8 to 12 months. This includes the mandatory regular physical therapy sessions. It is said that the acl recovery timeline for other types of grafts used are a lot longer.

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