Anatomic ACL Reconstruction

What is an ACL? What is its task?

The anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) connects the femur to the tibia in the middle of the knee. It is the protector of cartilage within the knee. In other words, the ACL prevents unnecessary movement of the knee joint which prevents further damage to the cartilage and meniscus.

- Joseph Yu M.D

How do I know I have an ACL injury?

Usually, an athlete feels a pop and then severe swelling to the knee. This could also be a fracture, a meniscus tear, or a cartilage injury. A physical exam and an MRI usually confirms the diagnosis.

- Joseph Yu M.D

Do I need ACL surgery?

We recommend those patients who are relatively young (less than 40), athletes who are involved in high impact sports, and people who have significant knee instability should strongly consider reconstruction.

- Joseph Yu M.D

What type of graft do you recommend?

There are many types of grafts. For patients trying to return to a high level sport such as soccer, basketball, or football, we recommend a graft taken from the patella tendon because it is the strongest and most reliable. For patients who are relatively older and less active, we recommend an allograft or a hamstring graft.

- Joseph Yu M.D


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