Patient Info

Knees

ACL Reconstruction

These images are of a 22 year-old collegiate offensive linemen who tore is ACL.

Arthroscopic view of torn ACL

Creating a tibial tunnel (socket) for passage and placement of new ACL

Creating a femoral tunnel (socket) in the position where the normal ACL inserts on the femur.

The central 1/3 of the patients own patellar tendon is harvested along with a small piece of bone from the patella and a small piece of bone from the tibia. The bone plugs are placed into the femoral and tibial tunnels (sockets) and held in position with a screw. The tendon in between the two bone pieces becomes the new ACL as seen here.


Normal Anatomy of the Knee Joint

How does the Knee joint work?
Find out more in this web based movie.

Arthroscopy of the knee joint.

Arthroscopy is a surgical procedure in which an arthroscope is inserted into a joint. Arthroscopy is a term that comes from two Greek words, arthro-, meaning joint, and -skopein, meaning to examine.

The benefits of arthroscopy involve smaller incisions, faster healing, a more rapid recovery, and less scarring. Arthroscopic surgical procedures are often performed on an outpatient basis and the patient is able to return home on the same day.

Find out more about Knee Arthroscopy from the following links.


Anterior Cruciate Ligament ACL reconstruction

The anterior cruciate ligament is one of the major stabilizing ligaments in the knee. It is a strong rope like structure located in the centre of the knee running from the femur to the tibia. When this ligament tears unfortunately it doesn't heal and often leads to the feeling of instability in the knee.

ACL reconstruction is a commonly performed surgical procedure and with recent advances in arthroscopic surgery can now be performed with minimal incisions and low complication rates.

ACL Reconstruction Patellar tendon

Sports Knee Surgery

Osteotomies

Cartilage Restoration

Click on the topics below to find out more from the Orthopaedic connection website of American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons.


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