The ACL or Anterior Cruciate Ligament is one of the four main ligaments of the knee that makes up the knee joint. It connects the femur to the tibia and is essential for the stability of the knee. An ACL injury occurs when the knee sustains a sudden jolt in the opposite direction. The standard orthopedic procedure for ACL reconstruction using allografts has shown to have higher failure rates in the younger population. Along with that, grafts narrower than 8 mm in diameter are seen to have even higher unsuccessful procedures. All-inside ACL is a new development in ACL reconstruction that makes use of dual suspensory graft fixation guaranteeing reliably wider grafts for the surgery.  

What Causes An ACL Injury?

An ACL injury is a common injury among athletes. The injury occurs when the knee is in a straight position and an abrupt or sudden motion causes the knee to jerk in the opposite direction. This can happen in various sports activities where sudden movement or stopping and changing directions quickly is required.  

A torn Anterior Cruciate Ligament cannot be put back together by stitching the wound. ACL tears have to be repaired using connective tissue grafts to rebuild and replace the ligament. As ligaments and tendons are connective tissues, it takes several months for ACL to rehabilitate and be able to support the knee joint. Historically there have been many different techniques for repairing an ACL injury with 

All Inside ACL Reconstruction

‘All-inside’ ACL reconstruction is a relatively new technique in ACL surgery that uses a single tendon autograft, compared to two tendon autografts used in other conventional reconstruction procedures. All Inside ACL reconstruction is one of the most suitable orthopedic procedures for younger patients especially one’s with an active lifestyle. It is a comparatively less invasive surgery that involves the use of connective tissues borrowed from one’s own ligament, usually from the patellar (kneecap) tendon in this case. 

What Is The Surgical Procedure For ACL Surgery?

The surgical procedure for all-inside ACL reconstruction essentially involves the use of borrowed tissues to repair the anterior cruciate ligament. Initially, the doctor may prescribe an over-the-counter pain killer before the tests confirm an ACL injury. If the treatment for the injury is recommended to be surgery, then the doctor may also prescribe certain medications before and after the surgery to help avoid blood clots. After the surgery, the patients usually regain complete range of motion and stability in 4-5 months of the procedure. 

A tear of the anterior cruciate is a ligament injury that can cause severe discomfort in the legs. The specific diagnosis of the injury can only be done through lab tests and examination by a knee specialist. Consult experienced orthopedic surgeons in Gurgaon to treat ACL. Book your appointment with Dr Anuj Chawla, Saqsham Ortho’s knee specialist in Gurgaon.