WHAT IS THE ACL?
The Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) is the main stabilizer of the knee allowing proper movement, function, and athletic pivotal activities. It is one of the most commonly injured ligaments. The ACL controls your leg from unnatural movement or twisting. It and other ligaments in the knee allow the leg to bend and extend without additional stress.
An Anterior Cruciate Ligament injury can be caused by abnormal rotational or hyperextension stresses placed on the knee. An ACL injury will undoubtedly lead to ACL reconstruction if the patient wants to return to their active, healthy, athletic lifestyle.
ACL reconstruction is one of the most common knee injury treatments that Dr. Lowe performs. Dr. Lowe is a Sports Medicine Orthopedic Surgeon located in Houston, Texas. He specializes in the reconstruction of an anterior cruciate ligament injury and performs hundreds of ACL reconstruction annually. Athletes and active healthy people from all over the United States an many countries around the globe come to him for their ACL reconstruction surgery.
ACL RECONSTRUCTION SURGERY
ACL surgery is a knee injury treatment that allows the ligament to be reconstructed and replaced with a new structure. Autografts are harvested from the patient’s own body, typically from the middle third of their involved leg patellar tendon or hamstring in place of the torn ligament. Allografts are harvested from donor tissue that has passed the highest and most advanced measures of testing and screening. Dr. Lowe solely uses donor grafts from MTF, the Musculoskeletal Transplant Foundation.
ACL REVISION RECONSTRUCTION SURGERY
After a primary ACL reconstruction surgery there is always a chance that the reconstructed ACL could be injured. If the reconstructed ACL is injured or torn, it may take either one or two additional surgical procedures to complete the ACL revision reconstruction. Revision reconstruction consists debriding and removing the primary ACL graft along with the screws that held the previous reconstructed ACL in place. Removing this hardware might leave holes in the bone that are too loose and/or too wide for the new screws and grafts to securely fixate in the second reconstruction. Under these circumstances a bone grafting process is necessary in order for the fixation tunnels to heal to accommodate the revision graft. The bone grafting allows the widened holes from the prior ACL surgery to be filled so that when the revision reconstruction is performed the screws have a tight fit. Following bone grafting, the revision ACL reconstruction can be performed approximately three months later. Dr. Lowe does perform many revision ACL reconstructions using a single stage process. Your options will be intimately discussed prior to surgery.