One of the most common knee injuries is an anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) sprain or tear. People who participate in high demand sports like soccer, football or basketball are more likely to injure their ACLs.
These injuries may require surgery to regain full function of knee. It depends, of course, on several factors, such as the severity of your patient’s injury and their activity level.
About half of all injuries to the ACL occur along with damage to other structure in the knee, such as articular cartilage, meniscus, or other ligaments. Injured ligaments are known as “sprain” andHow to perform an ACL surgery using PeekMed® are graded on a severity scale:
– Grade 1 – The ligament is mildly damaged. It has been slightly stretched but is still able to help the knee joint stable.
– Grade 2 – It stretches the ligament to the point where it becomes loose, often referred to as a partial tear of the ligament.
– Grade 3 – Most commonly referred as a complete tear of the ligament. It’s when the ligament has been split into two pieces and the knee joint is unstable.
Using PeekMed you can do a pre-operative planning and know exactly the tunnel location and the correct length of the new ligament, ensuring a greater stability for the knee:
Surgery to restore an ACL is done with an arthroscope using small incisions, like this, the surgery is less invasive. In addition, if a good pre-operative planning has been performed, it is possible:
– Less pain from surgery;
– Less time spent in the hospital;
– Quick recovery times.
The regrowth takes a lot of time and it can be up to six months or more before an athlete can return to sports after surgery.
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