ACL Surgery

ACL Surgery in Kansas City, MO

When it comes to knee injuries, ACL tears are some of the most painful and common, especially in young adults. ACL injuries are most commonly associated with football, basketball, volleyball, soccer, gymnastics, skiing, snowboarding, and other sports involving contact or pivoting. The ACL or anterior cruciate ligament is a ligament that helps connect the thighbone to the shinbone. Tears to this ligament can be partial or complete, which will determine the course of treatment and recovery time. 

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ACL Tear Injury

ACL tears aren’t always as obvious as many other types of injuries. While some people instantly know that something is wrong, others don’t even realize they’ve suffered an injury. Let’s look at some of the signs and symptoms of an ACL tear. 

  • You’ll hear a popping sound and feel a similar sensation in your knee when the injury occurs. 
  • Pain and stiffness in varying degrees to the affected knee 
  • Rapid swelling and inflammation 
  • Your knee will feel unstable and wobbly due to the sudden lack of support.

Treatment Options for ACL Tear Injuries

The treatment you’ll require to repair your damaged ACL depends on your goals and how severe the tear is. With only slight tears, it’s possible to repair the problem with bracing and physical therapy. Even with complete tears, you can opt to go without surgery; you won’t have full functions of the damaged knee. You’ll struggle to walk, lift heavy objects, brace yourself, or pivot in any way.

For severe tears, surgery is the only option that will allow you to return to your normal way of life. This is especially true for young or middle-aged adults who enjoy physical activity, sports, and exercise.

ACL surgery is often referred to as ACL reconstruction surgery and involves replacing the damaged ligament with a tendon. The tendon is inserted arthroscopically via two small holes in the knee.

Skilled orthopedic surgeons such as those at Orthopedics of Kansas City can perform these surgeries in several hours and cause minimal scarring. The surgery is performed by threading the new tendon through the small holes in the knee, which means that no major incisions need to be made.

Orthopedic ACL Doctors

If you have any of the symptoms mentioned above, please contact Orthopedic Health of Kansas City and make an appointment with one of our Kansas City knee and leg specialists. They will perform a complete examination, diagnosing and ultimately treating any problem. From simple physical therapy to complicated surgery, you’re in good hands with Orthopedic Health of Kansas City and we will do what it takes to get you active again.