ACL repair is intended to give you the best functioning knee possible. It is performed by suturing the torn ACL back together and does not require a donor graft source. This procedure keeps the ligament in place to promote self-healing. It results in a faster recover time and a reduced chance of arthritis in the future. This procedure may be combined with an orthobiologic therapy (such as stem cell therapy). Advancements in surgical techniques have made primary ACL repair more practical and feasible than in the past.
ACL reconstruction is a surgery to reconstruct the ligament in the center of your knee. During the procedure, the surgeon will remove the damaged ligament and replace it with a new one, which is called a graft. The graft can be made from a patient’s own tissues or from a deceased donor. ACL reconstruction has a high success rate but can take between 6-12 months for a full recovery.
What types of injuries are treated with ACL repair or reconstruction?
A partial or complete ACL tear is the injury for which one of these procedures may be required. If your desire is to continue to play sports that involve pivoting, running, etc., then ACL surgery will help to ensure you have stability in your knee during these activities.
Is ACL repair and reconstruction covered by insurance?
Most insurance plans, including Medicare and Medicaid, cover ACL surgery if it is medically necessary.