ACL Surgery with Short Recovery Times and Minimal Discomfort
The anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) is critical to the structure and function of the knee. Injuries to the ACL can significantly compromise mobility and quality of life, while also being extremely painful. ACL injuries are common among active individuals, particularly athletes. If you are suffering with an ACL injury, Dr. Aron Rovner can help you return to your active lifestyle with ACL surgery performed at his practice serving New Jersey and the greater New York City area. His arthroscopic techniques allow for incredibly precise treatment that minimizes healing times, discomfort, and scarring. Contact our practice today to schedule a consultation with Dr. Rovner.
The Anatomy of the Knee
The knee joint is stabilized by four major ligaments - the lateral collateral ligament (LCL) on the outside, the medial collateral ligament (MCL) on the inside, the posterior cruciate ligament (PCL) in the back, and the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) in the front. The ligaments connect above the knee at the lower end of the thighbone (the femur) and below the knee at the upper end of the shinbone (the tibia). The ACL in particular assists with anterior and rotational motion between the femur and tibia. Working together, the ligaments provide a strong foundation of support for the knee, allowing it to withstand the body’s weight while also allowing for its range of movement.
The ACL Reconstruction Procedure
If the ACL is torn or seriously damaged, the best way to achieve a full recovery is usually reconstructive surgery. Dr. Rovner always uses the least invasive methods to meet patients' needs, and reconstructs the ACL with arthroscopic techniques whenever possible. Through very small incisions, Dr. Rovner can access and remove the damaged ligaments using instruments that are guided by an arthroscope, or a fiber-optic imaging device. For younger patients, an autograft reconstruction using the patient's own tissue, harvested from the bone-patellar tendon-bone, quadricep tendon, or the IT band, is usually the preferred form of treatment. If a patient is older, an allograft procedure using a donor ligament may be more appropriate.
Minimized Downtime Following ACL Reconstruction Recovery
Thanks to Dr. Rovner’s minimally invasive techniques involving smaller incisions and minimized trauma to surrounding tissues, ACL reconstruction is an outpatient procedure, and patients can expect to leave the hospital walking with crutches following surgery. To facilitate healing, Dr. Rovner will prescribe physical therapy. As part of post-operative rehabilitation, patients will also return to Dr. Rovner’s office for periodic monitoring. Most patients are able to return to sports and other physical activities in 6 to 12 months. As with any surgery, it is important to follow your doctor's instructions and refrain from over-exerting yourself before healing is complete. Being consistent with physical therapy, following your physician’s instructions, maintaining a healthy lifestyle, and having realistic expectations for recovery all contribute to successful long-term outcomes.
Advanced Care For Knee Injuries
Patients with ACL injuries and other knee injuries can turn to Dr. Rovner for exceptional surgery and post-operative care. A widely-respected orthopedic and sports injury specialist, Dr. Rovner can provide you with treatment that puts you back in the game as soon as possible. Contact us and schedule your consultation today.