The anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) is one of the major ligaments in your knee, and one that’s susceptible to sprains and tears. An ACL sprain typically requires rest and a period of activity modification, along with possible bracing. Without repair or reconstruction and proper rehabilitation, a torn ACL, on the other hand, can lead to chronic joint instability and an increased likelihood of further injury.
Arthroscopic ACL reconstruction is one of Dr. Dietrich’s areas of special focus. The procedure has upwards of a 95% long-term success rate, according to the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons. Arthroscopic ACL reconstruction is a precise, minimally invasive surgical technique performed with help from a miniature camera and instruments that are inserted through small incisions made in the skin to assess ligament damage and assist with treatment. ACL reconstruction provides a way for us to replace the injured ligament with a substitute tendon graft or perform a repair.
Despite the use of advanced reconstruction techniques, patients who experience torn ACLs still must follow a traditional healing timetable of 6 to 12 months. Dr. Dietrich collaborates with some of the area’s most skilled rehabilitation specialists to manage your healing and help you recover strong from an ACL injury.