Due to advances in medical technology and surgical technique, surgeons can now perform knee surgery on an outpatient basis. With the ACL repair and reconstruction procedures, surgeons will typically follow these steps:
Enter the area through a small incision and use a device called an arthroscope, which is a camera at the end of a thin tube, to see into the joint
Remove the damaged portion of the ligament and use other soft tissue, typically part of a tendon, to repair the ligament
Remove all surgical equipment and close the incision
The goal of modern knee procedures is to minimize damage to surrounding tissue, and while patients typically return home on the day of the surgery, there is still a recovery period. Patients should carefully follow all rehabilitation guidelines and not resume activities too quickly to reduce the risk of reinjury.
For ACL injury recovery, physical therapy plays a critical role in strengthening the knee, increasing a healthy range of motion, and restoring function after surgery.