Orthopedics is a medical specialty that focuses on diseases and injuries of the musculoskeletal system—or the bones, joints, tendons, muscles, ligaments, and nerves that allow the body to move. One of the most common orthopedic services for active patients includes anterior cruciate ligament—or ACL surgery.
What is the ACL?
The anterior cruciate ligament, or ACL, runs diagonally in the middle of the knee and prevents the tibia from sliding in front of the femur, providing knee stability and allowing for normal rotation. Individuals who suffer from a complete ACL tear or a high degree of joint instability or are unable to properly complete sharp movements may require ACL surgery.
During the ACL surgery procedure, an orthopedic surgeon will locate an autograft—or another tendon in the knee or hamstring—which can be used to reconstruct the torn anterior cruciate ligament. The graft is formed to the correct size and placed within the knee via endoscopic surgery. This requires the torn portion of the ACL to be removed so that the new graft can be threaded or screwed into place. While the procedure itself is done on an outpatient basis and allows individuals to return home the same day, nearly all patients require physical therapy or rehabilitation to regain full range of motion and strengthen their newly created knee joint.
Riverside’s Orthopedic Unit
Riverside Community Hospital’s team of surgeons, physicians, and clinical nurses use state-of-the-art technology to provide the best orthopedic treatment for our patients. Our orthopedic unit not only treats individuals who have suffered from an ACL tear, but it also provides services for those who have undergone spinal surgery, hip fractures, and total joint replacement. In addition, we ensure that all of our patients are educated on preoperative care, postoperative care, pain control, ambulation assistance, and discharge coordination. We also offer inpatient and outpatient physical therapy to provide for a faster recovery.
For more information on our orthopedic unit or services, give Riverside Community Hospital a call at (951) 788-3000 today!