ACL Reconstruction and Knee Arthroscopy

The ACL, or anterior cruciate ligament of the knee, is one of the most commonly injured parts of the body. The injury most often occurs in individuals who participate in sports, particularly basketball, football, skiing, and soccer. It is estimated that approximately 200,000 people experience injury to their ACL annually, with approximately 100,000 requiring ACL reconstructions each year. Many people who have injured their ACL also experience damage to the meniscus or other ligaments. Symptoms of injury include instability in the knee or “wobbly” knees, pain on the outside and back of knee, swelling, and limited knee movement. Even though you may be able to walk after this type of injury, in many instances the injury may be severe enough to require surgical treatment.
In order to resolve continued instability symptoms and prevent further damage to the knee, many patients will need to undergo ACL reconstruction, or knee arthroscopy. Arthroscopy is a minimally invasive surgery performed through a small incision. In ACL reconstruction, the surgeon will replace the torn ACL with a substitute graft made of tendon. After surgery, rehabilitation will be necessary to reduce knee swelling and regain full range of motion of the knee. After rehabilitation, the patient may return to their normal activities, including sports.
Dr. Kent Lerner of Metropolitan Orthopedics is among the most trusted orthopedic surgeons in the tri-state area performing knee arthroscopy and ACL reconstructions. Dr. Lerner’s practice offers comprehensive evaluation and treatment of ACL and other injuries. Dr. Lerner is a highly respected surgeon in the orthopedic field, with an advanced knowledge of ACL reconstruction. Dr. Lerner performs this procedure with minimally invasive arthroscopic surgical techniques, delivering excellent results and quick recovery periods.