Anterior Cruciate Ligament Injuries

What is an Anterior Cruciate Ligament?

The anterior and posterior cruciate ligaments are important structures placed in the knee that stabilizing movements of the knee. The anterior cruciate ligament prevents forward and backward motion of the knee. We perform many movements easily in our lives, based on the stabilizing effect of this ligament. (Such as running and sudden stops, dancing, cross running, skiing, turning on the knees when playing football and basketball.)

Anterior Cruciate Ligament Rupture, ACL rupture, Cruciate Ligament Rupture

Because of the frequency of these movements in our lives, it is the most commonly injured ligament in the body. When ruptured, knee swelling due to bleeding into the knee, pain in the leg during the load and the feeling of insecurity can occur. If there is no accompanying cartilage or meniscus injuries, the knee can gain the ability to perform daily movements usually within 3 weeks. Despite rehabilitation, discomfort may continue to affect sportive activities or returning to daily life. The knee may have a rotation like or giving way feelings. Surgical treatment can be performed to this group of patients to increase the quality of life, to prevent cartilage and meniscus injuries that may occur in each knee discharge and arthritis problems in the long term.

Anterior Cruciate Ligament Surgery

Traditional anterior cruciate ligament surgery is based on the implantation and fixation of a graft tissue between the two main bones of the knee, the tibia and the femur. Nowadays, this surgical procedure is performed by many orthopedists proficiently with a closed surgery technique called arthroscopic technique. This technique provides rapid recovery, the patient can be sent home on the same day.
The success rates of conventional anterior cruciate ligament surgery are around 85%.