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Knee ACL Reconstruction
in Los Angeles, CA

Knee injuries and the discomfort they cause can quickly become debilitating. Problems with the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) caused by misuse and trauma can lead to instability, loss of function, and pain.

Fortunately, Snibbe Orthopedics in Los Angeles, California, offers top-level care and effective surgical procedures, like ACL reconstruction, to restore comfort and function.

ACL Reconstruction

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What Is ACL Reconstruction?

ACL reconstruction is a surgical procedure commonly performed to repair or replace a torn or injured ACL, one of the major ligaments in the knee joint.

This procedure is essential for patients to regain knee stability and function while reducing the risk of further knee damage.

Are You a Candidate for ACL Reconstruction?

ACL reconstruction is typically recommended for individuals who:

Have decreased knee function: A significant tear of the ACL often results from sports-related injuries, accidents, or trauma and can lead to instability.

Experience persistent instability: Individuals who suffer from knee instability that significantly impacts their ability to perform daily activities, sports, or work may be candidates for ACL Reconstruction.

Want to return to physically demanding activities: Athletes and active individuals often opt for ACL Reconstruction to resume activities that involve pivoting, jumping, and rapid changes in direction.

Patients should follow all pre- and post-surgical instructions, have realistic expectations, and attend all scheduled postoperative rehabilitation visits for the best results.

Schedule an ACL reconstruction consultation in Los Angeles by calling Snibbe Orthopedics at (310) 860-3048 today!

Benefits of ACL Reconstruction

ACL Reconstruction can alleviate pain while restoring knee stability and function for individuals with ACL injuries.

How Is ACL Reconstruction Performed?

During your consultation, Dr. Snibbe will explain ACL reconstruction and what to expect before, during, and after the procedure. You will have an opportunity to ask him questions and discuss your concerns. Dr. Snibbe will conduct a thorough medical assessment to evaluate your overall health and candidacy for surgery.

If you choose to undergo this procedure, our surgical nurse will review your current medications. The dosages of some medicines may need to be reduced or temporarily stopped prior to your procedure.

Before Surgery

Before ACL reconstruction surgery, you can expect the following:

  • If you are a smoker, you will be asked to stop weeks before your procedure.
  • MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging) scans are usually performed to assess the extent of ACL damage and identify any associated knee injuries.
  • Have all preoperative blood tests performed two weeks before surgery.
  • Get clearance for surgery from your primary care physician and be assessed by a dental professional to check for infection.
  • If necessary, you may be required to lose weight before the procedure.

You must also fast the night before (usually starting at midnight).

Your ACL Reconstruction Surgery

ACL reconstruction surgery is typically performed as an outpatient procedure under general anesthesia or local anesthesia with sedation.

Small incisions are made around the knee to access the joint. Dr. Snibbe will select a graft source, which may be an autograft (the patient’s tissue) or allograft (donor tissue). Common graft locations include the patella, hamstring, or quadriceps tendon.

If using an autograft, the chosen tendon is harvested, prepared, and sized appropriately.

Tunnels are drilled into the tibia and femur bones to create a pathway for the graft, which is then threaded through the tunnels and secured in place using screws or other fixation devices.

Finally, the incisions are closed using sutures or staples, and a sterile dressing is applied.

What to Expect During Recovery From ACL Reconstruction

You will be closely monitored in the recovery room and then transferred to a postoperative area before being discharged home.

Pain:  Medications should have already been prescribed to manage any postoperative discomfort.

Knee Brace:  You will need to wear a knee brace to limit movement during the initial healing period.

Physical Therapy:  Rehabilitation includes physical therapy. The physical therapist will work with you to help you regain knee strength, flexibility, and function.

Weight-Bearing:  Weight-bearing restrictions may be in place, and you may require crutches temporarily.

Activity Restrictions:  Follow Dr. Snibbe’s instructions regarding activity limitations, such as avoiding high-impact sports or activities that could stress the knee.

Follow-up Appointments:  Regular follow-up appointments with the surgeon are crucial to monitor progress and address any concerns you may have.

The recovery timeline for ACL reconstruction can vary depending on the type of graft used and your adherence to post-surgical instructions and the rehabilitation program. Most individuals can expect to return to normal activities and sports within several months after surgery, but in some cases, it may take up to a year.

Call our office if you experience any unusual symptoms.

Tips for a more comfortable recovery include:

  • Prepare meals in advance that can be easily reheated
  • Retrieve prescriptions before your procedure
  • Prepare a comfortable resting spot and have all you need within arm’s length
  • Properly care for all incisions and dressings
  • Avoid strenuous activities
  • Follow all of Dr. Snibbe’s instructions

What Results Can I Expect After ACL Reconstruction?

If no complications are involved, and you follow all postoperative instructions, you should get relief from knee pain and regain function and stability.

How Much Does ACL Reconstruction Cost?

ACL reconstruction costs depend on the type of injury, graft, and related knee issues. You will receive a better idea of the cost during your consultation with Dr. Snibbe.

Our Respected Los Angeles ACL Reconstruction Specialist

Dr. Snibbe is a highly-respected orthopedic surgeon who has been featured on Good Morning America and CNN. His patients include professional athletes who depend on his expertise to get them back in the game.

Snibbe Orthopedics welcomes individuals from the Los Angeles area and anywhere in the country.

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If you have knee pain or reduced function, please call us at (310) 860-3048 to schedule your consultation with Dr. Snibbe.

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