ACL Tear Surgery & Recovery

At KSF Orthopaedic, we have a full staff of orthopedic physicians and surgeons in Houston trained and experienced with treating anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injuries. ACL sprains and tears are on of the most common knee injuries especially with athletes. Athletes who participate in high demand sports like soccer, football, and basketball are more likely to have ACL injuries that require proper surgery and recovery.

The anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) is a strong, rope-like ligament in the middle of the knee joint that controls the rotation of the femur and tibia. ACL tears occur from a twisting injury to the knee. Typically, a pop is felt or heard and the knee becomes immediately swollen and painful.

Causes & Symptoms


Injury can occur to the anterior cruciate ligament in a number of different ways; rapidly changing direction, stopping suddenly, slowing down while running, landing awkwardely from a jump or in a direct collision (common occurances during sport and exercise).


The first symptom to look out for when the anterior cruciate ligament is injured will be a popping sound and the feeling of your knee giving out from underneath you.

further symptoms include; pain with swelling on the knee region that usually occurs within 24 hours of the incident ocurring, losing your full range of motion along with general discmfort while walking. If an ACL injury is suspected, it is not reccomended that you attempt to return to sports as this can put your knee at further risk of damage.

ACL Tear Treatment Options

Treatment for ACL tears depends on the patient’s age and activity level. In active patients who want to continue activities that involve knee twisting and pivoting, ACL reconstruction surgery is recommended. ACL surgery involves arthroscopically transferring a portion of a tendon from the front of the knee to reconstruct the ACL. Alternatively, a donor tendon, or allograft, may be used. In patients who have a more sedentary lifestyle, nonoperative treatment may be recommended.

The Surgical Process:

The majority of ACL tears have to be surgically repaired in order to restore stability to the knee region. This involves reconstructing the torn ligament with a tissue graft that supports the ligament. The type of graft used in the procedure are evaluated by our team to ensure the most suitable choice for you. During the procedure small incisions are made as the anterior cruciate ligament is rebuilt. Using smaller incisions can help patients recover more quickly, experience less pain after surgery and spend less overall time in the hospital.

Recovery Process

Post-treatment physical rehabilitation is necessary to helping you recover, regain mobility in your knee and strengthening the ligament to ensure a successful return to normal acitivity.

To address knee pain and expedite your return to activity, call KSF Orthopaedic Center today. Serving the Houston area with an award-winning staff of physicians specializing in knee surgery including ACL tear treatment, we can diagnose your knee condition and recommend the best course of treatment. Call today to schedule your appointment!

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