What Is It?
ACL Reconstruction is a surgical procedure meant to repair specific ligament damage in the knee joint, to the Anterior Cruciate ligament.
The knee joint is formed at the meeting place of the thighbone (femur)and shinbone (tibia). The joint is surrounded by various tissue and held together by four supporting ligaments. The Lateral Collateral Ligament (LCL) and Medial Collateral Ligament (MCL) are located at the side of your knees and work to control sideways bending while limiting awkward, unusual movements. The Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) and Posterior Cruciate Ligament (PCL) are located inside the knee joint and work together to control and stabilize your knee’s flexion and extension. The ACL is the most well-known and significant of the four ligaments, as it runs diagonally through the middle of the knee joint, preventing forward shifting of the tibia (shinbone) in relation to the femur (thighbone). The ACL also provides rotational stability.