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ACL/PCL Reconstruction

The ACL is one of a pair of crucial ligaments that forms a cross in the center of the knee joint. Both the ACL and the PCL (anterior cruciate ligament/posterior cruciate ligament) function to stabilize the knee from front to back. The ACL limits the forward movement of the tibia, and the PCL limits the backward movement of this bone. Additional ligaments provide stability to other movements at the joint, including angulation (left/ right motion) and rotation. Without such stability, you may feel that your knee is simply giving out from under you.

In ACL/PCL reconstruction, the torn ligament is replaced with a graft, either from the patient's own body or with donor tissue. The tighter and more secure the graft, the better the result will be for the patient in the long term. New technology has made tighter, more secure grafts possible.

Grafts may be taken from the patient's hamstring, quadriceps, or patella (kneecap) tendon. Donor or cadaver (allograft) tissue may also be used. Screws or other fixation devices anchor the graft and hold it in place.

The information listed on this site is for informational and educational purposes and is not meant as medical advice. Every patient's case is unique and each patient should follow his or her doctor's specific instructions. Please discuss nutrition, medication and treatment options with your doctor to make sure you are getting the proper care for your particular situation.The information on this site does not replace your doctor's specific instructions.