How Arthroscopic ACL Repair Is Performed
Often the preferred procedure for ACL knee surgery, arthroscopic ACL repair is a minimally invasive type of surgery. Sometimes referred to as “keyhole surgery,” it’s performed with a special camera and surgical instruments through small incisions in the knee. The ligament is reattached to the accompanying bone while the surgeon views the joint on a monitor. A diagnostic arthroscopy may be performed before actual repair surgery to determine the extent of the damage to the knee. If the damage is severe, ACL reconstruction may be recommended.
Benefits of Arthroscopic ACL Repair
Since there is no need to fully open the joint with arthroscopic ACL repair, there is less trauma to nearby muscles. It’s also easier for the surgeon to get a better view of the interior structure of the knee. The procedure is typically an outpatient procedure; and patients often benefit from fewer complication risks and a faster healing time from the surgery.