If you have suffered an ACL injury, and need ACL repair Virginia Beach now has a minimally invasive and modern treatment option at Oceana Sports Medicine. Read on to learn more about the condition and its treatment.

ACL Injuries

The anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) is a major internal knee ligament that connects the thigh bone (femur) to the shin bone (tibia), keeping the tibia from moving too far to the front, and stabilizing the knee during torsional forces, in activities like pivoting, twisting and cutting. ACL tears can occur during sudden acute, twisting episodes. ACL tears are sometimes associated with injuries to the meniscus (see Meniscus Tears) and other structures.

Typically a painful “pop” is felt at the time of injury. Significant swelling can develop over the next 24-48 hours. Although the pain and swelling may decrease, patients with ACL tears often report that their knee feels unstable or “gives out” with certain activities.
The diagnosis of an ACL tear is typically made by a combination of the patient’s history, the findings on physical examination, and an X-ray and MRI scan.
The ACL has a poor blood supply, which prevents tears from healing on their own, and repairs usually are not successful. Reconstruction of the ligament is the treatment of choice. Tendon tissue harvested from the patient’s own body, or sterilized and processed donor tendon can be fashioned into a new ACL. Various surgical techniques and graft options exist, and should be tailored to each patient based on their specific situation.

At Oceana Sports Medicine and Orthopaedic Center, Dr. Aboka performs minimally invasive, All-Arthroscopic ACL Reconstruction Surgery, customized to each patient and utilizing cutting edge approaches and instrumentation, speeding up recovery and return to sports.

This procedure is outpatient/same-day surgery, and leads to less pain and scarring and quicker recovery and return to pain-free function.