Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) Reconstruction Surgery



Jerry A.Lubliner, MD

Jerry A.Lubliner, MD Chief of Sports Medicine at Beth Israel Orthopedics

Dr. Jerry A. Lubliner, a specialist in minimally invasive treatment of sports injuries, is certified by the American Board of Orthopedic Surgery and fellowship trained in sports medicine. Dr. Lubliner’s sports medicine practice focuses on ...
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Dr. Jerry A. Lubliner, Chief of Sports Medicine at Beth Israel Orthopedics and vastly experienced in surgical treatment of sports injuries, will be performing an Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) reconstruction surgery. The anterior cruciate ligament is one of the many ligaments that provide stability to the knee. The ACL is frequently injured, and when this occurs, usually requires surgical reconstruction. 

Surgery to reconstruct a torn ACL involves replacing the ligament precisely in the knee, either with the patient's own donor graft, called an autograft, or a cadaver graft, called an allograft. Using minimally invasive arthroscopic surgery techniques (a little as 1 cm incisions), the surgeon removes the torn ends of the existing anterior cruciate ligament and repairs any damage to the surrounding tissues. Tunnels are then drilled into the tibia (shin bone) and the femur (thigh bone) for placement of the new tendon graft, in the exact position of the original ACL. 

The tendon graft is then threaded into these new tunnels and held in place by specially engineered plastic or metal screws and other fixation devices, creating a new anterior cruciate ligament. The surgeon tests the tension of the new ACL and makes sure there is full range of motion before closing. ACL reconstruction surgery patients go home the same day of surgery, and often return to work within one week. After six months, the patient is allowed to return to sports without restrictions and without a brace.