Today’s state-of-the-art equipment, techniques and training allow surgeons to replicate the normal anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) much better now than ever before. The entire surgery is done through tiny incisions, using special cameras and instruments, allowing quicker initial healing. Better surgical techniques, graft options and implants (to secure the graft) allow accurate surgery to be done faster and more efficiently. I use principles I learned at The Johns Hopkins University Biomedical Engineering program and Methodist Sport Medicine Center’s Fellowship program to improve upon not just the surgical techniques, but also the postoperative recovery process. This allows most patients to return to normal activities within one week without crutches or narcotic pain medication.
Physical therapy techniques have also been modified in response to orthopaedic research advancements. At Prestige Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine, we educate patients on what to expect during and after surgery and believe this intensive preparation helps the recovery process and improves outcomes dramatically. The combination of a surgical team with precise understanding of the affected anatomy, cutting-edge surgical techniques and equipment, advanced rehabilitative methods and an informed, motivated patient result in quicker successful ACL surgery.