Patients who wish to pursue competitive ball sports, or who are involved in an occupation that demands a stable knee are at risk of repeated injury without surgery. Repeated injuries may result in tears to the menisci and damage to the articular surface leading to degenerative arthritis and further disability. In these patients, surgical reconstruction is recommended. The best time for surgery is when the knee is pain free and with a full range of motion.
All reconstructive procedures for the ACL require a graft. Most commonly, segments of the hamstring tendons are used as grafts. Specially designed screws allow secure and immediate fixation of the tendon within the joint allowing for a rapid rehabilitation. Stabilising the joint in this way protects the menisci and reduces the risk of osteoarthritis later.
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