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How is a torn ACL repaired?

Brent W. D'arc, MD
Orthopedic Surgery
A torn ACL can be treated operatively or nonoperatively, often depending on the patient's age. In this video, Brent d'Arc, MD, an orthopedic surgeon at Riverside Community Hospital, describes how orthopedic surgeons replace a torn ACL in surgery.
One way to repair a torn anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) is through ACL reconstruction, which is an arthroscopically assisted procedure where a graft is either harvested during the procedure (autograft) or an allograft is used to replace the torn ACL. Common autografts used are the patella tendon or hamstring tendons whereas the common allografts used are the achilles tendon or tibialis anterior tendon.

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