Anterior Cruciate Ligament Surgery

Knee Ligament Surgery

It's not uncommon to hear of professional athletes undergoing anterior cruciate ligament surgery to repair a torn ACL. 

The Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) connects your leg bone to your thigh bone. It stabilizes your knee by preventing your thigh bone from sliding too far forward at the knee. The ACL is the most commonly injured ligament in the knee and is frequently injured in sports such as football, soccer and skiing. Women are more likely than men to rupture or tear their ACL. 

At Aurora Health Care, we take a comprehensive approach to ACL treatment. The first step in treatment is to decrease swelling and get range of motion back in your knee. Unfortunately, in almost all cases, the ligament cannot heal by itself. Anterior cruciate ligament surgery is usually recommended for patients who are active and participate in sports and is often performed as a knee arthroscopy surgery. Without surgery, most patients will not be able to return to high-level activities after an ACL tear. 

While anterior cruciate ligament surgery is a viable and often necessary option once damage has occurred, our goal is to help you learn to prevent ACL injuries. We have a preseason training program for young athletes where we offer preventative training and help to correct underlying neuromuscular deficiencies that put them at increased risk for ACL injuries. 

Learn more about ACL repairs in our ACL surgery videos.