About 70 percent of ACL injuries do not involve contact with another person. Rather, the injury is often “non-contact” and associated with deceleration coupled with cutting, pivoting or sidestepping maneuvers, awkward landings or “out of control” play, the AAOS said.
The traditional approach to ACL reconstruction requires larger incisions, and violates tissues in the front of the knee, which can cause increased stiffness or decreased range of motion and increased pain. All Inside ACL Reconstruction can be done through four button hole size incisions around the knee, but more importantly is a durable reconstruction that stands up to traditional methods, Dr. Klosterman said.
“When we see our All Inside ACL patients back at their first follow-up appointment most of them have dramatically less swelling and improved range of motion than someone who had the traditional surgery,” he said. “This allows us to be more aggressive in our therapy and even accelerate our patients in meeting certain goals.”
All patients are evaluated six months after surgery to determine if they are ready to return to play. Testing determines if their knee functionality is at the point where it can risk the demands typically placed on it through sports. Most athletes will require six to 12 months of recovery and therapy in order to be ready to return.
“The burning question every athlete has when they undergo an injury is whether they will be able to return to the sport they love,” Dr. Klosterman said. “My job is to do whatever I can to make that happen. It’s not always a possibility, but this minimally invasive approach to ACL reconstruction gives us a quicker picture of what their long-term diagnosis will look like and also helps provide a quicker recovery to that end.”
For more information on ACL injuries and surgery or to find a Premier Physician Network physician near you, visit www.PremierOrthoOH.com.
Premier HealthNet is one of the largest groups of pediatrics, family medicine, internal medicine, and urgent care practices in southwest Ohio. For more information, go online to www.premierhealthnet.com/news.