Ligament Reconstruction

Sobiek and Huene Orthopedic Surgical Associates

Orthopedic Surgery located in Reno, NV

After a severe knee injury, sometimes it’s not possible for a torn anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) to heal without ligament reconstruction surgery. James S. Sobiek, MD, and Donald S. Huene, MD, are board-certified orthopedic surgeons who specialize in ligament reconstruction surgery for patients of all ages at their practice, Sobiek and Huene Orthopedic Surgical Associates in Reno, Nevada. If you or a family member suffers a torn ACL and requires ligament reconstruction surgery to repair it, call the office to schedule a consultation or request an appointment online.

Ligament Reconstruction Q & A

What is ligament reconstruction surgery?

Ligament reconstruction surgery is a procedure that Drs. Sobiek and Huene perform to restore a torn ACL — the major ligament in your knee. People who play sports that involve sudden stops and direction changes, such as soccer, football, and basketball, commonly injure their ACL.

This type of injury doesn’t always require surgery, but if the ligament tears all the way through, ligament reconstruction surgery is often the best way to relieve pain and repair the ACL.

While ACL ligament reconstruction is the most common, it’s also possible to perform this type of surgery on the other ligaments within the knee, including:

  • Posterior cruciate ligament (PCL) in the center of the knee
  • Medial collateral ligament (MCL), which provides inner knee stability
  • Lateral collateral ligament (LCL), which provides outer knee stability

During ligament reconstruction surgery, your orthopedic surgeon removes the torn ligament from your knee and replaces it with a piece of tendon from another part of your knee or from a donor. It’s usually an arthroscopic outpatient procedure, as well.

What is recovery like after ligament reconstruction surgery?

After your ligament reconstruction arthroscopic surgery, you may need to use crutches and keep your knee immobilized at first. After a few days, when your doctor determines you’ve healed enough from the procedure, you begin an exercise program to help strengthen the muscles in your knee. The goal of physical therapy is to regain strength, improve stability, and increase your range of motion.

It may take a few weeks before you can resume your normal daily activities, and full recovery after ligament reconstruction surgery can take several months.

Am I a good candidate for ligament reconstruction?

Ligament reconstruction is an individualized decision. You may be a good candidate for this type of knee surgery if:

  • You’re an athlete who wishes to return to your sport
  • You tore more than one ligament in your knee
  • You want to maintain a high activity level
  • You’re in good overall health and fitness
  • The injury prevents you from performing everyday activities without pain

Additionally, if your knee is highly unstable after a ligament injury, and physical therapy and other noninvasive treatments aren’t enough to help your body heal, Dr. Sobiek or Dr. Huene may suggest ligament reconstruction surgery.

To learn more about treatments for ligament injuries, call the office to schedule a consultation or use the online booking system to request an appointment.