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If you've torn any of the ligaments in your knee, you'll need an experienced orthopaedic surgeon to restore normal knee stability and daily function.

Penn Medicine combines the expertise of our multidisciplinary orthopaedic team with the latest non-surgical and surgical treatment approaches to effectively treat all types of ligament injuries, including anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) sprains or tears.

We've helped some of the world's most elite athletes get back on the field at the highest levels of competition — and we can help you, too.

We are always incorporating the latest evidence-based thinking and technology into your treatment plan, so you can feel confident that you are receiving the best available care.

Arthroscopic ACL Reconstruction Surgery

Anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) reconstruction surgery is a procedure that is performed to replace a torn ACL with a new ligament. There are a number of considerations for those who are interested in ACL surgery, including the type of surgical technique, the timing of surgery and the type of graft to use. You will review these details with your orthopaedic surgeon prior to surgery.

At Penn, we perform the procedure arthroscopically, utilizing small incisions and a microscopic camera to repair soft tissue or remove damaged cartilage. It is minimally invasive and performed in an outpatient setting, so patients go home the same day. The recovery from arthroscopy is shorter than more invasive surgery.

Complex and Multi-Ligament Reconstruction Surgery

When multiple knee ligament injuries occur (e.g., lateral collateral ligament (LCL), medial collateral ligament (MCL) or posterior cruciate ligament (PCL), a knee dislocation or fracture can also be present. We have expertise in treating these related injuries to optimize your recovery. Sometimes this involves performing more than one ligament surgery, otherwise known as a multiligamentous knee reconstruction.

Certain ligaments have a much better healing potential than others. Depending on the circumstance, complex multiligamentous knee injuries may be able to be reduced to one or two ligaments needing reconstruction, if you can be evaluated and diagnosed quickly. Appropriate bracing is used and proper physical therapy is started early after injury.

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