Hearing of an ACL injury can be scary. However, not everyone will experience long-term issues because of their ACL injury. Thanks to continued advancements in sports medicine, our team of professionals in San Antonio and Schertz, TX can help. Patients with a moderate to severe ACL injury may need to make some decisions in regards to treatment. But how does someone know if they are a candidate for knee surgery?
What is ACL repair?
ACL repair is a specific surgical treatment that can be used to address a moderate to severe injury to the ACL. It is an invasive surgical procedure that many patients will want to avoid if possible. The procedure is performed by an orthopedic surgeon to help repair the ACL and in turn, provide patients with a better quality of life by addressing their condition in a more permanent manner.
Who might be a candidate for ACL surgery?
There are many things to think about when it comes to agreeing to surgical intervention. ACL surgery is an invasive procedure, so many patients will want to think twice about going this route. There are other options for patients to consider first before using surgery as a last resort. This may include rest, physical rehabilitation, and routine exercise to strengthen the muscles in the knee. However, if patients have tried these methods and are still experiencing pain or disfunction that impedes their ability to participate in the activities they enjoy, it may be time to consider surgery. Surgery may be the best option for an individual:
- Who is of good overall health and participates in activities that require a stable knee
- Who deals with chronic pain and dysfunction that impacts their quality of life
- Who is active in sports that require the stability and strength of the knee
- Who have a career that requires daily physical function of the knee
- Who have other areas of the knee that are impacted and may require surgery as well
- Who is open to completing extensive time in physical rehabilitation programs to heal and recover
Call the practice of Drs. Peter Holmes and Kathren McCarty today
If you are located in the areas of San Antonio or Schertz, TX and are interested in more information regarding ACL repair, we invite you to call our practice for an appointment. Our primary phone line is (210) 696-9000 and we have two convenient office locations to choose from. New and existing patients are welcome to work with our team to improve their sports and physical health—especially when problems arise!