Anatomic ACL Reconstruction Demonstration Overview
Robert LaPrade, MD, PhD performed an anatomic ACL reconstruction Live on Facebook Friday, October 20 at 9 AM MDT. (Click here to watch on Facebook or scroll down to watch below.)
Anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injuries are one of the most common injuries that occur in active individuals. There are approximately 366,000 ACL reconstructions performed in the U.S.annually, however replacing the ACL surgically has yet to be mastered. As orthopedic surgery has evolved, there has been a focus on reconstructing the ACL according to its native anatomic locations.
Ground breaking research by many in the field, including Dr. LaPrade, has led to the development of anatomic ACL reconstruction techniques. Specifically, Dr. LaPrade and colleagues have developed an ACL surgical technique and have validated this with biomechanical research, resulting in similar behaviors of the ACL reconstructed graft compared to the native ACL. This biomechanically validated ACL reconstruction has been evaluated further clinically, with improved patient reported outcomes and return to preinjury levels of activity, including Olympic and professional level sports.