ACL Surgery

Mehling Orthopedics

Orthopedic Surgeons & Regenerative Medicine Specialists located in Hackensack, NJ & West Islip, NY

Your anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) is a sturdy structural component of your knee joint, but between acute injuries, such as sports injuries, and chronic wear-and-tear, your ACL can become torn. With their expertise in modern ACL surgical methods, board-certified Brian Mehling, MD, and Pavel Yufit, MD, of Mehling Orthopedics, can help restore your full knee function in Hackensack, New Jersey, as well as West Islip, New York. Click on the online booking feature to schedule your ACL surgery evaluation or call your nearest location directly.

ACL Surgery Q & A

Why do I need ACL surgery?

Anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) surgery is a reconstructive procedure to replace and repair the torn part of your ligament. Even though your ACL is known for being one of the strongest ligaments in your body — it absorbs much of the shock in your knee — accidents, trauma, and sports injuries can cause it to rupture.

You can tear your ligament and need ACL surgery if you:

  • Pivot while your foot is planted on the ground
  • Stop suddenly, like while playing basketball
  • Quickly slow down and change direction
  • Land incorrectly after jumping
  • Slip and fall down

Even though most ACL injuries stem from non-contact motions, occasionally, direct contact, like a blow to the knee, can result in an ACL tear.

What happens during ACL surgery?

At Mehling Orthopedics, you can meet with Dr. Mehling or Dr. Yufit who have extensive experience in minimally invasive arthroscopic ACL techniques. Most ACL surgeries involve grafting tissue from another area of your body since simply sewing your ACL back together typically isn’t effective.

Dr. Mehling or Dr. Yufit can remove small amounts of tendon tissue from your hamstring, quadriceps, or other area and surgically attach it near the torn portions of your ACL with screws or other devices. This is known as a tissue graft.

As you heal, your ACL tissue grows over the graft, which serves as scaffolding, so your ACL can become fully restored. Most ACL surgeries require you to go under general anesthesia although once you recover from your anesthesia, you can usually go home the same day.

How long is the recovery after ACL surgery?

It’s important to use crutches after your ACL surgery and avoid bearing weight on your treated knee. You’re also going to be in a splint or knee brace afterward. Depending on how quickly you heal, it can take three or more weeks to be able to completely bear weight on your knee and restore your full range of motion.

Dr. Mehling and Dr. Yufit have you undergo several months of physical therapy after ACL surgery to strengthen the muscles surrounding your knee and continue improving your natural knee flexibility. A full ACL surgery recovery may take about nine months, although if you’re an athlete, you may need to wait up to 12 months to return to your sporting activity.

Book your ACL surgery consultation at Mehling Orthopedics today. You can conveniently schedule an exam either online or over the phone with the office nearest you.