An ACL tear can be a disastrous injury for any athlete or active individual. Luckily, tremendous advances have been made in our understanding of ACL injury and treatment over the past two decades.
For any active individual the preferred treatment for an ACL tear is an ACL reconstruction surgery. At Virginia Orthopaedic & Spine Specialists, our surgical team is on the cutting edge of this kind of repair.
Using a minimally invasive approach, our sports medicine surgeon is able to place a reconstructed ACL graft inside the correct position in the knee to restore atomic knee joint function. This procedure is commonly called “All-Inside ACL reconstruction.”
This new arthroscopically-assisted technique is performed by placing the ACL graft in bone sockets in the knee joint, which allows an orthopaedic surgeon to avoid drilling long bone tunnels. When the outer hard shell of the bone is preserved, patients experience less pain. Less pain means a quicker functional recovery.
The Benefits of “All-Inside” ACL Reconstruction
The benefits of this approach are significant – especially for active patients. Among those who are candidates for this surgery we see:
- Less post-operative pain
- Quicker recovery of lost strength
- Accelerated rehabilitation
The cosmetic benefits of this approach are also incredibly significant. Since no external instrumentation is applied during the procedure, this surgery can be performed with smaller incisions – resulting in less scarring.
Am I a Candidate for “All-Inside” ACL Reconstruction
Although the benefits of this minimally invasive ACL reconstruction surgery are substantial and the surgery can be performed on most individuals, certain patients may not be candidates for this minimally invasive approach. Your eligibility is based on your individual activity level and functional demands and should be determined by a qualified orthopaedic surgeon.
If you’re interested in this surgical treatment option, it’s important to consult with a fellowship trained sports medicine, and arthroscopic knee specialist to determine if the all inside ACL reconstruction is the best treatment option for you.
About Dr. Alexander Aboka
Alexander M. Aboka, MD, MPH, is an orthopaedic surgeon specializing in sports medicine, arthroscopy, minimally invasive ACL reconstruction, reverse total shoulder replacement, hip labrum tear repair, and shoulder and knee reconstructive surgery. He holds a doctor of medicine degree from the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and a master in public health degree from the University of Pittsburgh School of Public Health — both in Pittsburgh, Pa.r. Aboka completed his orthopaedic surgery residency at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque, N.M. In addition, he completed an orthopaedic sports medicine fellowship at the Cincinnati Sports Medicine & Orthopaedic Center in Cincinnati, Ohio, with advanced training in sports medicine, modern arthroscopy, and shoulder and knee reconstructive surgery. He speaks English and Spanish.
Virginia Orthopaedic and Spine Specialists is a natural choice for those with an ACL injury in western Hampton Roads who want to get up on their feet and back in the game as quickly as possible.
For more information about our sports medicine program, or to schedule an evaluation with Dr. Aboka, our minimally invasive ACL reconstruction surgery specialist, please call us today at 757.215.3789.