The anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) is located on the front side of the knee and connects the tibia (larger of the 2 bones in the lower leg) and the femur (the thighbone). The posterior cruciate ligament (PCL) is located on the back side of the knee and also connects the tibia and the femur. Both ligaments can be torn if the knee is twisted unnaturally.
Orlando Regional Medical Center's expert orthopedic surgeons and rehabilitation specialists have the skills and compassion to provide you with the best possible outcome. Our expert team will evaluate the severity of your injury using the latest technologies available, including MRI and X-ray. If traditional treatments such as physical therapy are not successful, repair or replacement surgery may become an option. During an ACL or PCL repair or replacement surgery, an orthopedic surgeon will replace the damaged ligament with a graft. The graft is a piece of tendon that can be taken from somewhere else in your body or it can be from a donor. The surgeon uses an arthroscope to perform these types of minimally-invasive surgeries.
After ACL or PCL reconstruction, your physician may prescribe rehabilitation exercises to gradually return your knee to full flexibility and stability.