The anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) is located in the front part of the knee and connects the tibia (larger of the two bones in the lower leg) and the femur (the thighbone). The posterior cruciate ligament (PCL) is located in the back part of the knee and connects the tibia and the femur. The ACL and/or the PCL can be torn or sprained when the knee is twisted, especially during sports activities. Your doctor may order X-rays or an MRI to diagnose the injury and assess the severity.
ACL and/or PCL repair or replacement surgery may be necessary if conventional treatment (such as physical therapy) is not successful. During this procedure the 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 surgery is done using an arthroscope, which is a long tube with a magnifying glass and light on the end of it.
Dr. P. Phillips Hospital’s staff of orthopedic surgeons is board certified and skilled in performing ACL and PCL surgeries. These surgeries are often done on an outpatient basis and are minimally invasive. This means the recovery process is faster and you can return to sports and normal activities in less time.
Consult your physician if you have questions about ACL or PCL surgery.
Hours of Operation: 24 hours a day / 7 days a week
Location: Dr. P. Phillips Hospital, 2nd Floor
Scheduling Number: This procedure will be scheduled by your physician
Special Prep: No food or drink after midnight the night before the surgery (including water, candy or gum). Please ask your physician for instructions regarding medications you are taking. Please do not smoke on the day of your surgery.
On the day of your surgery please bring with you:
- A list of your medications with the correct dosages
- Your primary care physician’s name and telephone number
- Any paperwork your physician has given you for your appointment
- Containers to store dentures, glasses or contact lenses before surgery.
- Leave all valuables at home.
- Wear comfortable clothing.
- Do not wear color fingernail or toenail polish.
- Do not eat or drink herbal supplements or tea for at least two weeks prior to your surgery.
- Do not take vitamin E supplements or multi-vitamins with vitamin E for at least two weeks prior to your surgery.
- Do not take aspirin, ibuprofen, Aleve or Advil for at least two weeks prior to your surgery.