While there are several surgical approaches to this procedure, one has become increasingly popular in recent years and is known as the quadriceps tendon autograft.
In this article, we’ll address how the graft works, what patients can expect from their procedure, and how it compares to other forms of ACL reconstructive surgeries.
High-impact sports can take their toll on our bodies. As one of the key supportive tendons in our bodies, the ACL allows for dynamic movement in our legs, supporting our weight as we pivot, run, and jump, keeping our legs mobile and flexible.
Despite its integrity, the ACL can be susceptible to injury, especially with intense physical activity and stress. The more pressure applied to the tendon, the more wear and tear it endures, increasing the risk of injury.
While most common among athletes, several scenarios can result in an ACL tear:
- Blunt trauma to the knee
- Pivoting/stopping while in motion
Many patients who tear their ACL will hear or feel a sudden “pop” in their knee. Shortly after, the tissues around the joint will begin to swell, resulting in extreme pain and discomfort.
In these cases, individuals with a torn ACL will struggle to walk, unable to control the movements in their leg without experiencing extreme pain.
As one of the most feared sports injuries, ACL injuries can require months of recovery and physical therapy before the ligament begins to heal. The ACL is unlikely to heal on its own and will require surgery—without the proper treatment, such an injury can be devastating, preventing some athletes from returning to the field for the remainder of their careers.