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Don’t let a knee or shoulder injury separate you from the game. Using minimally invasive techniques, we’ll have you back on the field before kickoff.

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ACL Tear (Anterior Cruciate Ligament)

Also Serving Patients in Naperville & Joliet, IL

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  • Arthroscopic, Outpatient
  • A new ligament is created using either your patella tendon or hamstring tendons to replace the torn ACL.
Duration 1.5 hours
Anesthesia General
  • Immediate full weight bearing.
  • Immediate physical therapy
  • Brace for 4 weeks
  • Return to daily activity as tolerated
  • Return to work depends on type of work
  • Full return to sports for athletes 8 – 10 months

The ACL is a primary stabilizer of the knee joint. Without this ligament, the knee will be unstable and not allow side to side or pivoting motion in daily life or in sports. It will also predispose the knee to damage such as cartilage tears or arthritis. Loss of the ACL may even cause instability or giving way of the knee with daily life activities.

The ACL is torn in various ways and most commonly sports activity. The majority of tears occur without any direct blow to the knee, but rather with a hard landing from a jump, or a twisting, pivoting, or hyperextension force to the knee. Changing direction rapidly, slowing down when running, and landing from a jump are a few of the non-contact ways in which a person can tear the ACL.
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When the ACL tears the athlete will experience a sharp pain and “pop” in the knee, followed by moderate or even severe swelling. Most people are not able to return to play at that time. The knee will typically quiet down over 1–2 weeks and may even feel completely normal for a period of time. This is usually followed by the knee giving way with any attempt at return to sport or even with turning or changing direction in daily activity.  The presence of moderate or severe knee swelling after injury is always a serious issue and should not be ignored even if it dissipates within a week or so.  Greater than 90% of the time this swelling represents internal bleeding from ruptured tissues inside the knee joint, and these are most commonly an ACL tear or a Meniscus tear.

Female athletes have been found to tear the ACL 5–8 times more often than males. Various factors influence this injury rate. There are many prevention programs that are offered and recommended for female athletes especially in soccer, basketball, and volleyball.  The programs have been shows to be effective and should be a part of any young athletes workout routine.

Some patients who are not physically active or who do not experience giving way of their knee with daily life after tearing the ACL may consider being treated with exercise and bracing only.  However, the vast majority of people with a torn ACL will require ACL Reconstruction to restore stability in the knee, and allow higher level function and stability with their everyday lives.

When the ACL tears it cannot be sutured back together and repaired.  Therefore a new ligament must be constructed to replace it.  This is what we refer to as ACL Reconstruction.  ACL Reconstruction is an outpatient surgery lasting 1–2 hours in which a new ligament is created to replace the torn ACL using the patient’s own tissue (or in certain cases donated tissue). This is followed by a 4–5 month recovery and rehabilitation period before return to full sports. Daily activity is resumed to near normal within the first 2–4 weeks. This surgery is performed arthroscopically, allowing treatment of any other cartilage injury at the same time as the ACL reconstruction. This treatment allows people to return to their previous level of activity in 80%-90% of cases.

Much attention has been paid by surgeons and patients alike to the type of material used to create the new ACL graft.  The gold standard tissue is the patient’s own patella tendon which has been used for over 30 years to successfully treat ACL tears.  The other most common tissue which has been used nearly as long is the Hamstring tendons, again taken from the patient’s own knee.  Over the last 15-20 years use of cadaver donated tissue (Allograft tissue) has been in vogue and has the advantage of not having to use or sacrifice any of your own tissue.  However, in the last 3-5 years the Orthopedic research has very clearly shown that the risk re-rupture of the ACL when using Allograft tissue is unacceptably high and in the 25-30% range.  For more complex injuries that include multiple ligaments being torn (such as ACL/PCL/LCL)  allograft tissue can be used to avoid excessive surgical trauma to the patient. However, for a single ligament isolated ACL tear the preferred tissue is the patient’s own, either Patella Tendon or Hamstring.


Video: ACL Success Story

See the incredible recovery of Dr. Burt’s patient, Tony Fay, who underwent ACL surgery at Dr. Burt’s Plainfield practice



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Knee injuries can be debilitating and can have a long-lasting effect on your activity levels when not treated properly. Dr. David Burt and Dr. Stephen Treacy are leading providers of orthopedic surgery from Naperville to Joliet. They are skilled in treating a wide range of knee injuries, including ACL tears, MCL tears and meniscus tears. They use the latest treatment techniques to help patients get back on their feet. To learn more, schedule a comprehensive consultation by calling our Burr Ridge office at (630) 455-2000, our Plainfield office at (815) 267-8825, or our Morris office at (815) 941-1885.

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