ACL Reconstruction Specialist

Timothy Wilson, MD -  - Orthopedic Surgeon

Timothy Wilson, MD

Orthopedic Surgeon & Shoulder & Knee Specialist located in Lexington, KY

One of the most common knee injuries is a torn anterior cruciate ligament (ACL). Since an ACL rupture isn’t easily repaired with stitches, Timothy C. Wilson, MD, in Lexington, Kentucky, performs an ACL reconstruction, using his expertise to rebuild the ligament and restore optimal knee function. If you suffer an ACL injury, don’t wait to schedule an appointment to learn about your treatment options. Call the office or use the online booking feature today.

ACL Reconstruction Q & A

What type of injury requires ACL reconstruction?

Dr. Wilson performs ACL reconstruction when the ligament is completely ruptured, partially ruptured but with an unstable joint, or when it’s partially torn but you need to restore optimal strength so you can return to sports.

As one of four ligaments that stabilize your knee joint, the ACL controls back-and-forth movement in the knee joint and provides rotational stability. That means it must be fully restored if you want to return to your pre-injury activities.

Your ACL can sustain damage during a direct hit to your knee or when you overextend the joint. However, most ACL tears occur when you perform movements such as:

  • Suddenly stopping or slowing down when running
  • Rapidly changing direction
  • Landing a jump incorrectly
  • Pivoting and sidestepping

High-demand sports that raise your risk of an ACL tear include football, soccer, basketball, and skiing.

What symptoms develop due to an ACL tear?

After damaging your ACL, you’ll develop symptoms such as:

  • Severe pain
  • Loss of motion
  • Difficulty walking
  • Swelling that begins within a few hours after the injury
  • Feeling that your knee joint is loose
  • Inability to bear weight with the injured knee

In many cases, patients experience a popping sound or sensation at the time of the injury. 

How is a mild ACL tear treated?

If your ACL is only partially torn, your joint is stable, and you don’t need to return to vigorous activities, Dr. Wilson starts your treatment with nonsurgical options, such as rest, immobilization, and activity modification.

You may also benefit from steroid injections to alleviate inflammation and pain. As the swelling goes down, you’ll start a rehabilitation program so you can rebuild strength and restore mobility.  

What happens during ACL reconstruction? 

An ACL tear doesn’t heal well when it’s repaired by stitching the two ends together. Instead, Dr. Wilson reconstructs the ligament using a tissue graft.

The source of the graft is tailored to each patient’s needs. While most surgeons routinely use one type of graft for all of their patients, Dr. Wilson uses many different grafts, allowing patients to select the one they would like to use.

Dr. Wilson usually performs ACL reconstruction using minimally invasive arthroscopic surgery. During the procedure, he removes the damaged ACL, replaces it with a tissue graft, and then anchors the new tissue to the bones using screws.

If you develop a painful, swollen knee, call Timothy C. Wilson, MD, or book an appointment online.