So you had an ACL reconstruction and it didn’t turn out as you expected…. What do you do now?
Often times, ACL failure is defined as the ligament tearing again. Although this clearly is an example of failure, there are many other ways that your surgery may not have been successful.
Dr. Vidal and his colleagues at the Steadman Clinic in Vail understand that the goal of ACL surgery is a stable, pain-free, functional knee that allows an athlete to return to all fitness and sporting activities without restriction or limitation.
Looking at it through this lens failure can be defined as:
- Graft retear / Instability
- Stiffness (loss of motion)
- Pain / swelling
- Lack of function / inability to return to sport/activity