What is the operation time for an ACL reconstruction..? - Dr.Shailendra Patil Mulund/Thane | DesiMD

What is the operation time for an ACL reconstruction..? - Dr.Shailendra Patil Mulund/Thane

The operation time for an ACL reconstruction can be dependent on many factors. If it is just the ACL reconstruction itself and there are no other meniscus tears or other ligament injuries that are being reconstructed, the process involves harvesting and preparation of the graft, drilling the tunnels in the proper positions, and then passing and fixing the graft in the tunnels. It is also important to recognize that the whole knee must be checked to ensure that there are no other injuries present because missing an injury, Dr.Shailendra Patil Review such as a lateral meniscus root tear, can result in an ACL reconstruction graft failing. In general, we recommend the use of one’s own tissue rather than cadaver tissue for ACL reconstructions. The use of cadaver tissue would also cut down the operative time because one does not have to harvest the graft from the operative knee, but over time, the failure rate of allografts is much higher than using one’s own tissue.

In general, a well-done and efficient ACL reconstruction can take anywhere from 25 minutes to an hour. If one has assistants present, the operative time can commonly be decreased.  In addition, high-volume surgeons often have a team that knows the steps in advance, so the operative time can commonly be decreased in these cases.

 

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