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ACL Reconstruction with Orthobiologic Augmentation
Dr. James Chen, M.D. - In San Francisco, CA



An arthroscopic and open procedure performed to replace a torn Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) with a tendon graft. Two small incisions are made on the front of the knee. An arthroscopic camera and instruments are used to clear the torn ACL away from its bone attachment sites in the knee. A tunnel is drilled at the femoral attachment site from inside the knee. Another small incision is made just below the knee. A drill guide is used to drill a tunnel from outside the tibia to the tibial attachment site for the ACL inside the knee. The tendon graft can then be passed through the tibial tunnel and seated in the femoral tunnel. The graft is secured in the tibia with an absorbable screw.

Common Question about ACL Reconstruction With Orthobiologic Augmentation

What is ACL Reconstruction with Orthobiologic Augmentation?

Orthobiologics are substances naturally found in the human body that are used to improve the healing process of broken bones and injured muscles, tendons, and ligaments. When used in higher concentrations, orthobiologic substances can accelerate the healing process. In addition to reconstructing the ACL, biologic material such as stem cells, platelet rich plasma, or amniotic matrix membrane can be added to augment healing of the ACL graft.

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