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Procedures

ACL Reconstruction And Meniscal Repairs

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Sports-related injuries around the knee are fairly common whether you are a weekend warrior or elite athlete. Our knees are put through a tremendous amount of strain and pressure as we pursue our sporting ambitions. Before we discuss the common sports injuries of the knee, we first need to understand the basic anatomy of the knee.

Anatomy of the knee & common knee injuries

The knee is the largest joint in the body and is made up of three main bones: the bottom end of the femur (thigh bone), the upper end of the tibia (shin bone) and patella (kneecap). The cartilage is the soft layer that covers the ends of those three bones so that your knees can move smoothly and painlessly. When the cartilage breaks down, arthritis develops.
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There are two menisci (medial and lateral menisci) in your knee; these are C-shaped structures and are wedged between the femur and tibia bones to act as shock absorbers of the knee. Frequent twisting and loading of the knee may lead to tears of the menisci. When this happens, the menisci are not able to function efficiently as shock absorbers and may lead to accelerated breakdown of the cartilage. This can be resolved with a meniscus surgery.

The anterior crucial ligament (ACL) is a strong ligament that stabilizes the knee. When subjected to extreme twisting motion or torque forces, the ACL may partially or fully rupture. Without an ACL, the knee would become very unstable during certain activities such as walking down the stars, getting out of cars, and getting involved in pivoting sports such as football.

Due to poor blood supply, a partially or fully ruptured ACL cannot not heal itself. Old techniques of repairing these injuries were refined after most of the knees developed severe stiffness post-surgery. Nowadays, a new ACL is reconstructed using various techniques. Golfer Tiger Woods, footballer Zlatan Ibrahimović and American footballer Tom Brady (American football) are just three of the many professional athletes in various sports who have torn their ACL and subsequently returned to sports after ACL reconstruction surgeries.

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Our Location

  • 3 Mount Elizabeth, #08-05 Mount Elizabeth Medical Centre, Singapore 228510
  • +65 6733 4565
  • +65 9766 4565
  • Mon-Fri 8:30am - 5:30pm
    Sat 8:30am - 12:30pm
    Sun/Ph Closed

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