A ski injury that tears the anterior cruciate ligament is often right off of the femur/notch, allowing direct repair (vs. full reconstruction w/ a graft). Shorter rehab, quicker recovery, and often re-inforced with the Artelon flexgraft.
Youtube Link: https://youtu.be/dAf7_lXoLV8
video #1 posterolateral ACL bundle tear, off the femoral origin. The anteromedial bundle remains mostly intact, maintaining length.
video #2 microfracture awls to the origin/attachment site, providing healing factors from the bone. Note how the ligament still "reaches" the femur after debridment “clean-up”...
video #3 "luggage tag" type suture anchor repair to the femur. This will then be augmented with "stem cell"; injected into both the ligament itself and, after portal suture closure, the knee joint. This construct can be re-inforced with a load-sharing device such as the Artelon Flexgraft, to aid in repair & healing strength.
The native ligament is saved & rehab time is faster vs. reconstruction. In that respect, it is similar to the BEAR ACL repair construct...
Kelly Cunningham MD
Board-certified Orthopedic Surgeon
Austin OrthoBiologics | austinorthobio.com | (512) 410-0767
Austin, Texas | email@example.com
Fellowship trained Sports medicine Arthroscopy & Orthopedic Regenerative medicine specialist
Office & Surgical Options:
PRP (Platelet Rich Plasma) & Cell-Based (formerly called "Stem Cell") Therapy