Thursday, June 12, 2008
Medical Reports: Double bundle ACL
If you like to ski, skateboard or play any type of sport, you're at risk of a common knee injury. Now, a new procedure may get athletes back on their feet faster. Seven's Diana Diaz shows us how this new knee surgery works.
WSVN -- Twenty two year old Nelson Fernandez loves playing basketball, but a rebound in one game left him benched.
Nelson Fernandez: "I came down with a rebound and my leg kinda twisted the wrong way and my body weight actually tore the ACL."
An MRI confirmed Nelson had a complete tear of his ACL.
Nelson Fernandez: "The ACL or the anterior cruciate ligament is an important ligament inside the knee and it's very commonly injured."
The ligament connects the upper and lower leg bones and provides stability to the knee.
Dr. Mauricio Herrera, Orthopaedic Surgeon: "Your ACL anatomically is composed of two different bundles, the anteromedial bundle and post lateral bundle."
Dr. Mauricio Herrera an orthopaedic surgeon at Baptist Hospital is one of the first in South Florida to start using a new procedure to repair ACL's called double bundle ACL reconstruction. Traditional ACL reconstruction repairs only one bundle.
Dr. Mauricio Herrera: "So many patients have their front back stability restored but their rotational stability has not been restored."
Dr. Herrera says because the procedure replicates the true anatomy of the ACL, patients recover faster, have better range of motion and less chance of developing arthritis down the road. That's good news to Nelson is already looking forward to playing basketball again.
Nelson Fernandez: "Four weeks out I have full range of motion, i'm walking normally, and i'm doing everything I wasn't able to do with the first surgery."
Keep in mind, not every patient is a good candidate for double bundle ACL reconstruction and patients will still need post-op physical therapy to build up the muscles around the knee.
Miami Institute for Joint Reconstruction
Dr. Mauricio Herrera
747 Ponce de Leon
Miami, FL 33134
Tel: (305) 595-1317