A torn anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) is one of the most common knee injuries. In many of these cases, the ACL is completely torn and may require surgery in order to regain full function in the knee.
The surgical procedure to repair a torn ACL is called an ACL reconstruction. Approximately 150,000 ACL reconstructions are performed in the United States each year.
Because the results from ACL reconstruction continue to improve, more patients are becoming good candidates for this procedure.