Supplemental Treatment Options to Improve Your Surgical Outcome
Your doctor may decide to support your ACL repair or reconstruction with additional procedures to help improve your surgical outcome. Biologic products designed to encourage healing may also be an option. Find out more about these additional procedures and why they may be beneficial to your ACL surgery treatment plan.
Biologic Augmentation: Using Your Biology to Improve Healing
Your doctor may suggest including a biologic treatment, which uses cells from your body to stimulate healing, to help your recovery. This could include a bone graft with platelet-rich plasma (PRP) or a technique called the BioACLTM procedure, which combines PRP, harvested bone, and other biologic components placed at the surgical site to augment your ACL reconstruction.
A Seat Belt for Your ACL
Similar to how a seat belt acts in a car accident, ACL surgery with the InternalBrace technique supports the primary repair or reconstruction. The technique secures your ligament or graft to the bone during the healing phase, which may reduce the risk of further injury or instability.1-4
What Are the Benefits of the InternalBrace Technique?
The InternalBrace technique stabilizes the knee and provides additional support while the ligament or graft is healing, which may minimize the risk of retearing your ACL.3,4
Pain and discomfort are reduced because weight is distributed evenly across the knee.5,6
The InternalBrace technique facilitates the rehabilitation process by allowing you to begin bearing weight and moving your knee more quickly after surgery.3,5
You may return to your normal activities sooner because the InternalBrace technique improves function and range of motion in the knee.1,5,6
The decision to use this technique will depend on the specific needs and goals of each patient and your surgeon’s recommendation. Ask your surgeon if augmenting ACL repair or reconstruction with the InternalBrace technique is right for you. The InternalBrace surgical technique is intended only to augment the primary repair/reconstruction by expanding the area of tissue approximation during the healing period and is not intended as a replacement for the native ligament. The InternalBrace technique is for use during soft tissue-to-bone fixation procedures and is not cleared for bone-to-bone fixation.
Reducing the Risk of Reinjury After ACL Surgery
To help with rotational stability and minimize the risk of reinjuring your ACL,7,8 additional procedures to support other parts of your knee—like anterolateral ligament (ALL) reconstruction or iliotibial band (ITB) tenodesis—may be included in your repair or reconstruction. Clinical studies show that combining these types of procedures with an ACL repair or reconstruction may help improve patient results.7,8
Professional motocross racer Trevor Bollinger was told his racing days were over after an injury during a race, but the Arthrex ACL quad tendon BioACL™ reconstruction procedure got him back on his bike.
Brett Jones, a vice president at Arthrex, suffered a catastrophic knee injury while skiing. Thanks to minimally invasive Arthrex technology, Brett is ahead of the game in his recovery.
Erin Moss was set to play volleyball at Georgia Tech until she injured her knee. After the Arthrex minimally invasive quad tendon ACL reconstruction procedure, Erin had a successful collegiate volleyball career.
Skier Veronika Velez-Zuzulová tore her ACL 5 months before the 2018 Winter Olympics and worried she wouldn’t be able to compete until the Arthrex ACL repair procedure gave her hope.