HCA Midwest Health - August 08, 2017

Whether you’re an avid runner who took an unfortunate misstep or clumsily stumbled while doing chores, finding the right doctor is important to your recovery. Depending on the severity of your injury, anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injuries can be treated with intensive rehabilitation through physical therapy, or may require surgery (plus rehab) to return normal function to the knee. Consulting with an orthopedic surgeon is the best way to determine the right plan of treatment to help correct your injury and get you back to your daily activity safely.

ACL repair or reconstruction surgery is usually necessary for those who:

  • Have completely torn their ACL ligament or have a tear that makes the knee unstable.
  • Have gone through rehab and still have stability issues in their knee.
  • Are very active or rely on knee strength and depend on knee stability to perform necessary tasks.
  • Have chronic knee or ACL issues and injuries.

If surgery is required, an orthopedic specialist will recommend repairing the ACL in some patients but more commonly will use a graft, or healthy piece of living tissue, to replace the ligament. ACL surgery is usually done arthroscopically, by making small incisions in the knee and inserting instruments for surgery through these incisions. Sometimes, open surgery done by cutting a large incision in the knee is needed.

Expertise matters

While ACL surgical procedures are generally safe, all surgeries carry a certain amount of risk. As different surgeons practice different surgical techniques, depending on their experience, where they were trained, and how often they operate, recovery times may vary.

Dr. Matthew Daggett, Medical Director of the Sports Medicine program at Lee’s Summit Medical Center, performs ACL repair and reconstruction surgery using innovative techniques known for shorter recovery time and lower re-rupture rates. He is part of a global study group of physicians called Scientific ACL Network International (or SANTI) who are committed to leading research, education, and clinical intervention in their area of expertise. The educational research and learning opportunities that HCA Midwest Health physicians participate in help get patients back on their feet as quickly and safely as possible.

“Patients should feel confident and comfortable with the surgeon they choose. They should look for surgeons who are actively involved in advancing medical treatment in their field and who are passionate about their patients obtaining a great outcome,” says Dr. Matthew Daggett.

Teamwork matters

Choose a surgeon who works closely with other attending physicians, nurses and rehabilitation specialists so that you have a team of medical professionals working together to tailor a comprehensive treatment plan just for you.

Dr. Daggett explains that “Your care is not just limited to your surgeon, and that’s really important when choosing your care provider. It’s crucial to surround yourself with a team who will provide you with complete care from your initial consultation all the way through to your post-op rehab.”

At HCA Midwest Health, we understand that any type of surgical procedure is a difficult decision. Our team of physician and therapists work together to develop a plan to help you regain your mobility, range of motion and function. With two inpatient rehab facilities at Menorah Medical Center and Research Medical Center, you’ll find expert care close to home in Kansas City. And with eight hospitals providing outpatient rehabilitation, getting back has never been easier.

For a physician referral or to schedule an appointment, call (816) 282-5060.