Anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) reconstruction surgery is one of the most common injury surgeries performed on the knee. The success rate for ACL reconstruction is very high, estimated at about 90%. While most ACL surgeries are successful, there are those that fail due to a variety of reasons. Dr. Steven Struhl is a top-rated orthopedic surgeon, specializing in knee joint repairs. Dr. Struhl offers revision ACL surgery at Shoulders & Knees orthopedic clinics, located in NYC and Westchester.

Why ACL Reconstruction Surgeries Fail

There are two main reasons for ACL surgery failure. In some cases, the procedure was not completed correctly. While most orthopedic surgeons can perform an ACL reconstruction, many do not perform many of these procedures. Lack of experience in this specialized procedure can result in poor placement of the tendon graft that can lead to stretching or damage.

The second most common reason is the lack of a proper diagnosis and treatment of a secondary knee condition, like a PCL or alignment issue, that impacts the stability of the knee, causing ACL reconstruction failure. Other causes include trauma or new injuries to the knee that can rupture or tear the ACL.

Specialized Evaluation for Revision ACL Surgery

One of the most important aspects of performing a revision ACL reconstruction surgery is evaluating why the first surgery failed. Dr. Steven Struhl is one of the best orthopedic surgeons in the country and a knee specialist. Dr. Struhl routinely performs successful ACL reconstruction surgeries and understands the key elements needed for successful treatment of ACL ruptures. His expertise can uncover the reason for failure, allowing him to address the specific issues for each patient during their ACL revision surgery.

If you are suffering from ACL reconstruction surgery failure and need to consider revision ACL surgery, contact us at Shoulders & Knees. We will schedule an evaluation with Dr. Struhl to determine the best option for repairing your ACL, including ACL revision surgery.