Redwood Orthopaedic Surgery Associates | Santa Rosa, CA

Torn Meniscus and ACL Treatment in Santa Rosa

Meniscus & ACL Repair

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Redwood Orthopaedic Surgery Associates in Santa Rosa CA provides a full scope of orthopaedic services of the knee including:

Our group, of board certified experts, utilizes the most current and proven diagnostic techniques and treatment modalities to deliver the best care to our patients.

What is a Meniscus Tear?

A meniscus tear is common after a traumatic injury, and most frequently occurs when the knee joint is bent and the knee is then twisted. Torn menisci are common in athletes and older adults whose cartilage may have worn away.

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ACL (Anterior cruciate ligament)

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The ACL (anterior cruciate ligament) is one of the most commonly injured ligaments in the knee. People who play sports such as basketball, football, skiing and soccer are at greatest risk for injuring the ACL. About half of the ACL injuries are accompanied by damage to the meniscus, cartilage, bone or other ligaments in the knee.


Only about 30% of ACL injuries result from direct contact with another player or object. The rest occur when the athlete decelerates while cutting, pivoting, or sidestepping.

ACL Tear Symptoms

Signs that you may have injured your ACL include pain, swelling and instability immediately after injury to your knee. An injury to this ligament causes the knee to become unstable.

Treatment For ACL Injuries

Treatment for ACL injuries involves completely removing the damaged ligament and replacing it with new tissue. See more about the ACL Treatment by watching our procedure animations. Simply reconnecting the torn ends will not repair the ACL. A tendon from another part of the body, usually from the knee or hamstring, is used to create a graft for the new ACL. However, sometimes a cadaver tendon is used to reconstruct the ACL. Choosing the proper type of graft depends on each patient’s condition.

Recovery From ACL Surgery

ACL surgery requires a few months for a full recovery and physical rehabilitation will be needed as well. Surgery is not required for all ACL injuries. Talk to a doctor at Redwood Orthopaedic in Santa Rosa, CA to find out if ACL reconstruction is right for you.

Patellar Instability

The kneecap (patella) connects the muscles in the thigh to the shinbone. In a healthy knee, the patella rests in a groove in the thighbone and slides up and down as you bend and straighten your leg. Patellar instability, or unstable kneecap, occurs when the patella slips wholly or partially out of the groove. This may occur after an injury or because the groove itself is too shallow or uneven.

Treatment For Patellar Instability

Treatment typically involves physical therapy for strengthening. Surgical reconstruction is used to correct recurrent instability. If your patella dislocates, you may experience one or more of the following: difficulty with walking, pain, swelling, stiffness, or abnormal motion of the knee cap.

What Happens If Patellar Dislocation Is Left Untreated?

If left untreated, patellar dislocation can lead to arthritis, knee instability and chronic knee pain.

PCL (Posterior Cruciate Ligament)

The posterior cruciate ligament (PCL) is one of four ligaments that helps support the knee and protects the shin bone (tibia) from sliding too far backwards. While injuries to the anterior cruciate ligament are much more common, PCL injuries can account for up to 20% of knee injuries.

Causes Of PCL Injuries

Injury to the PCL most commonly occurs when the knee is bent and an object strikes the shin, pushing it backwards. This injury often happens during car accidents, falls, or sports activities when the shin is forcefully pushed against a solid object.

PCL Tear Symptoms

Patients with PCL tears may experience pain, swelling and limited range of motion within the knee. Some may also experience a feeling that the knee has popped or given out, as it causes instability within the joint. While many symptoms of this injury can be relieved, instability of the joint often persists and may require more aggressive treatment.

Treatment For PCL Injuries

If surgical reconstruction is pursued, the technique is similar to the one used for ACL reconstruction.

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