Jun 04, 2024

A New Hope For Sports Injuries With Artificial Synthetic Grafting

Pawan, a 31-year-old young athlete, faced a setback - a torn right knee ligament or ACL (anterior cruciate ligament) from a sports injury. Pain, instability, and weakness in his knee disrupted everyday activities. Determined to get back on his feet, Pawan visited Dr. Sujoy Bhattacharjee, HOD & Director - Robotic Joint Replacement, at Sarvodaya Hospital, Sec 8, Faridabad where the team performed a cutting-edge and an innovative procedure called Arthroscopic ACL reconstruction with artificial synthetic graft, along with a repair of the medial meniscus tear.

What's Different About This Procedure?

Traditionally, ACL reconstruction involves taking a tendon from another part of your body (usually the hamstring or patellar tendon) to replace the torn ligament. This can lead to pain and weakness at the donor site.

Pawan's surgery, however, used an artificial graft. This eliminates the need to take tissue from his body, offering several benefits:

  • No Donor Site Pain or Weakness: Patient wouldn't experience any discomfort or weakness in the area where the tendon was harvested.
  • Reduced Post-Surgical Pain: Artificial grafts might lead to less overall pain after surgery.
  • Lower Risk of Graft Failure: There's a small chance the body might reject a tendon graft from another person (allograft) or that the body's own tendon graft (autograft) might not integrate properly. Artificial grafts may have a higher risk of graft acceptence.
  • Faster Recovery and Rehabilitation: Without a donor site to heal, patient’s recovery could potentially be quicker, allowing him to return to his normal activities sooner.

This procedure is particularly beneficial for young, active individuals like Pawan who want to get back to their sport or physical activities as soon as possible.

Pawan's surgery was a success, and he was discharged the very next day. With proper rehabilitation, he can expect to regain full knee function, strength, and stability. This innovative technique offers a faster path to recovery and a return to an active lifestyle for people with ACL tears.

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