Preserving the ACL in Total Knee ReplacementPosted on Jul 8, 2014, by The Kennedy Center
Dr. Jeffrey McLaughlin now offers a new way of performing a Total Knee Arthroplasty (TKA); one that preserves the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL).
While the results of traditional TKA continue to be outstanding; patients’ needs and expectations have changed. At The Kennedy Center, we strive to meet those needs.
The importance of the ACL is evident by the number of people, including athletes, whose lives have been significantly altered by the loss of this ligament. Although the ACL is the most crucial ligament of the knee, it is almost always sacrificed in traditional total knee replacements.
Dr. McLaughlin believes that preserving the ACL is necessary to preserve normal knee function. In March 2013, the United States FDA approved the only ACL retaining TKA in America. This new procedure is an effective method to relieve pain and restore normal function for activities such as golfing, hiking and skiing.
Patients and families interested in learning more about the ACL preserving total knee replacement can contact The Kennedy Center at Ascension Mercy Hospital in Oshkosh, Wis. at 800-322-2141.