Knee Replacement is considered a routine procedure. Every year, over 600,000 knee replacement surgeries are carried out in the United States. Over 90 percent of patients experience a dramatic improvement in pain levels and mobility.
The ACL (anterior cruciate ligament) is the most commonly injured ligament in the knee. The ACL is a strong ligament that connects the femur to the tibia and helps stabilize the knee when you change direction rapidly or stop suddenly. It absorbs an incredible amount of stress and is therefore susceptible to tearing. An ACL tear most frequently occurs as a sports injury, especially in those sports involving pivoting, sudden changes in direction, or jumping.
Most patients that are considered a candidate for knee replacement may also be candidates for outpatient knee replacement. It may be the best option for someone motivated and healthy enough to be discharged home on the same day as the surgery.