The Aspen FAQ Guide to ACL Surgery

The Aspen FAQ Guide to ACL Surgery

Even if you’re experienced, a high-intensity activity may result in high-intensity injuries.

Among most of the residents and visitors of the Aspen area, activities like hiking, rock climbing, mountain biking and skiing are a central part of Colorado culture. While the active mountain lifestyle of Aspen promotes excellent physical health, it poses the risk of orthopedic injuries.

One of the most common injuries athletic individuals are prone to is the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) tear. When ACL injuries require ACL surgery, OrthoAspen is here. Our entire knee team is skilled in using state-of-the-art equipment, including Mako Robotic-Arm Assisted Technology. Our facility addresses trauma injuries, patients in need of physical therapy and post-recovery care, and more.

The Best ACL Surgeons in Aspen Address Your Questions About ACL Surgery

ACL sprains vary in severity and commonly affect athletes. This ligament injury can range from minor sprains to full ACL tears. While some ACL injuries can be effectively repaired with non-surgical treatments, many require ACL surgery in order to heal properly, restore full function and prevent further injuries.

At OrthoAspen, we are committed to using conservative, non-surgical care whenever possible. For many patients, however, surgery offers the only long-term solution for a torn ACL.

The type of ACL surgery you need will vary depending on the severity of your injury. A consultation will help your OrthoAspen surgeon determine what method to use. During this time, your physician will properly assess and diagnose the degree of the sprain.

Patients who are considering surgical treatment for ACL tears naturally have several questions and concerns. Our doctors have generally answered some of the most common questions we receive below:

  • Do all ACL injuries require ACL surgery?
    The answer depends both upon the severity of the injury and the lifestyle of the patient. An ACL that is mildly sprained or only partially torn can often heal without surgery. Patients who have suffered complete tears tend to have considerably less favorable outcomes without surgical treatment and will typically be recommended to undergo surgery.
  • acl surgeryWhat types of patients require surgical intervention?
    Patients who have active lifestyles and intend to return to their sport or high-impact work environment are often advised to pursue a surgical solution. This is due to the high risk of additional tears or secondary damage.
  • How are torn ligaments surgically reconstructed?
    ACL surgery is aimed at reconstructing the torn ACL to restore healthy, natural function. In the past, ruptured ligaments were sewn back together during surgery; these methods, however, were not consistently effective. Modern ACL reconstructive surgery uses grafting made of a tendon to reconstruct the affected ligament. Grafts may come from the patient’s patellar tendon, hamstring tendon, quadriceps tendon or from an allograft.
  • How long is the ACL surgery recovery time?
    Exact recovery time varies from person to person. While routine activity will be gradually reintroduced throughout the course of the recovery process, it will usually take four to nine months for the surgically-treated ACL to fully recover. During the recovery process, patients will take part in targeted physical therapy to build the strength and flexibility of the ACL and the associated connective tissue.
  • Does ACL surgery result in major visible scarring?
    Most types of surgeries result in some form of scarring. Since your OrthoAspen surgeon utilizes tiny tools to create a small incision, an ACL surgery scar is typically only an inch or two.

Focusing on Subspecialty Care

At OrthoAspen, we are proud to offer elite-grade orthopedic care and treatment for Aspen-area residents and visitors. Our orthopedic practice offers patients a range of services focused in the specialty areas of the knee, shoulder and elbow, foot and ankle, spine, and sports medicine.

If you have experienced a traumatic knee injury and are in need of ACL surgery, we can provide you with the most effective surgical care available. To learn more or to schedule an appointment, contact OrthoAspen today at 970-544-1289.


Visit OrthoAspen in two convenient locations
Aspen Clinic
Aspen Valley Hospital
0401 Castle Creek Rd., Suite 2100,

Aspen, CO 81611
+(970) 544-1289
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Basalt Clinic
Midvalley Medical Center
1450 E. Valley Rd., Suite 201,

Basalt, CO 81621
+(970) 544-1289
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