2019 AMI Online Salon

Anterior Cruciate Ligament Reconstruction: Preparation for Graft Placement

Project Details

  • Entrant Name: Christine (Si Ting) Shan
  • Membership Type: Student Submission
  • Address: Toronto, Canada
  • Client: Faculty advisor: Michael Corrin, Content advisor: Darrell Ogilvie-Harris
  • Medium/software used: Procreate, Illustrator
  • Final presentation format: Print, 1 page in a surgical textbook
  • Primary Audience: Orthopaedic interns

Project Description

Anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) reconstruction is a common surgical procedure done to replace a torn ACL in the knee. The torn ligament is removed and replaced with a tissue graft using arthroscopy. Arthroscopy is a minimally invasive surgical procedure where a camera is inserted into the joint and surgeons view the joint area on a video monitor. For an inexperienced orthopaedic intern, it is difficult to understand the procedure happening inside the knee from the view on the video monitor. The visual goal of this sequential illustration was to show clearly and concisely how the tissue graft is placed into the knee. This image is an excerpt from the sequential illustration. It shows how the various sutures should be threading into the knee for tissue graft placement. The work was created for print in a surgical textbook and we were limited to using pen and ink.