Trequan Wiggans was born a healthy boy, but as he began to walk his mother noticed that something didn’t seem right with his left leg. Concerned, Trequan’s family took him for an MRI, which revealed that he was born with a missing anterior cruciate ligament (ACL), or ACL deficiency. This is a rare and difficult condition to correct in young children who will have significant growth in the future. Initially, Trequan was seen by another physician who fit him with a brace that he was required to wear at all times, except when he was sleeping. Being an active young boy and avid football player, wearing a brace was cumbersome, but something that Trequan did for two years until the pain in his left leg began to limit his mobility.
At this time Trequan’s parents decided it was time for surgery to repair the ACL deficiency. Trequan was referred to Dr. Chad Aarons who successfully completed a Physeal Sparing ACL Reconstruction on Trequan’s left leg. This technique differs from one in an adult in that it avoids the growth plates in a young patient’s leg. The patients’ own tissue ( iliotibial band) is rerouted to create a new ACL. This ensures growth isn’t affected as the standard drill holes are not used. In fact, no drilling is necessary at all.
Following surgery it was up to Trequan to limit his activity and let the leg heal so that he could play football again in the future. In fact, he attended intensive therapy to get back to where he wanted to be actively. Rest and healing are difficult for a third grader, but Dr. Aarons worked on many occasions with Trequan’s family to help him understand the importance of this healing time. His mother said, “Dr. Aarons had to tell Tre that although he felt better his knee still needed to heal. A year after the surgery, Trequan is the quarterback of the Westover Warriors and he runs as if nothing ever happened.”