What Is ACL Reconstruction?
- Suddenly slowing down and changing direction (cutting)
- Landing from a jump incorrectly
- Pivoting with your foot firmly planted
- Receiving a direct blow to the knee
- Stopping suddenly
Techniques For ACL Reconstruction
- Hearing a loud “pop” in the knee and experiencing severe pain afterward
- Pain and swelling
- Difficulty walking
- Loss of full range of movement
- Difficulty straightening the knee
Choosing Tissue For ACL Surgery
Procedure of ACL Surgery
- The torn ligament will be removed with a shaver or other instruments.
- Tissue is being used to make the new ACL, then the surgeon will make a larger cut. Autograft is removed through this cut.
- The surgeon will attach the new ligament to the bone with the screws or to the other devices to hold it in a place.
Risks involved in in ACL Surgery
- Infection in the surgical wound
- Unsightly scarring
- Blood clots
- Difficulty passing urine
- Break of the kneecap
- Damage to nerves around the knee
- Infection in the knee joint
- Discomfort in the front of the knee
- Loss of knee movement
- Recurrent giving way of the knee
- Severe pain, stiffness, and loss of use of the knee (Complex Regional Pain Syndrome)
- Less pain and stiffness after surgery
- Fewer complications with the surgery itself
- Faster recovery time.
Frequently Asked Questions:
ACL surgery is a major surgery that reconstructs or replaces a torn anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) in your knee. Your doctor may only consider ACL surgery for you if it suits your needs and lifestyle.
Patients walk unassisted within 2-4 weeks, but for short periods. After 10-12 weeks, expect brisk walking, light jogging, and even plyometric exercise. Full recovery on ACL reconstruction is 6-12 months or more with physical therapy.
An average recovery takes about six months, but it can take longer. If you are an athlete, your doctor may recommend a sports-specific rehab program.
ACL surgery can fail, even in the best of circumstances. It is generally felt that a well-done ACL reconstruction has about a 5% chance of failure due to trauma. The most common cause of an ACL graft failure is a technical error with malposition of the original ACL reconstruction tunnels.