What is ACL Reconstruction?
ACL Reconstruction is usually done through arthroscopic (keyhole) surgery. This means that it is minimally invasive and only requires a small incision to be made. ACL Reconstruction has low complication rates and the outcomes are generally positive.
Why Do I Need an ACL Reconstruction?
ACL ruptures most commonly occur during sports or activities that involve overextending or twisting the knee. The ACL can rupture as a result of:
What happens during an ACL Reconstruction?
ACL Reconstruction procedures are performed under general anaesthetic. During the procedure your surgeon will make two small cuts around your knee. A thin metal tube with a tiny video camera is inserted into your knee joint. A sterile solution will also be pumped into the joint to help the surgeon get a clear view.
Recovery from an ACL Reconstruction
Rehabilitation for an ACL Reconstruction begins within two to four days. You will need to see a physical therapist during this time and they will teach you how to strengthen your leg and knee movement. Full Rehabilitation usually takes six to twelve months, after which, you should be able to return to playing most sports.