ACL reconstruction is surgery to replace a torn anterior cruciate (KROO-she-ate) ligament (ACL) — a major ligament in your knee.
ACL injuries most commonly occur during sports that involve sudden stops and changes in direction — such as basketball, soccer, football, downhill skiing and gymnastics.
In ACL reconstruction, the torn ligament is removed and replaced with a piece of tendon from another part of your knee or from a deceased donor. This surgery is an outpatient procedure that's performed through small incisions around your knee joint.
ACL reconstruction is performed by a doctor who specializes in surgical procedures of the bones and joints (orthopedic surgeon).
A patient in preparation for an ACL reconstruction surgery undergoes-
The surgery is a straightforward one where:
Post surgery, the doctor recommends certain actions so that the patient can effectively recover, those being:
Consultant - Trauma and Orthopedics
MRCS, Dip. SICOT, FRCS(Ortho), MCh(Ortho), Specialist - Joint Replacements & Sports Injuries. Fellowship - Joint Replacements ( London, UK) Advanced Arthroscopy & sports Injuries ( New York, USA)View Profile
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