Located in the knee joint, the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) plays the important role of providing stability. Rupturing or tearing this ligament can lead to the knee collapsing or giving way when making turning or twisting movements.
If your knee persistently gives way following an ACL rupture then an ACL reconstruction can improve your stability. The procedure can also help you to carry out everyday activities and play certain sports that may not be feasible without it. However, do be aware that your knee is unlikely to ever be as good as it was before your injury occurred.
During the operation, which uses one of several anaesthetic techniques and normally takes between 60 and 90 minutes, your surgeon will make some cuts around your knee area. They may choose to use keyhole surgery (arthroscopy) and look inside your knee using a tiny camera. They will replace your ruptured ACL with an appropriate piece of tissue from another area of your body, which will be fixed into place using special screws or anchors in drilled holes in the bone.
You will usually be able to return home on the same day or the day after the operation is performed, although your surgeon may suggest that you wear a knee brace for several weeks. A period of intensive physiotherapy treatment for up to six months is recommended as your knee begins to settle down.
Regular exercise will help you return to your normal daily activities quickly, but do check with your consultant.
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