Anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) surgery involves repairing a torn ACL in the knee. The repair is performed with a piece of tendon.
Also Known As:
- ACL reconstruction surgery
- ACL surgery
- ACL repair
- Knee surgery
Conditions Treated with Anterior Cruciate Ligament Surgery:
Anterior cruciate ligament surgery is performed in order to tread a torn anterior cruciate ligament.
Non-surgical alternatives to anterior cruciate ligament surgery include strength training, physical therapy and the use of a soft knee brace or hinged knee brace. The procedure may be performed arthroscopically as a surgical alternative.
Anesthesia with Anterior Cruciate Ligament Surgery:
Anterior cruciate ligament surgery can be performed under general anesthesia, which means that the patient is asleep and completely unaware during the procedure. It can also be performed with regional anesthesia.
Potential Complications from Anterior Cruciate Ligament Surgery:
Possible risks following anterior cruciate ligament surgery include infection, bleeding and a negative reaction to the anesthesia that is used. It is also possible to experience pain behind the kneecap, loss of motion and secondary knee damage. Some children may experience bone growth problems.
Recovery from Anterior Cruciate Ligament Surgery:
Total recovery from anterior cruciate ligament surgery is six to nine months.