Is ACL Reconstruction Surgery Right For Me?
If you are having problems with your knee giving way and treatments such as physiotherapy have not helped then your surgeon may suggest undergoing a surgical reconstruction.
Surgical reconstruction has a 90-95% success rate. Following an ACL reconstruction, procedure knee stability can be restored enough for patients to return to strenuous activities, including high-level sport.
Anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction, or ACL reconstruction, is one of the most common ligament reconstructions performed in the knee. It restores the function of the anterior cruciate ligament by removing and replacing the damaged ACL with a graft. This can improve the stability of your knee, and stop it giving way under you.
There are a few different tests that are often used to work out the extent of your injury. These are often simple, are quick to do, and do not hurt.
There are different treatments available for ACL tears. These can include advice on lifestyle changes, like activity modification and weight loss, knee supports, a specialised physiotherapy led rehabilitation program and in some cases surgery. Sometimes patients are seen just the once and discharged, sometimes it is recommended to have follow up appointments, for example to see if a particular treatment is working.
Are you worried that you have torn your ACL?
Have you injured your knee playing sport?
Are you worried you may have torn your ACL? Early diagnosis and treatment could get you back playing sports sooner.