Tearing your Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) can be incredibly painful and often leaves you frustratingly immobile. Luckily, there have been many advances in ACL surgery in recent decades and it has a very high success rate.
Why Do You Need ACL Surgery?
Unfortunately, ACL tears don’t heal themselves. Generally, if you are fit and well, and in particular if you are very active, ACL surgery will be highly recommended. It is increasingly common for athletes and top sportsmen and women to have had ACL surgery at some point in their careers.
Left untreated, some ACL injuries can cause serious loss of both function and mobility. In more serious cases they can often lead to damage of other knee structures which are put under enhanced strain from the initial injury.
What Are the Surgery Options for ACL Reconstruction?
There are a variety of different types of surgery available. These all work to the same goal which is to replace the damaged ligament with tendon taken from another place in the body – this is known as a tendon graft.
Donor tendon can come from different places such as:
- The patellar tendon
Which is the Best Option for You?
Dr Menz will discuss the available options with you and recommend the best treatment plan for your specific condition. It’s essential that you understand the advantages and disadvantages for each type of surgery and also consider your specific injury when making your decision.
How Long Will Recovery take?
ACL Reconstruction surgery recovery can take anywhere from 6 weeks to 3 months. Although the length of time needed for a full recovery will vary from person to person, there are factors that can influence a speedier recovery. These include:
- Committing to a rehabilitation program
- Completing exercises given to you on a daily basis
- Restoring your range of motion
- Building up your strength
The large majority of people who have an ACL reconstruction return to their previous level of function and sporting activity.