Tearing of the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) is a very common injury. It is typically sustained during twisting and turning sports or trauma that involves twisting and turning forces being placed across the knee.
ACL reconstruction or knee reconstruction involves the placement of a new ligament usually made of the patient’s tendons across the knee joint in the same position as the previously torn ligament.
This is a procedure appropriate for people who have had a torn cruciate ligament and who have an unstable knee related to this. Preventing instability will decrease the chance of further injury to the meniscal (shock absorbing and stabilising) cartilage within the knee.
Prevention of this further damage is important to the function of the knee and decreasing the risk of osteoarthritis developing in the longer term. Physiotherapy to regain the strength and movement in the knee is typically undertaken prior to proceeding to surgery.
It is important to note that the rehabilitation after a knee reconstruction is very important to the overall outcome and it takes patients between 10-12 months to return to previous sports. If you would like to learn more about this procedure, please enquire online or call 07 3812 0888 to make an appointment.