Arthroscopic ACL Surgery
- Keyhole surgery to reconstruct the ACL tear with a graft which is usually 1 or 2 hamstring tendons.
- There are other graft options which will be discussed
- There may be damage to other structures including meniscus and articular cartilage which may also be repaired at the same time
- Latest techniques involve anatomic placement with maximal footprint coverage.
- Additional Anatomic Antero Lateral Ligament (ALL) Reconstruction is required in a small percentage of patients
- Must do a prehabilitation program where knee has calmed down after injury (usually 6-8 weeks) AND when almost full range of motion and control of the knee has been achieved
- Intermittent brace usage may be required to aid rehabilitation program
- Must do a rehabilitation program after surgery with a specialist knee therapist where one must expect 9-12 months recovery
- Purpose of surgery is to return to activity, reduce knee instability and decrease future requirement for knee replacement
Frequently Asked Questions – Knee ACL Reconstruction
When should I start physiotherapy?
Before your outpatient appointment at 2 weeks post op
How long should I have physiotherapy for?
When can I drive?
3-4 weeks post op and when you can perform an emergency stop safely
Is pain expected?
Mild to moderate for 2-3 weeks
How long will I be off work for?
Will I be able to walk normally?
Yes, but it will take 6 weeks
How long do I need to wear stockings for?
How long do I need to keep my dressing on for?
Can I go home by myself?
When can I start exercising?
2 weeks post procedure and with the advice from your Physiotherapist
When can I fly?
After 6 weeks