ACL Reconstruction

Dr Loseli offers a range of knee procedures, from total knee replacement to ACL reconstruction

ACL Reconstruction

ACL reconstruction is a surgical procedure used to treat a torn anterior cruciate ligament (ACL). This type of injury is common among athletes, especially those who play high-impact sports such as football, netball, touch and soccer. The ACL is an important ligament located in the knee joint that helps keep the knee stable and provide support when performing certain activities. When the ACL is torn, it can cause instability and pain. ACL reconstruction surgery replaces the torn ligament with a tissue graft (usually your own hamstring tendon) to restore stability and function of the knee joint. This surgery is usually done arthroscopically (key hole), using small incisions and special instruments that allow for precise placement of the graft in order to ensure restoration of function. The surgery involves drilling two holes in different parts of the bone, passing the graft into the knee and securing the ends into the bone. Depending on the complexity of the case, it usually takes between one and 90 minutes to perform this operation.

Following the surgery, rehabilitation is a critical part of the recovery process. A physiotherapist can design a program to help improve strength, range of motion, and balance. This usually includes range of motion, stretching and strengthening exercises. Additionally, wearing a compression bandage can help minimise swelling and support the joint while it heals. With proper rehabilitation and a gradual return to activity, patients can typically resume their normal activities with little to no restrictions within 6-12 months of the procedure.

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