The anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) is one of the main soothing ligaments in the knee. It is a strong rope like structure located in the center of the knee running from the femur to the tibia. The anterior cruciate ligament stops the femur from moving forward and rotating irregularly on the tibia. The ACL is required for normal function of the knee. ACL injuries normally happen when you’re playing sports, though sometimes an injury can develop over time. A tear in your ACL can happen when you slow down suddenly and then twist, sidestep or have an awkward landing. It can also be caused by a blow to the knee, for example, during a rugby tackle or road traffic accident. ACL Repair is a surgical tissue graft replacement of the anterior cruciate ligament, located in the knee, to restore its function after an injury. The goal of surgery is to restore stability and to maintain full active ROM. The surgeon sews the ligament back together so it can heal.
LENGTH OF SURGERY
The surgery generally takes about 2 to 3 hours, and you won’t need to stay in the hospital overnight.
TYPE OF ANESTHESIA
General anesthetic is mostly used during this surgery while regional anesthetic is sometimes used in some cases.
It typically takes about six months to attain a complete recovery from ACL repair. To start with, it’s vital not to overstress your legs. Your leg ought to be up when you’re not moving around or doing your workouts. Prevent excessive standing or walking. If your knee begins to swell, you have overdone it. It takes about two weeks after ACL surgery to be able to walk without crutches, completely straighten out your leg and turn it to 90 degrees.