ACL injury most often occurs during sports such as football, basketball, skiing and tennis. The injury often happens if you land on your leg and then quickly pivot or twist your knee in the opposite direction.
The ACL ligament cannot simply be stitched back together. Therefore tendons, from somewhere else in your body are used to reconstruct your ACL. We use arthroscopic surgery to repair the ACL. The surgeon inserts a thin tube (arthroscope) containing a camera and a light through small incisions near the knee and is able to see inside the knee without making a large incision. Surgical instruments can be inserted through other small incisions and the ACL will be reconstructed. Due to the arthroscopic gentle kind of operation most patients are able to go home one to three days after their surgery. Following the days in the hospital you will stay in a hotel with daily consultations in our outpatient clinic and then begin a training programm that has been carefully coordinated with the healing process. To support the healing process only partial weight bearing ist permitted for 2-3 weeks.
If you have surgery to repair your ACL, it usually takes around six months before your knee has recovered enough for you to return to your previous sporting activities but, in some people, it may be longer. In general, surgery to reconstruct an ACL has good results in around 8-9 out of 10 people.
Pictures: Cruciate ligament after sport injury