Depending on the severity of your injury, your physician may recommend ACL repair.
Here’s what to expect when you need ACL surgery:
Typically, ACL reconstruction is performed in an outpatient surgery center. However, if the injury is severe, you may have to remain in the hospital overnight for observation. Once in the operating room, the anesthetist will administer anesthesia; regional block or general anesthesia. Your surgeon will then make small incisions to accommodate the arthroscopic tools for repair. Through the arthroscopic portals, your surgeon will use a camera to examine the meniscus and other surrounding cartilage of your knee. Once the tear is identified, the repair will consist of either on ACL graft or suturing of the torn tendon, ligament or meniscus.
Once discharged, it’s important that you follow your surgeon’s recommendations. Below are a few things of what you need to do in order keep your leg healthy while recovering: Prop up your leg at the ankle or calf on pillows Change the bandages to keep them clean and dry Ice your leg regularly to minimize sweling Perform mobility exercises to prevent blood clot formationYour surgeon will advise you how long you’ll need to remain immobile preoperatively, Once you’re given medical clearance, you’ll begin ACL rehabilitation, which includes wearing a knee brace and a series of strengthening exercises.
Returning to Regular Activities
Above all else, give yourself time to heal after surgery. Even with the technological advances of today, minimally invasive ACL repair doesn’t negate the need for proper follow-up care and rehabilitation. Jump to top