Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) Surgery

Overview

Definition

Anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) surgery is done to reconstruct the ACL in the knee after it is torn.

Anterior Cruciate Ligament Injury
ACL injury
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Possible Complications

Problems are rare, but all procedures have some risk. The doctor will go over some problems that could happen, such as:

  • Excess bleeding
  • Problems from anesthesia, such as wheezing or sore throat
  • Infection
  • Blood clots
  • Surgery does not ease symptoms
  • The knee becomes unstable
  • Numbness or stiffness in the knee

Things that may raise the risk of problems are:

  • Smoking
  • Drinking
  • Chronic diseases, such as diabetes or obesity

SymptomsandDiagnosis

Treatments

This content is reviewed regularly and is updated when new and relevant evidence is made available. This information is neither intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider prior to starting any new treatment or with questions regarding a medical condition.

Edits to original content made by Denver Health.

RESOURCES

American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine http://www.sportsmed.org 

OrthoInfo—American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons http://orthoinfo.org 

CANADIAN RESOURCES

Canadian Orthopaedic Association http://www.coa-aco.org 

Canadian Orthopaedic Foundation http://www.canorth.org 

References

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS). Evidence-based clinical practice guideline for management of anterior cruciate ligament injuries. AAOS 2014 Sep 5 PDF.

Anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injury. EBSCO DynaMed website. Available at:  https://www.dynamed.com/condition/anterior-cruciate-ligament-acl-injury  . Updated June 26, 2017. Accessed July 17, 2020.

Anterior cruciate ligament injuries. Ortho Info—American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons website. Available at: http://orthoinfo.aaos.org/topic.cfm?topic=A00549. Updated March 2014. Accessed July 17, 2020.

Knee ligament repair. Johns Hopkins Medicine website. Available at. http://www.hopkinsmedicine.org/healthlibrary/test%5Fprocedures/orthopaedic/knee%5Fligament%5Frepair%5F92,P07675/. Accessed July 17, 2020.