What Is ACL Reconstruction Surgery?

The Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) is one of the important ligaments that stabilise your knee joint. If your knee continually gives way after an ACL rupture, reconstruction offers the chance of improving the stability of your knee in everyday life and in sporting activities. You may be able to return to a level of sport that otherwise would not be possible.

ACL Reconstruction Surgery wait times in public hospitals

Waiting Periods For ACL Reconstruction surgery

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The Public health system in Australia has a waiting period for Orthopaedic Surgeries - 90% of Patients waited this length of time for this procedure in the 2019/2020 calendar year.

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ACL Reconstruction SURGERY DETAILS

Who is ACL Reconstruction surgery for?

ACL Reconstruction is for very active people, who have damaged their knee and want to return to sport or exercise. Common causes are football or skiing injuries.

What are the benefits?

Your knee should not give way anymore, and you should return to some or all sporting activities.

What happens During Surgery?

The operation usually takes an hour to 90 minutes.

Your surgeon will make one or more cuts around your knee. Most surgeons perform the operation by an arthroscopy (keyhole surgery), using a camera to see inside your knee.

Your surgeon will replace the ACL with a piece of suitable tissue (a graft) from another area of your body.

The top and bottom ends of the replacement ligament are fixed with special screws or anchors into holes drilled in the bone.

How long will I stay in hospital?

You should be able to go home the same day, or one day later.

What is my recovery time?

Your surgeon may want you to wear a knee brace for a few weeks. Once your knee is settling down you will need to start an intensive recovery plan.

Regular exercise should help you to return to normal activities as soon as possible. Before you start exercising, ask the healthcare team or your GP for advice.

Most people make a good recovery after an ACL reconstruction but this takes hard work.

It is unlikely that your knee will ever be as good as it was before the original injury.

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Do you qualify for This Self Pay Procedure?

You are suitable for this surgery if:

  • You are over 16 years of age
  • You are not pregnant
  • You do not require complex rehabilitation or have a chronic disease that would require immediate post-operative care in an intensive care unit
  • You do not have sickle cell anaemia, renal failure or have had a cardiac arrest or cardiac intervention (e.g. insertions of stents) in the last six months

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