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.
Waiting Periods For ACL Reconstruction surgery
The Public health system in NSW has a waiting period for Orthopaedic Surgeries - 90% of Patients waited this length of time for this procedure in the 2019/2020 calendar year.
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.
Self Pay Surgery Costs for ACL reconstruction Surgery in Australia
ACL Reconstruction Self Pay Surgery Package includes
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Do you qualify for This Self Pay Procedure?
You are suitable for this surgery if:
- You have a Body Mass Index under 40
- 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
How it works
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Our friendly team is on hand to answer any questions you might have, and explain our self pay solution to you before you start. We’ll make sure you have all the information you need.
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Before you come to see us, speak to your GP or other healthcare professional (e.g. dentist) and ask for an open referral letter.
We book your appointment
Once you have decided you would like to meet your surgeon, we will arrange your first consultation.
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Meet your surgeon
Your specialist will discuss treatment options with you and explain any diagnostic tests you might need as part of your individual care package.
Book your treatment
You will be given a surgery time with very little wait. Payment is made before you start your treatment.
Paying for your surgery
Payment for your surgery is due once you receive your booking and have accepted and signed your surgery quote. We accept bank cheque, Mastercard, Visa or EFTPOS. Please note that all credit card transactions will incur a 1.5% surcharge.
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Return home after surgery
We will inform you of your expected recovery time and anything to watch out for.
Post surgery appointment
Follow up with your surgeon
We will give you an appointment time and date to follow up with your surgeon, at their consulting rooms. This consultation is included in your Self Pay Surgery Package.
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