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.