How will my ACL be reconstructed?
This procedure is done through a small incision made at the inside portion of the knee. The injured ligament will be replaced with a graft. The graft can be either a hamstring tendon from the same leg, a cadaver hamstring allograft, or part of the patellar tendon with a little bit of bone from the same leg (BTB). The surgeon drills tunnels into the femur (thigh bone) and tibia (shin bone); she then threads the new graft through the tunnels and uses buttons or screws to keep the graft in place. Your body will then grow into the graft, making it your own.
How long will I stay in the hospital?
This surgery is done as ambulatory surgery, meaning you will go home the same day of surgery.
What are the possible risks and complications of surgery?
As with any surgery there is a risk of DVT (blood clot), nerve damage, and postoperative infection. Specific risks and complications include but aren’t limited to re-tear and post-op stiffness.
When can I drive?
You may not drive while taking pain medication. In addition, if it is your right knee that had surgery, you will not be able to drive for approximately 6 weeks after surgery or until the brace is removed.
When can I resume jogging?
You will not resume jogging until cleared by your physician. This typically is around 4-5 months after surgery, depending on quadriceps strength. You will be allowed to begin biking without resistance once you have adequate range of motion and will begin this with your physical therapist. Once adequate quad strength is demonstrated you will transition to the Elliptical machine, then running is the next step after that.
When can I return to my sport?
There are many factors in returning to sport after surgery. Most patients are able to return around 7-9 months after surgery. Please see Your Surgery and Physical Therapy for more information on this condition.