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Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) Reconstruction

ACL Reconstruction

Aim of Surgery

To make a new Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) that will stop:

- The knee giving way
- The knee being damaged further

Usually some of the Hamstring Tendons (from the muscles at the back of your thigh) are used to make the new Ligament. These tendons then re-grow.

Before Surgery

Pre-Operative Assessment of fitness for surgery:
- This is not normally required unless there are specific
problems with your general health

Contraceptive Pill (OCP):
- It is up to you
- If you wish to stop this for 6 weeks before your surgery and use a different form of contraception that is acceptable
- If you do not wish to stop using the OCP then please tell us when you come in for your surgery and we will give you
an injection while you are asleep to help prevent you getting a blood clot in your leg


In Hospital

Scratches / Cuts
- If you have any scratches, cuts or the like on your leg when you are admitted for surgery then your operation may be
postponed if Mr Lavender believes that these will pose a risk to you getting an infection at the time of your surgery

- Mr Lavender will come and see you when you arrive. He will get you to sign a form (Consent Form) agreeing to the
operation and explain the risks of the surgery

- You will normally stay in hospital overnight
- You can walk with all your weight on the operated leg as soon as the anaesthetic wears off
- You may need a pair of crutches for the first few days after the operation
- You will have a brace on your leg, while you are walking, holding it straight for the first 2 weeks
- For the first 2 weeks you have to take your brace off to do the exercises, and then put it back on again



- There will be a lot of this after your operation
- You may need a pair of crutches for the first few days after the operation

- Mr Lavender usually uses clips. These do not hurt when being removed. They are usually removed after 2 weeks
when you come to see Mr Lavender in the out patients department

- You are unable to drive for at least:
- Left leg (2 weeks)
- Right leg (2 weeks)

- This depends upon the type of work you do and should be discussed with Mr Lavender. As a rough guide:
- Sedentary work (2 weeks)
- Light work (6 weeks)
- Heavy work (12 weeks)

Sick note
- Mr Lavender will provide you with a sick note if you require one

- This can be done when you feel comfortable

- You are not allowed to fly for 6 weeks following your surgery, due to the risk of blood clots in your legs

- This depends upon the type of work you do and should be discussed with Mr Lavender. As a rough guide:
- 3 months - Sport specific training started
- 6 months - Non-contact sports allowed
- 9 months - Contact sports allowed

Follow up

Mr Lavender will normally see you at:
- 2 weeks - Remove clips and brace
- 6 weeks - Ensure your knee goes straight
- 12 weeks - X-Ray and discharge


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