ACL Reconstruction


About ACL Reconstruction

The ACL (Anterior Cruciate Ligament) is vital in stabilising the knee and supporting any twisting motions. If the ACL has ruptured the knee can ‘give way’ or collapse. An ACL Reconstruction, or knee reconstruction, is when the ACL ruptures and needs to be repaired using substitute ligament. The substitute ligament usually comes from the hamstring tendons or patella tendon. The ACL reconstruction is performed during an arthroscope using small incisions. This type of surgery is less invasive therefore means patients usually benefits from less pain after surgery, less time spent in the hospital, and quicker recovery times.


How do you injure your ACL?

A Rupture or tear of the ACL usually happens during sport when there is more strain on the cruciate ligament. Common ways for an ACL to rupture are;

  • changing direction quickly
  • stopping suddenly
  • slowing down while running
  • landing awkwardly from a jump
  • direct contact or collision, like a football tackle

What are the signs of a ruptured ACL?

Many people say they hear a ‘popping’ sound and their knee gives way when they injure their ACL. Other symptoms are;

  • pain and swelling of the knee
  • loss of full range of motion
  • tenderness along the joint line
  • feeling of the knee giving way during normal activities
Next Steps


Speak with your GP or family doctor about your condition and get a referral to see Mr Barnes. Mr Barnes performs ACL reconstruction using an arthroscopic or keyhole technique that allows patients to go home the first day after surgery.


What are the risks of an ACL reconstruction?

As with any surgery, there are risk factors that need to be considered before deciding to undergo a medical procedure. Mr Barnes will discuss these with you before deciding on any treatment plan.

  • Infection
  • Pain
  • Bleeding
  • Blood Clots
  • Breakage of kneecap
  • Failure of graft ligament
  • Decreased range of motion

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