ACL Reconstruction Is Major Surgery
ACL reconstruction usually takes less than two hours and patients go home the same day. But it’s still considered major surgery. Read here to see why.
- You’re given general anesthesia. This means you’re unconscious for the procedure.
- You’ll have pain, swelling and stiffness after the surgery. It can be two or three weeks before you walk without crutches.
- If the replacement graft comes from your body (autograft), that area will also need to heal. Autografts are harvested from your patellar (knee) tendon, hamstring or quad.
- Completing your rehabilitation program after surgery is the only way to return to full pre-tear activities, especially those involving pivoting, turning, twisting and jumping.
- Expect full rehabilitation with return-to-sport training to take at least nine months.
- Even with the most advanced ACL reconstruction, you can retear your ACL.
Read further on this page for how to improve your results from ACL reconstruction surgery.