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What is an ACL tear?

A tear in the anterior cruciate ligament is known as ACL tear. It is one of the major ligaments in the knee. Athletes and women who wear high heels for long hours are likely to suffer from an ACL tear often. ACL tear is commonly witnessed in players related to soccer, football, cricket, basketball etc where sudden jumping, landing and other such body movements are required. The surgery to reconstruct a torn or injured ACL is known as ACL Reconstruction.

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ACL Reconstruction Recovery
  • Surgery healing takes 4 to 8 weeks.
  • Full recovery usually takes 4 to 9 months
Swelling after ACL Reconstruction
  • Swelling typically persists for 4 to 6 weeks.
  • Elevate your leg and apply ice packs to the knee, for 20-30 minutes every 2 hours.
Most common choices of graft for ACL reconstruction
  • Patellar tendon autograft
  • Patellar tendon allograft
  • Hamstring autograft
  • Quadriceps tendon autograft
Return to sports after ACL Reconstruction
  • Athletes can return to pivoting sports after 4 to 8 weeks
  • Athletes can return to regular sports after about 8 months. Make sure to take your orthopedic surgeon’s approval before returning to sports.
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ACL Tear Treatment in Bangalore

Diagnosis of a torn ACL or ligament

During the physical examination, the doctor will check the swelling in the knee. The doctor may also ask you to change positions of the knee to check if the knee is functioning properly. The diagnosis, in most cases, can be done on the basis of the physical test alone, but if the injury looks severe, the doctor may ask you to take a few more tests such as – X-rays and MRI.

ACL Surgery

During the physical examination, the doctor will check the swelling in the knee. The doctor may also ask you to change positions of the knee to check if the knee is functioning properly. The diagnosis, in most cases, can be done on the basis of the physical test alone, but if the injury looks severe, the doctor may ask you to take a few more tests such as – X-rays and MRI.

The surgery to repair a torn ACL is known as ACL Reconstruction. During the process, the surgeon operates and removes the injured ligament and replaces it with a segment of tendon tissue. The tendon tissue works similar to that of a ligament which connects the muscle to bone.
The surgeon will use a piece of tendon from another part of the knee or a tendon from a deceased donor. After the surgery, the patient can resume a rehabilitative therapy course for recovery.

For recovery, you can do the following self care at home:

  • Icing
  • Proper rest
  • Use compression
  • Keep your knee in elevated position

You can visit our best orthopedic doctors in Bangalore and nearby cities such as Mumbai, Kolkata, Pune and Hyderabad.

Our orthopedists specialise in Minimally Invasive Orthopedic Procedures such as arthroscopy, knee replacement, hip replacement, carpal tunnel release, spine surgery, rotator-cuff repair and shoulder dislocation treatment.


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Dr. Ashish Taneja

MBBS, MS - Orthopaedics

17 Years Experience

"ACL tear is one of the common orthopedic conditions among teenagers and sports player. And yet a common fear I encounter is, 'If I will be able to play sports again?'. Well yes, you absolutely will. All my patients have. The only four pointers are- 1.) Early diagnosis, 2.)Timely treatment, 3.) A little rest, 4.)Basic physiotherapy. Once all four are met, you will be absolutely fine and fit to return to sports again. "

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Frequently Asked Questions

How long is bed rest after ACL surgery in Bangalore from Prsityn Care?

No bed rest is required after minimally invasive ACL tear surgery in Bangalore from Pristyn Care. The patient can start walking a little the next day after surgery and can resume regular activities within a week. However, complete recovery will take 8 to 12 weeks along with physiotherapy sessions.

When is it safe to return to sport after ACL tear surgery?

The best time to return to sports after ACL tear surgery is when your knee feels normal and you feel confident and okay. It is a good thing to get the approval from your ACL tear doctor before returning to sports after your surgery.

What is the ACL?

The knee joint is composed of three major parts: the tibia, the patella, and the femur. The anterior cruciate ligament is responsible for connecting the femur to the tibia and keeping the knee joint stable during movements. The stability and balance provided by the ACL are crucial for movements that involve cutting and pivoting motions in several sports activities.

What does the anterior cruciate ligament do?

The ACL keeps the knee joint stable and aligned by not allowing the shin bone from sliding out of its position. The ligament also helps prevent extreme twisting or rotation of the joint.

Why do I need ACL reconstruction surgery?

In the case of minor injuries in the knee, when there is a partial tear or an extreme sprain in the anterior cruciate ligament, nonsurgical treatment methods may prove to be effective. However, in more serious injuries when there is a total tear in the anterior cruciate ligament, ACL reconstruction surgery is the only way to properly address the condition. You would be a viable candidate for an ACL reconstruction surgery if:

  • You have an active lifestyle.
  • You are an athlete and wish to return to sports after recovery.
  • The injury is affecting your routine life.
  • The ACL tear is accompanied by another knee injury, like a meniscus tear.
Can I delay my ACL Reconstruction surgery?

It’s not advisable to delay ACL reconstruction surgery as it risks worsening the damage to the knee. After diagnosis, you should discuss your treatment options with your doctor, and try to start the treatment as soon as possible.

How long does the ACL Reconstruction surgery take?

Minimally invasive reconstruction surgery takes about one to one and a half-hour. However, you may be asked to stay in the hospital for a day for observation after the surgery.

What happens after an ACL reconstruction surgery?

Post-surgery, your rehabilitation plan will be started, which will go on for about 6 to 8 months. During the rehabilitation period, you would be taught several exercises and stretches by a trained physiotherapist. These exercises will help strengthen the graft and surrounding muscles.

What happens when you ignore an ACL Tear?

Ligaments do not receive adequate blood supply to heal on their own. Therefore, ACL injuries do not heal on their own. If left untreated, they will progressively get worse and lead to:

Instability of the knee joint: An injured ACL joint cannot sustain any weight and progressively becomes more and more unstable till the knee becomes too unstable to even walk. Pain: ACL injuries are riddled with pain. Without treatment, the pain increases over time, and the knee swells up so much that the person starts having difficulty even moving it. Disability: Without due treatment, the knee joint permanently loses its ability to bend and straighten, leading to permanent disability. Arthritis: As the ligament cannot function properly in an ACL Tear, its functional load is born by the surrounding tissues such as bones, tendons, and muscles. This additional strain can promote arthritis development in many people.

Why should you get ACL reconstruction surgery at Pristyn Care?

Pristyn Care is one of the finest ACL surgery providers in Bangalore. We go to great lengths to ensure complete care and comfort for all patients. Some facilities provided at all Pristyn Care centers are:

  • Easy appointment booking: You can easily book an appointment at any Pristyn Care facility with the best knee specialists near you at your convenience.
  • Cab and meal facility: We provide cab and meal facilities for all patients on the day of the surgery to ensure their complete comfort.
  • Documentation and insurance help: Our care coordinators are always in touch with you throughout the treatment. They help with the documentation for hospital admission, insurance, and other stuff to ensure a seamless treatment journey.
  • Affordable treatment: To ensure that the treatment is completely affordable, we also provide patients 30% off on diagnostic tests, along with free rehabilitation therapy for some time.
  • Dedicated care buddy: Each patient is assigned a dedicated care buddy that takes care of them and ensures that their hospital stay is completed without any hurdles.

What does rehabilitation for ACL Tear for athletes entail?

Typically, rehabilitation for ACL injuries lasts for around 4-5 weeks, but since athletes put more strain on their joints, they need longer rehab periods for better movement and to prevent recurrence of the injury.

Rehabilitation for knee injuries mainly focuses on treating the injuring and providing the patient their desired range of motion for the joint. The treatment is performed with three goals in mind:

  • Stabilizing the joint to promote healing
  • Strengthening the joint to increase the range of motion of the joint
  • Increasing joint flexibility to decrease the chances of re-injury following the return to sports.

Most athletes can start training for their sports about 4-6 months after the surgery, but doctors recommend a full rehabilitation before they start participating in the sports again. The rehabilitation period can be divided into:

  • Phase 1: 3-4 months after surgery- Regain strength and improve the flexibility of the joint
  • Phase 2: 4-6 months after surgery- Low-level fitness and performance agility drills
  • Phase 3: 5-8 months after surgery- Jumping exercises
  • Phase 4: 6-9 months after surgery- Single-leg jumping exercises with sports-specific cutting
  • Phase 5: 9-12 months post-surgery- Steadily increase sports drills till former skill is achieved while focusing on preventing re-injury.
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  • Rashmi M S

    Treatment: ACL Tear


    Thanks to Jwala Singh from Pristyn Care for helping me out throughout the treatment. I would highly recommend Dr. Vinay Kumaraswamy for any ACL tear surgery.

    City: Bangalore 1 year ago
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