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About 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.

Causes

  • Landing awkwardly from a jump
  • Suddenly slowing down and changing direction
  • Stopping suddenly
  • Receiving a direct blow to the knee or collision, such as a football tackle

Symptoms

  • Rapid swelling
  • Severe pain and inability to continue activity
  • A loud 'pop' or a 'popping' sensation in the knee
  • Loss of range of motion
  • A feeling of instability or 'giving way' with weight bearing

Treatment

Physical examination for ACL-tear

Diagnosis

The orthopedic doctor will begin the diagnosis with a physical examination to check the swelling in the knee. The ACL tear doctor will also recommend diagnostic tests like X-rays, MRI scans and arthroscopy for a detailed and thorough diagnosis and to rule out any fractures. Additionally, your ACL tear doctor may also perform the Lachman’s test and a pivot to check if the ACL is still intact or to assess ACL tears.  

Surgery

The surgery to repair a torn ACL is known as ACL reconstruction. Pristyn Care’s ACL tear surgeons in Delhi perform the surgery with the minimally invasive arthroscopic approach. During the arthroscopic ACL tear surgery in Delhi, the surgeon will make small incisions around the knee, usually 2 or 3 instead of one large incision used in the open surgery.  

Most ACL tear surgeons in Delhi use arthroscopic approach to perform ACL tear surgery rather than open surgery because-

  • It is easy to view and access the knee structures.
  • Uses smaller incisions instead of one long incision.
  • It can be performed at the same time as the diagnostic arthroscopy. 
  • It involves fewer risks and promotes faster recovery.

If you would like to have additional information on the diagnosis and treatment of ACL tear or if you want to speak to an ACL tear doctor in Delhi, please contact us by calling us or using the book your appointment form on the top.

In our Doctor’s Words

Dr. Ashish Taneja

MBBS, MS - Orthopaedics

17 Years Experience Overall

In our Doctor’s Words

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

Can an ACL tear heal without surgery?

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Can you ride a bike with a torn ACL?

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What tests are needed for the diagnosis of ACL tear?

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Which is the best doctor for ACL surgery in Delhi?

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What is the ACL?

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What does the anterior cruciate ligament do?

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How would I know that I have torn my anterior cruciate ligament?

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Why do I need ACL reconstruction surgery?

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Can I delay my ACL Reconstruction surgery?

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For how long would I need to use crutches after an ACL reconstruction surgery?

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How to treat medial collateral ligament or MCL injury?

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What is meniscal repair?

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Can ligament injury heal itself?

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What are the 4 major ligaments in the knee?

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Is knee cap for ligament injury effective?

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Can you walk with a complete acl tear?

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Most advanced and less invasive ACL tear surgery in Delhi at Pristyn Care

ACL tear surgery or ACL reconstruction is a commonly performed orthopedic procedure. With recent advances in orthopedic surgery, ACL tear surgery can now be performed with minimal incision and low complications with the arthroscopic approach. The arthroscopic ACL tear surgery makes it easy for the surgeons to view and access the knee structures through smaller incisions. The repair of the torn ACL can be carried out at the same time as the diagnostic arthroscopy with smaller incisions.

ACL tear surgery can be performed as an outpatient procedure, which means that the patient will be discharged from the hospital on the same day after the procedure. However, some patients might be advised to stay overnight at the hospital and are discharged the next day after the surgery. If you are seeking the best ACL tear treatment in Delhi, contact us to book an appointment with our expert ACL tear surgeons in Delhi. 

ACL Reconstruction or ACL tear surgery cost in Delhi

  • Minimum cost of ACL tear surgery in Delhi- INR 90,000 
  • Maximum cost of ACL tear surgery in Delhi- INR 1,80,000

There are several factors that can influence the cost of your ACL surgery, including the type of implant used, general fee of the surgeon performing the surgery, type of anesthesia used for the surgery and if the patient has any other injuries such as PCL (posterior cruciate ligament). You can get in touch with our team to get an estimated cost of ACL tear surgery for your case.  

How can arthroscopic ACL tear surgery benefit you?

Arthroscopic ACL tear surgery can cure the condition and significantly diminish the symptoms so that the individual can lead an active, normal and pain- free life. Successful ACL reconstruction surgery performed by a highly skilled orthopedic surgeon will restore the individual’s knee strength and stability. After undergoing ACL reconstruction surgery in Delhi from Pristyn Care, most people feel more comfortable returning to work and regular life and enjoy pain free movements. 

Common Myths and Facts about ACL injury and surgery

Myth- The surgeon needs to cut the knee open to perform ACL reconstruction.

Fact- Unlike the open surgery, arthroscopic ACL reconstruction surgery uses very small incisions. 

 

Myth- An ACL can only tear during contact sports from a blunt trauma.

Fact- An ACL injury can happen at any point in your life but commonly occurs during sports or accidents. 

 

Myth– You can never play sports again after an ACL tear.

Fact- After your recovery from ACL injury, you will be able to return to sports with the help of regular exercises and physiotherapy. . 

 

Myth- ACL injury occurs more commonly in men than women

Fact- Women are two to four times more likely than men to tear the ACL. 

 

Interesting Facts about ACL reconstruction surgery and ACL injuries

  • ACL reconstructions are among the most common sports medicine procedures performed in the United States, numbering about 100,000 each year. 

Source- <https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3037119/>

  • In the United States, approximately 200,000 ACL ruptures occur annually.

    ACL reconstruction is an effective surgery with 75% to 90% of patients reporting good or excellent outcomes. Yet, a significant number of patients (10% to 15%) will require a revision.

Source- <https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4628627/>

  • A landmark study reported that women were more likely than men to sustain an anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injury in sex-comparable collegiate sports.

    Despite intensive research efforts to address ACL injuries among high-risk females, the incidence of ACL reconstruction among 13- through 17-year-old females has continued to increase. Anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction rates for 13- through 17-year-old males are also rising.

Source- <https://jamanetwork.com/journals/jamapediatrics/fullarticle/2631764>

  • The incidence of ACL reconstructions in Australia is the highest in the world, and is increasing. At greatest risk are men aged 20–24 years and women aged 15–19 years

Source- <https://www.mja.com.au/journal/2018/208/8/increasing-rates-anterior-cruciate-ligament-reconstruction-young-australians>

  • Waiting more than 12 months between ACL injury and reconstruction surgery is a risk factor for a tear of the medial meniscus.

Source- <https://www.jospt.org/doi/10.2519/jospt.2013.4295>

How to book an appointment at Pristyn Care, the best clinic for ACL tear surgery in Delhi?

To visit Pristyn Care clinic for your ACL tear treatment or surgery in Delhi, give us a call or schedule your appointment from the “book your appointment form”. Meet with our expert orthopedic doctors in Delhi and discuss the most suitable treatment for your ACL tear. If you cannot visit the clinic for consultation with the doctor, you can also book an online consultation and consult the ACL tear doctor from your home.

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