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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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Overview

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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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Diagnosis of a Torn ACL

An orthopedic doctor is often able to diagnose an ACL tear by a physical exam and a few diagnostic tests. A patient should be prepared to answer some questions about his or her medical history, lifestyle and about the injury, such as:

  • When and how did the injury occur?
  • If there is swelling, when did it start?
  • Was the injury accompanied by a “popping” sound
  • Did you feel a tearing sensation?
  • Has your knee been injured before?
  • Where can you feel the pain?
  • Can you bear weight on your injured leg?
  • Is your injured knee unstable?
  • Have you tried RICE treatment?
  • Did you try physiotherapy?

In addition to such questions, the orthopedist may perform a physical exam to confirm the diagnosis. The Lachman test is the most accurate test used to diagnose an ACL tear and is commonly used by orthopedic doctors. The doctor will also examine the injured knee, noting any pain, swelling, tenderness, instability and range of motion. Certain physical tests such as moving the affected knee or moving the affected knee, with or without bearing weight, might also be performed by the doctor.

ACL Tear Surgery- ACL Reconstruction

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 that 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 an elevated position

In Our Doctor's Word

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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 does an ACL tear?

An ACL tear can happen as a result of a twisting injury or a sudden landing or pivoting of the knee. The common incidents when people tear their ACL are contact sports and accidents. Other parts of the knee may also get injured at the same time such as tearing the meniscus or damaging the knee joint surface. If you think you have torn your ACL and have symptoms of torn ACL, you should visit an orthopedic specialist on priority.

What is the most common symptom of an ACL injury?

One of the most common and initial symptoms of an ACL tear or injury is hearing or feeling a loud “pop” or a “popping’ sensation in the knee. It is the 1st symptom that may indicate that you have injured or torn your ACL.

Can a torn ACL heal itself?

Unfortunately, the human body cannot regenerate the ACL, which means, once torn, the ACL cannot heal on its own. So, proper medical treatment depending on the severity or grade of the injury is necessary to repair the ACL. If the ACL is completely torn, the best treatment is ACL reconstruction.

Where is the ACL present in the knee?

The ACL or anterior cruciate ligament is located between the femur and the tibia of the knee joint. It prevents the tibia from slipping too far ahead from the femur and also provides rotational stability.

What sports have the highest percentage of ACL injuries?

The most common sports during which ACL injuries occur are football, soccer, basketball and rugby.

How long will I be in the hospital after surgery?

As ACL reconstruction is an outpatient procedure, most patients are discharged from the hospital the same day after the surgery. However, some patients might need to stay overnight in the hospital.

Will I need crutches to walk after ACL surgery?

No, most patients are able to walk independently the same day after ACL reconstruction surgery.

When can I drive after ACL reconstruction?

You can resume driving as soon as you are comfortable. Make sure to consult your orthopedic surgeon before doing so.

What are the benefits of getting an ACL tear surgery?

After an ACL tear surgery or ACL reconstruction, your symptoms of pain, stiffness and the knee “giving out” will go away. This will allow you to become more active in regular life and you eventually, after recovery and with physiotherapy, you may be able to return to sports as well. If you want to regain your active life, get in touch with us to book a consultation with the best orthopedic surgeon for ACL tear surgery in Hyderabad.

Are there any alternatives to an ACL surgery?

If you have a completely torn ACL, surgery is the only way to fix it. Grade 1 and grade 2 ACL tears may heal with rest and specific personalised exercise and rehabilitation plan. Rehabilitation and physiotherapy can temporarily give relief from inflammation and pain. Wearing a knee brace can also help. But it is dangerous to leave ACL tears untreated as your knee would be more susceptible to injuries. It is also wise to get an opinion from an expert orthopedic surgeon after a proper diagnosis. Give us a call to book your appointment.

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.

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

Only a proper diagnosis can help confirm a tear in the anterior cruciate ligament. The diagnosis is done with a physical examination and diagnostic scans including X-rays and MRI scans.

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.
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.

How to treat medial collateral ligament or MCL injury?

Most MCL injuries can be treated at home with RICE treatment (rest, ice, compress and elevate)and anti-inflammatory medicine. The orthopedic doctor may suggest the patient use crutches and wear a knee brace/ knee cap that protects the knee but also allows for some movement of the knee. The patient might need to reduce the activity for a few weeks until the MCL injury heals.

What is meniscal repair?

Meniscal repair is an outpatient surgical procedure to repair a torn meniscus using minimally invasive keyhole surgery.

Can ligament injury heal itself?

Some ligament injuries can heal with use of medication, exercise, physiotherapy , rest and RICE treatment. Grade 1 and grade 2 ligament injuries can heal on their own but it may take time. The patient would need proper care and an orthopedic specialist’s supervision for proper and quick healing.

Grade 3 ligament injury is a complete tear of the ligament and typically requires surgical treatment.

What are the 4 major ligaments in the knee?

The 4 major ligaments in the knee are-

  • Anterior cruciate ligament (ACL)
  • Posterior cruciate ligament (PCL)
  • Medial collateral ligament (MCL)
  • Lateral collateral ligament (LCL)
What to do in ligament injury?

Standard medical treatment for knee ligament injury typically includes-

  • Rest
  • Ice pack application (to reduce swelling that occurs within hours of the injury)
  • Compression (from an knee brace or elastic bandage)
  • Elevate the affected leg
  • Prescribed pain relievers

Proper diagnosis and examination by an orthopedic doctor is important after a ligament injury. Consult the best knee doctor in Hyderabad at your nearest Pristyn Care clinic.

Is knee cap for ligament injury effective?

Wearing a knee cap after ligament injury can help to stabilize the knee and prevent sideways movements that may increase damage to the ligament.

What is ligament repair?

Ligament repair or reconstruction is the procedure to replace or repair a damaged ligament.

What to do in case of a ligament injury at home?
  • Ice the injured knee for 20-30 minutes every 3 to 4 hours to reduce the pain and swelling.
  • Compress the knee.
  • Raise the knee on a pillow while sitting or lying down.
  • Wear a knee brace or knee cap to stabilize the knee and prevent further injury.
  • Take prescribed painkillers.
Can an ACL tear heal on its own?

Partial ACL tear or a sprained ACL can heal with the use of physiotherapy, RICE treatment, rest and pain medication (to manage pain). A complete ACL tear cannot heal on its own as there is no blood supply to the injured ligament. Surgical reconstruction or repair is usually required for a completely torn ACL.

Are braces for MCL tears useful?

A knee brace or knee cap can help to prevent sideways movement of the knee joint and further protects the MCL from instability, strain and pressure. If an MCL tear is severe, the orthopedic doctor may recommend surgery.

Can you walk with a complete acl tear?

It might be possible to walk with a complete ACL tear. However, the person might have a lot of pain and knee instability and a risk of further knee injuries.

When can I go swimming after ACL reconstruction?

It is advised to avoid swimming for 2 to 4 months after surgery. You should get your doctor’s approval before resuming such activities after ACL surgery.

What is the treatment for high grade anterior cruciate ligament tear?

ACL reconstruction or repair surgery is the best treatment for high grade anterior cruciate ligament tear.

What is the success rate of ACL repair?

ACL reconstruction has been a successful procedure, with satisfactory outcomes in 75%- 97% of patients.

What will happen after your ACL reconstruction?

The rehabilitation program begins immediately after the surgery. A physiotherapist will teach you some exercises that will help strengthen your leg and the operated knee. You will also be given some instructions by your surgeon for a proper recovery. These instructions involve ample rest, avoiding sports activities for 4 to 6 months after the surgery, regularly attending the follow-up appointments, and diligently following through with the physiotherapy plan.

Move freely without knee pain with Arthroscopic ACL tear surgery in Hyderabad

A torn ACL can make your knee unstable and you may feel that your knee is just giving away. This may restrict your daily life and activities and cause pain. ACL tear surgery or ACL reconstruction aims to repair the torn ACL and restore the normal knee stability and function as it was before the injury.

ACL reconstruction is a commonly performed surgical procedure and with recent advances in the arthroscopic surgery, the surgery can now be performed with the innovative minimal invasive technique with low complication rates. The advancements in knee arthroscopic surgery makes it easy for orthopedic surgeons to view and access the knee joint and perform the surgery through small incisions. The repair of the torn ACL can be performed at the same time during a diagnostic arthroscopy with minimal surgical risks. Strengthening exercises are an important part of rehabilitation and physiotherapy and will help attain maximum stability and knee function after the surgery. Our orthopedic surgeons work closely with each patient on active mobilisation and gentle physiotherapy exercises to restore maximum range of motion. Our excellent team of orthopedic surgeons provide the best ACL tear treatment in Hyderabad.

What is the goal of ACL reconstruction surgery?

Regardless of the reason you choose or have to undergo an ACL surgery/ arthroscopic ACL reconstruction, the goal of the surgery will remain the same- which is- to restore normal knee movement and stability to the injured knee and also prevent the injured ACL from creating problems with other components of the knee and leg. ACL reconstruction surgery will typically be indicated in the following instances-

  • Complete ACL tear
  • Knee instability
  • Unsuccessful physiotherapy program to repair the ACL tear
  • Restricted activities and mobility
  • Chronic ACL Deficiency due to an untreated ACL injury
  • Other parts of the knee or the surrounding area were also injured at the same time as your knee.

If you are suggested to undergo ACL reconstruction surgery, you should not delay the procedure as it can lead to more potential risks including injuries. Get the best advice on ACL treatment options for you, based on your thorough diagnosis and specific needs, speak to our expert orthopedic surgeons in Hyderabad.

Returning to work and sports after ACL Reconstruction

The timeframe when you will be able to return to sport and other physical activity depends mainly on what activity you want to do. With proper physiotherapy and recovery, most patients are able to return to regular activities within a few weeks. But it may take a few months before you can have complete use of your knee, including sports and high intensity workouts and activities. It may take about 6 months for the knee to be ready for hard physical workouts and some sports.

Orthopedic treatments we provide in Hyderabad

Our orthopedic surgeons in Hyderabad can perform a wide range of joint replacements and other less invasive orthopedic procedures including:

5 Tips to prepare for ACL Reconstruction surgery

If you need surgery to repair your torn ACL, our orthopedic surgeon will answer to all of your questions and brief you about the procedure so that you feel comfortable and are prepared for the surgery. Here are 5 tips to prepare for your ACL tear surgery.

Share your doubts and concerns with your surgeon- During your preoperative consultation, be sure to ask any questions or doubts that you may have regarding the surgery, outcome or recovery. Make sure that you know the potential risks of the procedure along with its benefits.

Take good care of yourself- This is one of the most important steps for you to keep in mind before your surgery. Keep your body as healthy as possible before surgery and remain calm. This would help make your recovery easier and may also decrease some potential risk of problems during the surgery. Quitting smoking and eating a well balanced diet to remain in good health.

Plan about your recovery ahead of time- After your surgery, you will not be allowed to bear weight on the operated knee for several weeks. This may make it difficult to do some everyday things like cooking, cleaning, and running errands. To make things easier, you should plan for your recovery period before your surgery. If you live alone, try to arrange for someone to stay with you for 3 to 4 weeks.

Exercise- To get maximum outcomes of ACL surgery, you should do some exercises to regain strength and motion in the knee joint before your surgery. Several studies have shown that physiotherapy prior to ACL surgery improves the overall outcome with the surgery.

Stay relaxed- Before your surgery, do some meditation or calming exercises to put your mind at ease. Going into surgery with a clear, calm and relaxed mind can ease stress and anxiety before the procedure.

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If you have suffered from an ACL tear, our experienced team of knee surgeons in Hyderabad are here to help you provide the care and treatment you need. Schedule your consultation at Pristyn Care today to learn more about ACL reconstruction surgery.

Our knee specialists in Hyderabad are renowned surgeons for partial and total knee replacement services in the city. Our knee doctors are recognized as one of the top-ranked surgeons for knee replacement in Hyderabad. Give us a call or use the “Book Your Appointment” form on the top and bottom of the page to schedule an appointment with the best knee replacement surgeons in Hyderabad. Our knee doctors will provide you the best treatment with utmost care that you need to enjoy a healthy life again.

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