Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) Reconstruction

Surgery to repair your Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL)

If you tear your ACL, you may need surgery to reconstruct it and restore stability in your knee

What does your anterior cruciate ligament do?

The anterior cruciate ligament is one of the four main important knee ligaments, and serves three important functions:
  • Gives your knee twisting stability, especially in sports such as football, rugby and skiing.
  • Protects other structures in the knee for future damage, such as the meniscus cartilage.
  • Slows down the possible future onset of arthritis

Need to know

  • What are the treatment options for ACL tears? icon plus

    First your consultant will assess your knee injury very carefully, this will include questions, a physical examination, and an MRI. Your consultant will then discuss treatment options with you, including non-surgical treatment as well as surgical reconstruction.

    If you wish to consider surgery, then your consultant will discuss with you:

    • Graft (New ACL tissue) tissue to be used
    • Potential risks of surgery, including risk of failure
    • Planned benefits of surgery
    • Rehabilitation
    • Success rates, and timing of return to sport.
  • How to prepare for ACL surgery icon plus

    Where your knee is still sore, and stiff pre-surgery (Pre-hab) physio is needed to prepare your knee for your operation.
  • After surgery icon plus

    How fast you recover varies from person to person. Physiotherapy is vital. Your consultant will usually recommend exercises to start immediately after your surgery.

    You may also be advised to use a knee brace and crutches. Regular cleaning of the wound, as well as icing it to reduce swelling, can also help. Talk to your consultant about what steps you can take to help your recovery.

    Your consultant will let you know when you can get back to your usual routine, including work.

Don't wait, pay for yourself

We offer this treatment at a fixed price at some of our facilities.

Our ACL consultants

We're proud to work with leading orthopaedic, knee specialists, whose skills are matched by their integrity and compassion.

Supporting our consultants are teams of inpatient and outpatient physiotherapists with experience in knee recovery.

Our locations

From complex orthopaedic surgery to straightforward diagnostic scans and minor procedures, we provide exceptional care across our network of hospitals, outpatient centres and specialist clinics.

Request a knee appointment

We're happy to help you make an appointment with one of our experienced knee consultants. We can also make imaging and outpatient physiotherapy appointments for you.

Call us today

020 7079 4344
This content is intended for general information only and does not replace the need for personal advice from a qualified health professional.
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