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Revision ligament reconstruction

ACL revision

Several factors contribute to successful ACL reconstruction, failure of one of these can result in the need for revision

About

You might need to undergo revision ligament reconstruction in your knee for a number of reasons. This includes infection, incorrect positioning of the graft at the time of the first procedure, injuring the graft through a trauma or your body rejecting the implanted graft (like in organ transplants).

Need to know

  • What happens icon plus

    Your consultant will first remove the previous tendon graft, prepare the joint and then implant a new graft, which is usually taken from the tissues around your knee. The tendon graft is held in place to your thighbone (femur) and shinbone (tibia) by screws that will be carefully inserted. Screws from the first graft might need to be removed to enable the correct placement of the new screws. In this case the holes will be filled with bone graft. The surgery is performed under general anaesthetic and will take around two hours.
  • How to prepare icon plus

    Your consultant will tell you how best to prepare for this procedure.
  • Afterwards icon plus

    You will be sent to the recovery room after the surgery has been completed. On returning to your ward, a nurse will check your dressings, the small tubes in the back of your hand and catheter (if you have one). If you are experiencing pain around the incision area you will be given painkillers to immediately combat this. You will need to begin a programme of physiotherapy to aid your rehabilitation.
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From complex surgery to straightforward procedures, we provide exceptional care across our network of hospitals, outpatient centres and specialist clinics.

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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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