Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) Reconstruction  Guide

Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) Reconstruction Guide

Anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction, also called ACL reconstruction/ repair surgery is an orthopaedic procedure that replaces the anterior cruciate ligament in the knee. This is the most likely ligament in the knee to be damaged, and this is a common knee injury that often occurs while playing sports or other high-impact activities. Reconstruction can reduce the pain, instability and mobility issues commonly associated with an ACL injury.


Procedure time

1 to 2 hours

Overnight stay

0 to 1 night


General or epidural

Recovery time

6 to12 months


Surgery Goals
The Procedure
Surgical Techniques
Recovery & Physiotherapy
Risks & Complications



When Can I Return to Sports Following ACL Reconstruction Surgery?
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When Can I Bathe and Shower Normally Following ACL Reconstruction Surgery?
How Long Will I Be In the Hospital Following ACL Reconstruction Surgery?
Are There Any Considerations for ACL Reconstruction Surgery Regarding Child or Pet Care?

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Following an injury, a patients life can change dramatically, ACL surgery can remedy the effects of the injury and often the patient can resume normal activities and sports.