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Knee surgery, anterior cruciate ligament

If you tear the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) in your knee, you may need to have reconstructive surgery.
Deciding to have surgery
The decision to have knee surgery will depend on the extent of damage to your anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) and whether it affects your quality of life.
Preparing for knee surgery
Before having knee surgery, you may need to wait for any swelling to go down and the full range of movement to return to your knee.
How knee surgery is performed
A number of methods can be used to reconstruct an anterior cruciate ligament (ACL). A tendon from elsewhere in the body is often used to replace the damaged ACL.
Risks of knee surgery
In over 80% of cases, surgery to repair an anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) fully restores the functioning of the knee.
Recovering from knee surgery
Recovering from anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) knee surgery can take up to a year.
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