This surgery uses small instruments and a camera to look inside the knee joint and treat a torn ligament. There may also be a small knee incision.
A knee arthroscopy with anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) reconstruction is a surgery that uses small medical instruments and a camera to look inside the knee joint and reconstruct a torn ligament. The instruments are inserted into the knee joint through small incisions made in different areas of the knee. Depending on the type of ligament surgery, there may also be a small knee incision.
If you injury your knee, you may be given some instructions to decrease your symptoms and prevent further injury to the knee joint. These may include:
Some of the symptoms that may indicate an injury to the ACL include a popping sound at the time of the injury, pain and/or swelling in the knee or instability of the knee joint (buckling).
Prior to surgery, tell your healthcare provider about any medications you are taking (including over the counter medications and supplements). Ask about specific instructions you should follow before surgery. These may include:
If you are a smoker, you should quit smoking, as it can interfere with your recovery.
During your surgery, you will receive anesthesia to keep you comfortable and pain free.
You will probably go home the day of your surgery and will likely need a knee brace and crutches for the first one to four weeks. You may be allowed to move your knee to help prevent stiffness and weakness.
What should I ask my healthcare provider before having an anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) reconstruction?
After your surgery, you should know what you had done, what medication was given, and what symptoms you should report to your healthcare provider. You should also understand all home care instructions (including medications and side effects) and follow-up plans.
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