Dr. Manish Bansal

Orthopaedic, Arthroscopy & Sports Injury Surgeon

Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL)

Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL)

Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) is an key ligament found inside the knee joint. It sits diagonally in the middle of the knee and holds together the thigh bone and shin bone.Injury in Anterior Cruciate Ligament is often caused due to changing direction rapidly ,landing from a jump incorrectly, sports injuries, road accidents or other twisting knee injuries. People suffering from torn Anterior Cruciate Ligament(ACL) feel instability and insecurity in the knee while walking/running.Pain with swelling,tenderness along the joint line,loss of full range of motion are other symptoms. Secondary damage to other structures of the knee (meniscus, cartilage) can further damage joint ( possibly permanent) if treatment is delayed.

Surgical Reconstruction of the Anterior Cruciate Ligament(ACL) is done using arthroscopic surgery which is minimally invasive. The torn ligament is replaced by a piece of tendon or ligament tissue taken from the patient’s own body (auto graft) which is slotted into the two bones and fixed using implants (like button and screw). ACL reconstruction done by us is through the anatomic technique. In this technique, a special scale is used to measure the exact point of attachment of native ACL on the bone. Next, the ACL graft is attached at that exact point. This ensures accurate graft placement. Graft placement is the most important factor determining the success of ACL surgery.

We take great pride in being the pioneers to carry out one day ACL surgery and discharging the patient on same day or next day. Our highly skilled and trained physiotherapists will guide you throughout your recovery period and will offer you a customized rehabilitation program as per your case requirement. Recovery, Restoration of mobility and strength will not take much time with our assistance.

Swimming and jogging can be resumed after 3 months post surgery. Running can be resumed after 5 months .It takes almost 9 months to return to contact sports.