A torn anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) is the most common type of knee injury. An MRI scan or X-ray can be used to diagnose the tear. It is treated with an ACL reconstruction. In this procedure, the torn ligament is removed by and orthopaedic or knee surgeon and replaced by a graft taken from the patient’s own body. Most commonly grafts are taken from the patellar tendon and hamstring tendon. Cruciate knee ligament surgery may be considered as an alternative treatment. Complete recovery can take up to one year and a programme of physiotherapy is essential for a good outcome.
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Private hospital run by BMI Healthcare
Lancaster, LA1 3RH
Blackburn, BB2 7AE
St. Helens, WA11 7RS
Cheadle, SK8 2PX
Private hospital run by Spire Healthcare
Macclesfield, SK11 8DW
Liverpool, L18 1HQ
Altrincham, WA15 9SD
Manchester, M20 2AF
Crewe, CW1 4QP
Cheadle, SK8 2NT