ACL and PCL reconstruction surgery is a surgical technique to reconstruct the anterior or posterior cruciate ligament. The ligament is located in the center of the knee joint and therefore its rupture (due to an accident or an orthopedic disease) is very common among all ages and especially athletes. After the ligament rupture, the joint naturally becomes unstable and in many cases painful.
Once the cruciate ligament is ruptured, it is not possible to suture it. A transplant is then used, which can replace the ACL or PCL. The operation is minimally invasive.
This surgical intervention is performed under arthroscopic control, general anesthesia, and in general, there would be a three-day hospitalization.
The operation lasts about 45 minutes. After the ACL/PCL surgery, support is authorized with a special splint to limit flexion or extra movement. Indeed, at the beginning it is necessary to protect the transplant, which will take time to integrate.
Post-operative care after an ACL and PCL Reconstruction Surgery
The rehabilitation period plays an important role in the final result of this orthopedic surgery. It is recommended that after an ACL/PCL reconstruction surgery the patient benefits from a 15 to 21 stay in a rehabilitation center. Accordingly, the patient has to follow quite a few physiotherapy sessions and do some of the practices on their own. Furthermore, the patient shall postpone any sport that puts pressure on the knee such as American football or rugby for a few months. The resumption of professional activities will depend on work in general between the 1st month and the 3rd month.