Summary of anterior cruciate ligament surgery
The ACL, anterior cruciate ligament, binds the base of the thigh bone with the top of the shin bone and is located within the knee joint. Though in some minor cases home exercises can be enough to allow a relatively normal movement, surgical intervention is necessary in many cases when the extent of the damage and the patient’s lifestyle require a full recovery. Following the surgery, rehabilitation is delivered at different stages to allow the knee to strengthen and stabilise. This is achieved over the process of between 4 and 12 months, depending on the surgeon. A home exercise program follows to ensure the knee joint continues to become strong.