Knee surgery, anterior cruciate ligament
The decision to haveknee surgery will depend onthe extent of damage toyouranterior cruciate ligament (ACL) and whether it affects your quality of life.
If your knee doesn't feel unstable and you don't havean active lifestyle, you may decidenot tohave ACL surgery.
However, you shouldbe aware that delaying surgery could result in further damage to your knee.
One study of people with ACL tears found that their risk of damaging the injured knee increased by 1% for every month between the injury occurring and surgery.
When deciding whether to have ACL surgery, the following factors should be takeninto consideration:
If necessary, children can also have ACL reconstructive surgery. However, as they're still growing, the procedure is likely to be modified to ensure that the growth areas aren't affected.
It's a trickier operation and may need to be carried out by a surgeon with a special interest in childhood injuries.
If surgery isn't possible, a brace and refraining from sports until the child is fully grown may be an alternative.
Read about how an anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injury is caused, and the considerations when deciding whether to have reconstructive surgery.
Read about the things you need to consider when deciding whether to have knee surgery, including your age, lifestyle, occupation and whether you play sports.
Information about preparing for knee surgery, including having physiotherapy to regain strength and mobility in your knee, and attending a pre-admission clinic.
Read about how anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) surgery is carried out, either using tissue taken from your own body (autograft) or tissue taken from a donor (allograft).
Read about the possible risks of anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) surgery, including pain and swelling in the replacement ligament, infection or a blood clot.
Find out about recovering from anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) knee surgery, including advice about physiotherapy, gentle exercises and using painkillers.