With 10 lower limb surgeons offering weekly private operating lists at Spire Cardiff Hospital, waiting lists for knee surgery are virtually non-existent. This commonly performed orthopaedic procedure is tailored to the individual.
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What is knee ligament surgery?
Knee ligament surgery, including anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) reconstruction, is usually performed to repair damage caused by an injury. In the operation a graft is taken from another part of your knee, or in some cases from a donor or made from a synthetic material, and is fixed in place of the affected ligaments.
Why do people choose to have knee ligament surgery?
Tearing the anterior cruciate ligaments can be a fairly common sporting injury, causing swelling, restricted movement and pain. Depending on a number of factors, including how much pain you are experiencing, surgery may be the best option for recovery.
If you choose a Spire Healthcare hospital you will be treated by an experienced surgeon who will discuss your available options (including any alternatives to surgery) before agreeing the best course of treatment for you.
What happens in knee ligament surgery?
Knee ligament repair is usually performed through keyhole surgery and under general anaesthetic. Keyhole surgery is carried out with the use of specially designed instruments which are inserted through small incisions, with the added benefit that this less invasive work generally involves a shorter recovery time.
During the knee ligament operation, special cameras will be inserted through the incisions to enable your surgeon to get a clear picture of the knee area. The torn ligaments are then trimmed and the knee is prepared for the replacement graft. The graft is shaped and fixed in place, and the incisions are closed with stitches or adhesive strips.
Knee ligament operation aftercare
After the operation it is likely that you will experience some pain, stiffness, swelling and bruising around your treated knee. This is completely normal and should last a few weeks, gradually improving as your knee heals.
Anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction is a commonly performed and generally safe operation. For most people, the benefits in terms of improved symptoms are much greater than the disadvantages.
The chance of complications depends on the exact type of operation you are having and other factors such as your general health. Ask your surgeon to explain in more detail how any risks apply to you.
Knee ligament surgery from Spire Healthcare
With Spire Healthcare you will see an experienced consultant of your choice at a time that suits you. You will be treated in a premium private hospital, not a clinic, and you can be assured of our commitment to healthcare standards and infection control excellence. What’s more, you’ll be able to recuperate in your own private room with friends and family able to visit when you wish.