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Knee Ligament Surgery

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Knee ligament surgery is an orthopedic surgery performed usually as a response to ACL injury. ACL stands for anterior cruciate ligament and among ligaments of the knee it is most often suspect to ruptures and other damage, especially among sportsmen. ACL tear or generally ACL injury is also one of the most common knee injuries. Fortunately, knee ligament surgery often brings back old anterior cruciate ligament’s flexibility and allows many to continue career in sports.

Knee Ligament Surgery Candidates

As it was mentioned, sportsmen often suffer ACL injuries or other types of knee ligament injury due to extreme pressure they put on ligaments of the knee. However, other people may suffer from ligament tear as well. Orthopedic doctor during the first visit examines the knee and decides for knee arthroscopy in order to assess the damage and propose suitable knee injury treatment.

Am I Suitable for Knee Ligament Surgery?

Not every knee ligament injury requires a knee repair surgery. Especially people who aren’t really interested in sports often may just rest and let ligaments of the knee to get better. However, whether or not somebody should choose knee ligament surgery depends not only on lifestyle but also on the scope of knee injuries.

Preparing for Knee Ligament Surgery

In order to undergo a knee ligament surgery, it is necessary to wait until initial swelling caused by knee ligament tear passes. Orthopedic surgeons who will operate the torn ligament in the knee need to know as well what other medical conditions you suffer from and what medicines you use for them, in order to prepare a proper anaesthesia type and dose.

How is Knee Ligament Surgery Performed?

Stitching the torn ACL or other ligament tear does not solve the problem. For this reasons, orthopedic surgeons usually perform ACL reconstruction with part of other ligaments of the knee, either from the patient (autologous) or donor (allologous). Knee ligament surgery is usually performed in the form of knee arthroscopy. Knee arthroscopy is a surgery in which orthopedic surgeon makes three or more small cuts instead of one big incision. In this way, a knee ligament surgery recovery time is shorter and the risk of infection is lower than it would be in a traditional knee surgery. Through those incisions an arthroscope (device equipped in camera and source of light) and surgical tools are inserted. Orthopedic surgeon attaches a knee ligament graft onto torn ACL and makes sure that it is tense enough to function properly. Then, a knee ligament repair comes to an end.

Knee Ligament Surgery Summary

Anesthesia

Local or General anesthetic

Hospital Stay

Overnight stay is not required

Number of Trips Abroad

1 trip

Duration of Operation

1 to 2 hours

Minimum Stay

1 to 2 weeks

Knee Ligament Surgery Recovery

Knee ligament surgery recovery time is quite a long one. Ligaments of the knee are under constant pressure whenever you walk so it is not a surprise that first weeks after ACL repair are usually a painful experience, although manageable with painkillers. Additionally, pain and swelling are caused partially by synovial fluid and blood gathering in patient’s shin.
From the beginning of ligament tear surgery recovery time, patients should focus on regular rehabilitation sessions and exercises in order to guarantee that ligament treatment will bring best possible results.

Knee Ligament Surgery Risks and Complications

While knee ligament tear surgery is usually successful, it may cause some complications in limited number of patients. Knee surgery risks include infection, long-lasting pain, formation of blood clots and stiffness of reconstructed knee ligaments.

Knee Ligament Surgery Side Effects

Side effects of knee ligament surgery include initial swelling and bruising as well as some amounts of pain. More than that, after this orthopedic surgery people need to get used to their new knee ligaments.

Knee Ligament Surgery Success Rates

The success rate of ACL reconstruction surgery and other types of knee ligament surgery is as high as 80%. Sometimes knee ligament tear surgery does not result in permanent knee reconstruction and patients need to struggle with torn ligament longer.

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Ethica Incirli Hospital

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Carolina Medical Center

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Knee Ligament Surgery Cost

Average Knee Ligament Surgery costs are € 3,085, based on Knee Ligament Surgery prices from 10 clinics. Cheapest Knee Ligament Surgery cost is € 2,900 where Knee Ligament Surgery prices can go up to € 3,271.

Knee Ligament Surgery prices vary greatly depending on the clinic and the location. For example, Knee Ligament Surgery in Turkey is a popular option where Knee Ligament Surgery costs as low as € 3,271.

Please note that the Knee Ligament Surgery prices listed on FlyMedi are the average price for Knee Ligament Surgery procedures. Clinics may ask you to provide them with specific information about your medical condition in order to provide you a detailed cost estimate for Knee Ligament Surgery procedures. To receive a personalized Knee Ligament Surgery quote, please click HERE.

Knee Ligament Surgery FAQ

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What Is the Difference Between Knee Replacement and Knee Ligament Surgery?

Knee ligament surgery is a more conservative orthopedic surgery and it focuses usually on torn ACL reconstruction. Total knee replacement is an operation of larger scope and may cover not only ligaments of the knee but also other parts.

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What is the ACL Surgery Recovery Time?

For people who aren’t sportsmen a partial ACL surgery recovery is possibile within 6 months. However, people who do sports on regular basis need to wait even one year to complete their ligament tear surgery recovery time.

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What Is a Knee Arthroscopy?

Knee arthroscopy is a type of knee ligament surgery which utilizes arthroscope, a medical device equipped in a camera. Instead of one large incision, in a knee arthroscopy a few small incisions are made in order to access knee surgery site.