ACL Reconstruction Surgery

Anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) surgery is needed for an ACL injury, which is a tear in one of the most important knee ligaments. ACL injuries can cause long-term knee pain and instability.

Clearpoint Health Network offers private ACL surgery for patients throughout Canada to repair the torn ligament in the knee. ACL surgery involves using small incisions to reconstruct the ACL ligament using a piece of tendon from elsewhere in your body or from a donor.

An ACL injury can be severe if the ACL tears completely or separates, along with part of the bone, from the rest of the bone. ACL injuries cause knee instability that can lead to long-term knee problems without ACL surgery. ACL surgery is particularly recommended for young, active people.

Get ACL Surgery with Clearpoint Health

Patients from across Canada and all over the world choose Clearpoint Health Network’s private surgery clinics for private ACL surgery. Our orthopedic surgeons have years of experience and consistently produce excellent outcomes for our patients. They are committed to helping you regain full motion in your knee so that you can take part in sports and other activities again. We strive to provide exceptional pre- and post-operative care. Combined with our patient centred philosophy, we aim to provide all our patients with a compassionate, caring, and rewarding experience. Explore your options for private healthcare in Canada to receive access to the knee surgery you need, when you need it. Clearpoint Health is a network of accredited private healthcare clinics across Canada, with surgical centres in Toronto, Vancouver, Winnipeg, and Calgary. Contact us to receive rapid access to the surgery you need, so you can go back to living a healthy and active life.

ACL Surgery Is Recommended If:

  • An ACL injury weakens the knee so that it buckles during twisting and pivoting activities.
  • A patient wants to continue taking part in certain sports and fitness activities, especially ones that involve a lot of jumps or sudden stops and turns.
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What is this procedure for and how will it alleviate my symptoms?

The ACL is made up of two ligaments that cross over the middle of the knee and connects your thighbone to your shinbone.  These ligaments help stabilize your knee joint.  ACLinjuries most commonly occur during sports that involve sudden stops and changes in direction — such as soccer, football, basketball and volleyball.  If you have torn only one of the 2 ligaments and are relatively inactive you may be able to manage your symptoms with physiotherapy allowing you to continue with moderate activities and recreational sports.  If you have torn both ligaments or a ligament and your meniscus, are young, more active and play sports an ACL reconstruction will likely be required to return you to your pre-injury levels.

What happens during surgery?

An Anterior Cruciate Ligament Reconstruction will replace the torn ligament with a band of tissue (called a ligament) from another part of your body, i.e. hamstring or harvested donor tissue (graft).  During the procedure the torn ligament(s) is removed and replaced with the harvested tissue.  Your surgeon will drill sockets or tunnels into your thighbone and shinbone to accurately position the graft, which is then secured to your bones with screws or other devices. The graft will serve as scaffolding on which new ligament tissue can grow.

How do I qualify for this procedure?

All patients are requested to complete a Pre-Surgical Patient Questionnaire to provide us with your basic medical history.  We also require an MRI, images and report to confirm you are a suitable patient for the procedure and our facility.   we will request a History and Physical and if required bloodwork and an ECG from your family doctor.

What is the average process like and how long will it take for me to return to my normal activities?

Upon receipt of the patient’s medical documentation, booking the surgeon consultation can be arranged within 1 week, and surgery scheduled within 2 to 4 weeks. Recovery time varies by patient and procedure.  This is a day surgery procedure.  Following your recovery from anaesthesia you may be provided with a brace and you will be utilizing crutches for the first few weeks.  You will be discharged with detailed instructions on how to utilize cold therapy to control pain and swelling.  You will begin physiotherapy as soon as possible to begin working on strength and flexibility.  Your surgeon will provide you with detailed post-op and rehabilitation instructions along with your follow up appointment schedule.  Recovery takes between 6 and 9 months depending on your level of activity you are looking to resume.

How should I prepare for my surgery?

Your surgeon will best advise how to prepare for your procedure based on your current circumstances.  Often pre-surgical preparation is required to ensure the best possible outcome following your surgery.  This may mean your surgery would be delayed whilst you participate in physiotherapy to strengthen your muscles.  Your surgeon will provide you with all of these instructions at the time of your consultation.

Preparing for ACL Surgery

If you have not had an MRI already, one will be required prior to consultation/surgery to confirm your diagnosis. Depending on the surgeon’s recommendations, patients may undertake some pre-surgery physiotherapy to reduce swelling and help the knee heal faster post-surgery and regain the full range of motion. After ACL repair surgery, the patient should start physiotherapy as quickly as possible.

What To Expect with ACL Surgery

ACL surgery is typically arthroscopic surgery carried out by an orthopedic surgeon who specializes in surgery of the knee. Typically, ACL surgery requires general anesthesia. This means the patient is unconscious for the duration of the procedure. During arthroscopic ACL reconstruction surgery, the surgeon first makes two or three small incisions around the knee. He then inserts a thin camera, called an arthroscope, and small surgical instruments to carry out the surgery. The surgeon removes the damaged ligament and replaces it with a piece of tendon from the patient’s body (an autograft) or from a donor (an allograft). If the tendon comes from the patient’s body, the surgeon first makes an incision to take the replacement tendon tissue.

The surgeon then secures the graft to the upper and lower leg. The knee incisions are then closed with stitches or tape before the knee is bandaged and the patient is taken to a recovery room. Patients are usually discharged after  two or three hours. ACL surgery is typically an outpatient procedure that doesn’t require an overnight stay. The patient will need someone to drive them home.

ACL Surgery Results

Successful ACL reconstruction, followed by a course of physiotherapy rehabilitation, helps patients restore full range of motion to the knee and return to pre-injury knee strength and stability.  ACL surgery also limits the loss of knee function over the long-term and helps prevent further knee injuries.

Recovery from ACL Surgery

After surgery, the patient is given crutches and instructions for using them. The surgeon might also require a knee brace or other protective device to be worn. Patients receive instruction on how to bathe and dress the wound, and other post-surgery self-care. Patients are likely to feel tired after surgery for a few days, as well as numb in the areas around the incisions. Patients may also see bruising on their leg and ankle. After a few days, patients should feel better and see an improvement in the mobility of their knee.

Physical therapy rehabilitation is typically required for four to six months post-surgery to restore full function and range of movement to the knee. Patients should be able to return to sports and activities within a year, although every patient’s recovery time is different.

Next steps: Book Your ACL Consultation Today

If you are ready to discuss your ACL surgery needs with our orthopedic surgeons, contact us to learn more and request a consultation today, and learn more about our private healthcare clinics and rapid access to surgery. You have options for private healthcare and private knee surgery in Canada. Clearpoint Health Network is a network of private medical clinics across Canada, with centres in Toronto, Vancouver, Winnipeg, and Calgary.

To discover your healthcare options, your patient care adviser will discuss:

  • Your medical history
  • Incision techniques
  • Potential risks and complications

You will be required to travel out of province for surgery. Your consultation can take place via telephone or video conference.