Talk:Anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction

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Can someone add a brief history of this operation. When and where did it first become available, what technology made it possible etc?

I just made a big update based mainly on my own knowledge from the surgery and some web sources. So, probably not everything is 100% accurate or complete, but I thought it'd be nice to get this article off to a start. Perhaps after I (re-)register I will have some pictures to post, too.-Luke-- 07:50, 20 December 2005 (UTC)

Copyright problem[edit]

Text was moved from "ACL Reconstruction" to "ACL reconstruction". This is now erased since it appeared to be a copyright violation from [1] --fnielsen 23:28, 14 August 2005 (UTC)

Some bit new text on temporary page: [2] --fnielsen 23:47, 14 August 2005 (UTC)


I have scanned some X-ray of my knee (reconstructed). You may like to add them into the article.

Greetings --Biopresto 07:34, 5 October 2006 (UTC)

I'm glad you posted them. I don't feel it would be bad for you to directly add it to the article if you give some explanation of the surgery you had. It would be even cooler if you had photos. Root4(one) 04:53, 6 December 2006 (UTC)


This page should be made a part of ACL injury. There is already an ACL reconstruction section in the ACL injury page and this should replace that section.

Surgery Images[edit]


In my site I have images from an acl reconstruction surgery. I think the images are of great value especially for someone who has to undergo such an operation. If you think so too feel free to add it in the external links section Nfostiras 15:08, 6 November 2006 (UTC)


i have ruptured both my ACL and PCL i have also sustained a grade 3 tear in my MCL,can any one please let me know my best options. My surgeon has left me to "heal" for well over 12 weeks and he is now talking of not doing any reconstruction at all, should i take this action or damand surgery as i am (at least was) both a compettive skiier and horse rider, and i would like to return to both sports.amybabes71 6th march 2007

You understand a ligament rupture is not necessarily a complete tear, right? Therefore, unlike a complete tear, it has a chance to heal. But if it bothers you significantly, you might want to get a second (Medical) opinion. I'm not sure if time is a factor.
Never "demand" surgery. TV dramas often hide the details and make many types of surgery as if they're no-brainers. Fact is, with ANY surgery theres significant risks, esp. of infection. How would you like to have a satisfactory reconstruction of the knee (should you need it) and then be overcome by septic infection that eats at the bone? I'd almost guarantee your days as a competitive skier would be over then. Root4(one) 12:46, 7 March 2007 (UTC)

ACL tears don't heal very well, if at all usually. Get a second opinion. A grade 3 tear is a complete tear. If you don't restore normal kinematics to your knee, studies show that you WILL develop arthritis much sooner than not. And if you continue to do pivoting sports on a loose knee, you're going to start damaging meniscus and cartilage.—The preceding unsigned comment was added by (talkcontribs).

future treatment[edit]

Using the previously first external link as a reference i wrote a section about it.Thus I moved it from external links to the references.I also added an external link videos from such operations.SInce english is not my mother language if you find any syntax or grammar errors please fix them.Also please make any other changes that maybe needed !

Removed it. This "Future Treatment" is more about ACL repair than reconstruction. Also, the procedure that you're referencing is way way wayyyyy too early to be even considered a reference to a future treatment. I would lean more towards the double-bundle ACL procedure by Doctor Fu in PA as a more relevant possible "future treatment".—The preceding unsigned comment was added by (talkcontribs).
Ok, someone keeps re-adding this section. Whatever. This section doesn't belong in this article in it's current state. - Bob—Preceding unsigned comment added by (talkcontribs)

External links[edit]

External links on Wikipedia are supposed to be "encyclopedic in nature" and useful to a worldwide audience. Please read the external links policy (and perhaps the specific rules for medicine-related articles) before adding more external links.

The following kinds of links are inappropriate:

  • Online discussion groups or chat forums
  • Personal webpages and blogs
  • Multiple links to the same website
  • Fundraising events or groups
  • Websites that are recruiting for clinical trials
  • Websites that are selling things (e.g., books or memberships)

I realize that some links are helpful to certain users, but they still do not comply with Wikipedia policy, and therefore must not be included in the article. WhatamIdoing (talk) 06:49, 17 January 2008 (UTC)

"high" success rate?[edit]

Shouldn't any such claims be quantified? Michael (talk) 07:40, 15 February 2011 (UTC)

ACL Rejection[edit]

My son had ACL replacement surgery in November. The incision below his knee on the tibia "ruptured" about three weeks after surgery. No infection was found. The wound continued to drain for over three months without ever closing. Physical therapy was going along normal to advanced. Just last week a "string" started poking out of the wound- the doctor removed this string- approximatley six inches long. That was the lead for the new tendon. Now, he may have to have the surgery AGAIN because the tunnel is overly large and they feel the graft is deteriorating. How common is this? Neither the surgeon nor my sons primary doctor have experienced this hands on before — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 16:03, 20 March 2012 (UTC)