Surgical repair of a torn ACL (anterior cruciate ligament) involves the removal of the damaged ligament and replacement with a tendon, typically the middle one third of the patella tendon or hamstring tendons. The surgery is commonly done under a mild general anesthesia. Nerve blocks are utilized to eliminate pain early on after surgery.
The complete procedure takes approximately 1&1/2 hours. You will wake up with your knee in a brace. Patients go home comfortably the same day of the surgery. You will be taught to use crutches, given prescriptions for pain medication when the nerve blocks wear off, and given a postoperative booklet for instructions.