Young, physically active people should undergo ACL repair surgery as soon as possible after the injury. Patients who have knee instability and practise sports requiring sudden stop and change in the direction of movement should also be treated surgically. Some patients, who are not keen on sports and do not have knee instability, may safely choose not to have surgery. However, all ACL injuries should be consulted with an orthopaedist and the patient should discuss possible consequences of leaving the injury untreated surgically.
The recovery period varies depending on treatment method and the degree of deformity, lasting on the average for about 6 weeks.
Until the bone heals, the patient uses a special shoe to off-load the forefoot and promote wound healing.
Osteotomy is an x-ray guided surgical cutting of a bone, performed depending on patient's needs and their clinical condition. The procedure is performed under general anaesthesia.
Arthroscopy is the most popular surgical technique which enables looking into the joint without cutting it open. It enables accurate diagnosis of joint diseases and injuries, as well as their repair/ treatment. The procedure is performed under general anaesthesia (the patient is asleep).
It is fluid swelling of the connective tissue space at the back of your knee, which presents as a lump. It is a small-sized, benign, non-cancerous lesion, typically located between the medial head of the gastrocnemius muscle and the semimembranosus muscle. Baker's cyst is usually removed during arthroscopy. After it is removed, its communication with the joint is closed and damaged joint capsule is sutured. The procedure is performed under general anaesthesia.
Alloplasty is a surgical procedure, as a part of which, a metal, ceramic or plastic element is implanted in human tissue to support and improve function of an organ.
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