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What are the complications that may occur during and after the ACL reconstruction?

Possible complications associated with this procedure may include infection, bleeding, blood clots, viral transmission.

There are an estimated 200,000 ACL reconstructions annually in the USA. Surgical reconstruction of the ACL is designed to restore the normal anatomy and biomechanics of the knee joint to allow individuals to return to their previous sport or work activity. Taking steps to avoid complications includes following your surgeon's instructions before and after surgery.

 Most complications are rare but can be serious

  • Knee joint infection
  • Sometimes the graft needs to be removed to cure the infection
  • Repeat rupture of the ACL graft
  • Stiffness after ACL surgery
  • A cyclops lesion causing an inability to fully straighten the knee after ACL surgery. 

The following symptoms can be signs of knee joint infection:

  • fever,
  • chills,
  • increasing knee swelling, 
  • pain.
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