When I had my first serious knee injury at the age of thirty-one, I suddenly realized how much we all take for granted about the way our bodies work. When you’re young, active and in good shape, you tend to believe that nothing serious can ever happen to you. Well, it finally happened to me. I felt as if something was cut inside my left knee, but I ignored it. Initially, it didn’t seem as if something serious had happened. Everything felt all right after I just did a deep knee stretch.
Little did I know the ACL (Anterior Cruciate Ligament) in my left knee was torn. About a month later, I was playing again and slipped again, and for a minute, everything was fine; but immediately in a moment it felt like someone just deactivated my whole leg. It had hardly hurt last time, but this time the pain was unbearable. The pain forced me to admit that there was something seriously wrong and I had to get some help to set it right. So I went ahead with my decision to meet Dr Venkat Ram Prasad at Sri Sri Holistic Hospital.
Before we move on to understand how Neal’s surgery went on, let’s find out what ACL is and how it works in our body.
The ACL is a thick strip of tissue that joins the thigh bone (femur) to the shinbone (tibia) at the knee joint.
It is diagonally located from the femur running into the knee and stabilises the knee joint. It also helps the lower leg to move back-and-forth.
Knee injuries mostly occur during sports such as skiing, tennis, squash and football. ACL injuries are the most common type of knee injuries. Almost 40% of all ACL injuries happen during sports.
If the ACL is torn, the knee becomes lose, and its range of movement becomes unstable. This results in difficulty in some movements. Some sports may be impossible to play.
Before we look into the procedure of the ACL surgery, let’s see how the ACL is placed in our body and how it functions.
To keep the joint stable, a set of four ligaments keep the knee in a hinge-like position while you move. There are two ligaments on either side of your knee joint. These two ligaments connect the femur and the tibia and limit the movement of the tibia (leg). The other two ligaments, the anterior and posterior cruciate ligaments (ACL & PCL) connect from your base of the femur to the top of the tibia. These two ligaments cross each other and restrict twisting movements as well as forward and backwards movements of the knee.
Any of these ligaments can be torn during sports of play. Once torn, the ligament cannot regenerate or repair itself.
The ACL reconstruction operation is a one-hour outpatient procedure. The procedure is done through a few tiny incisions.
It usually takes around six months to recover from a reconstructive ACL surgery. However, it could also extend up to a year before you can return to proper training for your sport. Your doctor and physiotherapist might suggest you certain exercises with which your recovery shall become easy and faster. You must make sure to regularly follow the instructions given by your doctor.
Dr. Venkat Ram Prasad Vallamshetla is one of the best orthopedic surgeon in Hyderabad. He has done his MBBS, MS Ortho (OSM), MRCS (Edin) and FRCS (Trauma & Orth) from Edinburgh. He has additionally undergone training and has worked in Birmingham for over 12 years with a specialization in Joint Replacement, arthroscopic surgery, sports injuries.
Sri Sri Holistic Hospital is a leading 100 bedded multi specialty hospital in Nizampet, Kukatpally, Hyderabad. Sri Sri Holistic Hospital provides high standards of healthcare with a combination of advanced technology and state of art clinical expertise. With more than 52 Internationally experienced doctors and 400+ staff, we served at least 50,000 patients so far.