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What are the complications of surgery on the anterior cruciate ligament?

Potential complications from surgery that is used to treat an anterior cruciate ligament injury include: • Joint infection; • Reduced movement in the leg after reconstructive surgery of the ligament; • Knee instability - due to graft failure; • Deep vein thrombosis - although a rare complication, deep vein thrombosis can occur as a result of prolonged immobilization, and; • Vascular or nerve injury - injury to blood vessels and nerves can sometimes occur during surgery. Injury to the nerves can result in complex regional pain syndrome, which can cause severe pain, delaying the progress of physiotherapy.

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Author: Dr Bow Tauro PhD, BSc (Hons)
First answered: 10 Jul 2015
Last reviewed: 19 May 2018
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Category: Anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injury


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