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Practice Plus Group Hospital, Emersons Green


Private ACL reconstruction in Bristol

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Why choose Practice Plus Group Hospital, Emersons Green for your ACL reconstruction?

  • Quality of care and outcomes underpinned by ‘Good’ CQC rating
  • Highest levels of cleanliness and zero infection rates
  • Our customer service is second to none, with advice throughout the process
  • No commitment fixed-price consultations at just £95


Learn more about ACL reconstruction

What is the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL)?

The ACL joins the thigh bone to the shin bone at the knee joint, and is a thick band of ligament tissue. It gives the knee stability by running diagonally through the inside of the knee: it also controls the lower leg’s back-and-forth movement.

What is an anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injury?

Knee injuries account for 40% of all sports injuries, and activities such as skiing, football, tennis, rugby and squash can all lead to a torn ACL. A tear can happen if the lower leg extends too far forward or if the knee and lower leg are twisted. A torn ACL can leave the knee unstable with symptoms of giving way.

Common causes of an ACL tear include:

  • Stopping suddenly
  • Colliding with someone or something else
  • Landing awkwardly from a jump
  • A sudden change in direction
When will I need anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) surgery?

The decision to have surgery depends on the severity of the ACL injury and how much impact it is having on your quality of life. If you do not have an active lifestyle and your knee feels stable, you may not need surgery. However, delaying surgery could cause more damage to your knee.

Surgery can take place when swelling has reduced and the full range of movement returns to your knee, and when your thigh muscles are as strong as possible. A physiotherapist will help you with this and it can take at least six weeks after an injury for the full range of movement to return.

You will be advised to avoid any sports or activities which involve jumping, turning or twisting. The better your preparation before surgery, the better the results will be.

What is anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) reconstruction?

It is impossible to stitch a torn ACL together again, so the surgery is carried out by removing the remains of the torn ligament and replacing it with another leg tendon, such as the patellar tendon (which attaches the bottom of the kneecap to the top of the shin bone) or the hamstring. A graft tendon may also come from a donor, or a tubular synthetic substitute.

Depending on your circumstances and as a result of discussion with your surgeon, you will require either a general anaesthetic or spinal anaesthetic.

The procedure to reconstruct the ACL is carried out through key-hole surgery which allows your surgeon to operate inside your knee with minimal incision and scarring.

How long does anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) surgery take?

ACL reconstruction surgery lasts between one and one and a half hours. You may need to stay in hospital for one night but in some cases it can be carried out as a day case.

What happens after anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) surgery?

The knee is a complex joint, so it is important to look after it following surgery. Recovery usually takes around six months after your operation, but it may take up to a year for you to return to your sport.

What are the risks and complications of anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) surgery?

Function of the knee is restored in over 80% of cases following ACL surgery, but there are risks. Your knee may not be exactly as it was before your injury and you may still experience some restriction. Other, small, risks are those related to all types of surgery including infection, blood clots, nerve and blood vessel injury.

Pre-operative assessment

A pre-operative assessment is our opportunity to ensure that the procedure for which you have been referred is right for you. We’ll explain your treatment to you and makes sure that you are well enough to go ahead with it. It is also your opportunity to meet the team who will care for you and to ask any questions.

We carry out all the necessary tests and examinations in one outpatient session. While this may take several hours, everything is done in one go to save frequent visits before surgery.

Find treatment near you

We have nine hospitals across England, from Derbyshire to Plymouth and from Bristol to Kent. All are rated ‘Good’ or ‘Outstanding’ by the CQC, so whichever Practice Plus Group Hospital you choose, you’ll receive the same high quality care.

Enquire about treatment at our Emersons Green hospital or view all of our locations.

Payment options

How do I pay for my outpatient appointment?

A member of the Practice Plus Group team will take payment over the phone when they make the outpatient appointment booking for you.

How can I pay for my surgery?

You can pay for your surgery by debit card, credit card or through a bank transfer (BACS). We accept all major cards except American Express and Diners Club. Unfortunately, we are unable to accept payment by cheque.

When do I need to pay for my surgery?

We require payment in full to have been received at least seven days before the planned date of your surgery.

Can I pay using instalments?

Yes, there are a number of different loans available through our partner Chrysalis Medical Finance. You will need to have an agreement in place with Chrysalis Medical Finance two weeks before the planned date of your surgery.

Can the surgery be paid for through my Private Medical Insurance?

Please contact your private medical insurer to find out if your policy will cover the surgery that has been recommended and that it can take place at a Practice Plus Group hospital. Currently, we are unable to accept Bupa policyholders if they are making payment through their policy.

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