ACL Surgery

An ACL tear can occur when the knee is injured during sports or after an awkward fall. The knee is often painful and swollen and typically an MRI scan will help in getting the diagnosis.

If the knee is unstable or likely to cause further injury, surgery with physiotherapy before and after may be required. A large number of ACL injuries (up to 50%) occur in combination with an additional injury such as damage to the meniscus, articular cartilage, or other ligaments.

At Melbourne Bone and Joint, our knee surgeons will examine your knee to determine if in fact an ACL tear has occurred. An MRI will also determine if there is an injury to another knee ligament, the meniscus or articular cartilage.

Symptoms of an ACL tear

Signs and symptoms of an ACL injury usually include:

  • A ‘popping’ sensation or loud “pop” in the knee
  • Instability or the knee feeling like it clunks in and out of joint
  • An inability to continue activity due to severe pain
  • Rapid swelling
  • Loss of range of motion


ACL injuries can be treated with physiotherapy and rehabilitation, or surgical reconstruction, depending upon your age, activity levels, symptoms and occupation.


All patients are different. At Victorian Bone and Joint specialists, we can work with you to tailor a treatment plan for you based upon many factors, such as your symptoms and underlying diagnosis, activity levels, and age. Please call our knee and ankle specialists to arrange a consultation so that we can get you on the pathway to recovery.

What can I do to help healing after ACL surgery?

Some of the most important things you can do to help your body heal include:

  • Eating healthy
  • Quitting smoking
  • Vitamin C
  • Keeping wounds clean and dry
  • Working with health professionals to stay as active as possible
  • Maintaining a positive attitude

Speak to an ACL surgeon in Melbourne

Our team of dedicated ACL surgeons at Victorian Bone & Joint Specialists can assist you with any conditions relating to your knee. With a focus on helping each individual receive the best care according to their needs and lifestyle, our knee and ankle specialists are ready and able to treat and manage ACL tears and their associated problems.

Get in touch with us today by filling out ourcontact form. One of our specialists will respond as soon as possible.


Can an ACL tear heal without surgery?

Very minor tears can heal without requiring surgery but a full ACL tear does not usually heal by itself. If a torn ACL goes untreated, your knee may progressively wear at the joint and you may suffer from osteoarthritis.

How common is a dislocated patella or kneecap?

It is more common than you think. A dislocated kneecap isn’t usually serious, and may pop back into place by itself. In many cases, people who have a dislocated patella will not notice that it is out of place. However, it’s still a good idea to get it checked by a specialist – especially if it does not ‘pop’ back into place.