Joint Surgeons in Germany

Gelenk Klinik Orthopaedic Clinic
Alte Bundesstrasse 58
D-79194 Gundelfingen
fon: +49-761-79117-228
fax: +49-761-79117-999

The Orthopedic Clinic Gelenk-Klinik has been certified as one of the main centers of endoprosthetic knee surgery in Germany

Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) - reconstruction following rupture

Key Facts Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) Reconstruction

  • Inpatient treatment: 3 days
  • Rehabilitation treatment: 28 days
  • Earliest flight home: 10 days after surgery
  • Recommended flight home: 14 days after surgery
  • Time before showering: 7 days
  • Recommended time off work: 6 weeks
  • Removal of sutures: 7 days
  • Time before driving a car: 6 weeks
Approach to the reconstruction of the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL)Knee specialist approach to the reconstruction of the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) ©Viewmedica

The anterior cruciate ligaments (ACL) at the front and back of the knee, are the central pillars of the joint and as such, the essential stabilisers. They connect the front top of the tibia (lower leg bone), to the rear bottom of the femur (thigh bone). A rupture of the ligaments causes instability which, if not treated, leads to considerable attritional damage to the cartilage in the knee joint (arthrosis). Clinical and experimental examinations have proven that a damaged frontal cruciate knee ligament will not heal by itself.

Consequences of Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) instability

Fact Sheet ACL Reconstruction

  • ACL reconstruction restores the damaged or torn anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) in the knee joint
  • 3 days in house treatment after ACL reconstruction
  • Earliest flight back home 4 days after surgery
  • 2 weeks of in house rehabilitation recommended
  • Recommended leave from work 4 weeks
  • Follow up investigation clinical investigation and MRI

The femur, tibia and patella are fixed and aligned in a precise way to form the knee joint and support mobility. Misalignment and hypermobility in the knee joint are caused by rupture of the ACL and accelerate “wear and tear” on the vital cartilage cushions (meniscus) within the knee. ACL rupture in combination with damage to the meniscus is a threat to the long-term viability of the knee. Trauma to the ligaments, especially the ACL may cause osteoarthritis within 10 years of the accident occurring.

ACL Reconstruction with Hamstring Tendon Graft

ACL Reconstruction Strategies - the autograft

As treatment methods to preserve damaged ligaments do not usually achieve satisfactory results (torn ACL cannot be simply stitched together), the best chance of avoiding arthrosis, is a frontal cruciate knee ligament replacement operation.

Various comparative studies have shown that the best results are achieved for frontal cruciate knee ligament replacement surgery by using an autologous transplant (replacing the torn or missing ligament with a graft from natural material from the body). The graft can be made from two of the patient’s own semitendinosus (hamstring) tendons (from the leg) or a strip of patella tendon (from the knee). The graft is inserted into the knee joint in exactly the same position as the original ACL, using an arthroscopic technique that leaves only tiny scars and causes minimal post-operative pain.

The optimal technique for the patient depends on individual factors. At the orthopaedic Gelenk-Klinik, these factors are discussed in a pre-surgical appointment with a highly specialised orthopaedic surgeon.

Following the operation, special rehabilitation measures are put in place to optimise the long-term success of the procedure.

ACL Reconstruction Surgery (Hamstring tendon graft)

Through a small incision below the knee, portions of the semitendinous and gracilis tendons of the hamstring are separated from the muscle but left connected to the tibia. These strips are plaited together to create a section of tendon called an autograft. This autograft will be used to replace the damaged anterior cruciate ligament (ACL).

The rest of the procedure is performed through a small incision on the side of the knee. The surgeon uses a small video camera called an arthroscope to see inside the knee during the procedure. With the knee flexed (in the bent position), the damaged ACL is cleared away.

Next a pin is inserted diagonally from the tibia to the femur. The surgeon will use the pin as a guide to recreate the ACL. The surgeon drills a tunnel through the tibia and femur, following the path of the guide pin.

A second tunnel is drilled to intersect with the femoral tunnel at a right angle and a horizontal screw is inserted. The hamstring graft is looped over this screw and the screw is tightly secured to the bone. This forms the new ACL.

After the knee is straightened, the loose ends of the graft are pulled tight and held securely to the tibia bone with a washer that has nail-like spikes and a screw. The excess length of the autograph is trimmed away and the knee tested is by flexing and extending the knee through its full range of motion.

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Alte Bundesstrasse 58

D-79194 Gundelfingen,


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  • Distance to EURO-Airport Basel: 80 km (45 mins)
  • Distance to Zurich: 161 km (1h 40)
  • Distance to Frankfurt: 259 km (2h 20)

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