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As with any surgery, complications are a risk with ACL (anterior cruciate ligament) reconstructive surgery. However, this procedure is performed thousands of times each year, and complications occur in less than 2 percent of cases.
Some of the minor complications include:
  • Bleeding
  • Infection
  • Ligament or cartilage injury
  • Allergic skin reaction to tape, dressing, or latex.
In rare cases, major complications can occur. These include:
  • Rupture or failure of the graft
  • Blood clots in the legs, pelvis, or lungs
  • Serious bleeding from blood vessel injury
  • Persistent pain or numbness.
(Click ACL Surgery Complications for a more detailed list. This article also explains what will happen if complications do occur during or after your procedure.)
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