Bones Home > Complications With ACL Reconstructive Surgery
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:
- 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.)