Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) Surgery
Problems are rare, but all procedures have some risk. The doctor will go over some problems that could happen, such as:
- Excess bleeding
- Problems from anesthesia, such as wheezing or sore throat
- Blood clots
- Surgery does not ease symptoms
- The knee becomes unstable
- Numbness or stiffness in the knee
Things that may raise the risk of problems are:
- Chronic diseases, such as diabetes or obesity
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