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If you have an ACL injury, your knee is likely to be very swollen and painful. You may hear or feel a ‘pop’ when the injury happens, and you may feel as if your knee might give way. You won’t be able to move your knee as much and you may find it difficult to stand and walk. Seek urgent medical advice if you have these symptoms.
ACL reconstruction uses grafts from your patellar tendon or your hamstring. Research shows there’s very little difference between the two in terms of how well your knee functions. Overall, there’s no best graft. This will be individual to you and is something your surgeon will discuss with you.
Yes, you will be encouraged to put weight on your leg and to move around as soon as possible. You may need crutches to support you at first. But you should expect to be walking normally after a couple of weeks. For more information, see our sections on aftercare and recovery above.
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