Serious complications are uncommon following knee ligament reconstruction but can occur. These include infection, blood clots (or DVT – deep vein thrombosis), excessive swelling, bleeding and damage to blood vessels or nerves.
There is always a small risk that the reconstructed graft can rupture, in a similar way to the original injury to your ligament. This risk is greatest in the first 3 months following surgery. It is therefore important that an experienced physiotherapist supervises your recovery.
Warning signs following surgery you should look out for are:
- Fever / chills above 38°C (100.4°F)
- Persistent warmth or redness around the knee
- Persistent or increased pain
- Significant swelling, tingling or numbness in your knee/leg which is not relieved by elevating the leg for one hour
- Increasing pain in your calf muscles
- Shortness of breath or chest pain
If you experience any of the above please contact the hospital for advice.