Orthopaedics Q&A: On ACL reconstruction surgery

Orthopaedics expert, Dr VV Prasad answers readers’ questions on bone health. Get your doubts cleared and see them featured on our FAQ page every Monday.
This week’s answers:

1. I am having severe knee paid in my right leg corner. I went ortho. He gave some medicine, but it won’t work. Kindly suggest me what to do
What is your age? You got hurt or it started all of a sudden? Have you taken any X – Rays?

2. Last year may 2010; i had undergone ACL reconstruction surgery. After the surgery i was getting pain in the right side of the knee. I went to the surgeon 3/ 4 times and he gave me some pain killer but that did not work. Then i consulted another surgeon in HOSMAT Bangalore. They asked me to do MRI. I underwent for MRI. MRI report says incompetent ACL reconstruction & the bio absorbable screw was abnormally fixed. They are saying to go for operation again. I am scared about the post surgery pain. What i think that as it is a bio absorbable screw it will be absorbed in the body after few days. So is it required to go for surgery again? Kindly tell me if there is any other treatment for ACL reconstruction.
You are right. In a span of 2 to 3 years your bio absorbable screw will get absorbed. After that if your ACL is still lax and giving you problems you should go for a resurgery. On the other way if you cannot tolerate the pain now its better to consult your original surgeon and proceed further.

3. My mother has osteoarthritis in both knees. It is severe and she has difficulty getting up, sitting down and walking. She is 68 now. Will braces help her? Will this lead to paralysis of the legs?
Osteoarthritis knee will not lead to paralysis of her legs. As per your complaint I think she will be benefited by total knee replacement surgery. However you need to consult an orthopaedic surgeon for that.

Send in your questions on orthopaedics to bawarchieditor@sify.com now! And don’t forget to include `Orthopaedics FAQ` in the subject line.