Infection after ACL Reconstruction

Infection after ACL Reconstruction

(CME points)

Scientific Secretary: Dr. Sohrab Keihani

2021   February  12   , Friday

20:00 pm – 22:00 pm

Infection following ACL (anterior cruciate ligament) reconstruction surgery

Speaker: Dr. Reza Minaei Nowshahr, 
Assistant Professor of Shahid Beheshti University of Medical Sciences; Orthopedic Specialist; Knee Surgery Fellowship 



Infection following ACL (anterior cruciate ligament) reconstruction surgery is a rare but potentially serious complication that can impact the patient’s recovery and overall outcome. ACL reconstruction is a common procedure to repair a torn ACL in the knee joint, typically using grafts from the patient’s tissues or donor tissues. While modern surgical techniques and stringent hygiene protocols minimize the risk of infection, it can still occur. Infections after ACL reconstruction can result from various sources, including surgical site contamination, improper wound care, or the introduction of bacteria during the procedure.


Symptoms of infection after ACL reconstruction can include increased pain, redness, swelling, and warmth around the surgical site, as well as fever and chills. In some cases, the infection may lead to delayed healing, graft failure, or other complications that affect the long-term success of the surgery. Prompt diagnosis and treatment are crucial to prevent further spread of the infection and minimize its impact on the patient’s recovery. Typically, infections are managed through a combination of antibiotics, wound care, and in more severe cases, surgical intervention to clean out the infected tissue.


Preventive measures are essential to minimize the risk of infection after ACL reconstruction. Surgeons and healthcare providers adhere to strict sterile techniques during the surgery, and patients are educated about proper wound care and hygiene post-surgery. Monitoring for any signs of infection and following the prescribed rehabilitation plan are important steps in ensuring a successful recovery and reducing the chances of complications.