What is Knee Ligament Reconstruction?
Knee ligament reconstruction is a surgical procedure to repair or replace damaged ligaments of the knee joint. The surgery can be performed using minimally invasive techniques.
Indications for Knee ligament Reconstruction
- Motor vehicle accidents
- A direct blow to the knee
- Falling on the knee from a height
- High-impact sports injuries
Symptoms of Knee ligament Injuries
- Limited range of motion
- Injuries to nerves and arteries of the leg
- Knee instability
Diagnosis of Knee Ligament Injuries
- Comprehensive clinical evaluation of the knee
- Imaging studies such as X-rays and MRI scans
- Arthroscopic examination
Procedure for Knee Ligament Reconstruction
- The procedure is usually performed under general anesthesia.
- Arthroscopic instruments are inserted through tiny keyhole incisions made over the knee to reattach the ligament to the bone using special sutures.
- The ligament may also be reconstructed using a graft taken from the patient (autograft) or donor tissue (allograft).
- Your surgeon will create a tunnel in the thighbone and shinbone through which the graft is inserted to replace the torn ligament.
- After the graft is placed, fixation devices are used to secure the grafts and hold the ligaments in place while healing occurs.
Post-operative Care Following Knee Ligament Reconstruction
Risks and Complications of Knee Ligament Reconstruction
- Complications of the anesthesia
- Vascular or nerve injury
- DVT Deep Vein Thrombosis (blood clot)
- Failure of the reconstruction