PCL or Posterior Cruciate Ligament, is the strongest ligament of the knee. The injury of the anterior cruciate ligament, or ACL is more than the injury of PCL so that the injuries of PCL are commonly missed or left undiagnosed.
How is the Procedure Performed?
- First the surgeon will make small incisions on the knee
- Then special instruments are inserted and evaluates the injury using the scope
- Then the surgeon trims the damaged ligaments
- After that pins are screwed into the femur to serve as tunnels where the catheters are subsequently inserted.
- Then the surgeon grafts one end of the catheter and threads through the tunnels.
- Once positioned properly, the graft is sutured or screwed in place.
Over time, the graft heals, and forms a new ligament with the remnant of the injured ligament. This may take as long as one year.
Advantages of PCL reconstruction
The rationale of PCL reconstruction treatment is to stabilize, a potentially unstable joint or an unstable joint. This Joint stabilization helps to decrease the difficulties caused due to the following conditions.
- Meniscal and articular cartilage injury
- The incidence of later osteoarthritic change
- Helps to do activities that were difficult secondary to joint instability
Mostly after the PCL reconstruction patients experience only mild a discomfort and most of the patients can go home the same day. Most of the patients walks comfortably by 2 weeks and can bear as much as weight on the leg after 6 weeks.
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