Soft-Tissue Knee Reconstruction
Soft-tissue knee reconstruction is a surgical procedure used to repair or reconstruct damaged soft tissues in the knee, such as ligaments or tendons.
The most common soft-tissue knee injuries that may require reconstruction are:
- Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) tear
- Posterior Cruciate Ligament (PCL) tear
- Medial Collateral Ligament (MCL) tear
- Lateral Collateral Ligament (LCL) tear
- Meniscal tear
The procedure involves removing any damaged tissue and reconstructing the ligament or tendon using either autograft (tissue taken from the patient’s own body) or allograft (tissue from a donor).
The reconstruction may be performed using arthroscopic or open surgical techniques. In an arthroscopic procedure, small incisions are made to insert a camera and specialized instruments to perform the reconstruction. In an open procedure, a larger incision is made to directly visualize and repair the damaged tissue.
After surgery, physical therapy and rehabilitation are necessary to regain strength and mobility in the knee. Recovery time can vary depending on the extent of the injury and the type of reconstruction performed. It is important to follow the postoperative instructions provided by the surgeon to ensure proper healing and prevent complications.