It’s important to consult a qualified orthopaedic surgeon specialising in knee injuries to determine if MCL/LCL reconstruction suits your specific condition. They can evaluate the severity of your ligament injury, discuss treatment options, and provide personalised recommendations based on your unique circumstances.
30 minutes per knee joint
Medial Collateral Ligament (MCL) Reconstruction:
The MCL is located on the inner side of the knee joint and provides stability against inward (valgus) forces. MCL reconstruction is typically performed when there is a complete tear or significant instability of the ligament that cannot be adequately addressed through non-surgical methods. During the procedure, a graft (often taken from the patient’s own tissue or a donor graft) is used to recreate the MCL. The graft is typically passed through bone tunnels and secured to specific attachment points on the femur and tibia using screws, anchors, or other fixation devices. The reconstructed MCL helps restore stability to the inner aspect of the knee, allowing for improved function and a reduced risk of recurrent instability.
Lateral Collateral Ligament (LCL) Reconstruction:
The LCL is located on the outer side of the knee joint and provides stability against outward (varus) forces. LCL reconstruction is less common than MCL reconstruction, as the LCL has a better ability to heal on its own compared to the MCL. When LCL reconstruction is necessary, it follows a similar process as MCL reconstruction, involving the use of a graft to reconstruct the ligament and restore stability to the outer aspect of the knee.
What to expect after your procedure:
Recovery following MCL/LCL reconstruction involves a period of immobilisation and protection of the knee, followed by a gradual progression of physical therapy and rehabilitation exercises. The timeline for returning to normal activities and sports varies depending on the individual, the extent of the ligament injury, and the success of the reconstruction.
MCL/LCL Reconstruction Prices
MCL/LCL reconstruction prices are fixed, which is £4000
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MCL/LCL Reconstruction FAQ
When is MCL/LCL reconstruction recommended?Rajeshwar Sundararaj2023-07-27T13:23:04+01:00
MCL/LCL reconstruction is typically recommended in cases where there is a complete tear or significant instability of the medial collateral ligament (MCL) or lateral collateral ligament (LCL) that cannot be adequately addressed through non-surgical treatments. It may also be considered if there is combined ligamentous instability or if conservative measures have failed to restore stability and function in the knee.
How is MCL/LCL reconstruction performed?Rajeshwar Sundararaj2023-07-27T13:26:22+01:00
During MCL/LCL reconstruction, a graft is used to reconstruct the torn ligament. The graft can be harvested from the patient’s own tissue (autograft) or obtained from a donor (allograft). The graft is typically placed in a similar anatomical position as the original ligament and secured to specific attachment points on the femur and tibia using screws, anchors, or other fixation devices. This reconstruction restores stability to the knee joint and allows for proper healing and rehabilitation.
What type of grafts are used for MCL/LCL reconstruction?Rajeshwar Sundararaj2023-09-19T13:47:03+01:00
Common graft options for MCL/LCL reconstruction include autografts such as the hamstring tendon, patellar tendon, or quadriceps tendon.
How long does it take to recover from MCL/LCL reconstruction?Rajeshwar Sundararaj2023-07-27T13:28:07+01:00
Recovery time following MCL/LCL reconstruction varies depending on several factors, including the extent of the ligament injury, the type of graft used, individual healing capabilities, and adherence to rehabilitation protocols. Generally, it takes several months to fully recover and return to normal activities. Physical therapy and rehabilitation exercises play a crucial role in regaining strength, stability, and range of motion in the knee joint.