Posterior Cruciate Ligament Reconstruction

The posterior cruciate ligament is the strongest ligament of the knee, and its most important function is to prevent posterior translation of the knee at higher knee flexion angles.

The procedure

Posterior cruciate ligament reconstruction is usually performed through keyhole surgery under general anesthetic. The operation may take about one hour and your surgeon will make some incisions in the knee to allow small instruments to be introduced. The torn ligaments are trimmed and the knee is prepared for the replacement graft. The top and bottom ends of the replacement ligament are fixed into place with special screws into holes drilled into your bones. Then the incisions are closed with stitches or adhesive strips.

Recovery Process

Posterior cruciate ligament reconstruction is an outpatient surgery, which means that don’t need to stay overnight at the clinic. You may need to take four to six weeks off work and driving following the operation and rehabilitation, you might require physiotherapy once a week for two to three months and less frequently up to nine months.

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