How is MCL Reconstruction Performed?
A thorough examination by Dr. Padalecki, and the use of an MRI or X-rays will be able to detail how stressed the ligament is and if it can heal without surgery. If Dr. Padalecki feels surgery is necessary, he may discuss MCL reconstruction with the patient, which is a surgery that will involve a graft. MCL reconstruction involves harvest of one of the hamstring tendons. This tendon is used to reconstruct the damaged MCL. During the procedure, a tendon from the patient (an “autograft”) is used to reconstruct the injured ligament by placing it in the exact location replacing torn structures with tissue at their natural attachment points. There have been positive outcomes in patients who have had this procedure.
What is the Recovery Process After MCL Reconstruction?
After surgery, physical therapy will be necessary. Patients will undergo rehabilitation in order to obtain an optimal result. Physical therapy begins immediately; however, progression in terms of range of motion, weight bearing, strengthening, etc. will depend on the nature of the injury, surgery, and health of the patient. Patients typically return to jogging at four months and sports at six months, depending on the severity of the initial injury.
For additional information on MCL knee injuries, or to learn more about MCL reconstruction surgery as a medial collateral ligament treatment, please contact the office of Dr. Jeff Padalecki, orthopedic knee surgeon on Austin, Texas.