How is a Multi-Ligament Knee Reconstruction Performed?
When multiple ligaments are involved, there are occasions where one ligament can heal on its own while another is reconstructed, and there are occasions where more than one, or multiple, ligaments must be reconstructed. Reconstruction of ligaments such as the ACL and PCL requires removing the damaged ligament and reconstructing a new ligament with a graft. This graft may be from the patient’s own tissue (known as autograft), or it could be from donated tissue from another person (known as allograft). In some instances, it may be necessary to use multiple allografts. The goal of this surgery is to attempt to secure the ligaments back to their native position. Dr. Padalecki will often perform this surgery in one operation and once the ligaments are attached back to their anatomic sites, during early post-op, one can start early range of motion to minimize the chance of the patient developing stiffness and scaring around the knee.
What is the Recovery Process After Multi-Ligament Reconstruction?
Following this surgical procedure, physical therapy will begin immediately; however, knee range of motion may be limited for a period of time. Bracing and progression with therapy is individualized based upon the type of injury. Multi-ligament knee surgeries are serious procedures and a thorough, and intensive rehabilitation program will need to be followed post-op in order to obtain the most optimal results.
For additional information on multi-ligament knee reconstruction, a complex knee treatment, please contact the office of Dr. Jeff Padalecki, Austin, Texas orthopedic knee surgeon.