How is a PCL Reconstruction Performed?
Dr. Padalecki performs PCL knee reconstructions following a thorough assessment of the knee using an MRI so that the extent of the injury, location, and pattern of injury can be determined.
Surgical reconstruction of the PCL is usually only recommended for grade III PCL tears. During a PCL reconstruction, Dr. Padalecki will reconstruct the ligament using a graft. This graft usually consists of donated tissue (i.e. the quadriceps) from another person (known as an allograft). Sutures will be used to complete this process and to tightly secure the ligament to as close to its native footprint as possible.
What Occurs After PCL Reconstruction Surgery?
Following PCL reconstruction surgery, a brace is required for six months to prevent gravity from stretching out the reconstructed ligament. Physical therapy is a very important part of the recovery process and is recommended in order for the patient to make a full recovery and receive optimal results. It is recommended, that after surgery, rehabilitation begin so that patients can begin striving towards range of motion, strengthening of the knee, and full mobility. Initially, patients cannot place weight on their leg for 6 weeks. Strengthening begins at seven weeks, and running and cutting sports are delayed for up to 24 months.
For additional information on PCL reconstruction, a posterior cruciate ligament injury treatment, please contact the Austin, Texas office of orthopedic knee surgeon Dr. Jeff Padalecki.