This is done for patients with Posterior Cruciate Ligament tears that their knee is in continuous pain or their knee is unstable.
Replace the torn Posterior Cruciate Ligament of the Knee “Known as PCL” with Hamstring tendon graft of the same knee. Tendon graft harvesting done through a 2 cm incision over the upper leg. Procedure is done all arthroscopically.
1 Bioabsorbable Interference screws and one tight rope / Endobutton
The patient is allowed to weight bare on the same day of surgery. The patient should wear a special knee brace with a posterior support force.
Actually in most of the time, we don’t need to do surgery to replace the torn PCL cause it has the capacity to heel in its own in good place. However , if it is accompanied by another knee ligament, it needs surgical reconstruction. Also it may be injured alone but , not doing a surgery sometimes need to chronic anterior knee pain because of the wrong lax position the PCL has healed in, so after we make sure by x rays and other tests, we can replace it at these times.
Brace should be worn day and night for 6-8 weeks. Its a special hinged knee brace with posterior support .
Typically, you will be able to resume driving ~ 4- 6 weeks post-operatively depending on how quickly you heal after surgery.
This really depends on the individual patient specifically with respect to job demands (labor vs desk job). Some patients return to work as soon as 2-4 weeks post-operatively and others require extensive time away from work if “limited duty” is not available.
The typical therapy program will be a minimum of 6-9 months. The 1st phase of therapy will be designed to safely regain your range of motion while the 2nd phase of therapy will be directed at regaining function, strength, and endurance.
Remember that arthroscopy is performed by pumping in a lot of fluid into the knee and this fluid then escapes through the small incisions (portals) – this is entirely normal to occur after surgery.
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