A direct impact to the knee can cause an injury to the medial collateral ligament (MCL) leading to minor sprain and pain, swelling, a partial or complete tear of the ligament or joint instability.
What is MCL Reconstruction?
MCL reconstruction is a surgical procedure in which a tendon graft is utilized to reconstruct the injured MCL.
The medial collateral ligament (MCL) is one of the major ligaments of the knee that connects the femur (thighbone) to the tibia (shinbone). It is present on the inside of the knee joint and helps stabilize the knee.
MCL Injury – Strains and Tears
An injury to the MCL may occur as a result of direct impact to the knee. An MCL injury can result in a minor stretch (sprain), or a partial or complete tear of the ligament.
Symptoms of MCL Injuries
The most common symptoms following an MCL injury include pain, swelling, and joint instability.
Diagnosis of MCL Injuries
An MCL injury can be diagnosed with a thorough physical examination of the knee and diagnostic imaging tests such as X-rays and MRI scans. X-rays may help rule out any fractures.
Management of MCL Injuries
Most isolated MCL injuries can be managed conservatively.
Surgical reconstruction may be indicated if your injury fails to heal properly and you have residual knee instability. MCL injuries can occur co-exist with injuries to the other knee ligament.
MCL Reconstruction Procedure
The basic principle of the procedure is to anchor a tendon graft into the original position of the injured MCL. The graft then takes over the function of the injured MCL. .
Mr Taneja focusses solely on the knee joint in his private practice and sees a large volume of sports injury cases. He will discuss the most suitable treatment with you , after examination and a review of your investigations.